January 7, 2005


Lt. governor post not enough to raise Cain (Tom Baxter and Jim Galloway, January 6, 2005, Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Herman Cain, the former pizza magnate and U.S. Senate candidate, has turned down a chance to run for lieutenant governor in '06. [...]

So has Cain given up politics --- and a shot at the Governor's Mansion in 2010? Heavens, no. He's simply determined that the lieutenant governorship is an inadequate vehicle. Cain figures he can hang on to core supporters by privatizing his ambitions on a national level. To wit:

> He's created a non-partisan, not-for-profit foundation called A New Voice to tackle issues like the reformation of the U.S. tax code and the Social Security system. Cain's cut two radio ads backing President Bush's effort to convince the American public that Social Security is facing a crisis that must be addressed immediately.

> At 4 p.m. Saturday, Cain launches a weekly two-hour radio talk show that he hopes to syndicate nationally. In Georgia, "The Bottom Line" has signed up eight stations. In Atlanta, you can hear him on WGKA (920 AM).

> Cain is following Zell Miller's path to greatness. He's written a book, using Miller's agent and publisher. Cain has written several books, but most tomes are in the motivational Dale Carnegie line. This new one --- he won't give away the title --- is about "the politically homeless."

Miller outraged Democrats by declaring their organization "a national party no more." Cain is likely to cause a similar stir among African-Americans. He takes aim at the NAACP, which he said "has deceived and sold black people out."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2005 1:28 PM
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