This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Part 1 is here.
These are some folks who have been mentioned as possible candidates, but probably shouldn’t be.
CON. SANFORD BISHOP
We’re hearing rumors that Congressman Bishop might consider a run, but we don’t think he should do it. The Congressman lacks any state-wide network and has not been exposed to a metro Atlanta audience before.
Sanford Bishop also has a recent track record on national issues that can only serve to hurt him. He can’t run away from his votes on PPACA, the bailouts, and much more. He’s basically got a ton of fodder for Republicans to use against him that a non-Congressman would not have. For that reason alone, he probably could not win statewide.
There isn’t an heir apparent to his Congressional seat, leaving us to assume he’d likely run both races at once in 2014. Either way, it’s bad.
We need a candidate that can fully focus on the 2014 Senate race, but we also can’t afford to lose his seat in Congress. We’d recommend he stay where he is.
FMR. GOV. ROY BARNES / FMR. ATTNY. GEN. THURBERT BAKER / FMR. SEN. MAX CLELAND
We have extreme respect for these three gentlemen, but so far none of them have indicated they’re looking at the office and none of us see any reason to push any of them in.
Governor Barnes seems happy practicing law and staying involved without having the “target on his cows.”
Attorney Gen. Baker just recently got a new position that pays quite well.
Senator Cleland has shown no interest in running again, though he has stayed active in the background.