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21 April 2010

Michael Thurmond: We Need A New Direction In Washington

Below a painting of Georgia founder James Oglethorpe in the Capitol rotunda, State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

"At its core, Washington is broken," Thurmond said. "There is a desperate need or fundamental change in the way the people's business is being conducted in the nation's capital."

Making jobs the centerpiece of his platform, Thurmond said he'll fight to create new jobs and spur economic growth. Thurmond also said that, in the Senate, he'll work to create a fairer tax system, put an end to fiscal irresponsibility and reduce the federal deficit.

"I will stand up for families whose homes are threatened by foreclosure and small business owners who are struggling because bank credit has dried up," Thurmond said. "I will stand up for families who simply want to provide a good education for their children and support their families."

"It's time to send someone to Washington who will put you and your family first. We need, no we must have, new vision, new leadership and a new direction," Thurmond continued.

Michael Thurmond's entry into the Senate race represents a major gamble by Georgia's Democratic Party. Of the three Democrats who currently hold statewide positions, two are running for higher office and one is retiring. If Thurmond and the Democrats win this November, then it could signal a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia. If Thurmond and the Democrats lose though, the state Democratic Party will end up with no Democrats in statewide offices.

Thurmond, who is the first African-American to be elected statewide in Georgia without being appointed by the governor, will face R.J. Hadley in the Democratic primary July 20th.

The Democratic nominee will take on Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson this fall.

CQ Politics rates the 2010 Georgia Senate race as "Safe Republican."