We speculators are quickly running out of spare GOP candidates for governor.
Sam Olens bowed out on Tuesday, Mark Burkhalter on Thursday, now Lynn Westmoreland, who issued his stay-put memo about an hour ago.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and state Sen. Eric Johnson, both of Savannah, remain quiet.
Here’s what the congressman from Coweta County had to say:
“The last week has given me a chance to think seriously about how I can best serve the people of our state. That process has involved in-depth talks with my wife and children, my longtime supporters and my most trusted friends.
“I have decided that it is best for me to remain in Congress, where I think I can make a difference as a legislative fighter.
“I work with a great group of Georgians in Congress, and I believe it’s critical that we rebuild our state’s seniority in the delegation. I’m also excited about leadership roles I’ve taken to help Republicans work toward reclaiming our majority in Congress and returning our federal