Rumors about state Sen. Jason Carter's future political ambitions have swirled for months as Georgia's Democratic party leaders eye turning the red state blue. The latest rumor being floated regarding the Atlanta Democrat: a gubernatorial campaign in 2014.
Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson is reportedly looking into whether it makes sense to enter the governor's race against Gov. Nathan Deal, State School Superintendent John Barge, and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. To do so, the state lawmaker will conduct a bit of polling to see if an alleged ethics probe cover-up during Deal's 2010 campaign has created an opportunity to mount a challenge.
Daily jolters Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway, and Daniel Malloy report:
We're told that state Sen. Jason Carter, a Decatur Democrat and grandson of the former president, has commissioned a poll to "test the political environment, given recent events," for a 2014 run for governor.
Those events include a fresh round of allegations that Deal's office played a heavy-handed role in picking the ethics chief who helped weigh complaints against him, and some pushback on Republican efforts to obstruct the Affordable Care Act in Georgia.
Carter had previously ruled out a U.S. Senate bid prior to Michelle Nunn's decision to campaign for Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss' soon-to-be vacated seat. But for a minute, he was touted by political observers as a viable candidate given his position under the Gold Dome and his family's name.
With Mayor Kasim Reed likely to hold off on pursuing a statewide position until at least 2018, could next year be the ideal time for Carter to make a move?
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