…I might as well answer it.
Yes, it’s true that Bobby Kahn isn’t going to seek another term as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG). Initially, the DPG was supposed to elect new officers at the State Convention, but a consensus was reached and agreed upon that initiating a change in leadership eight weeks before election day was not a good idea, so the DPG elections were delayed until January of 2007.
Who’s going to replace Bobby Kahn?
Well, it’s not going to be Cathy Cox. Whatever support that she might have had for a potential run for State Party Chair evaporated when she fled to Canada prior to the State Convention. She’s out…period.
The other names that I’ve heard is current DPG Secretary Steve Leeds. He ran for State Party Chair after state Rep. Calvin Smyre stepped down, and Leeds might run again. Former Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Griffin Lotson told the Brunswick News that he was considering it. Former state Sen. Mell Traylor might run. I’ve heard his name thrown around by some pretty reliable sources. State Rep. Tom Bordeaux is also a rumored candidate, as is former state Sen. Donzella James. I even heard that Steve Sinton might run (all the Democratic nominees for state-wide and federal office are automatically members of the DPG State Committee).
Right now, the only announced candidate is the Chairman of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party Mike Berlon. He’s been mentioned in InsiderAdvantage Georgia and has picked up the endorsement of Richard Ray, the President of the Georgia AFL-CIO and one of Georgia’s DNC members.
After the November election (barring a run-off), you can expect that everybody, their cousin, and their brother will announce that they’re running for something.
Honestly, my take on things is that if Mark Taylor loses, you’re going to see the liberals/progressives/whatever-it-is-they’re-calling-themselves-today faction within the Party call for blood. They’ll say, “See, Mark Taylor lost because he was trying to be ‘Republican-lite’. We need to be real Democrats” (what the heck is a real Democrat anyway; what, you can’t be a conservative and be a Democrat?) and all that stuff. However, if Mark Taylor wins, well, he’s going to have a pretty decent amount of influence in who’s elected as State Party Chair much like President Bush had a large amount of influence in Ken Mehlman being elected Chair of the RNC.
That’s all I know.
Any more questions?