Just like that, we’re off to 2016.
Senator Johnny Isakson, soon-to-become Georgia’s senior senator following David Perdue’s swearing-in early next year, is quashing rumors of retirement and is making public his intentions to seek a third-term in the upper chamber.
A campaign email yesterday afternoon revealed that a formal announcement is scheduled for Monday of next week, set to be held at the Georgia State Capitol. Slated for 11 a.m., the AJC has additionally reported that Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, and House Speaker David Ralston will be in attendance.
That in and of itself is a statement of party unity and a strong desire to avoid another grueling primary cycle in a Senate race. Isakson, by and large the most popular elected official in Georgia, is likely to clear the field of any serious opposition. One also has to wonder whether or not any prominent Democrats will risk challenging the incumbent. In 2010, he handily vanquished Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.