According to our hero Tom Crawford (damn him for getting better scoops than us 😉 ), some in the GOP say so. Senators Jeff Mullis, Chip Pearson, and Chip Rogers have prepared a “strategic memo” that makes a plausible case for Casey Cagle. They argue that Ralph will hurt Sonny.
We’ve been able to see the memo. In it, the senators write
A recent independent poll released by Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion gives strong reason to believe that Ralph Reed may be virtually unelectable in a general election. Among 600 general election voters surveyed (margin of error +/- 4%) 16% of voters expressed a favorable view of Reed, while 19% expressed an unfavorable view. As public coverage of Ralph’s recent work as a lobbyist continues, that ratio is clearly not going to improve.
There is simply no precedent for a major political figure in Georgia to have negatives that outweigh their positives. For example, Roy Barnes was in much better territory prior to his defeat. And, Sonny Perdue currently has vastly better numbers, with favorables of 59% and unfavorables of only 24%. The Democrats would like nothing better than to get our Governor’s ratings into the same territory as Ralph Reed’s by tying them together, and we simply cannot afford to let that happen.
They make good points, but no doubt the Reed folks will counter that the race is young, Reed has lots of money, and all of this will be old news before November of next year.
At the same time, I continue to think, as do others more knowledgeable than me, that the person who will get the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor has not yet entered the race.