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Friday, November 30, 2012

Erick Erickson won't challenge Saxby Chambliss for Senate seat in 2014

Well, that was fast. RedState.com founder and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson, who said earlier this week that he would consider joining the 2014 Senate race, stated this morning that he would not challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia.

As the AJC's Jim Galloway points out, Erickson wrote about his decision on RedState.com, saying that:

Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. It'd actually be really awesome, but it'd be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. I'm not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.

I appreciate all the support. I really do. In the past week I've learned who real friends are and are not. It has been eye opening. I had been all along very, very dismissive of running. But given the efforts of several and the financial pledges of support, I figured I should actually take the time to seriously and prayerfully consider it out of respect for those who asked and offered to help.

I don't understand these people who take a bunch of time publicly wringing hands over these things. A week of thinking about it was enough.

I've refrained from writing about this here the entire time because I know, as the Hotline already did despite not a byte wasted on this here, people would say it was just some effort of self promotion. Were I to run, the campaign would be about me and not about ideas. My campaign would be a lightning rod for both sides and a distraction, consuming resources on both sides that are better spent elsewhere. I think in a state like Georgia it would play to my advantage, but it would not advance the ideas I care about through the election, just me.

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We will find someone to catapult into the arena. It just won't be me. I'll instead still be standing here to keep the bridge with thee.

With Erickson out of the running, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel remains Chambliss' main competition for the time being. That is, at least, until another potential challenger gets tossed up for consideration.

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