Macon Mayor Jack Ellis (D) announced last week that he is forming a fundraising committee and will soon embark on a listening tour of the 8th district in anticipation of a likely primary challenge to Rep. Jim Marshall (D).
Though Marshall’s conservative-leaning district continues to be a target of Republicans, the July primary would be Marshall’s first since winning his House seat in 2002.
Marshall is the previous mayor of Macon and beat Ellis in a 1995 race for the job. Ellis won the seat in 1999.
At a news conference, Ellis criticized Marshall for being one of eight Democrats to vote against the the State Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization bill and said Georgia’s 8th district needs “a real Democrat.”
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard is being touted as the Republicans’ top pick to take the seat in 2008, although former Rep. Mac Collins (R), who lost to Marshall by fewer than 2,000 votes in 2006, has not yet ruled out another shot at the seat.
— John McArdle