- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2018

A journalism professor and dean at the University of Georgia apologized Friday after he sparked backlash with a tweet congratulating Brian Kemp for winning the Republican nomination for governor.

Charles Davis, dean of the Athens school’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, reportedly wrote in a now-deleted tweet that Mr. Kemp is a longtime friend and a “nice guy.”

“I went to high school with GOP guv candidate @BrianKempGA,” he wrote after Mr. Kemp’s primary win Tuesday, according to a screenshot obtained by Campus Reform. “We played YMCA ball from childhood. 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.”

Twitter users immediately blasted the dean for associating with a “racist” who “spews bigoted and dangerous rhetoric,” Campus Reform reported.

Mr. Davis initially tried to explain that he was “merely acknowledging a friend,” but he deleted that tweet, too.

He later apologized for the “ill-timed” praise and thanked the community for teaching him a valuable lesson.

Mr. Davis told Campus Reform that the decision to remove the tweet was entirely his and no one at the school pressured him into it. He said as much in a tweet Monday afternoon.

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