Georgia Unfiltered

Search This Site

01 February 2010

Thurbert Baker Not Resigning To Run For Governor

In the Monday morning edition of the Georgia Times-Union, three high profile political observers encouraged Attorney General Thurbert Baker to resign and seek the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination full time.

Shannon Goessling, executive director of the Southeastern Legal Foundation and [Baker's]Republican challenger in 2002, [said] a candidate looking to move up won't be giving the taxpayers their full money's worth in the current post or give voters for the new post ample opportunity to meet him either.

"There is something to be said for 'if you don't want the job you've got now, then you should resign for it and aggressively campaign for the job you do want,'" she said.

Goessling could be dismissed as biased, but Bill Bozarth feels the same way, and he's the executive director of Common Cause of Georgia, an independent, government-watchdog organization.

"It might be better for him if he resigned and ran full out," said Merle Black, a professor at Emory University and author of "Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics."

Jones, Walter C (2010-2-1). Georgia attorney general says he'll fulfill promise in governor's race. Georgia Times-Union. Retrieved on 2010-2-1.

Baker's response?

He was hired by the people of Georgia to serve four years, and he's going to serve four years.

"I think we have an obligation and an expectation to fulfill that promise, so I have never thought about not serving my entire term as attorney general," [Baker] said.

Now that we've got that pressing issue out of the way, Attorney General Baker, what is your plan to create jobs for Georgians?