If Casey Cagle runs for Senate…

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?

2 comments

  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    Tommie Williams may have thought that he wanted to primary Casey Cagle, especially before the leadership experiment soured on him and Rogers, but Williams really doesn’t want any parts of Cagle in a primary.

    It also seems as though Cagle may have his heart set on the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 much more than the U.S. Senate.

    It also seems as though (or at least I’d like to see) Sam Olens run for Governor in ’18.

    2018 is still quite a ways off, but what I wouldn’t give to see a matchup of Casey Cagle versus Sam Olens in a GOP Gubernatorial Primary.

    A matchup of Cagle vs. Olens would be monumental. It would be Cagle and the political resources of the I-85 Northeast Corridor (Gwinnett, Hall, etc) versus Sam Olens and the political resources of the I-75 Northwest Corridor (Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, etc) in a battle for all the marbles.

    It would be the “Hall County Mafia” versus the “Center of the Republican Universe”.

    A GOP Gubernatorial Primary matchup of Cagle vs. Olens would be one of Georgia’s biggest political stories, ever! The ultimate showdown of GOP power bases.

  2. Velasco says:

    Cagle would be a formidable competitor for sure. Price might have a jump start on money since his congressional account is transferrable, but that doesn’t make up for not having a statewide network.

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