Cobb County Commission chairman Sam Olens will seek the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2010, surprising many Tuesday who expected him to run for governor.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is “very seriously” looking at a bid for the GOP nomination for governor, the Coweta County congressman’s press secretary told the AJC’s Bob Keefe today.
In a trip to the state last week, Westmoreland got “a lot of encouragement” from Republicans, his spokesman Brian Robinson said.
In a news conference at the commission office in Marietta, Olens said he made his decision through discussions with his family and in realizing the current candidates for governor are basically running “24/7 now and not doing the jobs they were elected to do.”
Those candidates, on the Republican side, are Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton). States rights activist Ray McBerry is also running.