Should he succeed, Thurmond would be one of the best-positioned potential candidates in Georgia (in my opinion). After leaving the Labor Commissioner’s office, he’s served as Dekalb County Schools’ interim superintendent, taking the district off probation. By all accounts I’ve heard, he was a solid administrator at the Labor Commissioner’s office. He’s also written a well-regarded book and has an impressive resume and life story. Thurmond, I’ve been told, has not ruled out a return to politics, either.
Now I’m not saying he’s perfect–far from it. His Senate campaign was at best non-existent and he didn’t really do anything when he was 1st Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, which surely burned many bridges.
However, on paper, he seems to be one of the better choices to recruit for office–if his heart is in the campaign and Democrats want him back.