Fleming out?

Insider Advantage is reporting that the Majority Whip of the Georgia House of Representatives Rep. Barry Fleming, after having lined up an all star campaign including Jay Walker and Speaker Glenn Richardson has deferred to Augusta State Senator and former University of Georgia football standout Jim Whitehead.  I had predicted that a Flemming/Whitehead/Hudgens race would give Hudgens a slight tactical advantage in that Fleming and
Whitehead would split the same base in the south end of the district.  It would seem that the tactical advantage might have shifted.

13 comments

  1. drjay says:

    this really makes sense on a variety of fronts, whitehead is a older and fleming younger-meaning fleming could still run perhaps in the next couple of cycles, whitehead appears to have lined up most of the former norwood staff for his campaign, and it seems like fleming could step up to whitehead’s senate seat w/out much difficulty if he still wanted a “promotion”

  2. drjay says:

    also does anyone know if they will be able to coordinate things such that all the special elections happen simultaneously, or will there be a 2nd round of them to accomidate the seats vacated by hopefuls for the congressional seat?

  3. dogface says:

    Not sure Rep. Fleming would want to give up his position as #4 man in the House to become a freshmen in the Senate.

  4. TigerLily says:

    Update from Pettys:

    (2/19/07) Barry Fleming is out. Jim Whitehead is in. That’s the news this morning from the developing 10th congressional district race for the late Congressman Charlie Norwood’s seat.

    Fleming, the House Republican Whip, decided over the weekend not to make the race, after having lined up a strong campaign team and substantial commitments for money.

    Instead, he plans to introduce Whitehead this morning when Whitehead announces his candidacy at the Columbia County Government Center, and will offer his endorsement. Also planning to be present to offer an endorsement and check: former Congressman Max Burns.

  5. IndyInjun says:

    Barry Fleming introduced Jim Whitehead at the announcement gathering and gave Jim his support.

    Max Burns was detained, but is understood to be supporting Whitehead.

    These developments should make Jim Whitehead the frontrunner.

  6. Bull Moose says:

    Whitehead appears to have the momentum. From what I’ve read and seen, he appears to be the best qualified and suited to continue the Norwood legacy.

  7. drjay says:

    State Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, who also had been mentioned as a candidate, introduced Mr. Whitehead at the news conference and announced that he would not run.

    “It makes it a whole lot easier when you have someone like Jim Whitehead, who you know and you love and you’ve served with and you know he’s a good man,” said Mr. Fleming, who served with Mr. Whitehead on the Columbia County Commission. “No one can fill Charlie Norwood’s shoes, but someone has got to go to Washington and represent and vote for us and I just know he’s the right person for that.”

    from todays augusta chronicle–i’d say its official at this point…

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