If you haven’t heard, Karen Handel is running for
Lt. Governor Secretary of State [EE: Sorry, up since 3am with a sick baby]. Likewise, Mark Taylor is running for Governor. You might not have heard that because both campaigns have been rather silent.
I have heard several reports of chaotic organization within the Handel campaign. Notwithstanding those rumors, which I do not really believe, I do think it is interesting to note the relative quiet campaigns. A friend of Taylor’s tells me that on Taylor’s part it is intentional. There is a lot of chatter out there right now about the races, particularly on the Republican side, and Taylor feels no need to come out now. He is out raising money and meeting with movers and shakers, but is not generating headlines. I assume the same goes for Handel.
Somewhat humorously, this friend of Taylor’s compares Taylor’s strategy to that of Ralph Reed. Reed, he says, has been staying below the radar, raising money, organizing counties, and meeting with movers and shakers. Taylor has been doing the same thing. The difference, the friend says, is that Reed won’t stay off the front page of the paper, even though he is not the one out drumming up the headlines.
Several consultants and elected types I’ve talked to have said they are sensing that a lot of candidates have decided to stay out of the limelight right now. “Casey and Ralph have sucked all the air out right now. No one is paying attention and, if they are, that’s all they are hearing. We’ll sit out for now,” said one Democrat candidate to me. I think she has a point.