RUMOR: Cox to Run for Lt. Governor

There is a rampant rumor at the State Capitol that Cathy Cox has decided to run for Lieutenant Governor instead of Governor.

Neither Cox nor Taylor have qualified yet. This meshes with several items of gossip over the past few days that behind the scenes the Cox campaign was struggling for renewed identity and suffering internal turmoil. They may just be switching strategies for a new race.

Developing . . .

[UPDATE]: Further rumor is that there will be some sort of special announcement, but again — it is just rumor. Taylor, Cox, and Republican Brent Brown are the only three known statewide candidates not to have qualified as of now.

[UPDATE 2]: A mutual close friend tells me that Secretary Cox has no intention of getting out of the Governor’s race.

A question we must ask ourselves is why Taylor and Cox both waited until the last minute to qualify and now risk sharing the spotlight as opposed to owning a news cycle unless there were behind the scenes negotiations — regardless of how successful they were.

[UPDATE 3]: Secretary Cox just qualified for the Governor’s race. Now, all of us can go back to hounding out other rumors.


  1. Kate says:

    This one is hard to believe. Lt. Gov. race is crowded and numerous people have a head start in fund-raising.

  2. Rusty says:

    You deserve a lot of credit. Except maybe for the Political Insider “blog,” this is almost assuredly the most widely-read Ga. politics-focused political blog in the state.

    So, it stands to reason that if someone involved with an in-state campaign wanted to spread a rumor (credible or otherwise), this would be one of the best places to do it.

  3. atlantaman says:

    This rumor sounds like wishful thinking on Mark Taylor’s part.

    Don’t know about the Brent Brown stuff, I would be shocked after raising over $100,000 if he didn’t qualify.

  4. George Allen 08 says:

    Why would both Cox and Taylor wait until Thursday to qualify? You’d think they’d both want to be in that Monday spectacle. Perhaps the wikipedia stuff?

  5. Sara says:

    If Hillary moved to Macon, it’s just a matter of time before Cagle donates to her campaign…if he hasn’t already!

  6. Bill Simon says:

    Thank you for weighing in on that, Steph. But, I think it’s still accurate that Republicans vote on Tuesday, November 7, and Democrats vote on Wednesday, November 8 in the General, right…?

  7. stephaniemills21 says:

    Yes that is right Bill. Just like you are some hot young stud that any girl would be crazy about.

    From the hottest Dem out there. (SO EAT THAT EMILY)

  8. georgia grrl says:

    erick, do you have some sort of protocol for posting “tips”? because this could be a long primary season if you’re willing to spoon-feed the blogosphere rick dent’s drivel. maybe some sort of vetting process could be a good idea, like having it confirmed by someone who’s capable of more than just wishful thinking.

  9. rugby fan says:

    This is the shocker of the year!

    I thought they ran in 2006?

    Wait a second, this sounds like something that the TMC is more than capable of; completely re-arranging election schedules with no one noticing. Or no one having the ability to speak out.

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