Doug Monroe begins new blog. He reports Cathy Cox will not run against Saxby in '08 & shares her recent statement about her position on Mark Taylor.
In one of his first posts he reports:
Secretary of State Cathy Cox says she won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2008. This is the first time that Cox. . . has publicly ruled out the race.
I sent her some e-mail questions a few weeks ago [with some political questions, including] whether she will vote for Mark Taylor for governor this year and whether she's had any contact with him since the primary. Cox wrote:
"I made clear my support for Mark Taylor during my concession speech on election night. But I cannot, and will not, take any sort of formal role in his campaign. As Georgia's chief election official, charged with certifying the final election results, there is a provision in our election code, which I wrote, by the way, that prevents me from formally endorsing candidates or taking an active role in campaigns. We put that provision into law after the 2000 presidential election, when Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was roundly criticized for chairing George Bush's Florida campaign even as she dealt with certifying the election and reviewing the recount. The restriction we have in Georgia protects the integrity of the process, it's a good provision, and I'm going to abide by it."