Monday, March 29, 2004

Majette for Senate

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette confirmed today that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Zell Miller.
Majette conceded it is late to dive into a statewide race. But she said she felt moved to run as a counter to GOP messages she finds extreme.
"The Republicans keep trotting out their right-wing rhetoric on God, guns and gays in an attempt to divide the electorate and distract from the serious problems they're not addressing," she told reporters.
She brushed aside reporters' questions about her chances, saying she's never let "naysayers" stop her. She said she didn't talk to Miller or the state Democratic party before deciding to run.
"I don't need anybody's blessing," she said, then acknowledged that Georgia Democrats are foundering on this race. "If the Democratic party leadership here had their act together, they wouldn't be in this situation."
Majette is launching her bid after only two years in Congress.
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.

Given that she's far better known and far, far better funded than any of the other Democratic candidates, I'd say she'll easily defeat them in the primary.

Victory in the general may prove more difficult. Dekalb is a liberal area, and she reflects her district; this may not play well elsewhere in Georgia. Resentment may linger over her victory over McKinney, which may turn away voters who might otherwise support her; then again, it may encourage those who wouldn't otherwise support her to take a second look. This should be interesting.