What's a blog without a little rumor-mongering?
Long-time Macon state Rep. David Lucas, who considered running for mayor earlier this year, may be thinking about it again — this time as an independent.
Please note that the word "may" has the exact same meaning as the phrase "may not."
At any rate, the rumor is he'll file to run as an independent, which would send him straight past the coming (and likely to be bloody) primaries, which are already loaded down with five Democrats and two Republicans. You do have to collect about 2,000 signatures on a petition by July 10 to qualify as an independent. That's awful soon, but surely the Lucas political machine is effective enough to make that happen quickly.
Lucas was non-committal about all of this, which is unusual. I find him to be straightforward most of the time, even in controversial situations.
"I don't know what I'm gonna do," he said. "I said I wasn't running."
I asked if that meant he's considering a run.
"I look at all kinds of things," he replied.
So take that for what it's worth. Another Telegraph reporter, Matt Barnwell, talked to Lucas' wife, Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, about the rumor.
"I've heard that from other people," she said. "I have not heard it from my husband, though."
By the way - Lucas said he's in Atlanta this afternoon, lobbying the governor's office for money to bring a long-term drug rehabilitation center to Macon. He's also getting into the Genarlow Wilson case, though it's not clear how deeply.
If you've been living under a rock on Mars and haven't heard of this kid, here's the latest AP story on his case.
"Just trying to talk to folks to see whether a good sound resolution can be found," Lucas said this afternoon.
Be interesting to see what comes of those conversations.