Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What role will these two Men Play in 2010?



Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Perry) & Former Governor Zell Miller (D-Young Harris) are two giants in Georgia Political circles. Both are revered political figures that are expected to play a role in the 2010 elections.
Nunn has already endorsed Ken Hodges (D-Albany) who is running for State Attorney General, replacing Thurbert Baker who is running for governor. Last year Nunn endorsed Doug Heckman for his run against John Linder for the 7th Congressional Seat. But that endorsement went largely unnoticed & it came too late during the election to make any impact.
One wonder if Nunn will endorse a candidate for governor on the democratic side? He knows all of the announced candidates, especially DuBose Porter who was a former staffer to Nunn when Nunn was still Georgia's Senior Senator & David Poythress, who I'm sure had a very close relationship dating back when Poythress was Georgia's Secretary of State & Labor Commissioner. If Nunn were to endorse one of the candidates, you would expect it would be either Porter or Poythress.
As for Zell Miller, everyone knows he has gone on to support republican candidates for office since his 2004 appearance at the Republican Convention when supported Bush & ripped the National Party of Straying away from its Values & becoming too Liberal. He supported Sonny Perdue in his re-election bid in 2006 & he supported Saxby Chambliss in his bid in 2008 against Jim Martin. But he supported Jim Marshall (D-Macon) in all of his re-election bids for congress as well as Thurbert Baker. But will he get behind a democratic candidate. The logic is he will endorse Nathan Deal. Both men are from the same region up in North Georgia & both are long time friends. But with issues with Ethics & controversial "Ghetto Grandmothers" remark he made to a Cherokee Co. GOP audience weeks ago, you wonder if Miller would even back Deal.
Remember Miller was very popular with African-Americans during his time as governor of Georgia & still is. That's why I wonder will be back Thurbert Baker, who he appointed to State Attorney General back in 1998. Both men are good friends & Baker was a floor leader for Miller during that time. He helped passed thw "Two Strikes" Law along with Miller among other things. Or what about DuBose Porter who also was a floor leader to Miller. Porter helped Miller pass the Hope Scholarship back in the early 1990s. Or maybe David Poythress, who knows Miler very well.
No One knows, but it sure would be nice to see both of these men help bring the democratic party back to prominence in 2010. Stay tuned.

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