A wealthy real estate executive shook up the Georgia governor's race this week by promising to reach out to the Tea Party with a multi-million dollar, self-funded campaign.
Morgan County Republican Ray Boyd launched his gubernatorial run by writing himself a $2 million check. He told reporters it "is not for show."
"I'm going to try to be a we-the-people candidate. In normal times, a person like me would get ground up, but this is not normal times," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm running as a Ronald Reagan Republican, but I'm going to have both sides attacking me, because I'm for term limits."
He plans to seek the backing of the Tea Party.
"The tea party people do not endorse candidates, but if they wanted to endorse somebody, it would be somebody like me," he said. "I'm very ticked off at people in our own government trying to castigate them as if they were some right wing, home-grown terrorist. That’s sickening and disgusting."
Boyd's campaign effectively matched what Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the GOP frontrunner, reported having in the bank this week.
Former Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) is also running for governor. He resigned his House seat March 21st to concentrate on his campaign. The primary is July 20th.