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As Some Ga. Leaders Boycott State Of The Union, Others Hope To Send Message With Guests

The Dome of the US Capitol building is visible on the morning of the State of the Union Tuesday. Some Georgia members of Congress are not planning to attend the address. While others are bringing special guests.
The Dome of the US Capitol building is visible on the morning of the State of the Union Tuesday. Some Georgia members of Congress are not planning to attend the address. While others are bringing special guests.
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Some Georgia members of Congress, including Democratic Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson, are not planning to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

But several will attend, and they’ll bring some special guests.

Georgia Democrat Rep. Lucy McBath is one of them. She was first known for her gun control activism after her son Jordan Davis was shot to death in Florida following a dispute over loud music.

McBath is now the first black woman to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. And, in her new role, she’s inviting a Dunwoody man to the State of the Union as her guest.

Jeff Binkley’s daughter, Maura, was killed last year in Tallahassee, Florida, during a shooting at a yoga studio.

Meanwhile, Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue is also planning to attend the President’s speech.

His special guest is Kai Hartman, a recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia’s 2018 Youth of the Year award. That award is usually given to those who have overcome tremendous odds.

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