Senate leader stepping down

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - It will be the end of an era and perhaps the start of a new one.

State Sen. Eric Johnson is clearing the decks so he can move full speed ahead in his bid for lieutenant governor.

He reaffirmed Wednesday that at the end of the year he is stepping down after six years as Senate president pro tem so he can focus on his candidacy.

But that's not all, the Savannah Republican said at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs and Issues breakfast.

"I've told Lt. Gov. (Casey) Cagle I don't even want a committee to chair," he told about 275 people.

Mr. Cagle, who presides over the Senate, is gearing up to run for governor in 2010.

"I want to get back to the back roads of this state," Mr. Johnson added. "I want to make sure I'm out there listening to Georgians, not trapped in a cocoon of power."


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