Eugene Chin Yu, a Korean-born but long-time resident of Augusta, has engaged political consultant Rich Thompson and is expected to announce his candidacy on Friday.
So far as we know, he’d be the first Korean to run for statewide office in Georgia.
Yu came here as a teenager, graduated from Butler High School in Augusta, and quickly became an American citizen. Yu, 60, is the past president of the Federation of Korean Associations, a group that he’s told others will help finance a multi-million dollar campaign.
If Yu does indeed get in the race, and he’s been a rumored candidate for some time now, he will be an intriguing one. However, can he overcome the financial advantage Gingrey and Kingston have, or the name recognition advantage Broun and Handel have?
Oh, and for those who love to talk about the alleged racism and sexism of the GOP, I’ll point out that while the Democrats are busy clearing the field for a candidate with a famous last name, the GOP has a competitive primary with one maybe two women, an African-American, and perhaps now a Korean-American.