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Insiders expect Majette to run for Miller's seat
AJC (Urinal @ Constipation) ^ | 3-29-04 | By COREY DADE, JIM THARPE

Posted on 03/29/2004 3:28:02 AM PST by Engine82

Announcement may come today

By COREY DADE, JIM THARPE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 03/28/04

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette will hold a news conference today at the state Capitol to address speculation that she is running for the U.S. Senate, according to campaign officials.

Leaders of the state Democratic Party and people close to Majette (D-Stone Mountain) expect her to announce she will launch a bid for the Senate after only two years in Congress.

Majette's campaign spokeswoman, Cindy Abel, has said only that the congresswoman is prepared today to discuss "rumors" of her Senate aspirations.

Majette did not return calls for comment.

Several sate Democratic officials said they had heard reports of a likely Majette Senate bid, but could not confirm her decision.

"I've heard she's going to run, and I've heard she's not going to," state Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Kahn said Sunday night. "I've heard it both ways."

Kahn said he had no plans to attend Majette's press conference.

Another high-ranking state Democrat, who asked not to be identified, said Majette has definitely decided to run and that she already selected the person she wants to succeed her in the 4th Congressional District.

Democratic leaders say Majette, who rose from obscurity to defeat 10-year incumbent Cynthia McKinney in 2002, has not sought wide party support or consulted them about seeking higher office.

Since U.S. Sen. Zell Miller announced his retirement, Majette was one of several names mentioned to run for his seat, but hers did not make the short list that the party has been discussing in recent weeks.

Until now, all signs indicated that Majette was preparing for a highly anticipated rematch against McKinney, whom Majette defeated with stunning ease in the 2002 Democratic primary. McKinney, Georgia's first African-American woman in Congress, declared her candidacy Saturday.

Majette's entry in the Senate race would complicate the picture for the Democratic Party, which has struggled to come up with a big-name candidate since Miller made his decision to retire last year to retire when his term ends.

The decision has been made even tougher for Georgia Democrats by Miller's criticism of the national party and his backing of the re-election campaign of President Bush.

Republic Congressman Johnny Isakson of Cobb County announced almost immediately for the GOP, followed by three other Republicans — Butts County Congressman Mac Collins, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Atlanta businessman Al Bartell.

Party operatives floated the names of several high-profile Democrats — from Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to University of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, but they all declined to run.

Democrats were left with a growing slate of lesser-known candidates.

State Sen. Mary Squires (D-Norcross), state Sen. Nadine Thomas (D-Decatur) and public interest lawyer Gary Glenshaw of Decatur have all announced their intentions to run but none has the enthusiastic backing of the state Democratic Party. Former Libertarian candidate George Anderson has recently said he will also run as a Democrat.

Qualifying for the seat is still months away, but candidates for high-profile races generally announce their intentions a year or more before the general election because of the demanding fund-raising requirements.

TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 2004; electionushouse; electionussenate; georgia; hermancain; majette; zellmiller

1 posted on 03/29/2004 3:28:02 AM PST by Engine82
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To: Engine82
Oh-oh, does this mean Cynthia Mckinney is getting her old job back?
2 posted on 03/29/2004 3:33:24 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: freeangel
Denise Majette has NO chance in Georgia.
3 posted on 03/29/2004 3:34:18 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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Herman Cain sounds like he might be a good choice;
but I am still looking into his stance on things.
Everything I have found so far looks pretty good.
He may not be perfect, but hey, Goldwater ain't running.
4 posted on 03/29/2004 4:09:12 AM PST by DefCon
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To: freeangel
Yep, probably..
5 posted on 03/29/2004 4:23:53 AM PST by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero, something's gonna happen..)
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To: AntiGuv; freeangel
Depends on the J-E-W-S.

6 posted on 03/29/2004 5:53:35 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Which means that Jihad Cindy would get her old job back...[sigh]


Double-barrelled Mega-PING! to both lists! If you want on, FReepmail me!

7 posted on 03/29/2004 7:26:15 AM PST by mhking
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To: Engine82
GO Herman Cain!!!
8 posted on 03/29/2004 7:28:55 AM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: goldstategop
She would stand a better chance if she was a snowball in hell. hahahaha
10 posted on 03/29/2004 10:13:39 AM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: DefCon
Herman Cain = Reagan Republican

Pretty close to the best we could ever hope for.

Go Herman Go!
11 posted on 03/29/2004 10:18:21 AM PST by eyespysomething (To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target)
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To: eyespysomething
I'll ditto that!
12 posted on 03/29/2004 10:55:34 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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