Ralph Reed Eyeing Georgia Governorship, White House
Reed said to see Georgia as path to White House (Washington Times)
Word that Ralph Reed plans to seek the lieutenant governorship of Georgia signals what friends say is the former Christian Coalition executive director’s ultimate ambition Ã¢€” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A Bush White House favorite, Mr. Reed would have to give up his lucrative campaign-consulting business in order to run for a relatively minor office in his home state.
Associates say Mr. Reed, 43, whose picture first appeared on the cover of Time magazine nearly 10 years ago, hopes to use the lieutenant governor’s job to position himself to run for Georgia governor. Friends also say the Atlanta-based consultant’s long-held ambition is ultimately to win for himself the Republican presidential nomination that, as a campaign adviser, he has helped others to seek.
Reed is an impressive fellow but his chances of securing the Republican nomination for president, let alone carrying a majority in the Electoral College, are slim indeed. He’s simply too associated with the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to have much appeal to any but the most staunch Christian conservatives.