Saturday, May 25, 2013

Michelle Nunn gets ready in Georgia

By Richard K. Barry

The Hill is reporting that businesswomen Michelle Nunn is actively preparing to run for the U.S. Senate from Georgia as a Democrat. They say an
announcement is expected early this summer. 

Nunn, who currently runs a charity, is shaping up as the Democrats' best bet to take Sen. Saxby Chambliss's seat. Chambliss announced he would retire at the end of the term. 

The Hill:

“We'd be very excited to have her in the race. We expect a decision in the next few weeks,” said Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon. “Michelle is going to present a brilliant contrast to anybody the Republicans have running in the spring … She's a female, a proven administrator from a good family. We believe she can clearly win. She has all the tools to win this race in the general election.”

The "good family" reference is in regard to the fact that she is daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) and she is the CEO of Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. 

The Hill says that Democrats are hopeful that Georgia could be a rare pick-up opportunity in a year when they are mostly going to be playing defence. If, and we've seen this story before, a crowded GOP field produces a flawed candidate, anything is possible. 

Republicans already in the race include Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R).

Businessman David Perdue (R), the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), is also expected to run, and businesswoman Kelly Loeffler, who owns the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, is also said to be looking at a bid.

For the record, Mitt Romney took Georgia in 2012 by a margin of 53.3 to 45.5  percent.

My guess is that a lot of things would have to break the right way. 

(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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