With news of the governor’s race looking a little tighter this morning, Governor Nathan Deal will be getting assistance of some big guns. Politico brings word of the “Georgia Victory Fund” this morning:
FIRST IN SCORE—NEW SUPER PAC LAUNCHES TO HELP DEAL IN GEORGIA: Republican operatives in Georgia have formed a new super PAC to aid GOP Gov. Nathan Deal in his reelection bid this fall. The group, the Georgia Victory Fund, is what’s known as an “independent committee” in Georgia campaign finance — it can accept unlimited donations. On its list of advisers: Chip Lake, former chief of staff to Georgia GOP Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, will head the group; Stefan Passantino, a Newt Gingrich 2012 alum who works for the Atlanta-based firm McKenna Long & Aldridge will be the group’s legal counsel; and Claire Holloway, of Holloway Consulting, will head the group’s fundraising effort. GVF will both tout Deal’s record in office and attack Jason Carter, his Democratic opponent. While the Georgia state legislature is in session, Deal is unable to raise money; this group will work to help fill in the gap in the meantime. Deal has generally been considered highly favored to win reelection — but his handling of a snowstorm that crippled Atlanta last month earned him criticism from across the state, giving Democrats hope that he could be vulnerable in November.
As this is shaping up to be a potentially competitive race with national partisan implications, expect this to be just one in a series of moves to make it easier to draw national money into the Georgia Governor’s race. We’ll likely see the same as we get closer to November (and a GOP Nominee) in the Senate race as well. Let’s hope you like political ads and direct mail, they’re coming your way soon.