David Shafer on the LG race, and Eric Tanenblatt comes out (surprise!) for Karen Handel

With Eric Johnson of Savannah moving up to the Republican race for governor, that leaves his Senate colleague David Shafer of Duluth as the only announced candidate for lieutenant governor — aside from incumbent Casey Cagle, who is now recuperating from back surgery.

What is expected from Shafer, a friend and ally of Cagle? He sent this in an e-mail today:

“I made the decision to run for Lieutenant Governor because it was an open seat. Obviously, the dynamics of the race have changed. We are continuing to consider our options. I should have a decision and announcement this week,” he said.

Shafer met with Cagle face-to-face over the weekend. And, we hear from other sources, so did Johnson.

Shafer still has options. A raftful of other constitutional will be open in 2010. But his operating deadline may be a Senate Republican caucus meeting called for Wednesday to discuss the suddenly unsettled political climate. Word has been issued that no candidates for lieutenant governor need attend.

Two more items of gubernatorial note, though little surprise:

— U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah formally removed his name from the list of suspected GOP candidates for governor, declaring that he would run for another term in Congress instead.

Kingston and Johnson are excellent friends, and there was talk of a pact between the two. If one ran, the other wouldn’t. I was reminded today that Johnson served as Kingston’s first campaign chairman 18 years ago.

— With the GOP contest for governor widening rather than shrinking, it’s no surprise to see some pushback. Eric Tanenblatt, former chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue, issued this note today to his contacts:

I wanted you to be one of the first to know that I have decided to actively support and campaign for Karen Handel in the upcoming Governor’s race. I made this decision with great ease. I know Karen well.

In 2003, we worked together in some of the most challenging of circumstances as we helped our newly elected Governor lead our state through the biggest transition of government in modern times.

Throughout this period and in the years to follow, I have watched Karen in action and can attest to her drive and commitment to make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family. She is a person of impeccable integrity who has the experience and vision to lead our state.

Handel, for those who didn’t know, served as Perdue’s deputy chief of staff before moving on to the chairmanship of the Fulton County Commission.

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7 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 27th, 2009
9:45 pm

Handel wants “to make our state a better place to … raise family?” Though she never bothered to come up with what it takes to raise one herself…Power, status, service to the Roman Anti-Christ…but zero posterity…just like Reagan…Hmmm, the curse does not causeless come.

Wake Up, Georgia: The writing is on the wall…the Gay Old Pervert party must now be washed away.

Greg Girtman

April 27th, 2009
11:37 pm

I was at the Atlanta Tea Party, and walked form one side to the other, plus down the two side roads. If you do not believe that there was at least 20 thousand people you are nuts. I would say there was close to 25 thousand, but at least 20 thousand. Do not try and make this out as if it was not a significant crowd. The people are sicka nd tired of not being heard and it is time that the government listens towaht we are saying. This do as i say, not as I do attitude that the government has must end. We cannot continue to spend as if there is no end to the money pool. Fiscal responsiblity must be the rule!


April 28th, 2009
1:01 am

We do still live in a representative republic right? anyone who is willing to run for an office and qualifies for that office should be able to run unhindered by the political elite. Who the hell do these people think they are to tell David Shafer not to run for Lt. Gov. or to annoint Karen Handel or John Oxendine. I was also at the TEA Party in Atlanta and I agree that the numbers were well over 20,000. Twenty Thousand people here in GA that want their government back. Back from the politicians and back from the party elite who think it’s their state to run and we are just supposed to bow down. We need statesmen not politicians. I say if you want to run, run. Let the people decide.

Chris Broe

April 28th, 2009
8:08 am

I can’t wait for Karen Handle.

The Snark

April 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

You want your government back? From whom, exactly? You put those people in office.

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 28th, 2009
2:54 pm

I had what it took to raise a fambly. It’s just that no one would cooperate.

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 29th, 2009
1:16 am

May G-d watch over those trying to raise families in righteousness, and curse name-thieves, like the above, who treasonously support the Roman Anti-Christ from whom we escaped to receive in Covenant The United States of America.