“It does have a good reputation, and I think, perhaps, I underestimated that. I thought maybe it was more regional and more local. If I had known that sooner, perhaps I would have been in the 2018 race.”
U.S. Sen. David Perdue is likely to run for a second term in 2020, and Tomlinson is among several Democrats circling the seat. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and state Rep. Scott Holcomb are also potential candidates.
For now, Tomlinson’s decision is good news for a pair of Georgia Democrats.
The second is state Rep. Stacey Evans, who is said to still be seriously considering a run for governor. She and Tomlinson, the first female mayor of Columbus, would have appealed to the same voting bloc: White working-class voters who once formed the party’s backbone but have steadily bolted for the GOP.
In the meantime, expect Tomlinson to push to raise her profile. She’s appeared on scattered cable TV shows in recent months, and she’s likely to be a prominent surrogate for Democratic candidates across the South in the runup to next year’s vote.