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