Friday, February 02, 2007

Musical Chairs in Georgia in 2010?

By Nathan L. Gonzales

Don't be surprised in four years if a couple significant Georgia Republicans attempt to switch roles. In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) will be term-limited and could very well seek an open U.S. Senate seat, vacated by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R), who would run for governor, according to one GOP insider familiar with the situation.

The scenario certainly isn't far-fetched. Even though Isakson is only in his first term in the Senate, the governorship has been in his sights for years, going back to 1990 when he lost to Zell Miller (D) 53%-46%. And Perdue has a decade's worth of experience as a legislator in the Georgia state senate, including a stint as president pro tempore. According to the GOP source, both men would likely endorse the other in the maneuver as well.

Four years is probably two eternities in politics, but for any Democrats looking past an uphill battle against Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) this cycle, 2010 may not provide any better opportunities.

This item first appeared on Political Wire on January 31, 2007.