Kemp to take on Hudgens in ’08

The Political Insider has this statement from Brian Kemp:

“I have already filed paperwork to run for state Senate District 47 and intend to run, regardless of when the election is.”

Kudos to Mr. Kemp for sticking with it. With a primary challenge from a well-supported former state senator on the horizon, it looks like Sen. Hudgens, who first announced that he was abandoning his Senate seat to run for the 10th CD, then withdrew from that (likely losing) race to avoid losing out on public office altogether, may well end up losing everything anyway.

h/t bowersville


  1. Billings says:

    Good for Kemp! He is going to be doing Georgia a great service by getting rid of this spinless loser.

  2. Bud says:

    Well, I doubt Ralph really expected this being of the mental level he is, but this is what he deserves. The whole situation is sad and ridiculous. He should go ahead and resign in shame.

    Good for Brian Kemp. Guess we can say one thing about Kemp, he doesn’t back down from his word.

  3. DAMY46 says:


    Eleven folks have said they would run for the Norwood seat…

    I think about half will drop out.

    My 2 cents


  4. atlantaman says:

    I don’t know if Hudgens deserves some of the criticism he’s received.

    Folks are being a bit melodramatic for characterizing Hudgens as “breaking his word” or “being spineless”. Running for office, expecially Congress, is very difficult and not something most on this message board have ever experienced. It ain’t like turning down a bet on the golf course.

    I don’t know what Hudgens reason was, but probably the campaign wasn’t coming together as he expected. He made a strategic decision and it was the best decision for the GOP. He should be congratulated for getting out and making it possible to get behind one solid candidate.

    I know of another candidate who dropped out of the race before Hudgens and there will probably be others who follow Hudgens. I don’t think any of them should be crucified for it. There are some who were confident that Whitehead would win, and if I had to bet I would have bet on Whitehead, but it would have been a mistake to have counted Hudgens out.

    Hudgens is now in an interesting pickle with Kemp. They are both fine gentlemen. I don’t blame Kemp for staying in the race, although I’m not quite prepared to shower him with kudos just because he wants to get back into the Senate.

  5. Jeff Emanuel says:

    atlantaman, who is calling Hudgens “spineless”” for leaving the race? I said repeatedly in my piece on his withdrawing that “running for Congress certainly isn’t for everybody.” Where’s the problem in that?

  6. atlantaman says:

    “who is calling Hudgens “spineless”” for leaving the race?”

    Go back and read the first response to your post from Billings.

  7. bowersville says:

    I don’t think it is being melodramatic to characterize Hudgens as breaking his word. Kemp wouldn’t have announced for the 47th, filed with the SoS and every GOP senator wouldn’t have endorsed Kemp, including Hudgens, had Hudgens not given his word.

    It is not that Hudgens has decided he would not seek the 10th Congressional district, it’s the way he has gone about it, even meeting with the Governor and SoS. It would have been better for the GOP and Hudgens to have done his homework behind the scenes, and then go public.

    It will be better if the GOP electorate unites behind one strong candidate in the 10th, but what about this fiasco in the 47th?

    Whatever criticism Hudgens receives, he has brought upon himself. However, I don’t agree with the name calling.

    Pye brings up a good point above, what know? Did Kemp cause this? No Hudgens did.

  8. atlantaman says:

    I’ll be the first to state that what problems Hudgens now has with his Senate seat he brought on himself, and I wouldn’t blame Kemp for staying in.

    He made a decision to get out front, some would argue too far in front of Norwood’s death, and it’s now jeapordized his Senate seat.

    I guess we can debate the “giving his word” argument. The problem is what all this usually boils down to is money. In order to raise the money you have to act like a serious candidate, once you’re into the campaign and the money isn’t coming like you thought – does that mean your trapped to the end of the election?

    As a side note is it 100% certain that Hudgens plans to run for re-election?

  9. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Atlantaman, conceding/withdrawing from races is not a “mortal sin”; once a candidate declares for a race, as you point out, he or she is not locked in to that race forever.

    However, this case shows very clearly that, while people have the liberty to declare for races, and then follow through or not, there is fallout which affects many other people when someone changes their mind. Hudgens made a giant mistake when he announced his intent to run even before the incumbent had passed away, declared on the day of his death, and then recruited and endorsed a successor to his Senate seat. The fallout will continue to be felt for a while — and it will affect Hudgens, for good or for ill.

    And yes, Hudgens has said himself that he’s running for reelection. Then again, he’s dropped out of one race this year…

  10. bowersville says:

    Yes it usually boils down to money, so where does the money go for the 47th? Do you think the money people interested in the 47th may be in a quandary?

    If they are, that can’t help.

  11. Bud says:

    Hudgen’s put himself in this situation. He should have waited to announce his candidacy until after Norwood had died AND when he was for sure he wanted to run for Congress. It is not as if he is saying he couldn’t get the support, he is saying he just doesn’t want to run now. He should have thought about that before he was raked over the coals for announcing while Norwod was on his deathbed and before he went out and told Kemp to run for his seat.

  12. Former State Senator Brian Kemp vs Incumbent State Senator Ralph Hudgens in the 47th state senate district GOP primary. It will be interesting. Would this weird like if the Democrats asked Roy Barnes to run for Governor again in 2010.

  13. R.E.M. says:

    Kemp’s a good guy. He should do very well in his run for the 47th both financially and politically. At the least he will keep the Senators on the fence, at the most he will get a large group of the state senators to back him.

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