Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bush appointee to run for State Attorney General

Former U.S. Attorney Max Wood of Macon will run for Georgia Attorney General.

Wood, a Republican, filed paperwork to seek the office Monday, just a few days after leaving the attorney general’s office. Appointed by former President George W. Bush to the Macon-based office in 2001, Wood resigned to make way for President Obama to appoint his own U.S. attorney in the area, as is customary.

Wood joins a relatively crowded field for the state’s top attorney job, which current Attorney General Thurbert Baker is leaving to seek the governorship. Fellow Republican Sam Olens, current chairman of the Cobb County Commission in metro Atlanta, is already in the race. So are Democrats Rob Teilhet, a state representative in metro Atlanta, and Ken Hodges, a former Dougherty County district attorney.

In his time as a U.S. Attorney, Wood’s office worked on several high-profile cases, but perhaps best known is the successful prosecution of Dwight York. York, a Nuwaubian cult leader, was sentenced in 2004 to more than 135 years in prison for molesting 14 boys and girls, as well as for racketeering.

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