Georgia Democrats have long hoped to benefit from the crowded Republican race (five candidates, including three U.S. Representatives) to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss next year.
With a rancorous race and subsequent run-off, Democrats reasoned, they could easily pick up the pieces of the fractured GOP contest and win with the candidate they seem to be united behind: businesswoman Michelle Nunn, daughter of much-loved former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn.
But the hopes of clear Nunn run were dashed when Atlanta psychiatrist Branko Radulovacki quietly filed. Three weeks later nobody appeared to have noticed the new candidate despite the fact he had issued a press release announcing his bid.
Known as "Dr. Rad," his exact political position seems unclear. "I don't have a political platform at this point," he said. "My immediate goal is for voters to get to know me and what I have done and to hear their concerns."
He later said, "I believe in personal freedom balanced with individual and collective responsibility. I am for fiscal self-control offset by wise investing (both short- and long-term). I support good health care for all (I am, after all, a physician) but feel we must confront issues of cost, need, and allocation of limited resources."
Nunn has yet to formally declare her candidacy.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
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