Tuesday, April 20, 2004

"Taylor for One Georgia"

Sounds familiar, no?

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor has filed to raise funds for the 2006 gubernatorial race. Former governor George Busbee will chair his campaign committee, "Taylor for One Georgia."

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Taylor stressed in an interview Sunday that his decision to begin raising the millions he will need for a aggressive campaign against the expected Republican candidate should not be considered the beginning of the governor's race two years off.
"It's simply a reality of a statewide race . . . if we are going to keep our options open," Taylor said. "I don't see this as a start of the governor's race. It means we are beginning the fund-raising, which is an important part of the race. We have to start now if we're going to be competitive."

Taylor's Republican competition will likely be Governor Sonny Perdue. As of December 31st, 2003, Sonny had raised $3,214,208.26 and spent $325,499.05 toward his re-election.

Taylor's Democratic competition, if any, will likely be Secretary of State Cathy Cox. Although the law forbids Cox from spending any money raised toward re-election in another race, her totals may indicate her strength as a fundraiser. As of December 31st, 2003, Cox had raised 1,765,167.40 and spent 1,506,667.72 toward her re-election.

Like Cox, Taylor may not spend any money raised toward re-election in another race, but again, his totals may indicate his strength as a fundraiser. As of December 31st, 2003, Taylor had raised $1,255,413.74 and spent $508,053.65 toward his re-election.