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April 21, 2014

Michelle Nunn Senate Announcement Coming Soon

After appearing at a weekend fundraiser for Senate Democrats, party leaders expect Michelle Nunn to make a final decision on the Georgia Senate race within weeks.

“The national party is working with Michelle, and I think we will probably have an announcement relatively soon on whether she’s in or not,” Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon said Monday. “We just want to get somebody out there early enough before the election that we can actually get behind them and start putting a structure together.”

The philanthropist and daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., appeared at a Sunday fundraiser in Atlanta for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. President Barack Obama was the featured guest at the event, with DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet and Executive Director Guy Cecil also in attendance.

A DSCC spokesman declined to comment on whether Nunn was preparing to announce a bid.

Democrats have few offensive opportunities in 2014. Meanwhile, Republicans could win the majority by winning only seats in states the president failed to carry in 2012. Picking up even just one GOP-held seat — such as the one in Georgia — could prove crucial for Democrats.

Before introducing the president to the crowd on Sunday, Bennet said, “Georgia provides us with the greatest opportunity for a pickup.”

Earlier this month, Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., announced he would seek re-election rather than vie for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Party officials continued their recruitment efforts with Nunn, who has never run for public office.

Meanwhile, Republicans have the opposite problem: Several GOP candidates are running for Senate in Georgia. Last week, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel became the fourth candidate to enter the GOP primary field.

Handel joined Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, while other Republicans are eyeing the race as well.

  • notruthinpolitics

    please don’t start another family dynasty in politics. Some people think because their parents, in a brief fit of passion, procreated, that it makes them a politician because their parent was. We need to get away from keeping people in office because of their name or who they were spawned from.

    • 1950semperfi

      Congress wasn’t suppose to be a career job or even a full time position. the framers of this great country would meet several time a year to do the country business then go back to work their regular job,farming -printing etc.

      • lndependent

        And this country would be a hell of a lot better off if it were still run that way.

    • Rumionemore

      Yes and no. Sam Nunn has been out of the public eye for many years, but while he served, he was well-respected and, as I recall, gave early warnings about the threat of terrorism. He is smart, and his daughter is smart. I hear what you are saying, but in this case, I think Michelle Nunn is her own person and would be a fine public servant. That’s in her blood. She is not a greedy money-grabber, either. Note that Caroline Kennedy has had no success at a political run because she is apparently not qualified – and people get this.

  • Joseph Jankovic

    She should pass on the race as it will be very difficult to explain the targeting of Tea Party organizations by the IRS in the State of Georgia!

  • camdenme2

    She’ll lose big time !!!

    • Rumionemore

      What makes you say so? I am not challenging you – just asking. I live in Georgia and am very interested in supporting her if she runs.

      • camdenme2

        I too live in Georgia,but I don’t support any Demorat !

  • Rumionemore

    I live in Georgia and have not yet heard the announcement. We are finally getting rid of Saxby Chambliss, and Ms. Nunn, a person of quality and varied experience, would be welcome by many here. It’s still an old-boy, red(neck) state, but she could have a good shot.

    • Rumionemore

      That does not surprise me.
      A number of years ago when Georgia was solid Democratic, my father was chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party and also active in the state organization. The county elected its first Republican sheriff, which was big news in the state. What drove my father was not party loyalty – he was too smart and individualistic for that – but the need he saw for a two-party system in the state. He died in the 90s, disenchanted with George Bush I. Today he would be alarmed to see that, once again, Georgia is pretty much a one-party state. This is not healthy.

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