After her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates has become an overnight hero among many Democrats who see her as a symbol of active resistance to the current resident of the White House.
What now for Sally Yates? Will she go back into private practice as an attorney, or might she have her sights set on elected office?
If indeed Yates does decide she wants to try her hand at politics–Governor of Georgia? Senator from Georgia?–a quick look at social media suggests that lots of people are ready for her to toss her hat into the political ring:
Sally Yates for Governor, or Senator, something!! Dems get on this!!
— marybl (@marybl62) May 9, 2017
"I did my job." -Sally Yates@SallyQYates run for GA Governor or Secretary of State. Clean up our gerrymandering & vote suppression!
— Kimberly Brusk (@peaceforus4ever) May 8, 2017
While Yates has yet to say if she has a thirst for politics, Georgia would appear to be on the verge of swinging back to the Democratic column based on how close the 2016 presidential race was in the Peach State: Trump only managed to win the stage by five points. With Democratic upstart Jon Ossof now making noise in the Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District as a June runoff approaches, the state could be in play. If so, that could be very bad news for the GOP.
Tharon Johnson, former national southern regional director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign had this to say of Yates and how quickly her star has risen in Georgia:
“I don’t think you can think of any possible candidates in Georgia and not mention Sally Yates’s name right now. She’s a symbol of hope and resistance when it comes to standing up to Donald Trump.”
The next statewide race in Georgia is the 2018 gubernatorial contest. Does Yates have an interest in being the Democratic nominee? We’ll just have to wait and see.