I’m going to chime in at this point and voice my support for Bill Stephens for Secretary of State. I do think that the record speaks for itself in reference to Karen Handel. I do believe she came out of the proverbial “no-where” to become the Governor’s deputy COS, and then chair of one of the largest counties in the state. I do believe the reason that the Governor needed to “muscle” her into that spot was because of her liberal bent. However, there have been no apparent blights on her ability as a professional, or as an administrator.
In contrast, Bill’s (that’s Stephens, not Simon) leadership ability, and capability at forming and leading coalitions was seen clearly during the last session, and also during previous sessions as he served as the Governor’s floor leader. I still think it would be interesting to know just exactly WHO the Governor is supporting for this office.
A couple of caveats to those statements. First, Handel may not lean so far to the left that she’ll alienate the mid-stream, moderate Republican voter. Second, the vast concentration of those “pragmatic” conservatives live within the doughnut. My conclusion is that, should the race come to a run-off, which it very well might, Karen Handel would beat Bill Stephens. Her support will largely be concentrated in the metro – Atlanta area, and for a statewide race, the vast majority of the run – off votes will come from metro Atlanta. Demographically, voters in metro Atlanta are much more likely, and able, to vote in run – off elections.
Finally, I don’t remember who brought it up, but I would look out for Perry McGuire. All technical details aside, it wouldnâ€™t surprise me at all to see McGuire edge one of the others out for a run â€“ off spot.