Allen Peake for Lt. Gov?

2018 may be two years away, but the rumor-mill dictates it is never too early to discuss potential candidacies. This one piqued my interest. Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon), said he is considering a run for Lt. Governor. You might know him as the guy who led the charge to legalize medical cannabis.

Our friend, Maggie Lee, has the details at macon.com

“All I’m concerned about is making sure I win my next re-election (to the state House) in 2016. And then assuming I win in 2016, we’ll give a good strong look at what the options may be in 2018” for a lieutenant governor run, Peake said.

The lieutenant governor is elected statewide and runs the state Senate, making that person one of the key power brokers under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

Representative Peake is well-liked within the House and Georgia. Not to mention his fight for medical cannabis gave him statewide name recognition. Let the games begin.

8 comments

  1. John Konop says:

    Nothing against Allen Peake (R-Macon), do not really know the guy. In my book he best candidate would be Brandon Beach. Brandon is a very smart businessman, who knows how to get things done. Beach is well respected in the business community, so he could raise the funds. He is very good at breaking down issues and communicating with people. I have no idea if he will run, but no doubt, Sen. Beach would be a very strong candidate, that would be move Georgia in the right direction.

  2. Bill Arp says:

    He would be great. He is a good, honest man that would bring some much needed clarity to the Georgia Senate.

  3. Nixonstheone says:

    I tend to think that Macon lacks the political clout to elect anyone state-wide. Sorry, Allen.

  4. northside101 says:

    And we assume the current occupant of that office will not perform a “Zell Miller” and seek a fourth term as lieutenant governor (Miller served a record 16 years at that post. Miller, like Cagle, also took a bye on an open seat (governor), in 1982 when George Busbee was leaving after two terms. Perhaps old-timers could explicate (why Miller did not run in 1982), but one story I heard was that Miller still had some political wounds from his 1980 primary challenge to four-term incumbent Senator Herman Talmadge. Miller lost handily in the Democratic runoff, but still weakened Talmadge to the point the veteran senator ended up losing by two points in one of the greatest upsets in Georgia history, to the virtually unknown Republican Mack Mattingly. (Can debate whether that was the greatest upset, or Perdue’s defeat of Barnes in 2002.)

    • benevolus says:

      He just might stay at Lt. Having trouble keeping your shoes tied could be a liability in the higher profile Guv race.

  5. northside101 says:

    Georgia has elected 11 lieutenant governors since the office was created in the mid 1940s, and the first one elected to that post, Melvin Thompson, never actually got to serve there because of the “3 Governors” controversy following the death of Gene Talmadge in late 1946. Thompson served as acting governor until defeated in a 1948 special election by Herman Talmadge. Marvin Griffin was the first lieutenant governor to actually serve in the office, and he was elected governor in 1954 (from the mid 1940s to late 1970s, Georgia governors could not run for consecutive four-year terms). Talmadge recounted years later (I think in his autobiography) that Griffin was always worried (as lieutenant governor) that he would “get cheated” out of succession to governor if say both he and Talmadge were to be on the same plane in a fatal crash. Herman would say (to the effect), Marvin, the plane on which I fly is perfectly safe. They work on it (maintaining it) all the time.” Griffin reportedly responded, “Hummon, I don’t want to fly on a plane that they have to work on all the time”……

    Ernest Vandiver, Griffin’s lieutenant governor, was elected governor in 1958. After Vandiver’s election, no lieutenant governor of Georgia was elected governor until 1990 with Zell Miller. (In the reverse of the normal order, Lester Maddox served as lieutenant governor 1971-1975, after his 4 years as governor, again in the days when governors could not serve consecutive four-year terms—that prohibition changed under the Busbee Administration.) So about half the time, Georgia has elected politicians who have served both as governor and lieutenant governor. That is probably a better track record than many other southern states—in South Carolina for instance, no lieutenant governor has gone on to become governor in at least the last 30 years. (In Tennessee, the lieutenant governor is elected by the Senate and serves as Speaker of the Senate—in that state, only the governor is elected to statewide non-federal office.)

    Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer also has been mentioned as potential candidate for lieutenant governor. Democrats will probably put up someone (any names?), but given GOP control of the Georgia Senate is likely to continue into the next decade, a Democrat elected to that post might be as lonely as the Maytag repairman…just ask Mark Taylor what it was like to serve as lieutenant governor in his second term under a GOP Senate when the Republican Senate leadership basically called the shots in that chamber. It must have been pretty miserable given he left that post in 2006 to make what was, in retrospect, a hopeless run against incumbent Governor Sonny Perdue, losing by 20 points to the native of Bonaire..

  6. Three Jack says:

    I’ll support the candidate who promises to eliminate the position and cost of a Lt Governor on his/her first day in office. A selfie firing sort of thing.

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