I suspect it will happen.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says he’s keeping the door open on a Democratic bid for lieutenant governor.

Thurmond was tapped on Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers to deliver the party’s response to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s final state of the state address.

Thurmond says while he is currently focused on his labor duties, he is “weighing his options” and “will make a decision soon” about whether to jump into the race.

While the General Assembly is back, the GOP seems to want to ignore all the issues with Senate leadership, and the Democrats are plotting.

I predict the Democrats will make gains in the state next year as the GOP makes gains in Congress.


    • Ken in Eastman says:


      If so, then it needs to happen quickly. It would be smart for another person to at least qualify and if anything hits the fan there is an alternative. I don’t want to hang my hat on a write-in candidate.

  1. If something happens to any candidate who has qualified, if ballots have not been printed (which they still have to be for absentee ballots), the executive committee of the party can vote to nominate an individual to run for the vacant spot. This is allowed if the nominee drops out or dies.

    I have voted a couple of times in this type of situation during my tenure on the executive committee of the GAGOP.

    • Ken in Eastman says:

      Hi Jason,

      Of course if the nominee refuses to drop out, then it is different ballgame.

      “I really was getting my shoelaces tied” might not sit well with voters.

      • The only way to prevent someone from being the nominee is to have someone run against the candidate and win. The party, fortunately or unfortunately, cannot refuse to let someone who is otherwise qualified and pays their qualifying fee from running for any given office.

        I do remember in 2000 the State Democrat Party refused to let Doug Stoner qualify for State Rep., but that was when Roy Barnes controlled everything and pretty much did as he pleased.

        • Ken in Eastman says:


          I’m not certain about that. We prevented David Duke from appearing on the ballot as a Republican when he attempted to for presidency. The state executive committee voted against allowing him on the ballot and I don’t believe he ever qualified to run at all.

          • GOPGeorgia says:

            Duke probably could have challenged the state GOP in court and won. However, it would have been a publicity win for the state GOP in at least trying to keep him off.

          • Presidential elections are a different story. The executive committee has much greater control over the Presidential Primary Ballot under state law. The Committee votes on which candidates appear on the ballot. In 2008, Alan Keyes’s name was added by a simple vote of the committee (nominated, seconded, discussed, voted on, passed) . There is no right for a Presidential candidate to appear on a Presidential Preference Primary ballot in Georgia.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    It may be an opportune time to seek another office given the state’s umemployment reserve fund has gone from over a billion to $25M.

    • ByteMe says:

      And you’re thinking he did this himself instead of the law defining what benefits the fund must disperse and what revenue the fund can receive?

  3. fishtail says:

    Relax everyone. Michael Thurmond won’t beat Casey Cagle. Thurmond is not a good campaigner, has never been good at fund-raising, and is generally unorganized. Whoever the Dem nominee for Governor is will have to carry Thurmond. What would concern me would be someone like Dubose Porter or David Poythress deciding to take Cagle on.

  4. fishtail says:

    Another scenario that could play out is that Thurbert Baker edges Barnes out and is the Dem nominee for Governor. With Michael Thurmond as the nominee for Lt. Governor, the Dems would have an all-black ticket. Stranger things have happened.

    • Republican Lady says:

      I read somewhere very recently that Thurbert Baker could be tapped by President Obama to fill a vacant federal judgeship in Georgia, like Augusta or some point east of Atlanta. Has anyone else read that or hear it from any source?

  5. Georgia Judge says:

    MT is too smart to leave a safe seat to get in a race that he would get thumped in.Labor is the only safe seat for the D’s.
    I would be interested in knowing where the D’s are going to pick up seats….will not happen.

    • macho says:

      Agree with you. Why would he leave a safe seat to run against Casey. I know Barnes is begging him to do it, but why else?

  6. ChiefofStaff65 says:

    You all seem to forget that the LG position is useless if Republicans control the chamber. Think Mark Taylor in 2005/2006. He made $75K and had a staff/driver to wait around in case something happened to the Governor. If Thurmond, by some awful miracle, were to win, the leadership would strip him of all powers that Cagle currently enjoys.

  7. Georgia Judge says:

    This is all nonesense,Cagle is a very popular and well funded incumbent and will be re-elected easily.The Senate Leadership is in good shape and all of this the sky is falling the Dems are plotting is absolutely laughable.

  8. Mozart says:

    Mike Thurmond is not going to jump into the Lt. Governor’s race. He will patiently wait for his federal appointment as Labor Commissioner.

    • Mozart says:

      That should have read: “He will patiently wait for his federal appointment while remaining as Labor Commissioner.”

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