A few important developments have washed up in The Tide this week:
- U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter’s name has popped up as a potential challenger for Sen Raphael Warnock’s seat in 2022. Carter confirmed his interest in the Senate position, telling Athens radio station WGAU “We’re looking at it,” and that he’d make a final decision soon. That fact is set to change the perspective of how constituents will view the former Pooler mayor’s political moves from here on. In recent days, Carter has increased visibility on national issues. He’s visited America’s southern border to look at crowded immigration facilities and sponsored Atlanta-centric legislation against Major League Baseball. It’s going to be a rowdy 20 months as more candidates test the waters for a Senate run.
- Carter’s latest legislation, HR 2504, that would allow “localities injured by the cancellation or relocation, without good cause, of a scheduled organized professional major league team competition by a league of organized professional major league baseball teams, or a member of such league.” In other words, towns could sue for damages when a sports league takes its business elsewhere. The sticking point: who defines what “without good cause” means?
Another point of interest will be how the incumbent’s campaign funding shakes out over the next few months. Several prominent corporate donors put their donations on hold for members of Congress, including Carter, who challenged the Nov. 3 election outcome that showed President Joe Biden beating former President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 congressional meeting interrupted by the Capitol insurrection. Carter was also vocal in opposition to impeachment against Trump.
Meanwhile, Coastal Georgia’s sole U.S. House legislator has taken the lead on an issue that has become a major talking point for national and state Republicans as a co-sponsor to the House bill to punish strip Major League Baseball and possibly strip it of its antitrust protections. Carter was joined in the action by other Georgia GOP representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Austin Scott, Jody Hice, Rick Allen and Andrew Clyde. Hice, along with Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, has signed on as a co-sponsor for Carter’s bill. Duncan is the sponsor for the antitrust proposal.
If you are interested in hearing more from local and state Republicans about these issues, Gov. Brian Kemp visits Savannah Wednesday where the trip will include a lunchtime speech to the Skidaway Republican Club.
As all of this unfolds, we’ve parked a handy link on thecurrentga.org where you can follow Carter’s work day-to-day. It’s got floor speeches and public statements, funding, bill tracking and more. Just consider it your personal “Buddy Watch” page.
For those keeping tabs on Georgia’s U.S. senators, here’s our link for those two elected officials.
The Tide brings regular notes and observations on news and events by The Current staff.