From the Political Insider, Jim Galloway:
Heath Garrett, the veteran GOP strategist who has served as one of Loeffler’s advisers, said the businsesswoman remains someone who can “transcend the old look and feel of the Republican brand.” Garrett said she wouldn’t stay idle:
“Hopefully, Kelly can have a real impact by recruiting and supporting fiscal conservatives who will have the courage to be problem solvers focused on empowering individuals and entrepreneurs to continue to pursue the American Dream – just like I.C.E.”
In an interview to zpolitics first, Kelly Loeffler says she’s not running for United States Senate in Georgia for the seat to replace Saxby Chambliss.
Loeffler has very seriously explored entering the U. S. Senate race in Georgia. Her company has been involved in the purchase of the NYSE and related businesses. Loeffler believes there’s a lot of good work to be done in the private sector for conservative causes and candidates. Loeffler is no newcomer to the championing of conservative causes. She co-chaired Victory 2010 for the Georgia Republican Party and also Women for Romney in 2012. She’s also raised substantial funds for candidates in Georgia and nationally.
She said it was a challenging decision due to the work requirements at the company she owns with her husband, Jeff Sprecher, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). As she traveled the state doing the homework for a possible run, she saw a path to a winning race but in the end, the timing wasn’t right.
“My story is what I want for everyone in America,” Loeffler said, “The fact that I was able to go through public school and pursue my dream. I want everyone to have that opportunity.”
She went on to say, she grew up in the Reagan era where you were taught if you worked hard you could accomplish anything. There’s not enough of that positive message today and Loeffler wants to be a part of redeveloping that conversation in America.
The bottom line is the closing for her company’s deal for the stock exchange has been delayed again and she feels she can’t navigate that and run for office effectively, so she’s deferring, for now. Loeffler won’t be running in 2014, but she will be a force to be reckoned with in the Republican Party of Georgia as they seek to maintain their majority and become a more diverse party. She’s already shown she can raise money and candidates will be vying for her support.
I wonder which U. S. Senate candidate will call her first?
zpolitics did a profile of Kelly Loeffler in July. You can read more about her here.