Casey Cagle bowed out of a run for Governor in 2010, but was among the highest vote getters statewide that year in his bid for re-election. He’s also defied odds many times, first beating Ralph Reed and most recently grinding down the forces of rebellion from the State Senate over a two year coup attempt. In general, he is not to be underestimated. So if he decides to use his statewide network to move to the US Senate, consider him a formidable competitor.
The leading contenders to replace him in 2010 were Senator David Shafer who is now President Pro Tem, and former Senator Eric Johnson who may still be interested. Secretary of State Brian Kemp is anxiously awaiting a higher title and would likely consider a run to be closer to the Governor’s on-deck circle in 2018. Sam Olens, too, may consider this his next stepping stone. Tommie Williams was recently rumored to be looking at a primary challenge to Cagle before the recent leadership changes in the Senate. If it’s a job he wants, perhaps it doesn’t matter if Cagle runs for US Senate or not on whether Williams makes a run.
And, in the spirit of this fun, who runs for AG or SOS if either Olens or Kemp take the plunge here or straight into the Senate race?