POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Race begins to replace Chambliss

Just days since U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, the race is on to fill his seat.

And at least one politician with Gwinnett ties appears to be eyeing the race.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's wife appeared to announce her husband will seek the seat, although Broun has not yet declared. Broun, a Republican from Athens whose district includes eastern Gwinnett and all of Barrow, is expected to make an announcement next week.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue has already announced he intends to continue his retirement, even though he led a poll of possibilities conducted by GaPundit.com.

Broun came in third, not far behind former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who resigned from Susan G. Komen for the Cure over a flap involving Planned Parenthood funding. Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price and Tom Graves are also considered possible GOP candidates, along with Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Of course, the Democrats are excited about race, with state party chairman Mike Berlon, a lawyer from Loganville, saying recruitment began months ago.

"It is clear that the politics and demographics within Georgia are changing. In November, President Obama received more than 45.5 percent of the statewide vote with little national help. With the significant changes that are taking place, we believe that we could win this seat even if it were against an incumbent," Berlon said. "With this being an open seat, our odds have improved significantly. This is especially true because it appears that there may be a significantly divided primary on the Republican side."

"There is no question that Georgia is on the way to turning blue," Berlon added. "This is the first step in reclaiming the House and Senate on a national level across the South."

Loganville on national committee

Berlon, by the way, is taking a place on the national stage.

The day after the presidential inauguration last week, Berlon was elected to the Democratic National Committee's executive committee, the policy-making section and governing body of the party. That means Berlon will be one of 64 people in the nation who oversees the affairs of the party between meetings of the full committee. He will serve as the group's Southern Chair, a press release said.

The job came as part of a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, and he will serve on that group's executive committee as well.

"The new role will give Georgia a much more powerful voice in national affairs and policy decisions, particularly during the upcoming 2014 election cycle," the release from the state party said.

"I am honored to have the clear support of my colleagues at the DNC who have expressed their confidence by electing me to this significant national position," Berlon said. "I have assured them that I will do my best to make sure that the interest of our state parties are heard and that our needs are addressed at the national level."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.


kevin 1 year, 10 months ago

We need a real conservative to take his place to protect the GOP's numbers in the Senate. This guy won't flip-flop.


Jan 1 year, 10 months ago

The problem now is too many tea party republicans - we need an independent that is not beholding to either party and will truly represent their constituents.


Why_not 1 year, 10 months ago

The last person we need is Paul Broun. He is an embarrassment to the entire state.


NewsReader 1 year, 10 months ago

You're a liberal. What do you care?


Why_not 1 year, 10 months ago

Newsreader....the stupidity of your your response does not warrant my time to explain.......


rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Because Liberals do care - about more than just themselves.


JV 1 year, 10 months ago

The Dems are going to have a hard time fielding a candidate that can draw votes outside of Atlanta. Being a non-Presidential election, their base is hard to mobilize unless they can instill more than normal really hyped fear mongering on steroids that a right winger is going to ___________ (fill in one of the usual Democrat fear tactics used each election cycle, we know them by heart).


DavidBrown 1 year, 10 months ago

I would like to see either Congressmam John Barrow or State Senator Jason Carter (grandson of former President Jimmy Carter) as the Democratic nominee.


jack 1 year, 10 months ago

I'd like to see someone other than a career politician.

A totally inexperienced jar of mayonnaise would be better than what we have now.
(Thanks Dave)


rco1847 1 year, 7 months ago

Just more of the republican aristocracy


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