GOP Governor Orders Special Election After Rep.-Elect Is Charged with Stealing Narcotics

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Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered a special election for Jan. 31 after a newly elected state representative was charged with stealing drugs.

Representative-elect Daniel Rampey resigned from the Georgia House of Representatives this week.

Rampey was charged with stealing prescription drugs from an assisted living facility he manages, the Athens Banner-Herald reported in December.

The state legislator-elect was facing more than 19 different felonies, the Washington Examiner reported, citing law enforcement records.

Some of the charges Rampey faced included unauthorized distribution or possession of a controlled substance, burglary and exploitation, and intimidation of disabled adults, elderly persons, and residents, according to the Examiner.

Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith indicated to the outlet that a law enforcement operation had recorded Rampey stealing prescription drugs from the rooms of an assisted living center.

Rampey, 67, had been employed at the Magnolia Estates of Winder Assisted Living Center.

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