From: Bobby Kahn
To: Democratic Candidates
RE: Winning Election 2006
This election, we have the opportunity of a lifetime, in a chance to capitalize on the grossly divided Republican base, and post several strong candidates for constitutional offices and statewide races. As it now stands, the Republican base is divided over the Lt. Governor’s race, will be divided over the Agriculture Commissioner’s race and Secretary of State’s race, once the media furor over Ralph Reed has died down. I’ll talk more about this later.
First, we’re going to move Mark Taylor back into the Lieutenant Governor’s race. With a war chest of 3 million and only token primary opposition, he should be well positioned to take on Ralph Reed in the general election. If we can post a strong challenge to Reed, it will significantly diminish Sonny’s effectiveness. If Ralph is busy fighting his own war, he’ll be much less available to assist Sonny with his grassroots campaign.
Secondly, we’re going to have Shirley Franklin endorse Cathy Cox AND Mark Taylor in a move that will most likely galvanize the African American base solidly behind our Cox/Taylor ticket. We can bring in Jimmy Carter, Bill Campbell, Roy Barnes, and all kinds of other dignitaries to raise the money we need to make this a winning ticket.
In the mean time, we’re going to focus on getting the media to chew up Zell Miller, Preston Smith, and other conservative public leaders to make a “conservative” message look hypocritical. The goal is to drag as many people down in the press as possible. If their message is hypocritical, their campaigns won’t hold water.
We will continue to campaign strongly to hold onto the Ag Commissioner’s office, and it appears, if our strategy works, that we’ll end up with the competition being between a Sonny Perdue/Ralph Reed ticket and a Cathy Cox/Mark Taylor ticket.
The potential obstacles include the connections that Ralph Reed has in Washington. We don’t have what it takes to fight a strong support from Washington. We’ll have to figure out a way to answer 4 visits by the President. More to come on that front. Another potential losing battle we’ll fight is the strong grassroots organization that will come from a Reed/Perdue ticket. The GAGOP had an excellent showing the last two elections with their statewide grassroots program, and it will most likely only get better. As previously mentioned, having a strong candidate challenge Reed will help us defend this weakness.
In order to minimize this situation, we’re going to focus everything we have to tearing Ralph down in the press, to his base, and to make him look like an unethical liar to the faithbased community. Faithbased is his strongest base, and if we can cause them to lose confidence in him, it will be a huge blow to his campaign. Of course, we’ll naturally have to go after Casey in the same way if he were to make it to the general, but for now, let’s keep the guns aimed at Ralph. We’ll call this Operation: Kitchen Sink. Throw anything and everything at him INCLUDING the kitchen sink to keep him out of the general. Check with Jim Galloway…I’m sure he’ll be happy to assist in this matter.
Another obstacle to this proposed course of action is the simple fact that it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to talk Mark Taylor out of moving back into the Lt. Governor’s race. He feels that he is entrenched in this race, has a strong showing in fundraising, and has significantly greater policy experience than Cathy Cox.
Finally, we need to focus on recruiting several good candidates to challenge and potentially take the several Senate seats that have been left open in the outflux of Republicans in the Senate due to overinflated ambition. John Bulloch and Johnny Grant are very vulnerable, and open seats have been left by Casey Cagle, Bill Stephens, and Brian Kemp. Best case scenario to take all of those seats, and it will put us in a position to take down the two strongest Republican Leadership bastions that are left: Eric Johnson and through Eric, Glenn Richardson.
Stay the course.