Poll: Who should be next to join 2014 Senate race?

Phil Gingrey today joined fellow congressman Paul Broun in the race to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. No surprise there, nor will there be when Jack Kingston makes it a trio of House members trying to move to the other end of the Capitol.

But the field is highly unlikely to remain at three — and it’s anyone’s guess who will be the fourth person to enter the race.

Who do you want to join the 2014 Georgia Senate race next?

  • Karen Handel (69 Votes)
  • No one; I'm planning to vote for Broun, Gingrey or Kingston (31 Votes)
  • Someone else (specify below) (25 Votes)
  • Tom Price (24 Votes)
  • Casey Cagle (16 Votes)
  • A state legislator (specify below) (2 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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Congressman Tom Price was once thought to be a lock to enter the race, but now I’d put the odds of his running at less than 50 percent. He won’t make an announcement until mid-May and is said to be truly undecided, but the thinking is that he would be risking a great deal of upward mobility in the House by running for Senate. If Paul Ryan moves up in the GOP House hierarchy — and assuming Republicans maintain control of the chamber after next year’s mid-term elections — Price is poised to be chairman of the Budget Committee. He’s also a fairly high-ranking member of Ways and Means as well as a couple of subcommittees related to health care (he is, remember, a doctor by trade).

Other possibilities include: former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel; David Perdue, a business executive and cousin of ex-governor Sonny Perdue; a state legislator or two who will be more at liberty to make such an announcement after the legislative session ends Thursday; and possibly another self-funder who’s new to electoral politics a la David Perdue. I’ve also picked up a bit of renewed buzz surrounding the possibility Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will decide to enter the race, though it sounds as if he’s still more likely than not to stay out of the race.

But rather than try to guess who will be next to announce, I’m asking today who y’all would like to see enter the race next. We’ll leave Kingston out since most observers already consider him in until proven otherwise. Vote in the nearby poll — and if you choose the generic “state legislator” or “someone else,” please specify in the comments who you have in mind.

Oh, and for those who will complain I haven’t mentioned any Democrats in this post: That’s because, until something changes, that side of the field seems to be waiting for Congressman John Barrow to make up his mind about running or not. Once Barrow decides, and particularly if he opts not to run, we’ll dig into the Democratic possibilities.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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128 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
10:42 am

Cynthia McKinney

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
10:47 am

Karen Handel is an idiot.

JDW

March 27th, 2013
10:51 am

Add another midget to the stew…guess this makes “legitimate rape” an issue in the race.

Exploiters Both

March 27th, 2013
10:51 am

Honey Boo Boo’s momma OR Jay Bookman.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
10:56 am

I think Kyle needs to jump into this race. He can’t be worse than the other Cons listed.

L'il Aynie

March 27th, 2013
10:59 am

Kasim Reed is my choice! Actually, I think he’s the only Georgia politician under the age of 75 who has the intelligence and integrity to serve Georgia’s interests (as opposed to Georgia’s prejudices).

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 27th, 2013
10:59 am

“Karen Handel is an idiot.”

Perhaps you’d care to tell us why you believe this to be true?

Robert

March 27th, 2013
10:59 am

Whoever the Georgia GOP chooses to run for the US Senate they must face the new reality that exist in the GOP and represent all the People of Georgia (elderly, young people, women, minorities, gays & lesbians, Christains, Muslims & Jews, etc.).

Speech to the People of Georgia – Voters
Hello Fellow American’s. I am a GOP candidate for the US Senate. Before I get started I want to;

1. Apologize for the hatred, fear and bigotry displayed by the GOP. We are all American’s and I will fight for your rights.

2. I reject the ideas of the homegrown terrorist group(s) known as the GOP/tea party (klanmen, skinheads, militia’s, birther’s, etc.). The whole world saw their hatred and bigotry on display and heard their call to battle (take back my country) during the 2010 midterm elections.

3. I will not sign any agreements with Karl Rove or Grover Norquist dictating how the People of Georgia will be governed in the future. No more pandering to the rich and powerful.

Know that I have confessed and I agree to represent ALL the People of Georgia can I have your vote?

The People of Georgia
(elderly, young people, women, minorities, gays & lesbians, Christains, Muslims & Jews, etc.).

3.

Kyle Wingfield

March 27th, 2013
10:59 am

Sorry, Finn, but you won’t get rid of my blog that easily.

Kyle Wingfield

March 27th, 2013
11:00 am

Aynie: At this point, Reed does not seem interested in running. But then, qualifying is still more than a year away…

Kyle Wingfield

March 27th, 2013
11:02 am

Robert: So you want the candidates to reject Norquist’s pledge by signing your pledge? I thought pledges were bad…

Btw, your repeated, shark-jumping references to the tea party as a “terrorist group” make it clear no one should pay any attention to anything you have to say.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:04 am

North Korea said Tuesday it has put its military on combat ready status, with “strategic” rocket units and long-range artillery units ordered to prepare for possible strikes against the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Guam, the state media reported.

LOL

Rafe Hollister

March 27th, 2013
11:06 am

I do not know whatever happened to Mike Bowers, but when it comes to integrity, competence, and leadership ability, he outpaces today’s current crop by a lap or two. I wish someone would encourage him to throw himself into this very shallow pool.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 27th, 2013
11:06 am

Love how Robert feels he has permission to speak for the “The People of Georgia”.

He certainly doesn’t speak for me, and I’m a resident of Georgia.

The arrogance of the liberal mind knows no bounds.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:06 am

Is Max Cleland busy?

Rafe Hollister

March 27th, 2013
11:09 am

Bernie Marcus would be a good candidate, I just can’t get excited about these Congressmen.

Karl Marx

March 27th, 2013
11:10 am

It would be nice to not have a life long politician or ANY association with Sonny GO FISH Perdue. That makes the field very slim.

breckenridge

March 27th, 2013
11:13 am

You can’t have Paul Broun in the race without having Mickey Mouse as well.

Is there anybody out there with a fiscally conservative voting record over the past decade that mirrors that of Ron Paul or Jeff Flake of Arizona? If so that would be the candidate I’d support.

Ray

March 27th, 2013
11:14 am

To function properly, our country needs two strong parties. Broun and Grigrey are quacks. Given what we know about Kingston, he is worthy.

southpaw

March 27th, 2013
11:23 am

I figured my former state Senator, John Douglas, would be a good candidate for U.S. Senate. He’s hoping to replace Paul Broun, though. Oh, well.

http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/36873/

Logical Dude

March 27th, 2013
11:26 am

Karen Handel, because [strike]Mars[/strike] DC needs women.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

March 27th, 2013
11:26 am

Well for a start, let’s get someone who understands and appreciates these following things:

a) Science
b) Math
c) Budgets
d) Women
e) Did I mention science? Well if so, that deserves ANOTHER mention

If we could find someone like that with an (R) behind their name, I’d vote for them.

If only we can resurrect Paul Coverdale, or at least clone him; then Georgia would be fine; until then; I’ll take any republican who can spell (and comprehend) words like compromise and collaborate.

Aquagirl

March 27th, 2013
11:32 am

I wish someone would encourage him [Mike Bowers] to throw himself into this very shallow pool.

Oh, the guy who argued for sodomy laws while he was banging his secretary? That’s Republican-style integrity all right. I’d be delighted to see another flaming GOP hypocrite in a high-profile election so I hope you get your wish, Rafe.

Logical Dude

March 27th, 2013
11:32 am

{strike}I need to learn these wordpress codes {/strike}

Just Saying..

March 27th, 2013
11:32 am

Chip Rogers would make it interesting…

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:40 am

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:40 am


Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:41 am

err,


but without the spaces

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:42 am

errr

use the

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
11:42 am

ok, nevermind….

Mike

March 27th, 2013
11:45 am

I just hope the Anybody-But-Paul-Broun group gets behind one candidate. He and Hank Johnson should be put in a rowboat and sent to Guam, and hope it doesn’t tip over.

(Do I mean the rowboat, or Guam?)

southpaw

March 27th, 2013
11:52 am

Aquagirl @11:32
When Bowers “argued for sodomy laws,” he was doing his job, nothing more. The case of Bowers v. Hardwick moved beyond Georgia, and was decided by the Supreme Court, BEFORE the affair began (1986 v. 1988). Now if “banging his secretary,” by itself, makes him unfit to serve in the Senate, that’s another story.

southpaw

March 27th, 2013
11:54 am

Finn-
My sympathies. I got the same type of result when I tried to make a red face a few weeks ago.

Jane

March 27th, 2013
11:55 am

Alex Johnson

Matz

March 27th, 2013
11:56 am

Yes, by all means, let the Georgia GOP keep behaving as they do now. No apologies, and no hiding the fact that they pledge their allegiance to that Norquist tool (of the super rich) and take money from purported “grass roots” organizations which are in fact, like Norquist, TOOLS for the Koch Brothers’ best interests, with no concern whatsoever for the people in this state who actually do the working, living, and dying here. I like how confident they are in their hypocrisy, bragging about “freedom” and “smaller gubmint” in one breath, then explaining how they’re going to make decisions for individuals and local governments in the next because — oh the beauty of it — they know so much better than we do.

Don't Tread

March 27th, 2013
11:57 am

“let’s get someone who understands and appreciates these following things:…c) Budgets”

Seeing as how your party took a number of years to actually present one, that leaves the majority of Democrats out.

“b) Math”

How’s the “math” working out for 0bamacare lately? Seems the promises that it would reduce the deficit, etc. are out the window. But those of us who understand math already knew that before it passed.

I’m hoping for someone who understands and appreciates the meaning of the Constitution and the importance of refusing to support bills that violate it. (Again, this leaves the majority of Democrats out – they don’t understand/care about the concept of the Constitution as written, i.e. as a limit to federal power.)

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
12:01 pm

Here’s some razor-sharp business acumen:

a seemingly huge prospective audience of Rand readers refuse to come out and see their two-part opus. (”Atlas Shrugged: Part I” made $4.6 million, on a budget of $20 million, in 2011; “Part II” made $3.4 million in 2012.) But the team behind the films, producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, have announced that they will be funding a third installment, scheduled for release in 2014.

Keep throwing that good money after bad.

Rafe Hollister

March 27th, 2013
12:02 pm

Aquagirl,

As southpaw says, on the sodomy laws, he was representing the State and fulfilling his oath, something Obama ignores. The Oath doesn’t have an out clause for not defending the laws you do not like.

As for the affair, eliminate all the adulterers from the Senate and you would not have a quorum. You outrage is selective, you didn’t seem to hold it against Clinton that he had multiple affairs, remember it was only sex and lying about sex. I believe Max Baucus, leading Dem, has an ongoing affair with one of his staffers. There are plenty of others.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

March 27th, 2013
12:04 pm

Don’t Tread — in honor of you, and your comments I’ll add another category:

f) Common sense.

It seems that your party lacks a lot of it. I was trying to stay OUT of the party bickering (yours is bad and mine is good, no yours is!, no yours!………..); but since you wanted to drag that into it, let’s just add comment (f) for you.

Anyone who votes for an ethically challenged POLITICIAN to head the state as the governor of said state, really, truly sincerely needs to always consider (f) in everything that they do.

Especially YOU D.T. — that common sense thingy…………..well…………that was MADE for you. :roll:

Just Saying..

March 27th, 2013
12:08 pm

“I’m hoping for someone who understands and appreciates the meaning of the Constitution and the importance of refusing to support bills that violate it. (Again, this leaves the majority of Democrats out – they don’t understand/care about the concept of the Constitution as written, i.e. as a limit to federal power.)”

Don’t Tread: Could you point to that part of the Constitution that authorizes Presidential Signing Statements?

Aquagirl

March 27th, 2013
12:14 pm

The case of Bowers v. Hardwick moved beyond Georgia, and was decided by the Supreme Court, BEFORE the affair began (1986 v. 1988).

You’re absolutely right, I stand corrected. He was banging his secretary when he refused to hire a lesbian on the grounds her presumed violation of state law made her unfit for the AG’s office.

But thanks for reminding us he was even MORE hypocritical than if he’d banged the secretary during Hardwick vs. Bowers. And Shahar v. Bowers was his personal decision, not an abstract duty to the state.

Oh please Republicans, run this guy. Toss in Karen Handel while you’re at it, most people remember all the jokes where she’s a punchline, they don’t need a refresher like with Mike Bower’s name.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
12:16 pm

Well sodomy isn’t in the 10 commandments but adultery is.

but of course that set of rules means nothing to me.

Darwin

March 27th, 2013
12:18 pm

The people in this state have actually gotten worse. I think George Wallace would win.

bluecoat

March 27th, 2013
12:19 pm

Bart Graham or John Barge Repubs for now.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 27th, 2013
12:24 pm

Boortz isn’t busy. We can always use another blowhard.

Don't Tread

March 27th, 2013
12:25 pm

DDr 12:04 pm – You assume I’m a Republican, that I voted for Deal and then assert that I lack common sense. Typical arrogant “I’m smarter than you” liberal attitude, with an attempt to justify it using a strawman argument.

Here’s some of that “common sense” you espouse that’s missing from your post: You have no idea who I am, where I live, what political party I belong to (if any), or who I voted for.

R@D@

March 27th, 2013
12:27 pm

curious

March 27th, 2013
12:28 pm

George Wallace carried Georgia in the 1968 Presidential election. We’ve always been behind.

Jefferson

March 27th, 2013
12:29 pm

Well now there is eenie and meenie up for the GOP, when will minee and moe show up with there crazy ways.

Ivan

March 27th, 2013
12:29 pm

“GOP/tea party (klanmen, skinheads, militia’s, birther’s, etc.). ”

Man those scary images of white hoods and bald, swastika tatooed people every where when I see a tea party rally picture sends shivers down my spine.