Now that Ralph Reed is out of the picture, Georgia is open territory for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, the Arizona senator.
We’re hearing that he’ll come to Atlanta on Oct. 9. We’re pretty sure it will be McCain’s first visit to the state since the Senate Indian Affairs Committee began looking into the doings of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff — and by extension, Reed.
McCain, of course, is chairman of that committee. The visit is a three-fer:
There’s a fund-raiser for Casey Cagle, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, who used much of the material dug up by the McCain committee in his TV campaign against Reed.
McCain will also be a speaker at a luncheon for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. And U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has roped McCain into some sort of golf tournament. We’re not clear on the details of that last event.