A fifth Republican could enter Georgia governor race

Clay Tippins and his family in a picture on his wife’s business site.

A tech executive and former Navy SEAL is considering joining the race for Georgia governor, according to several people with knowledge of his discussions, a move that would shake up an already crowded contest.

Clay Tippins, 44, is said to be giving the race to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal serious consideration but hasn’t finalized his decision. He is expected to decide within weeks.

A graduate of Shiloh High School, Tippins is a nephew of state Sen. Lindsey Tippins and was captain of Stanford University’s swim team.

He joined the elite Navy SEALs shortly after graduating and later moved to Silicon Valley to work for several startups. In the mid-2000s, he re-enlisted in the Navy Reserves and was recently dispatched to Iraq for a counter-terrorism tour of duty.

He’s now an executive vice president of Capgemini, the global consulting firm, and lives with his wife and two kids in Atlanta.

Should he run, Tippins would face significant hurdles. He would have to build non-existent name recognition up quickly in a field that includes Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.

He also faces hefty fundraising challenges: The other four GOP candidates have each raised or loaned themselves more than $1 million – Cagle raised nearly $3 million – and it’s not immediately clear whether Tippins would be able to rely on his own bank account to finance his race.

But there are also decided advantages to coming to the race as a blank slate – namely, he has no voting record, little history of public statements to scour. He could fill a lane as an outsider in a Republican race replete with candidates trying to position themselves the same way despite elected experience.

His military service would also help in a state where about 8 percent of voters served in the armed forces. The only other military veteran in the contest is Hill, a former U.S. Army officer who, like Tippins, is also a metro Atlanta executive and was a star athlete in high school.

Two Democrats are also in the race, vying to flip Georgia for the first time since Roy Barnes’ 2002 defeat: State Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans.

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Mary Moseley Greene
Mary Moseley Greene

Please don't stop until we have 19 or 20 enter the primary to really cut each other to ribbons in preparation for the general election ! Let's make it easy for the opposition!

James Mcelrath
James Mcelrath

Vote for Shaq..... Make Georgia Great Again!!!!!

Michael Hopson
Michael Hopson

I don't know about whether he's pushing the republican hogwash agenda, not my favorite thing, sterling and impressive service record.

Kathleen Holloman
Kathleen Holloman

We don't want anymore of these self centered republicans. No more.

Ernie Haskins
Ernie Haskins

I'm concerned his family was already in politics however to me he has a leg up because he has no political experience which I think it's time to send all career politicians out into the work force. I'd vote for him based on his inexperience as a politician and his military career unless he plans on going against our elected president too.

dejeva
dejeva

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GAREI
GAREI

Clay is exactly what the state of GA needs. GA residents should be thrilled with this news!

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Sure, why shouldn't every pale, patriarchal, pinheaded, politician join the fun?

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Dear Lord I pray we get a interested person .. who isnt political and trying to run for office to line their pockets off the backs of taxpayers .

Chee Hill
Chee Hill

At this point, it's just obvious that democrats are saying they're republican just to have a chance. But look people, you may have a better shot by running as a MODERATE democrat.

Mike Singer
Mike Singer

Sorry, but no more Republican candidates....look at what happened to the splintered Republican party with so many candidates in the last elections.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Another white man of privilege. Why won't someone run run that actually understands the plight of the average person?

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Ellen, you've lost the debate when you start calling people names. Let me guess you have never met Tiana?

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Check out both Stacy Evans and Stacy Abrams. They're running and both have compelling stories and impressive backgrounds.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

I like both of them, I'm just concerned about the red state we live in and what awful people the GOP are putting forth.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Oh do you know him or just regularly make racist statements for no reason?

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Tiana Kelly Both are dumb democrats. We see what Democrats are for- violence and resistance. Good luck.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

That's not racist to recognize this is a white man of privilege. Go away, Ellen.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

My husband is a white man of privilege and I love him dearly..... that said, I didn't grow up with with the privilege he had (though growing up in HUD housing sucked, I still have white privilege, and I know it) and the differences are very apparent.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Ellen Davidson the biggest problem with electing Democrats, Is all the expensive pedestals we have to build for them.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Same here, I understand my privilege. I worked hard for everything I have accomplished, but I see how I'm treated compared to some of my non-white co-workers. It's disturbing and wrong.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

I happen to have a typically AA name (thanks Disney) so I get unbelievable stuff thrown at me. Ive had people be very pleasantly surprised when I showed up for interviews. It's BS.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Tiana Kelly Let me tell you about Black privilege - priority entitlements, priority educational funding, affirmative action in schools and business. That's black privilege. If you think people have privilege because they are "white " (BTW white is not a true human color, this computer screen is white, drop your gov label) you are certainly the racist here.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Did you know white women benefit most from affirmative action? I do.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Tiana Kelly I did not say you were. Just showing which race really has the privilege.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Haha. Nah, you were just showing how unbelievably racist you are. It's cool. And you obviously made an assumption. No one else mentioned black folks. In fact, I posted two candidates of differing races.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

No doubt, Katherine. I mean.... she couldn't have timed that any better. Beautifully done.

Mike Singer
Mike Singer

Tiana...enough already...i think you need to get back into your Antifa meeting.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Sigh. I think you need to find a dictionary and look up what fascism is, bro.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Tiana Kelly I know that same strong central government required to provide equal justice, Is the foundation for Fascism. Read up on National Socialist Workers Party.

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

Tiana Kelly privilege??? is that the new "racist" card???? :)

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

When people like Ellen call you a racist, you count on them to prove they are the actual racists (and don't even know they're doing it-willfully ignorant).

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Tiana Kelly You mentioned white privilege ho , I was just setting you straight. We know you are white trash. Let me guess trailer park on the right- white privilege right?

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Obviously. And Tom, the NSWP is a nazi organization, built around fascism. Get over yourself.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Oh, I got called a ho in the same sentence as trailer trash? But before, I was black. This is fun.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Tiana Kelly I'm surprised you would acknowledge my correct theory, And be honest, Did you have to Google it?

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Could you make me willfully ignorant next time? It really seems like they lead the most simple and easy lives.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

I know it's addictive to watch people argue themselves into a hole. It must suck to already be on the wrong side of history...

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Katherine Erwin Bailey depends on what your definition of history is. Diversion is a "trolling" tactic. The original topic was Candidates for Governor, not personal traits.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

But you trolled in with BS that had nothing to do with this at all, got called on it, and left a condescending message after. Ahem. Troll.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Until Ellen started commenting, we were discussing candidates. And how the GOP seems to have 5 of the exact same candidates running...no diversity...again.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Tiana Kelly i only replied to comments, Offered by trolls. No one called me on anything off the original topic. Inti-trolling is my life. Ahem! Fall off your pedestal again?

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Katherine Erwin Bailey I believe she ask if you had personal knowledge of the candidate, and you went personal on her integrity. Troll

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Well, I block trolls, so I hope it's been real, Tom.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Meh.... he's been pushing that crap forever. Be gone, foul being.

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

Katherine Erwin Bailey another brilliant answer

Ernie Haskins
Ernie Haskins

Why would you first jump on the racist crap ? How would you feel if it was a minority person running and I said why not he's already getting a free check from the state ? I agree we don't really need another politician or rich man in office because they have no idea what us working class people face. But if everyone else is already a experienced politician he would be the lesser of evils. I don't care about a mans race but his path in life. If he's from the average working class like me I'd vote for that person unless he started out with a racist comment like you did.

Mike Singer
Mike Singer

Only for you Katherine, because you are part of the Dawg nation....Lol (One-way only though)

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

I hate racist jerks like you, Mike. It's now my life's mission to upset you every day. You just love the white portion of America? Right, Mikey?

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

Funny, TK blocked me a while back....she couldn't stand someone speaking the truth to her hate, bigotry & blindness.

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