I was talking this morning to one of the more seasoned Republican operatives in Georgia, who told me of an effort to bring some new names into the 2014 race for Senate and the congressional contests that could open up as a result.
The profile under emphasis: Young, wealthy, business-oriented, conservative but not hide-bound, and an outsider to both Georgia and Washington politics.
Which brings us to the two owners of the Atlanta Dream, the WNBA team. Mary Brock fits four of the five categories – philanthropically, she and her husband have heaped cash upon Georgia Tech and Emory University.
But it is the younger Kelly Loeffler that rings bells. She serves as the spokeswoman for IntercontinentalExchange, which just purchased the New York Stock Exchange. She’s got an MBA from DePaul University.
More to the point, last fall Loeffler gave $750,000 to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that went to bat for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She also gave $10,000 to the Georgia GOP last fall.
That’s a woman who’s laying down some chits.
Another name that fits the above profile is that of state revenue commissioner Doug MacGinnitie. Look for him to jump into the 6th District congressional contest if U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell sallies forth into the GOP race for Senate.
One more thing: Saxby Chambliss’ announcement last week that he would not seek re-election in 2014 hit at exactly the wrong time for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, who was overseas on a congressional trip. But clearly he’s interested in making the jump to the upper chamber, and is trying to hold his supporters together. He sent this email this morning:
As you know by now, Saxby Chambliss has announced that he does not intend to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. I have spent a great deal of time in the days since praying and discussing this opportunity with my family.
As one of my strongest supporters, I want the opportunity to discuss this with you as well. Unfortunately I am out of the country and, between the time difference and spotty cell phone coverage, I am not able call everyone I would like. That’s why I am sending you this email.
I am very interested in this opportunity to expand my service to our great state. As we prepare, I would appreciate your continued support, prayers, and the benefit of your thoughts. I will host a conference call shortly after I return. In the meantime, I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me by replying to this email.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider