As we all know, four years ago, there hadn’t been a Republican Governor of Georgia since Reconstruction. The similarity between that office, and Georgia 115? As the Athens Banner-Herald puts it:
As had happened every two years since the end of Reconstruction, a Democrat would swat away any Republican opposition and take his seat in Atlanta representing the liberal district most recently held by Jane Kidd and Louise McBee.
So, why even try? Until now, the latest sacrificial lamb was Bill Cowsert, Athens attorney, brother-in-law of State Senator Brian Kemp, and current candidate for Senate 46 (against his House rival from 2004, Jane Kidd).
This year, the Republican in a three-candidate “race” [Note: for the record, I have to disagree with Andre on his prediction — I don’t see it even being close to a runoff] is Ms. Regina Quick, a local attorney who is best known (if known at all) for waging a sign war against incumbent Athens Mayor Heidi Davidson. What, besides that, is Ms. Quick’s platform? Frankly, beyond claiming a “political philosophy that’s unique among the candidates” for the position, and the belief “that most decisions are best left to individuals, and there should be little or no government interference,” it’s anybody’s guess.
Beyond her lack of visibility or a coherent platform, — and the fact that a Republican has never won here — Ms. Quick has one more *glaring* problem with her campaign: cash.
According to the Banner-Herald, “Quick…isn’t soliciting contributions, and has accepted just $3,000 in donations since qualifying in May. “I’m not pandering for people’s money,” she said.”
Clearly, she isn’t soliciting money — and even that $3,000 is suspect, given these facts:
- Quick’s campaign committee was filed on July 12
- Quick’s June 30 financial disclosure was filed on August 4, and she had a grand total of $0 cash on hand.
The upcoming 9/30 disclosure will hopefully shed a bit more light on Ms. Quick’s financial situation — that is, if she doesn’t wait until four weeks after the deadline to file this one, as well.
It was a given that Quick — who qualified during the post-original-deadline grace period — was going to lose this race, given the simple demographics of this district. However, if you’re going to give it a shot, then at least make an effort. If you’re just going to pay to have your name on the ballot — and do absolutely no work besides that — then, seriously, why even bother?