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The head of the Georgia Christian Coalition is calling on a top Republican leader in the state Senate to resign his leadership post over his connections to a business that handicapped sports games for gamblers years ago.
Coalition President Jerry Luquire said Wednesday that Sen. Chip Rogers should step down as majority leader. His group did not call on Rogers, a Republican from Woodstock, to leave his Senate seat.
Rogers did not return a message seeking comment. He recently acknowledged appearing on a show that years ago predicted which teams would win upcoming games, a service that gamblers call handicapping.
Rogers said he read off a script and did not personally make predictions.
Luquire said Rogers is too close to the gambling industry to serve in a leadership role.