2018: Westmoreland "Considering" Candidacy for Governor
March 6, 2017
(The Newnan Times-Herald) - Former Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland is considering running for the governor’s office, fueling rumors that his political career may not be over just yet.
He announced last year that he would not seek re-election after serving six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Westmoreland, who lives in Coweta County, was the guest speaker Wednesday at the Carroll County Bar Association.
Following the meeting, he said that he is considering running for the governor’s seat.
After 28 years in politics as a legislator before serving in Congress, he said he thinks he can still offer something to the people.
“We are considering it,” he said. “It’s something that we are just really thinking about and praying about and I’m talking to my family. ... I still think I’ve got some things to offer but, you know, you’ve got to have that fire in your belly. I’ve just got to have that ‘go-get-them’ fire in the belly, and we will see if that comes. And you know I am doing some travel around the state.”
When Westmoreland announced he would not seek re-election, many speculated whether he would call it quits in the political arena after he endorsed Drew Ferguson, who went on to become his successor in the House.