Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wanted: Democratic Candidate for Georgia Senate 2020

Democrats are still searching for a strong candidate to run for the soon to be vacant senate seat of  Republicans Johnny Isakson who's stepping down due to health reasons.

The party so far have Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Former Lt. Governor candidate and Business Executive Sarah Amico. Also Jon Ossoff who ran for congress back in 2017 who raised a record $32 million dollars in the special election for Ga-6 and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry. That maybe the field for that race against incumbent David Perdue.

But the other senate seat is what giving many Democrats headaches.  For one, the bench is relatively thin so they need to attract someone who's been in Georgia Politics for years, decades. They gotta start somewhere.

Stacey Abrams who lost the race for governor by a razor slim margin have said she will not make a run for the Senate. So with her out of the picture, where do democrats turn?

Names that have been mentioned so far are

Ed Tarver, a moderate black democrat who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and U.S. Army Veteran

Lindy Miller who ran for PSC Commissioner back in 2018

Michael Thurmond, Dekalb CEO and former Labor Commissioner

Dekalb County D.A. Sherry Boston

Jen Jordan, State Senator

Now the logic among some Democrats that a Black Democrat is needed in the other Senate race to boost black voter turnout. Black voters, I believe will turn out to vote regardless who is the nominee.

Now let's take a look at some candidates who should get a look:
James Butler

Demetrius Douglas
*State Rep. Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge) UGA Alum, where he was also a Linebacker. He's currently a Real Estate Wholesaler and High School Football Coach and briefly played in the NFL and CFL

*State Rep. Brian Prince (D-Augusta) (Ret.) U.S. Army Signal Officer and CEO of Brock's Driver Education School

*Macon District Attorney David Cooke

*James "Jim" Butler, Prominent Trial Lawyer, Founding Partner of Butler Wooten & Peak, UGA graduate and Philanthropist. His name have been mentioned before for office. Why not now?

The Weight of the letter "D" in Rural Georgia

Democrats are losing rural votes not because of what they propose but because rural voters identify more with the Republican Party. “Democratic” ballot initiatives do well in rural, but Democratic candidates don’t.
In politics these days, it’s not as much what is said as who says it. Urban voters are getting more Democratic and rural voters more Republican.
What we can see now, however, is that Democratic candidates are paying an “identity penalty” in rural counties, they are losing votes not because of what they propose but because of the “D” that sits beside their name on the ballot.
Party is largely about identification these days, not policy. Okay, here's an example...Imagine walking down a hall of a large building. There are gatherings happening in two separate rooms. You can look through a door and see the people in each group. You size them up, seeing what kind of clothes they wear and imagining whether they would be the kind of folks you’d want to spend time with or have your children visit. You make a judgment, pick a room and go in. You join a team.
That’s how political parties are chosen. It’s about identification and social solidarity, not issues. And that identity is strong and divided by geography. Rural residents went in one door and urbanites went in the other.
Identity is not something that people easily give up. (Have you ever convinced a sports fan to change his or her team?) Like someone asking me to switch being a Georgia Bulldogs fan to a Florida Gator fan. Not happening!
And so the “identity penalty” Democrats pay in extremely heavily Republican areas might be too great to overcome. Candidates might do better if they run as independents rather than as Democrats in particularly “red” states.
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