Bill Cowsert surprised most last evening with his announcement that he won’t be running for Georgia’s 10th Congressional district. He may well have ultimately surprised his own consultant, Joel McElhannon, who has been less than transparent for quite some time that he wanted GA-10 for his client.
So much so that McElhannon has been feeding the “Broun will run for Senate” rumor mill even before Saxby announced his retirement. Whoever signs with McElhannon will likely not be the frontrunner in the race, like Jim Whitehead, Clay Cox, Martha Zoller, Mike Evans and Lee Anderson were.
Stephen Simpson, who challenged Broun in 2010, is in and raising money, and House GOP Caucus Chairman Donna Sheldon is soon to make an announcement and test her own fund-raising prowess. She will likely have the support of House Leadership and presumably the ability to raise funds that comes with that support. But neither can claim residence in the heart of the district like former State Rep. Bob Smith, who represented Clarke, Oconee and Morgan Counties and could create a political center to the geographically sprawling district.
Other dominos to fall? Expect them. The current Georgia political landscape is like Christmas for political consultants. There will be many people with money that can be talked into running “for the good of the country” by folks that are very good at separating potential candidates from their children’s inheritance. Well meaning but novice candidates beware. You likely didn’t earn your money by investing in things that you don’t understand. Political campaigns are no different.