I’ve been out of pocket all day and just now getting caught up with the avalanche of phone calls and emails about the John Linder retirement. I was thinking earlier today that for the past several election cycles, rumors of an impending retirement floated around but this year was different. I think the convential wisdom this year was that Linder would run again but if the GOP was unable to retake the Congress this November Linder would retire in 2012. Lo and behold we were wrong.
A few rumors I’ve heard…
1) Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour will run and the announcement could take place as early as tomorrow.
2) An effort to draft Sheriff Butch Conway is underway.
3) Rep. David Casas will seek Balfour’s seat with the endorsement of Sen. Tommie Williams and Sen. Chip Rogers.
I predict this race will get as crowded as the 9th. Don’t forget that Barrow, Walton, and part of Forsyth are in the 7th. Don’t be surprised if people from those counties jump in as well.