Martin won’t get as much National Democratic support as he thinks.

Jim Martin is clearly the establishment candidate in the Democratic side of the US Senate race. With that status come certain expectations: Money should flow like water (he’s raised a good amount thus far), other candidates should step aside as the Party faithful flock to your side, and the National Party will send large sums of money your way.

Sadly for Martin, his race didn’t feature prominently in the press conference about Democratic prospects this fall. Georgia remains in the “Good candidates with an outside chance” category which seems like a nice way of saying “don’t count on any money from us.”

This has to encourage the other Democrats in the Georgia primary. If Jim Martin was encouraged to run by Party power brokers, yet they won’t commit to spend much (if any) money, why should these other candidates step aside? As we’ve seen on the GOP side in recent years, establishment candidates don’t always get the nomination.

I think it’s way to early to hand the Democratic nomination for US Senate to Jim Martin.

12 comments

  1. GeorgiaValues says:

    Buzz is right on, we have a long way to go until 7/15th. We have yet to see what Vernon raised, and he shows no signs of going anywhere.

    The Dale, Rand and Josh show has been on the road attending Democratic party meetings and candidate forums around the state. Sen. Schumer’s bleak analysis of the race from the ultimate Democratic Party insider is sure to give renewed hope and energy to the other campaigns. Each of these candidates have their own reasons for running, they have worked hard over the past year campaigning around the state and cannot be very happy about the cold shoulder they have received from DPG Chair Jane Kidd, or from Sen. Schumer.

    This race may prove to become a very interesting and competitive primary contest…a liberal, has been, recruit with no fire in the belly v. the democratic newcomers, idealists, and impassioned crusaders.

  2. GAR says:

    Its a pretty sad state of affairs for GA Democrats if Jim Martin has become their savior for this race. I guess losing elections is the pre-req for running in this race.

  3. GOPGrassroots says:

    Jim Martin is the only candidate in the race who can honestly claim to represent the left wing of the party. While the other candidates hold middle of the road positions on most issues, Jim hails from the liberal boonies on all major issues. This primary will be an interesting gauge of just how moderate the Democratic party is in Georgia.

  4. ugadog says:

    Jim Martin is the presumptive nominee as much as John McCain is. Buzz, don’t waste our time with this simply because want their to be a primary fight among the Democratic Party.

  5. GeorgiaValues says:

    Ugadog, your post is idiotic. John McCain has sewn up his primary with all his main competitors out of the race and now supporting him.

    Jim Martin is as close as Hillary Clinton is to being the presumptive nominee. Vernon had over 250K on hand last disclosure, Dale is steaming mad at Jim for breaking his word about not getting in the race, Josh is out to prove a point that insider dollars don’t determine who should win a race, and Rand senses true support from unions, students and democratic primary voters who are most concerned about the environment. These guys are in it for the long haul.

    It’s a pipe dream to assume that Jim Martin is the presumptive nominee just because he has received contributions from some of his liberal trial lawyer buddies. The DSCC hasn’t put a dollar in this race, and based on Sen. Schumer’s comments yesterday, I don’t think that they will.

  6. RuralDem says:

    “Jim Martin is the only candidate in the race who can honestly claim to represent the left wing of the party. While the other candidates hold middle of the road positions on most issues, Jim hails from the liberal boonies on all major issues. This primary will be an interesting gauge of just how moderate the Democratic party is in Georgia.”

    You really don’t know the other candidates do you? Knight is as far left as you can get. Now, Cardwell is a moderate, and I think if Martin does not get the nomination, then Cardwell will be our best hope.

  7. RuralDem says:

    And as far as the ideological struggle within the party, I don’t see this election as being that battle. Cardwell has placed himself as a moderate on some issues, but there’s no candidate in the race that screams out moderate or conservative in my mind. I still wish Marshall, Bishop, or someone like that would have jumped in.

    Them jumping in is about as likely as Gene Taylor running for Senate in MS. It’s just not happening. Bishop and Taylor have their seats until they decide they want to leave.

  8. gapeoples says:

    Money doesn’t matter unless you have a viable candidate who unites the party. Jim Martin has aligned himself with pro-gay liberals, singling out many democrats who actually have a soul; and Vernon will probably be in the slammer when the primary rolls around. Who are you left with? A bunch of nobodies…

  9. Holly says:

    Marshall and Bishop have no incentive to run for statewide office, RuralDem. Particularly Bishop is in a seat where he can stay forever, and yes, Marshall has a tough race again this year, but he’s far more likely to win GA-08 again than he would be the senate seat. Until Georgia trends more blue, I don’t think you’ll see a candidate like that running.

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