Michael Thurmond To Challenge Isakson

April 16, 2010 15:04 pm

by Icarus · 39 comments

Jim Galloway brings us word that Michael Thurmond will challenge R.J. Hadley to be the man that loses to Johnny Isakson in November.

Melvin Everson appears to be 90% assured to be your next labor commissioner.

macho April 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

How much does Melvin have on hand?

Icarus April 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

O challengers. Don’t take much money to beat nobody.

macho April 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

O challengers before Thurmond announced his new plans. I feel confident potential candidates, from both parties, are perusing disclosure reports at this very moment. I wish Melvin the best of luck, but the jackals are looking for wounded prey.

Comfortably Southside April 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Bring on the Jackals. Melvin has been working this gig the whole time. The man has an impeccable record, excellent speaking abilities and is a solid Republican. Anybody that tries to get in now has no ability to make up the ground that Melvin has passed…

Tiberius April 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Tough way for Thurmond to end a political career. Now Johnny can start spending his money.

macho April 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I don’t understand this one. I’m guessing Thurmond was promised some big national money, but this is still an incredible longshot.

Mozart April 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

What if both Thurbert B and Michael T get on the general ballot?

macho April 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Not sure what that means if both are on the ballot. As someone else stated, I’m sure Barnes is very pleased that Thurmond will be on the General Ballot.

There will be a lot of national money given to Thurmond. I expect, Thurmond got some promises before he jumped into the race. You would have to think, any strategy for Thurmond would include targeting blacks with heavy GOTV; which will only help Barnes. Someone call Lewis, Young and Franklin and tell them to head over to V-103 and cut their standard, “Compare the GOP nominee to Bull Connor and George Wallace” radio ad.

Tommy_a2b April 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Go Melvin Go, as soon as I can I’ll be sending you some money!

Henry Waxman April 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm

+1

HonestConservative April 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

This is great for Melvin. He’s a good, honest, hard working public servant that has God at the center of his life. I wish so many more public servants would be as holy of a person as Melvin is.

As for Mr. Thurmond, if he loses, I suppose he runs, comes close, and then goes on to serve in the Obama Administration.

ZazaPachulia April 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Yup, he’s getting big national money…

And who’s a better candidate, Thurmond or Jim Martin?
I seem to remember the inferior Martin making it to a runoff against Clarence Saxby Chambliss Jr. in 2008.

Of course, Thurmond will not benefit from the Obama effect at the top of the ticket, but he sure does make the already strong (D) side of the ballot look even more legitimate.

The party I usually vote for has been giving me almost incompetent government (see water, transportation, schools, affairs with lobbyists, infighting, etc.) and horrendous ethics problems… in exchange for what? The ability to carry my piece on MARTA? A hospital tax? A law against texting while driving? Even less money for our already struggling schools? And now, to top it off, they’re asking me to choose between The Ox, Deal.Real, Karen Handel, and School Voucher Johnson for governor. Forgive me for feeling nauseous.

Like Chambliss, Isakson isn’t exactly a dynamic leader or inspiring figure. He’s far less popular than the man he replaced (good old crazy Zell).

This Isakson v. Thurmond race might not be as lopsided as you think. The Dems are getting serious.

fishtail April 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Roy Barnes is probably happy that Thurmond is in.

Three Jack April 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

who is going to challenge isakson in the primary?

the ajc gave coverage to http://www.firejohnny.com this week. the only way to fire johnny is for somebody to challenge johnny. who wants to be a us senator? the job is there for the taking.

Mozart April 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Yeah, but if you win, you’ll have to spend half your time apologizing for Saxby’s performance. That’s just plain gotta get old.

hugoblacksupreme April 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

I do have to admit the D ticket is getting pretty heavy. They may not win this election but they have placed some of the state wide positons in contention. None of these races will be a cake walk.

macho April 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

No question that Attorney General and Labor Commissioner are now in play for Republicans.

TheFacts April 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Rumor on the street is that State Representative Mark Butler from Carrollton is looking at the possibility of running for Labor Commissioner. Butler is a four term incumbent Republican and with the decision being made by Michael Thurmond to step aside from Labor Commissioner to run in the Senate against Johnny Isakson, the field is open. I expect many to jump into this race as qualifying comes to an end within the next couple of weeks.

macho April 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

The problem for Melvin is he’s only got $9,000 in his account. For a statewide campaign, that number might as well be zero. It’s going to cause a lot of folks to evaluate the race.

macho April 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

What Melvin has going for him is probably 90% of the GOP activists are behind him. So he’ll have the best grassroots network of any of the candidates. But, what percentage of the GOP primary voters do activists represent?

As a political junkie, it could be a fascinating scenario. You have a down ballot race, one candidate has no money, but united support of the activists, the other candidate has enough money to launch a mildly effective advertising campaign, but no activist support.

I think if a candidate can get up on TV, or do some targeted mailing, he beats that candidate with no money. I’m going to guess that Melvin’s current name ID with likely GOP voters is probably less than 5%.

macho April 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Hindsight is 20/20, but Melvin should have pulled a Deal or Ox, by adding a $200,000 loan to his disclosures, that he never intends to use, it would have made him look more formidable.

GOPGeorgia April 18, 2010 at 10:14 am

Angela Speir won state wide office with less than $5,000 in 2002.

Daniel N. Adams April 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

That should be a lesson for the GOP… who seem to always put so much emphasis on payoffs fundraising. Good people don’t need a lot of money to win, especially when they’re willing to speak truth to the “powerfully” currupt. Georgia could use more leaders like Ms. Speirs. Too Bad the state GOP didn’t apreciate her as much as they sould have.

capitolaccess April 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm

You must not know Speir very well, because I can’t think of someone, other than Nan Orrick, more polar opposite from the Libertarian point-of-view. During her entire tenure, she was constantly trying to introduce new welfare programs at the PSC. A real Robin Hood attitude of taking from the rich and giving to the people who don’t pay their bills.

She was constantly trying to shift money from people, and companies who paid their utility bills, to people who didn’t pay their bills. Whether from taxing industrial users for special residential assistance, not allowing GA Power to disconnect bad debt customers when it was too hot out, or forcing GA Power to hand out free light bulbs to poor people, at the expense of other homeowners and businesses; she never met a hidden tax she didn’t like.

Now she lobbies the Legislature and the PSC, trying to get GA Power to raise it’s rates to pay for private homeowners efficiency projects. I’ll buy my own florescent lightbulbs at Home Depot, I don’t need other GA Power customers to pay for mine.

macho April 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Daniel-

I disagree, good people do need money to win. Having no Primary opposition, Speir was a unique fluke. Statewide candidates have to spend something to get their message out, how else can you expect millions of people to know about a candidate? I’ve seen some great people get outspent 10 to 1 and win, but they still had a minimal amount of money.

I wish you were right, I really do, because there have been some great Libertarian candidates over the years.

Daniel N. Adams April 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Macho, … I said “lesson for the GOP”, not us. They don’t have the deck stacked so much against them. Of couse, money helps overcome barriers. But having a good person for a candidate goes a long way…. because, they don’t need the money to overcome “barriers” of their own making. This was my point.

seenbetrdayz April 19, 2010 at 5:54 am

Heck, all they have to do is put an (R) by their name and most Georgians will vote for them out of habit. How much money does it cost to print an (R) these days?

macho April 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

A great point, I forgot about Angela, but you have to add a few caveats on that race. One, she had no primary opposition, so she was the only name on the ballot. Two, she had an “R” by her name during the greatest year for Republicans in the history of Georgia. I don’t think she went to a single function or debate, but that “R” was worth at least a $1 million.

The problem for Melvin is Primary opposition, where there is no Party affiliation next to your name.

GOPGeorgia April 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

She went to events and did not take things for granted. I personally put out about 150 yards signs for her. I think she was appreciated by the GOP just fine. My only problem with her entire record of service for six years (which was NOT under a microscope) was that she didn’t give more notice that she would not seek reelection.

macho April 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Good point GOPGeorgia, I have a couple of friends of mine, from North GA, who wanted to run for that seat, but it was too big of a life altering decision to make in a couple of days. By waiting until the week of qualifying, to announce she was retiring, Angela packaged her seat up and put a bow on it for Bubba.

I’ve never been a fan of elected officials who decide to surprise everyone, at the last minute, that they are not running.

GOPGeorgia April 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I considered running. I had money pledged and think I could have ran a better campaign in the primary than Pam Davidson who got 47.7%. I couldn’t get anyone to run my business that I trusted inside of less than a week. However, that’s a could have been story and doesn’t mean that much right now. I was flattered by the people who asked me to run. Maybe one day…we’ll see.

Howard Roark April 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm

West Georgia College!

oompaloompa April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Interesting, my dear Watson.

rjfromrockdale April 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Ok. I chuckled at the artful phrasing of the first sentence Icarus, the rest… not so much. – RJ4US

Howard Roark April 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I heard Melvin speak last night. While he was speaking I went to his website and signed up as a volunteer via my iPhone.

He got a standing ovation last night from the 200 plus in attendance.

griftdrift April 19, 2010 at 9:05 am

This race is going to be a lot closer than you think

macho April 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Do you think it will be closer than Saxby v. Martin?

griftdrift April 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Probably. And if Thurmond had run against Saxby who was more vulnerable than Johnny, he would have had a puncher’s chance at an upset.

drjay April 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

i’m not sure i agree, saxby outpolled obama, his problem was that he underpolled mcain by a pretty significant amt. the “dynamic” would have been different w/ thurmond as the nominee (and even if every obama voter voted thurmond and saxby’s total was the same, it still would have gone to a runoff)…

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