Sources within the Georgia Republican Party tell Tipsheet that “several” high-level leaders within the party are urging businesswoman and Tea Party activist Ginger Howard to run for the organization’s top post.
Originally from Waycross but now residing in Atlanta, she ran for National Committeewoman at last year’s state convention but lost a narrow contest to Linda Herren, a two-term incumbent.
Tipsheet’s source, who wished to remain anonymous, highlighted that Howard was named the 2004 “Business Woman of the Year by the NRCC’s Business Advisory Council” as well as being a 2007 graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute. She is currently the President-elect and Chaplain of the Buckhead Republican Women’s Club.
The rumblings and rumors come less than a week after former state Senator Chip Pearson removed his name from consideration, leaving the party’s Second Vice-Chair, B.J. VanGundy, as the lone active candidate.
Pearson cited a lack of the “necessary time to dedicate to the position of party chairman and do the kind of job that is expected or deserved” as the grounds for his withdrawal. His withdrawal has also led to revival of speculation on whether or not radio host, and former 9th Congressional District candidate, Martha Zoller had any interest in the post.
A request for comment from Howard was unanswered as of this post’s publication, but updates will come accordingly if that changes.