Just got off the phone with former House Democratic leader DuBose Porter to ask him about his appearance in Macon last week on behalf of mayoral candidate Robert Brown, the former leader of Senate Democrats.
“I think the world of him,” Porter said. But Porter’s presence stirred some speculation that the former candidate for governor might also be kicking the tires on a run against U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, the rookie Republican from Tifton.
Porter said, no, he’s not running. What’s more, he thinks Macon may not be part of Scott’s 8th District come 2012. Porter says he’s hearing a great deal of talk that the Republican-controlled Legislature next month could hand Macon and its mid-state Democratic environs (Fort Valley, etc.) over to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop and the 2nd District.
In return, the heavily Republican city of Thomasville near the Florida voter – which is now in Bishop’s district – would be shifted over to Scott. Both congressmen would benefit from the deal.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider