U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) remains “unequivocally” determined to seek re-election and is not re-considering a bid for governor in 2010, his campaign and Senate staff said.
Over the past year, Isakson’s name had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the governor’s office, but the former state lawmaker had squashed that talk. But with Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s announcement last week that he would run for the number two job again, rather than continue his front-running bid for governor, Isakson’s name had resurfaced.
On Tuesday, however, Isakson’s campaign spokesman, Heath Garrett, told the AJC that such talk is “just rumors.”
And Isakson’s Senate deputy chief of staff, Joan Kirchner, concurred.
“There is nothing to this,” Kirchner said. “Johnny is not changing his plans and he is enthusiastically running for re-election to the Senate.”
Later today, however, the race for governor is still expected to grow by a candidate. Cobb County Commission chairman Sam Olens has a 2 p.m. press conference scheduled in Marietta. Olens told the AJC last week that with Cagle’s exit he is more likely to join a bid for the Republican nomination that already includes Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton).