Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia

Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia
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The first Democrat to announce his campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia hopes to follow in the footsteps of a father who spent a quarter-century in the upper chamber.

Matt Lieberman, a small business owner in Cobb County, Ga., and the son of former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), said Thursday he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE (R). 

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“I am running because I am fed up with the do-nothing politicians who care more about getting re-elected than governing,” Matt Lieberman said in a statement announcing his campaign. “The people of Georgia deserve representatives that will fight the NRA [National Rifle Association], stand up for reproductive rights, and support policies to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”

It will be Lieberman's first run for political office. He moved to Atlanta five years after his father was Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreTrump's reelection looks more like a long shot than a slam dunk Gore praises Greta Thunberg after meeting: 'Nobody speaks truth to power as she does' Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE’s vice presidential running mate.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lieberman said his father would be a part of his campaign — whether in a formal or informal way.

“Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone respected the integrity he had in public life,” the younger Lieberman said of his father. “If people were fans of my dad, maybe they’ll give me an extra hearing. And for people who aren’t fans, I want them to remember we’re different people and to hear me out as well. I’m confident they will. That’s all I can ask for.”

Lieberman is the first Democrat to enter the race to succeed Isakson, who cited health problems in announcing he would step down at the end of the year. He would have to run against a senator appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in next year’s elections.

About 500 people have filed applications to fill Isakson’s seat, including former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Isakson talks up bipartisanship in Senate farewell speech Hundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia MORE, Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (R), former Rep. Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment MORE (R), state House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones (R) and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, the daughter of the former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE.

Lieberman told the Journal-Constitution that he had considered jumping into the race against Sen. David Perdue (R), who is up for reelection next year as well.

At least eight Democrats have entered that race, including Jon Ossoff, the Democrat who narrowly lost a special election to replace Price in Congress in 2017.