Perdue on possible run for Georgia governor: 'I'm concerned about the state of our state'

Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden  Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations Kemp pads out campaign war chest ahead of tough reelection bid MORE (R-Ga.) on Wednesday lamented divisions within the Georgia Republican Party and expressed concern about the direction of the state as he weighs a primary challenge to Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden  Four states declare states of emergency ahead of weekend snowstorm Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations MORE (R) next year.

Asked in an interview on the “The Martha Zoller Show” where he stands on a potential 2022 gubernatorial run, Perdue acknowledged that his phone has been “blowing up” with calls on the subject. And while he didn’t address his intentions directly, he didn’t rule out a run either, saying that he is “concerned about the state of our state.”

“We have a divided party in Georgia right now,” he said. “Forget about me. It’s divided. And they feel like that  a lot of people feel like people in power haven’t fought for them and, you know, caved in to a lot of things back in 2020 that didn’t have to be done. And so there’s a lot of talk about it, a lot of rumor about it.” 

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“I will say to you something that I think has been said publicly, and that is Bonnie and I have been praying about our state,” he added, referring to his wife. 

Perdue, a one-term former senator who lost his seat in a January runoff election against Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffOn the Money — Student borrowers stare down rising prices Top Biden adviser expresses support for ban on congressional stock trades Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office MORE (D-Ga.), has discussed a potential primary challenge to Kemp with state Republican leaders and donors and is said to be actively considering a run, though he hasn’t made a decision yet. 

If he ultimately jumps into the race, it would set off a contentious GOP primary that could bitterly divide state Republicans. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE has vowed to campaign against Kemp, who angered the former president last year when he refused to help overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.

Perdue, on the other hand, remains on Trump’s good side and would likely be seen as the former president’s choice to challenge Kemp if he decides to run. Perdue is also the cousin of Trump's Agriculture secretary, Sonny PerdueSonny PerdueThe hero of Jan. 6 whose name must not be spoken With soaring demand for meat, it's time to fund animal-free protein research Perdue on possible run for Georgia governor: 'I'm concerned about the state of our state' MORE, himself a former governor of Georgia.

Perdue wouldn’t be Kemp's first primary challenger. Former state Rep. Vernon Jones, a onetime Democrat who only recently switched parties, has also launched an intraparty challenge to Kemp. 

So far, no Democrat has entered the race for Georgia governor, though the party’s 2018 nominee, Stacey Abrams, is widely expected to do so.