But his political career was derailed last year when he was defeated by Geoff Duncan in a razor-thin Republican runoff for lieutenant governor.
It was a bruising contest, with Duncan frequently reminding voters that Shafer was accused, and cleared, of sexually harassing a lobbyist. A Senate ethics panel concluded there was a "lack of credible evidence" to support the allegations, and his attorney called them "completely fabricated."
Since then, Shafer has weighed two different options: A bid to fill the 7th District U.S. House seat, soon to be vacated by Rep. Rob Woodall, or a run for the Georgia GOP’s top job. He told activists he opted for the latter because of the growing threat of a Democratic resurgence.
“The Democratic Party we replaced was a center-right party,” he said. “The Democratic Party seeking to replace us is a radical leftist, Marxist party.”