Former CBS46 host Bobby Kaple running for Sixth District House seat

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Former CBS46 morning host Bobby Kaple announced today that he is running for the Sixth District House seat held by Karen Handel.

Kaple, a Milton resident, recently left his job at the CBS affiliate after two years, saying he was considering  a run for office. On his website, he explained why he decided to pull the trigger in broad terms:

Like you, I've had it with career politicians which is why I’m committed to making this community a better place for not only my children, but for everyone who lives here. In Congress, I’ll work with members of both parties to get things done.

He doesn't cite his political affiliation but he's using the ActBlue Express site to help him raise funds and it's affiliated with the Democratic Party.

My colleague Greg Bluestein in Political Insider spoke with him if you want to read more.

He didn't break down any of his policy positions on his website but he noted that he's married to his wife Rebecca, a University of Georgia grad who works as a reporter covering the Braves, Hawks and ACC on FOX Sports South. And he said his twin sons were born premature and had to spend more than two weeks the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

He told Bluestein that it would have bankrupted him if he didn't have health insurance. He said he has a desire to fix the health-care system.

Kaple declined to say what his financial strategy would be.

Tom Price's departure to join the Trump administration as the secretary of health and human services (and recently left over his use of private planes) was the impetus for the pitched battle earlier this year between Handel and Jon Ossoff and was the most expensive House race in history. Ossoff has yet to say if he will run again.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.