Republican nemesis. George had announced a run in the GOP primary for the PSC seat currently held by Democrat Jan Cook. George's exit now leaves John Rice as the lone declared Republican in that race.
George, elected in 2000, was the first Republican elected to the Morgan county commission and has seen that body turn from dark blue to bright red as Republicans now hold all seats. However, this Republican renaissance in Morgan county has led to divisiveness among its leaders.
George has never been a close ally of the other Republican officials in the county, but the past weeks have seen their long simmering feud turn into open rhetorical warfare. The Decatur Daily offers an example of the GOP fratricide in an exchange between George and Republican sheriff Greg Bartlett:
During a heated argument between the men at a County Commission work session a week ago, Bartlett suggested to George that he should run for sheriff.George took up Bartlett's challenge and is now running against the incumbent sheriff. Now I don't know how strong George's chances in this race are, but if he is able to beat the local GOP establishment in Morgan county then it might not be too long until he becomes a thorn in the side of the entire state Republican party.
"He told me I couldn't win sheriff and called me a pig at the same meeting, so we'll see which one of us will be squealing after the primary in June," George said.
After the pig statement, George told Bartlett that Daffy Duck could be a better sheriff.