A Problem for Cox

Cathy Cox will be in Macon on December 7, 2005, at the Rosewood Ballroom. I know more than half of the hosts — all of whom are women. A number of whom can be accurately characterized as more progressive than most of us, whether Democrat or Republican.

There is a danger for Cox being seen as running a “woman’s campaign.” Now, a lot of you can laugh that off and pooh-pooh the idea, but it is a danger of segmentation. While women outnumber men in voting and, in particular, the Democratic primary, she risks characterizing her campaign as a single issue campaign — elect a woman, the end.

I’ll willing to admit I’m making more out of this than is there. But, it’s something her campaign is going to have to keep in mind. What is very interesting however is that most, if not all, of the black female politicians in the area, from Anita Ponder to Nikki Randall, are listed as hosts. One law firm is listed as a host as well. There are a lot of Mercer Law alumnae and employees on the host committee, which is fitting since Cox is an alumna of Mercer Law.


  1. Decaturguy says:

    I think Cox running as a “woman candidate” is exactly what her campaign wants and is what scares the piss out of the Perdue campaign. If she can get suburban women voters (many who identify as Republicans) to focus on electing a woman governor, then Perdue and the Republicans will not be able to swing back the focus on those traditionally Republican partisan issues in order to bring them back to the Republican column.

  2. GAWire says:

    >>”””If she can get suburban women voters (many who identify as Republicans) to focus on electing a woman governor …”””

    She won’t. Everyone thinks that a woman candidate automatically has the woman vote, even from the opposing Party. It ain’t true. It’s kind of like the fact that so many people are saying that if Hillary runs for Pres, then the majority of American women, including Republicans are going to get behind her b/c of the fact that she is a female candidate. That isn’t the case. Same thing for GA – Cox isn’t going to beat Sonny b/c she is female, and we aren’t going to see some amazing phenomenon where most GA women vote for the woman candidate, regardless of Party.

  3. HeartofGa says:

    Within the last two months, there have already been two significant events for Cathy Cox in Macon, and this luncheon will be the third. First, in Septmeber, there was a very well-attended fundraiser with an amazingly diverse and deep host list. Seeing the crowd at that event would’ve sent chills down the backs of both Perdue and Taylor. Next, she was here in November for a non-fundraiser, and spoke to a full house at the Rosewood. Again, a very diverse crowd. Now, she’s coming back for a Women’s Luncheon. Erick, I think that you are making much ado about nothing, here. Besides, the Walker event ought to balance the scales! 🙂 Seriously, the people I know who are supporting Cathy are doing so because she’ll be a great governor, not because she happens to be a women.

  4. Decaturguy says:

    I don’t think that Cox “automatically” will have the woman vote. But will she be able to get 10% more than Mark Taylor would? Probably. In a close election, that would make the difference between winning and losing.

    Further, Cox has already proven that she can get the woman vote in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. One needs only to look that the 2002 election results. Cathy Cox was the only Democrat running statewide in the 2002 election that won both Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Every other Democrat, even those that won statewide (Taylor, Baker, Thurmond), lost Cobb and Gwinnett.

    I think the proof is in the 2002 election results and if you are a Republican and are not scared by those numbers then you are in a state of denial.

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