Another GOP Governor Turns His Attention Toward National Politics

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, greets Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, at the 2019 Air National Guard Senior Leadership Conference, April 23, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The ANG Senior Leadership Conference is a series of presentations and breakouts intended to enhance leaders’ capabilities to lead and support Airmen and address Total Force priorities related to leadership, safety, diversity, sexual assault and suicide prevention.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Rana Franklin)

When Donald Trump decided to make his 2024 campaign announcement far earlier than anyone else in the race was even considering making their announcements, there may have been some expectation by the former President that such prescience and enthusiasm would keep some fence-sitters on the sidelines until 2028.

This doesn’t seem to be the case, however, with a number of prominent Republicans already posturing themselves to find favor within the national political scene, including ultra-popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Now, just to the north, another popular GOP Governor is seeking to make a splash on the national scene.

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to create a Political Action Committee (PAC).

Axios reported Sunday the governor initiated the process to create Hardworking Americans Inc., which will “allow the Republican to boost his national profile” as a possible signal for a U.S. Senate run or even a 2024 run.

Kemp’s unique success defeating a Trump-backed opponent in a primary and a Democrat in a key battleground has made him something of a case study for Republicans. It’s also paved the way for speculation about his future national ambitions,” Axios noted.

“A federal PAC allows Kemp to influence races across the country and donate money to other candidates, including in Republican primaries,” it added.

So, what precisely is Kemp’s intention with the maneuver?

Should Kemp decide to go federal with his profile, he will likely run for U.S. Senate in 2026 when Democrat John Ossoff faces reelection. Kemp has given no indication of running for president in 2024.

And it’s doubtful that Kemp would be interested in facing off with Donald Trump anytime soon, particularly after the two had a falling out in the immediate wake of the 2020 election.