Kemp jumps into secretary of state race, shows backing

Former state senator Brian Kemp, a Republican from Athens, just announced that he’s filed the paperwork for the 2010 campaign to replace Karen Handel as secretary of state.

These occasions are often used to trot out early support and — the candidate hopes — make rivals think twice about jumping into the race.

Kemp, who made an unsuccessful bid for agriculture commission in 2006, announced that his campaign co-chairmen will be Craig Lesser, the former commissioner of the state Department, and Wesley Langdale, a board member for the Georgia Forestry Commission and president of the Langdale Company.

Kemp’s campaign treasurer will be Harold Reynolds, CEO and chairman of BankSouth, president of the Reynolds Development Co., and past president of Reynolds Plantation. In Georgia and national politics, the Reynolds family is one of the GOP’s deepest pockets.

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4 comments Add your comment

Chris Broe

March 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

Secretary of State Karen Handel. What a resume stuffer that is. “I see you were the secretary of state. You’re familiar with Excel, right?”

Will Jones - Atlanta

March 4th, 2009
7:26 pm

Though it seems the Reynolds and Linger Longer are moving along with the rape of Jekyll Island, they may see the writing “Obama” on the “wall,” and with their noses a little bloodied, feel a push higher into Georgia politics, with the pervert/traitor Bush in eclipse, is in order, to enhance prospects for fascist plutocracy on the state level.

Georgians must expel them and their ilk. They are not of, by, or for The People.

J Sports

March 5th, 2009
6:34 am

Craig Lesser should be the candidate, not the campaign co-chairman.


August 17th, 2009
7:51 pm

I have known Brian Kemp most of his life. He is one of the most sincere, honest, hard working individuals I have ever met. Georgia is lucky to have him as a citizen. And Georgia is truly blessed that he is offering his considerable talents to serve its citizens.