Pence Adviser Nick Ayers May Run For Governor

Nick Ayers, a top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and an alum of Governor Perdue’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, is eyeballing a run for governor according to POLITICO. The 34 year old is certainly a veteran of Republican politics.

He reportedly has a meeting with Trump administration officials to discuss his future. As of now he is a top adviser and fundraiser for the pro-Trump nonprofit America First Policies.

He will join what is sure to be a crowded field. Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced last week that he is running for the top spot. Kemp, and potentially Ayers, will more than likely be joined by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Congressman Jack Kingston and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Speaker David Ralston is also floating trial balloons.

Ayers jumping into the 2018 gubernatorial¬†election is sure to shake up the field. Whispers are floating around that Senator Michael Williams, the first elected official in Georgia to endorse Trump, is running for governor. The two will undoubtedly stake out their claims to ¬†the coveted spot of “Trump’s candidate.”

Let the fun begin.

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xdog
xdog

Feel free to correct me but I don’t recall any great political operators running for office. Ayers is certainly a vote-getting hotshot but if he announces he’s taking on something he’s never done before, and aiming very high as well.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ralph Reed

xdog
xdog

Good one. I’m sure there are more.

The Eiger
The Eiger

He also has some very well connected friends that can raise money for him.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Isn’t he related to the Perdues in some way? He’s an interesting (potential) candidate, especially with the number of retreads that seem to be lining up for the gig.

Speaking of retreads, saw Jack Kingston on CNN the other night, that guy has devolved into a clown almost overnight.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Jack has always been a clown. He’s just now showing the entire world by being on CNN.

If I remember correctly Nick married Sonny Perdues’ second cousin. Or something like that. He was the campaign manager for Sonny’s reelect. I’ll admit that Nick has gotten lucky and been in the right place at the right time quite a few times. But he’s a very talented guy.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I didn’t think that of Kingston until the 2016 Presidential campaign.

xdog
xdog

I just read Greg Bluestein’s AJC article and I still don’t see why Ayers would toss aside what he’s great at to give something he’s never done a whirl. Maybe he’s bored. Maybe he figures he’d get to spend more time with his kids if he were Gov.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Why do you think he’s been doing what he’s been doing for a decade? There are three answers 1) Make money 2) Get good people elected (this is what everyone starts out wanting then they work for a crazy person and say nope) 3) Get connected to the right people so that they have a better chance than most when they decide to run for office themselves.

Anyone that has ever known Nick has known this day was coming. He may not win, but he’ll raise a ton of money.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There is so much truth to #2.

bethebalance
bethebalance

When you look at the candidates you’re helping, and realize you could do a better job…

The Eiger
The Eiger

Exactly. That has happened on a few occasions for me. Especially, on local races and state house and senate.

Bull Moose
Bull Moose

My 2 cents: Nick wouldn’t even consider running without the blessing of Gov. Perdue. Also, Nick might be considered somewhat of a younger Haley Barbour, the lobbyist turned former Governor of Mississippi.

We shall see what comes of this chatter…