Whitehead is the Front Runner

According to the Hill, which also has this little ditty:

Whitehead scored a coup last week when state Rep. Barry Fleming, an up-and-comer in the Republican Party, yielded to the elder state senator and endorsed him. Not only had Fleming been considered a frontrunner, but the move cemented Whitehead as the candidate of Augusta, which should be anxious to keep its congressional office.

Another potential spoiler in the Augusta area, state House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ben Harbin, has also decided against running.

Observers say Whitehead is ahead of the game as far as his campaign organization and fundraising, and his fast start helped him push aside Fleming, who will now run for Whitehead’s state Senate seat.

is that true? I just can’t see Fleming doing that when he’s already safe in his present position.

14 comments

  1. drjay says:

    yeah i am quite curious their source for the notion fleming is going to run for the state senate–i’ve seen a couple of other names–and although i have no 1st hand knowledge–the argument for fleming staying in the house since he’s part of the leadership–as opposed to being a freshman st. senator made sense to me…

  2. atlantaman says:

    “Whitehead is ahead of the game as far as his campaign organization and fundraising”

    I’m interested in hearing some more details on how far he’s gotten on his fundraising.

  3. atlantaman says:

    I’m sure Flemming has an interesting decision on Whitehead’s seat.

    If he runs for State Senate he covers an area 3 times as large as the State House – more exposure for a bigger run. But he’s already in the leadership in the House and exercises more influence over that body than he would as a freshman Senator.

    Whoever the next Senator is could be another Whitehead type, who covers a larger area than Flemings, who would be setting themselves up nicely for a future Congressional run.

  4. Karen says:

    As a sitting State Senator, is Jim Whitehead only withheld from raising money for his current seat, or is he also unable to raise money for his upcoming race at this point? Interesting that he is ahead in fundraising.

  5. saltynuts says:

    The prohibition on fundraising during the General Assembly session only applies to fundraising for state elections, not federal.

    All the candidates can fundraise now unless there is some other prohibition.

  6. MrBigTom says:

    There’s something going on with Fleming and Whitehead we cannot see. This will be evident when the fundraising is transparent. Whitehead is a one term congressman at best should he win and Fleming is looking for a nod in two years. Why won’t some real media folks look into this coziness?

  7. I Am Jacks Post says:

    MrBigTom,

    ” . . . one term congressman at best should he win . . .” What does that mean? What’s the “at worst” scenario? Is there an obscure “half-term” provision within the Constitution that we’re all unaware of?

    If you’re going to accuse Fleming and Whitehead of something, go ahead and do it. Don’t lay out your lame-ass conspiracy theory without providing any proof.

  8. drjay says:

    this is based on what bigT? if you are implying a conspiracy its an odd and convoluted one? if the “big conspiracy” is that whitehead told fleming he’d like to run for congress and perhaps cap his career w/ a term or 2 in dc and that if fleming stepped aside he’d support him in 2 or 4 years for the seat–so what–it sounds like a reasonable if not typical political kind of haggling to me…

  9. MrBigTom says:

    “Typical political hagglin'” is likely to put the wrong guy in DC representing me. Whitehead has done a pretty good job on the State level but this job is serious. No part-timers need apply. Looking at the list of rumored and announced candidates I see at least two I’d vote for first.

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