Many are pointing to consultant Joel McElhannon for stoking Paul Broun’s desire to run for Senate. McElhannon already has a client in one Senator Bill Cowsert, who recently was tapped to be the President Pro Tem of the Senate – except that his fellow Senators didn’t go along with that plan. Cowsert could use a Congressional seat to console himself, but it would help if one were open. And if Paul Broun decided to evolve into a Senator, then McElhannon – who has been involved with races for Congressmen such as Jim Whitehead, Mike Evans, Clay Cox, Martha Zoller, and most recently the award winning Lee Anderson “we ain’t talkin” campaigns – is hungry for another
The tenth could become an interesting race, with many potentials to choose from but no clear front runner to start with. John Douglas’ name has been floated, and Mike Griffin may want to move from GRTL’s lobbyist to an elected position (he’s tried before). Or, he may want to get behind a return to elective office for Athens’ Doug McKillip, who spoke to a recent pro-life rally saying he didn’t regret his fetal pain bill or moving to the Republican party. GA-10 would likely be a much more level playing field for him than his Athens house district was for him as a Republican.