Straight up speculation...
State Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, has really amped up his his political profile this year.
The Senate minority leader took to the senate well several times last week for some fiery speeches, that were also a little odd. Used to be, Sen. Brown seldom heard a question that couldn't be answered with "no comment."
He's also chairing a committee on stimulus spending, which is interesting because as a member of the minority party he's not in a great position to set state spending. He was in the House gallery tonight in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, according to his office.
He's also taking his stimulus committee on a bus tour Friday to two sites, neither of which is in his senate district. His office said the two sites were chosen largely because of their economic problems.
Hancock is a poor county and was hit hard by the storms last week. Baldwin County has had several some serious manufacturing plant layoffs recently.
Both are relatively rural areas, and both counties went for President Barack Obama in the November election, Hancock by a wide margin.
Sen. Brown said he was ready to leave the Georgia Senate in 2007 to run for the mayor's office in Macon, but health problems kept him from making the move. His health is obviously much better now. Anyone who knows him can see that.
And I'm beginning to wonder: Is Sen. Brown contemplating a run for statewide office?