In a weekly column he writes for Georgia newspapers, attorney and Republican strategist Randy Evans points to the tough choice many of the 2010 candidates for governor — Republican and Democrat — will face as the new year approaches.
Fund-raising pressures, he says, will force some of them to quit the race — or quit the state office that gives them a prominent platform from which to speak.
Georgia has a law that prohibits any elected statewide officeholder or member of the Georgia General Assembly from asking for or receiving a campaign contribution while the Georgia General Assembly is in session. The General Assembly convenes on January 11, 2010 and will probably extend into April 2010.
As a result, current statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly can not raise any money during this time.
What does this mean? Well, in the Republican Primary, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Secretary of State Karen Handel, state
Sen. Eric Johnson, and state Rep. Austin Scott can not raise money during the session and remain in office. On the other hand, Congressman Nathan Deal can.
In the Democratic Primary, Attorney General Thurbert Baker and House
Minority Leader Dubose Porter can not raise money during the session.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes and former secretary of labor David Poythress
Needless to say, for current officeholders running for governor, the
choice at the end of this year will be real – either forfeit four months
of fund-raising or leave office.
On a roughly similar topic, the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Karen Handel reports that Handel won a straw poll at a Saturday night barbecue hosted by the DeKalb County GOP.
The final talley, per spokesman Dan McLagan: Handel, 101; state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, 63; state Sen. Eric Johnson, 38; U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal; 27; Ray McBerry, 20; and state Rep. Austin Scott, 7.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has let it be known that he and others will hold a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. this evening at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Peachtree Street — to protest home mortgage foreclosures.
Seventy-five-year-old Councilman Jim Maddox, who says he’s the longest-serving elected official in Atlanta history, announced this morning that he will not seek re-election to his 11th District seat.
Like many retirees, he intends to travel. In the same press release, the councilman reports:
Maddox will be leaving for Argentina this week, where he will meet with mayors and city council members from South American countries, in an effort to promote Atlanta in economic exchange opportunities. He then heads to St. Petersburg, Russia and Moscow on a diplomatic mission on behalf of Mayor Franklin and the Council.
No doubt the chief topic of discussion will be the placement of missile defense units in Eastern Europe.
In the (formally non-partisan) race for mayor of Atlanta, if you’re looking for a difference between Mary Norwood, Lisa Borders and Kasim Reed, this YouTube video may help you.
We don’t know what the occasion for the clip is, but it was posted Saturday. In the video, Reed — a state senator — shows himself a comfortable and sharp-spoken partisan on the topic of transportation:
“I think the governor of the state of Georgia has set our state back a decade. I think he has a hostility toward the entire northern region of the state that has prevented him from doing anything to help the region that generates the overwhelming amount of money in the state of Georgia — and sends out six dollars for every one that it takes in.”
We don’t know where Borders is on the topic of Gov. Sonny Perdue, but Norwood has portrayed herself as a strict non-partisan.
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Georgia has own water war with downriver communities. FDIC sanctions banks in Ellaville, Adairsville. Lottery funds can’t keep up with HOPE. Tom Price’s wife seeks seat on Roswell council. How will race impact Atlanta’s mayoral election? Atlanta candidate Jesse Spikes has an outsider’s chance. Earlier preparation may help lift Georgia SAT scores.
Your Luckovich fix. Cynthia Tucker: Kennedy’s politics moved the nation to the left. Kyle Wingfield on getting race out of the race. Bob Barr says Obama ‘advisers’ have made flu hysteria contagious.
Elsewhere in Georgia:
Macon Telegraph: Roy Barnes is sucking all the oxygen out of the room. Southern Political Report: In Atlanta, politics never as simple as it seems.
WSJ: Cheney says he was proponent for military action against Iran. WP: Harley-Davidson rumbles into India. NYT: As big banks repay bailout, U.S government sees a profit.
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