Deke Copperhaver as a 'Democratic Candidate" for Governor? A no-brainer in my book.
With the 2012 Elections out the way, let's look ahead to 2014. Governor Nathan Deal is up for re-election, as well as other Republican Statewide Offficers as well. So who would run against Deal two years from now? Jim Marshall? Michael Thurmond? DuBose Porter? Rob Teilhet? All are potential candidates.
|Augusta Mayor Deke Copperhaver, Independent|
Copperhaver was elected Mayor in 2005 to serve out former Mayor Bob Young's term & has held the post since then. In 2006 & 08, he was named a notable Georgia by Georgia Trend Magazine, as well as one of Georgia's Most Influential Individuals. This year he was named by Southern Living Magazine by Southern Living Magazine as one of their Heroes of the New South.
His ability to bring people together regardless of political party or race is seen as one of his biggest assets & has reshaped public perceptions of Augusta & managed to bring thousands of jobs to Augusta. He has either served or currently sits on numerous Civic & Community Boards. Copperhaver maybe the one person who can immolate U.S. Rep. John Barrow's strategy in a statewide race, the ability to appeal to Independents, Conservatives, while keeping the base (Democratic) unified. I'm just throwing Mayor Copperhaver name out there because it's time & I've seen saying this for a couple of years now that the party change it's way of thinking & go bold. The Democratic Party like the GOP has a Demographic Problem as well, but it's major problem is more regional that demographic. Large swaths of Georgia remain unchallenged by democrats. Why is that you ask? I would tell you, but I'm tired of beating on a Dead Horse, so I'll leave that alone.
Besides Copperhaver, Jim Marshall would be a good candidate in 2014. But these are all "What Ifs". But with the well drying up for the democrats, it is time to look outside the box for a candidate.