Get familiar with this name Georgians. You will be hearing it in the upcoming months. He is running for governor. The last name should sound familiar. He is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. This is exciting news for Georgia Democrats. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, is running to replace Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Democrats have little or no power in Georgia. Statewide offices are held by Republicans. Frankly, they are sick of it. In 2008 Georgia Democrats worked hard to turn the state blue. They had an influx of people working with the Obama campaign. In 2012 things were different. After the 2008 experience, the Obama campaign wrote Georgia off as a red state and focused on Florida instead. As it became more difficult to run as a Democrat in Georgia there were party switchers.
The party loyal have been working to recruit marketable, electable candidates who have appeal to a general audience. They may have done it with these two. They are fresh faces on the political scene with family legacies in politics. Nunn in particular is a political moderate. She is staking out conservative positions on issues like the Affordable Care Act. Both Nunn and Carter come from a public service background. This is a huge positive in Democratic circles. Their families are beloved by Georgians. The Nunn race is crowded and there is lots of time for things to evolve. Carter is running against a governor who is facing an FBI investigation. This may be the beginning of the excitement that it will take to grow the Democratic Party again in Georgia.