April 25, 2004


Put-up or shut-up time (Bill Shipp, April 25, 2004, Gwinnett Daily Post)

Will U.S. Rep. Denise Majette abandon her seat in the House to mount a no-chance Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate? Will outrageous ex-Rep. Cynthia McKinney try to make a comeback? Can Gov. Sonny Perdue recruit a viable candidate to challenge state Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears? Will the greatest Irish baritone in the history of Georgia government return to the state Legislature to make us weep one more time with “Danny Boy?”

We shall soon know. Put-up-or-shut-up time begins Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Friday at noon. Those dates and times signify the start and finish of candidate-qualifying season in Georgia. They also likely mark the beginning and end of numerous political careers across the state. [...]

Can a rich black owner of a chain of pizza parlors influence the outcome of the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate? The pizza guy is Republican senatorial candidate Herman Cain. The two mainstream candidates are U.S. Reps. Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins. Conventional wisdom holds that either Isakson or Collins will win the nomination and ultimately the seat now held by the Bush administration’s pet Democrat, Zell Miller. Don’t bet on it. The fight between Isakson and Collins is expected to turn into a mudslinging match. Even before qualifying starts, Collins already is warning Georgia voters against choosing a “moderate” (meaning Isakson) in such perilous times. Cain could become the “neither of the above” candidate and walk away as the nominee. 

Will Democrats find a competitive candidate for the U.S. Senate? Or will the party’s leaders watch helplessly as Majette, millionaire Cliff Oxford, political activist Leigh Baer and several other faceless souls try to win the Democratic Senate nomination — a prize that may turn out to be worthless in the November election?

If Mr. Cain is the nominee he gets a primetime speaking slot at the Convention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2004 11:43 AM

I know that there's occasional conjecture about a Democratic death wish, but Cynthia McKinney back making speeches on the House floor? My goodness.

Posted by: old maltese at April 25, 2004 2:34 PM

The big fear with Cain must be of course that too many Georgians still think like those from Louisiana...

Posted by: brian at April 25, 2004 4:19 PM

Maybe a little in South Georgia. But nothing -- nowhere -- is like Louisiana. Especially if Zell Miller backs the guy. Satan could run well with Zell Miller's backing.

Posted by: Chris at April 25, 2004 4:44 PM


I didn't even know Hillary was going to make the race!

Posted by: AC at April 25, 2004 5:07 PM

Besides me, do any of Orrin's readers live in Georgia?

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at April 25, 2004 6:00 PM

I don't live there now, but I did for 15 years.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 25, 2004 8:57 PM

Boy, Grouchy Old Cripple's going to be busy for the next few months.

Sounds like a soap opera down there.

Posted by: Sandy P. at April 26, 2004 1:47 AM