In spite of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s best efforts, Democratic Party of Georgia chairman DuBose Porter appears set to coast to re-election.
Over the past several days, a cadre of notable Georgia Democrats have signed off on giving him another term at the party’s helm, ranging from former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Most recently, he got an endorsement coveted by their party’s ranks, that of vanquished 2014 Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.
“DuBose has brought people together, rolled up his sleeves, and is committed to rebuilding the grassroots infrastructure of our party,” Nunn said via email.
Porter’s sole rival for the chairmanship is R.J. Hadley, who waged an underdog bid for the post in 2013 and is considered, by all accounts, to be an even greater underdog this time around.
Still, the ease of Porter’s apparent march to re-elect is notable because of the dynamic between him and the state’s most powerful elected Democrat, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Following a dismal showing in the 2014 midterms, Reed vocally spoke out against giving Porter another term, blasting the party’s showing and calling for new leadership. Democratic strategist and longtime Reed ally Tharon Johnson considered tossing his hat in the ring, but passed. It left Hadley as the only other contender in the race and again exposed the potential weaknesses Reed will face with his own party’s base if he chooses to run for governor in 2018.