Erick Erickson, the former Macon city councilman and current night-time talk jock, may finally be making his mark as a next-generation provocateur within Republican ranks.
A Saturday annual gathering of RedState.com, a conservative web site edited by Erickson, will be the site of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance into the 2012 GOP presidential race. From Politico.com:
Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president….
According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll.
Erickson, the night host for AM 750 and 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB was already having a good day. A Washington Post history of the debt-ceiling debate named him a supporting player on the side of House Republicans:
Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com, a conservative blog with a large following, attacked the House leadership’s apparent willingness to compromise. He implored rank-and-file conservatives to stand strong.
“Fear has no business entering into your negotiations,” he wrote. “There is no fallback. There is no alternative. Hold the freaking line.”
But Erickson aside, a Perry candidacy raises the pertinent question of what his Georgia operation is likely to look like. We’re picking up some talk of some Capitol heavyweights entertaining the idea of backing the Texas governor. Possibly Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Maybe Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Former state senator John Douglas of Social Circle appears to be the current coordinator – and operator of the Georgians for Rick Perry page on Facebook.
Among those who have hit the “like” button: state Sen. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, and First Lady Sandra Deal. Whose husband is still – at least formally – a backer of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider