Let us be forthright about this. The chances that it will actually happen are rather slim to say the least.
But on Tuesday, Georgia Christian Coalition head Jerry Luquire went on Tim Bryant’s daily talk show on WGAU (1340AM) and declared that his group wants to push Herman Cain into the 2014 Republican race for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal.
Presuming, of course that Deal is a candidate. And that Cain isn’t in the White House.
“We are for Cain in the presidential primary also, but he’s one of six good candidates. The possibility of him become the presidential candidate is at best one in six,” Luquire said.
“If he does not make it as a presidential candidate, then we want him in the governor’s mansion. We in Georgia – I say ‘we,’ a lot of Republicans and a lot of anti-Deal people…”
Luquire says he has not talked to Cain or any of his staff about a race. “He has not encouraged us,” Luquire said.
The Christian Coalition did not endorse a candidate in last year’s gubernatorial campaign, and so does not have a fixed spot on the governor’s list of BlackBerry contacts. Luquire is not likely to improve his chances with this comment:
“There’s just a sense of something dishonorable about this individual….He is pro expanded alcohol sales, if he’s not pro-gambling, he’s at least not anti-gambling,” Luquire said.
The importance of this? For Cain, not much. A good showing in the race for president will win him far more than a chance to run against a Republican incumbent in Georgia.
No, the significance is the continued tin ear that Georgia’s Religious Right exhibits in its dealings with those who live, work and play at the state Capitol.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider