GA-SEN: State Labor Commissioner Considering A Challenge To Johnny Isakson
by Andre Walker, Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:53:32 AM EDT
For over a year now, R.J. Hadley has been the only Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson in this year's midterm elections.
Now comes news that Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is strongly leaning towards entering the race with just two weeks left until candidate qualifying.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond has told The Associated Press he's leaning toward a run for U.S. Senate.
The 57-year-old Democrat says he is strongly considering a challenge to Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Thurmond says his experience as labor commissioner would serve him well if he decides to run, because jobs are a top priority for the nation.
Thurmond, an Athens native, says he will announce his decision on Wednesday.
Haines, Errin (2010-4-16). AP: Georgia labor chief leaning toward Senate bid. Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2010-4-16.
News like this must really annoy R.J. Hadley.
If it doesn't annoy him, it certainly annoys me.
For nearly a year, R.J. Hadley has invested his time, energy and money into a race that no one wanted to take on until now.
If Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond decides to run, I'm casting my vote for R.J. Hadley in the Democratic primary. I have no personal animosity towards Thurmond. I just believe that Hadley should be rewarded for taking one for the team this long.
Candidate qualifying for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat begins April 26th.
CQ Politics rates Johnny Isakson's Senate seat as "safe Republican."
[UPDATE:] R.J. Hadley commented on the possible candidacy of Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond --
"It looks like an establishment politician is looking to enter the race at the final hour. We've seen this before. It's politics as usual. We showed the leadership needed to step forward EARLY when everyone said the incumbent was unbeatable. We showed the courage to take our campaign into hostile territory. For me, this is about the people not the politics. Those who will continue to stand and fight with me, I thank you."