Wise told the governor he has “unfinished business” at the PSC. He said the commission has a “critical vote” in February as part of the body’s determination whether to continue or cancel the Plant Vogtle project.
“As an unabashed supporter of nuclear power,” Wise wrote, “I intend to be present for that vote and will resign shortly thereafter so that you may appoint my successor prior to the (candidate) qualifying period for the 2018 elections.”
His announcement earlier this month that he planned to stay around for the vote was seen as a clear signal that Georgia Power and its utility partners would be able to continue the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.
Chuck Eaton, the only other member of the five-member PSC whose term expires in 2018, has already fielded Democratic opposition.
Among the names being floated for Wise’s seat, which covers a stretch of territory west of metro Atlanta, are Republican activists Tricia Pridemore and Justin Tomczak. Political insiders have also said some Georgia state senators are looking at the race.