According to this article in the Gwinnett Daily Post, the race to replace Governor Perdue is underway and Cagle and Richardson are the frontrunners:
The two GOP legislative leaders appear to be on a collision course in early jockeying for the 2010 nod to succeed Gov. Sonny Perdue at the top of the statewide Republican ticket.
Barring a gubernatorial run by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., which is a distinct possibility, Richardson and Cagle are poised to become the two top contenders.
But from what they had to say last week as the General Assembly kicked off its 2007 session, the two men are taking very different approaches to how they plan to use their current leadership positions.
Richardson said he has no agenda for the next 21D2 months. Cagle is pushing an activist agenda of measures he promised voters on the campaign trail last year.
To the speaker, that same campaign trail across Georgia was one months-long lesson that voters are content with the status quo. Otherwise, why would they have re-elected Perdue in a landslide and returned Republicans to control over both legislative chambers?
“People tell me they don’t want more laws,’’ Richardson told his House colleagues last Monday morning after they chose him to serve a second term as speaker. “A majority of Georgians are happy with what’s happening in Georgia.’’
That same afternoon, Cagle told an audience of nearly 5,000 after being sworn in as the state’s first Republican lieutenant governor that he would work to expand charter schools in Georgia and to establish “career academies’’ as a way to increase access to technical education.
I know it’s early but hey speculation is so much fun. There are certainly other high profile potential Republicans out there who might run for example; Lynn Westmoreland and Herman Cain. There’s no denying the fact Cagle and Richardson will be in the thick of the 2010 Gubernatorial race.