A very credible source from the tip line says that Jerry Keen is expected to enter into the Lite Gov’s race. We hear that Representative Keen has been making the rounds with the G8, letting them know he intends to enter.
While we have no doubt as to the integrity of the source, we didn’t want to put something like this up without touching base with other contacts. Of the others talked to, Peach Pundit has received other confirmations that Keen has begun the slow contact of G8 members and key supporters of his own.
Peach Pundit is told that Keen has been privately urged by current supporters of both Reed and Cagle.
[UPDATE]: This post has generated some phone calls and I want to provide an update. Several individuals speculate that Rep. Keen has decided, whether accurate or not (and I think not), that Ralph Reed is going to withdraw from the race. It has been well documented that Keen and Reed spoke prior to Reed’s announcement. Likewise, it is known that Keen was the Georgia Christian Coalition Chair when Ralph Reed was in charge of the coalition. If Keen is convinced that Reed is going to back out and Reed convinces Keen otherwise, Keen may never actually go beyond testing the waters.