Georgia professor apologizes for calling GOP gubernatorial candidate a 'nice guy'

Georgia professor apologizes for calling GOP gubernatorial candidate a 'nice guy'
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A Georgia professor on Friday apologized for calling Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp a "nice guy." 

"I’d like to apologize to anyone offended by my tweet shout out to Brian Kemp," tweeted Charles Davis, dean of the journalism and communications school at the University of Georgia (UGA). "It was ill-timed and poorly written. I’ve read and learned so much from you all and will endeavor to be more thoughful [sic]."  

Davis last week praised the Trump-backed GOP candidate after he claimed the Republican nomination for governor. 


“I went to high school with GOP guv candidate @BrianKempGA,” Davis wrote in a tweet that he subsequently deleted. "Politics be damned. He is a nice guy, always was. Kind to a fault. He’s a friend, always has been, and will be when we’re old(er) and grey(er). That’s how all this should work, people." 

After criticism from other Twitter users, Davis told Fox News on Monday that the statement was not a political endorsement.  

“To clarify, neither UGA nor its administration had any role in the retraction of my earlier message,” Davis tweeted on Monday. “I should not have used a social media account associated with UGA to post a message that some construed as political.”

Kemp, who had the endorsement of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE, won a heated GOP primary race against Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle last week. Kemp in July released an audio recording of Cagle saying the GOP primary in Georgia was about "who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest."

In the general election, Kemp is facing Democrat Stacey Adams, the first African-American woman to be nominated by a major party to run for governor.