Some potential candidates for the 12th Congressional District Republican primary say Gloria Norwood, the widow of former U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, and their son Carlton Norwood tried to broker a deal to select a candidate to run in the primary.
John Stone, the only announced Republican candidate, acknowledged that Carlton told him he wanted to avoid a fierce primary like last year’s, during which Republicans depleted energy and bank accounts fighting each other.
Stone, a former spokesman for Norwood, said he told Carlton, “That’s very good. But I’ve been running since February.”
Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young, who considered running for the seat if incumbent Democrat John Barrow had decided to run for the Senate, said he was invited to meet with the Norwoods about selecting a candidate, but declined.
“I wasn’t going to be involved in selecting a candidate,” he said. “I thought the purpose of the primary is to select the candidate. I think the people should select the candidate.”
Republican Rick Allen, who is expected to announce this week that he’ll try for the seat again next year, said that he, too, had spoken to the Norwoods and that they were very pleased with his decision (to run).
Augusta lawyer Wright McLeod, who came in third in last year’s Republican primary, has decided not to run next year.