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JAMES
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018
was asked to write
about the campaign for governor
of Georgia— and I will.
But to do so I will take
a most circuitous path.
Atlanta developer
John Williams, the man
who created Post
Properties and Preferred
Community Apartments—
both fabulously successful public companies— died unexpectedly in April.
He was truly one of the few individuals who I
both admired and loved and who returned that same
admiration and love to me. Other than the death of my
own father, nothing hit home more.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t somehow think of him. You would literally not be reading
this magazine were it not for his support. He was my
business partner and my friend and one of the nest
men I ever knew.
Were he still perched at his favorite seat at the Blue
Ridge Grille just off Interstate-75 in Atlanta, John would
be asking me and James publisher Phil Kent: “So who
will win this governor’s race in November? “
My answer would be deadly truthful. It’s anyone’s race.
Many Republicans presume that Brian Kemp, as their
nominee, is a shoe-in. Perhaps. But RealClearPolitics,
with which InsiderAdvantage has had a longtime relationship, has the race rated as a tossup.
If you are a white Republican (which we are constantly told by the media are one and the same) then
look around the room at your next dining or entertainment experience. Ask yourself how many in that room
are really worked up to vote in the November race for
governor. The answer, at the moment, would be tepid.
Then consider a similar situation where the patrons
may be majority African-American or more diverse.
Almost the entire room is likely to turn out. Could it be
they would seem more likely to vote in the coming
gubernatorial race? After all, they will have two rsts to
support. A female and an African-American gubernatorial nominee is more than compelling.
That is particularly true when the likes of left-wing
megadonor George Soros has, according to the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution,
already poured in
over a million dollars to support
gubernatorial nominee
Stacey Abrams and the
state Democratic Party.
Before it is over
Georgia’s race will be become
America’s race. Gun rights
and illegal immigration are current themes for the GOP; open
borders along with a “fair wage”
and elimination of perceived vestiges of racism for the Democrats.
A state now used to GOP rule will dismiss these
observations and perhaps “crown” Kemp as the next governor by September. But John Williams, one of the most
savvy political observers I ever knew, would agree in a
heartbeat that a combination of shifting demographics
and complacency caused by hubris could upend everything conventional wisdom might propound.
My guess is that President Donald Trump, the man
so silently abhorred by many in Georgia’s “GOP elite,”
will step in to save the day by energizing grassroots
Republicans (and independents) in Georgia.
It will be a wakeup call for a GOP that thinks it has
a stranglehold on Georgia. And it will be a wakeup call
for the Trump team to learn that Georgia will be its
most fragile Southern state in the 2020 presidential
election. (Perhaps even the president would tell you, I
sometimes know a little bit about what can happen
down the road. It remains gratifying to recall that he
congratulated me, when I was still writing a syndicated
column, for being one of the rare pundits in 2015 to
predict his 2016 general election victory.)
And I believe if John Williams were now looking
into the political crystal ball, he would agree with this
Georgia assessment. He was a man who could not
only predict the future but create it. He will be missed
this election year.
Matt Towery is the chairman and co-founder of InsiderAdvantage/James
magazine. He resides in Florida with his wife Dolle.
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