Bobby Kahn in C&E Magazine

In this month’s edition of Campaign & Elections magazine, Robert Schlesinger wrote a piece titled, “Rating the Parties:  The Successful and not-so state parties and their chairs,” in which he discusses, among others, Georgia Democratic Party’s own Bobby Kahn.

In Georgia, for example, the Democrats are still recovering from the nightmarish 2002 elections that saw them lose not only the governorship (for the first time in 130 years), but also a U.S. Senate seat, the state House speaker, state Senate majority leader and – the final insult – control of the state Senate when four members switched parties. In 2004, the party could mount little opposition for an open U.S. Senate seat, and lost control of the state Senate. Current Chairman Bobby Kahn is former chief of staff to ex-Gov. Roy Barnes, who went down in ’02. Known for an attacking style, he took over in 2004 and has received high marks while trying to swim up-stream.

 

“Bobby Kahn is an incredibly capable guy, really smart, but he’s tried to survive as chair in an environment where they’ve had a couple of really bad election cycles – and I don’t blame him at all,

5 comments

  1. buzzbrockway says:

    It’s always dangerous to underestimate you opponent, and I hope we’re(the GOP) not. Mr. Kahn and his Party are certainly capable of winning big this year, though their prospects of gaining majorities in the State House and Senate are remote, I think most if not all of the statewide races will be very competitive.

    Georgia is a conservative State, but that does not guarantee Republican dominance, and that’s not a bad thing.

  2. GAWire says:

    Again, the only thing that will defeat us (GOP) this year will be our own complacency and lack of positive outcome in the Primaries. If we lose, it will be b/c we beat ourselves.

  3. atlantaman says:

    If Bobby Kahn get’s “high marks” for his oversight of the Democrat Party of Georgia, I’d hate to see the situation where a State Chair received low marks. Even as that article was being written you had GA Dem leaders jumping ship and switching parties.

    You sure don’t want to be standing between a traditional Georgia Democrat and membership in the Republican caucus these days.

  4. In what world are Chuck Sims, Mickey Channell, Penny Houston, Greg Morris and Hinson Mosely leaders? I’d sure love to see these leaders get committee chairmanships.

  5. GAWire says:

    “””In what world are Chuck Sims, Mickey Channell, Penny Houston, Greg Morris and Hinson Mosely leaders?”””

    In a world of a Republican Majority, Chris. Welcome.

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