Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) suggested Monday that he will not seek the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).
“I’m just loving being mayor. I’m focused on being mayor. I think there’s some terrific candidates out there,” Reed said during an appearance on MSNBC, adding: “I’m going to keep being mayor.”
Reed did take the opportunity to promote two others for the job: Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and former Atlanta chief operating officer Peter Aman.
Aman’s name hasn’t been mentioned much, but given he was Reed’s right-hand man, it seems pretty clear that he’s interested in running.
Aman took leave from his job as a partner at Bain and Co. to be Reed’s COO for two years. Bain and Co. is separate from Bain Capital, but Mitt Romney also worked at the former for a period.
Reed and Barrow are the two most oft-mentioned Democrats for the Senate race, which will be an uphill battle for Democrats.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reads the tea leaves on the Republican side and reports that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is likely to turn down a Senate bid, while Rep. Jack Kingston appears to be leaning towards one.
And Rep. Paul Broun, who is almost certain to run, signaled he will announce his candidacy on Wednesday.