RIP Another DPG Pipe Dream: Yates “Totally Ruling Out” Gubernatorial Bid

Former US Attorney General Sally Yates crushed Georgia Democrats’ hearts saying she won’t run for governor. 

The full text of the interview will be published in next week’s issue of The New Yorker, but she left a crack in the door to possibly serve as an elected official in the future.

Quoth Yates:

“I am totally ruling out the governor’s race. I am not running for governor…

“I recognize that I may have a voice that I didn’t have before. And part of what I want to be able to do is to figure out how I can responsibly use that voice in a way to impact things that I think really matter. I just don’t know what form that takes…

“I’ve got to give something more back.”

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Bully Pulpit
Bully Pulpit

“I’ve got to give something more back.”

She thinking Senate?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Short of a judicial seat, were one ever to arise, I’m gonna go with her being a law firm partner with autonomy to pursue the cases of her choice. Although the quote sounds an awful lot like non-profit culture.

David C
David C

Personally, a Senate race always made a heck of a lot more sense. Governor is a job which she’d have no experience for and no history working with state government, and it’s a race where clearly Stacey Abrams is going to go out and get a bunch of money and throw elbows to run. Senate, in 2020, with Purdue hugging Trump close and facing a full general electorate in a changing state seems the better place to throw in her chips. That’s setting aside the fact that the Senate would be a better place for her to fully hit her… Read more »

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

I definitely agree. I’d add that the 2018 should be fairly competitive, while 2020 should be extremely competitive, if not slightly D-leaning at the statewide level.

It also gives a couple of years to build up personal finances (if needed), make more grassroots connections, and to increase her visibility by helping out the Gov. and Lt. Gov. Democratic candidates.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Where did all the stories about her being interested in running for something come from anyway? Has she ever said anything about running? Is there even any indication that she would call herself a Dem?
I must be out of the loop on this.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The “indication” comes from the fact her husband ran for Congress as a Democrat and she was appointed US Attorney for NDGA by Barack Obama. Then again, she was first hired at the USAO by Bob Barr.