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,