Many people were scratching their heads this week wondering exactly why Augusta businessman Eugene Yu had worked so hard running for the U.S. Senate seat just to suddenly decide to drop out in favor of vying for the 12th District congressional race.
But, let’s face it: the U.S. Senate race to fill the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) was packed with not only Republican candidates, but some heavy-hitters such as U.S. Reps. Paul Brown of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, as well as Republican candidates Derrick Grayson and David Perdue, were also in this race.
And that is only the Republican primary. The winner of the Republican primary would likely face Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia. That name alone would be tough to beat.
Democrat Branko Radulovacki, an Atlanta doctor, was also in the race for the seat.
The truth is the U.S. Senate race would have been extremely tough for Yu to win.
But the real question is: What are Yu’s chances of winning the 12th District congressional seat currently held by Democrat John Barrow?
Apparently, maybe better than most people think because at least one local Republican candidate appears to be more than a little nervous that Yu has entered the race.
Insiders say that Republican candidate Rick Allen met with Yu the past week at a local Dunkin’ Donuts to feel the candidate out.
Allen reportedly offered Yu his $2,600 campaign contribution back if he would stay out of the race. For two men of their means that was certainly a joke, but he is obviously not happy with the new competition. And Yu isn’t very happy with Allen. Early on Yu contributed the aforementioned $2,600 to Allen’s campaign. When Yu asked for a contribution later, Allen’s text message simply said “Sorry, I can’t.”
So, is Rick Allen scared of Yu’s chances against him? It appears so.
Rick Allen went as far as to send Yu a text message asking if he was a “friend or a foe.”
Not wise on Rick Allen’s part because text messages don’t easily disappear. None of them.
In the Republican primary for the congressional seat, Yu will have to get past John Stone, Rep. Delvis Dutton of Glennville and Rick Allen.
Some believe it might be possible because of Yu’s strong work ethic and ability to instantly win over a crowd.
As soon as people meet and talk with Yu, they quickly learn he is a proud conservative, life-long Christian and staunch Republican.
Sounds like some pretty stiff competition for all candidates, particularly Rick Allen.
This race just got interesting.