Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn, is reportedly considering running for the seat her father last held almost two decades earlier.
Well placed source says Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, considering a run in the Democratic primary for Senate.#gapol
— Lori Geary (@lorigeary) February 5, 2013
The apparent desire by Democrats for Nunn, 46, to pursue the contest comes as the party’s top possible recruits, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Rep. John Barrow, have already forsworn a campaign or expressed even mild public interest in a statewide effort.
She briefly considered running for Senate ten years ago for the seat vacated by Sen. Zell Miller, but decided against the campaign in part to care for her infant son, then 11-months-old.
Nunn’s father served four terms in the Senate, from 1973 to 1997, and chaired the influential Armed Services Committee for eight years. The senator’s retirement in 1996 cleared the way for then-Secretary of State Max Cleland to rise to federal office, though he was defeated after one term by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2002.
UPDATE: Asked if Nunn had communicated to Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon any interest in the race, a party spokesman said senior officials are “in discussions with potential candidates” but was not at liberty to disclose their names.
- James Richardson