If Tom Graves or Doug Collins Run for Senate…

January 28, 2013 7:05 am

by Charlie

Frankly, I don’t expect this out of either, so they get to share a post.

Graves is in his second full term, and is comfortable in his seat after redistricting.  One of the original elected officials in Georgia to embrace the Tea Party movement, he is a solid force on the hard right.  He could see an opening for a large number of votes across Republican rich north Georgia, especially if Paul Broun decides to skip this race.  It’s a risk reward call for him, but my gut says no.  I haven’t asked what his gut is telling him, however, and his is the gut that matters.

If he were to run, it would pose an equally interesting question for new Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis.  There was a time when Mullis was said to covet a seat in Congress.  Now, he heads the most powerful committee in the State Senate, and I expect he’ll have some fun there.  Bob Barr could again consider this district too.  Should probably throw in Barry Loudermilk’s name though I’m not certain which district he resides in under the new maps (not that it legally matters in Georgia).

Doug Collins is just settling in to his first term in Congress.  Still, he represents the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House.  If that team decided to back him for Senate, the entire state’s fundraising apparatus and political machine would be at his disposal.

While somewhat unlikely, one would still have to consider his likely replacement Martha Zoller.  She lost a close but well fought race to Collins this last time, and won much respect in the process.

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