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Michelle Nunn decides not to run for Senate
AJC (Urinal @ Constipation) ^ | 10-25-03 | RHONDA COOK

Posted on 10/25/2003 4:05:58 AM PDT by Engine82

Michelle Nunn decides not to run for Senate

By RHONDA COOK The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Democrats remained without a major candidate for the 2004 U.S. Senate election, after the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn announced Friday she will not run.

Michelle Nunn said family reasons will keep her out of the race to succeed Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), who is retiring. Nunn, 36, said in an interview that Friday's decision does not preclude an eventual run for elected office.

"It's been a part of my family's heritage, and I feel more strongly about it after thinking about [running]," said Nunn, the founding director of the nonprofit volunteer organization Hands on Atlanta. "This was a wonderful time politically, but it just wasn't the right personal time."

In a prepared statement Friday morning, Nunn said, "In the next few years, I believe that my primary focus is best directed toward my 11-month-old son and family."

Nunn's decision leaves the Democrats with a lone, virtually unknown candidate, state Sen. Mary Squires (D-Norcross). The most publicity Squires has received was when she called Gov. Sonny Perdue a racist earlier this year during the emotional legislative debate over changing the state flag.

The state Democratic Party has not gotten behind Squires, although she says that she thinks it will. Her grass-roots campaign had raised only $5,100 through Sept. 30, compared with $3.5 million raised by the Republican money leader, U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson.

Nunn "will provide an excellent voice in Democratic politics in the years to come," state Democratic Party Chairman Calvin Smyre said in a prepared statement. "We expect to run a strong campaign for the U.S. Senate and to retain Sen. Miller's seat for the Democratic Party."

Earlier in the month, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the civil rights leader who has also served as a U.S. congressman and U.N. ambassador, announced that he would not be a candidate.

Two other top Democrats, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, have said they will not run for the Senate and are eyeing the 2006 governor's race.

Party officials have floated the names of three legislators -- Senate Minority Leader Michael Meyer Von Bremen (D-Albany), Speaker Pro Tem DuBose Porter (D-Dublin) and Sen. Carole Jackson (D-Cleveland).

Porter has said family concerns would make a race hard right now; he has four teenage children. "There are a lot of good Democrats in the state who can contribute to this race," he said. "I'm sure we'll find a good candidate for this race."

Meyer Von Bremen, a lawyer with two teenagers, said he is considering a race and hopes to make a decision by the end of next week. "I am giving it thought," Meyer Von Bremen said. "It's worthwhile to consider it. It's all timing."

Jackson could not be reached Friday for comment.

Four Republicans already are raising money and campaigning -- Isakson, U.S. Rep. Mac Collins of Butts County, Godfather's Pizza founder Herman Cain and businessman Al Bartell.

The national GOP, expressing glee at the Democrats' situation, put out a news released headlined, "Democrats still with 'Nunn-thing' in Georgia."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee noted that the Democrats "are still without a candidate -- 375 days until next year's election day." The general election is Nov. 2, 2004. The party primaries are July 20.

Dan Allen, director of communications at the NRSC, said last year's elections of Gov. Sonny Perdue and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and next year's re-election effort of President Bush had scared off Georgia Democrats.

"The South is fertile territory for Republicans, and having President Bush on the top of the ticket will help our candidates even more in states like Georgia," Allen said.

Emory University political scientist Merle Black agreed: "The Democrats are looking at a tough Senate battle next year that coincides with a presidential election, and Bush is very popular in Georgia."

Cox and Taylor would have been competitive with the Republican nominee, Black said. "Right now, the Democrats don't have anyone with statewide name recognition."

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 2004; albartell; electionussenate; gasenaterace; hermancain; isakson; maccollins; michellenunn; zellmiller

1 posted on 10/25/2003 4:05:59 AM PDT by Engine82
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To: Engine82
Its a safe GOP seat. The Democrats were really decimated in Georgia last year.
2 posted on 10/25/2003 4:08:21 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
If Isackson is nominated there is a pro life pro 2nd amendment democrat congressman from middle Georgia who can beat him if he gets into the race.
3 posted on 10/25/2003 4:26:40 AM PDT by Engine82
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To: Engine82
What about Amy Carter?
4 posted on 10/25/2003 5:25:55 AM PDT by byteback
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To: Engine82
I knew she was considering this race, but had no idea she was so young. I'd have scratched her name off earlier had I known she was just 36-- with no experience, to boot.
5 posted on 10/25/2003 5:35:16 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The democRATs are desperate in Georgia.
6 posted on 10/25/2003 5:46:14 AM PDT by Engine82
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Who cares about experence when dead people are your biggest block of voters!
7 posted on 10/25/2003 6:57:14 AM PDT by Engine82
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To: Engine82
If she's anything like her father, she wouldn't be the worst Democrat there was.
8 posted on 10/25/2003 7:42:25 AM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew
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To: Engine82
Jim Marshall from Macon, GA is not pro-life. Many of us that live near Macon are very familiar with Marshall as mayor of Macon. He was a failure and he has a lot in common with Wes Clark, he is flip-flop, but good for him for going to Iraq and blasting his own party for their opposition. He ran for the House on a Medicare drug proposal and then he voted against it when he got to the House. And his first vote was for Minority Leader and he voted for Pelosi. Do not be fooled. He will not run for senate because he barely won his own seat, which has a 40 percent African-American population and he wants to defend it. Isakson is a powerhouse. I do not like that he is pro-choice on many matters, but he will defeat all of the other primary candidates because he is campaigning everywhere in the state. Michelle Nunn is not married and has a child. It maybe 2003, but that still was not going to go over well with many women in GA. Her father was a conservative democrat from Houston County and was a protégé of Sen. Richard B. Russell. Nunn would have gotten humiliated in the general election. Squires will get it even worse.
9 posted on 10/25/2003 8:41:04 AM PDT by sboyd
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To: Engine82
So the Dems are reduced to running a political unknown, who has done nothing but run a non-profit, albeit one with excellent family ties. And their Norcross secondary is a nutcase who will not have the support of the state party.

Now, how can we make sure a better R candidate than Johnny Isakson gets the nomination? I think Isakson is another RINO waiting to happen, just looking for an opportunity to be all buddy-buddy with Olympia Snow et al.

Herman Cain would have to be my choice with what I've seen so far.
10 posted on 10/25/2003 8:52:07 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: byteback
roflol!!! I missed that the first time through the thread. I'm glad my coffee cup was empty, or I'd be cleaning my screen.
11 posted on 10/25/2003 8:53:21 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: FreedomPoster
Johnny will not win the primary. My money is on Herman Cain.
12 posted on 10/25/2003 6:00:44 PM PDT by Engine82
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To: Engine82; Guillermo
Guillermo makes a pretty good case for Mac Collins, from a practical politics perspective, and he's probably right. "Not Isakson" is the key here, for me.
13 posted on 10/25/2003 6:05:57 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: byteback
What about Amy Carter?

Isn't she pretty much out of the lime light?

and Jim Wentzel were married
in Plains, Ga., on Sept. 1, 1996.
14 posted on 10/25/2003 6:16:22 PM PDT by deport
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To: sboyd

Michelle Nunn *IS* married. Just because she kept her last name is no reason to trash her. Please know your facts before posting.

15 posted on 07/12/2004 9:16:01 AM PDT by MarindasDad
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To: MarindasDad

Michelle Nunn, who lives in Atlanta and is the founding director of the nonprofit volunteer organization Hands On Atlanta, said she already had discussed the race with her father and will make a decision "in short order."

"I need a few days to give it some serious consideration," said Nunn, the mother of a 10-month-old son. "If I were to do it, I would be looking for new and innovative ways to campaign that are family-friendly."

Where's the husband in all this? I've still seen no reference in any article that she is married. Quit lurking and stick to DU. She didn't have the guts to run anyways.

16 posted on 07/12/2004 9:46:25 AM PDT by sboyd
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