Doug MacGinnitie’s disclosure for the year end filing period should end any doubt that he intends to not only remain in the race for Secretary of State, but remain a formidable opponant for Brian Kemp. Kemp received a belated Christmas gift from the Governor last week, being appointed to the position that he and MacGinnitie were already contesting.
Doug sent out a press release upon the announcement that
Kemp Jim Cole was the Governor’s pick to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Karen Handel. In it, he said that the reasons he entered the race had not changed, and that he believes he was still the best person for that job.
Doug reaffirmed his commitment during a morning phone call, and discussed his decision to add some of his own funds to the amount he has raised from donors. We discussed that one of his reasons he got into politics was his frustration that the “common person” with talent and ability was being frozen out of a process that had become unfair and designed to answer to and reward those connected to the insiders. Recent events have only strengthened his resolve.
He said he’s putting more personal funds into this race than he originally intended, but felt if he was going to ask supporters to join him against the establishment, he needed to demonstrate that he was willing to give it his all.
He said he is also reaffirmed at the reaction that he has received since the events of last weekend transpired. Not only has no one asked him to leave the race, many of his supporters have found new energy and strengthened their commitment to the race because of the governor’s actions.
For those that bought the argument that appointing Kemp was a good way to avoid a costly primary in a down ballot race, it is now clear you were wrong. This race has now grown in stature, and the intensity has grown from supporters of both men.
But my suspicion is that the reasons Kemp’s folks wanted to avoid a primary had nothing to do with conserving funds for top tier races. It probably had a lot more to do with the fact that Doug was connecting and continues to resonate with voters.