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Chambliss Not Running for Reelection

Who would be a good candidate to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate?

Citing a lack of bipartisanship that he covered with the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce last year, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced on Friday that he is not seeking re-election in 2014.

“This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health," Chambliss said in a statement. "The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst and, sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon.

"For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.

Patch wants to know: who should run for Chambliss' seat? Tell us in the comments!

In a speech before the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce in May 2012, Chambliss cited a need for bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

“Republicans don’t have all the good ideas. Democrats have some good ideas too,” he said at the meeting. “Bipartisanship is needed.”

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David Fige January 26, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Rep Tom Price will be the Front Runner....
Kristal Dixon (Editor) January 26, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I've heard Phil Gingrey's name tossed around.
harold January 29, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I am of mixed feelings with Senator Chambliss deciding to not run for reelection. On the one hand by not running, he is holding to what I feel is the maximum time that a person should be elected as a Senator to two terms. On the other, we are losing a Fairtax advocate. Thank you Senator Chambliss for your service as a Statesman. Hopefully, your successor will be able to fill your shoes.
harold January 29, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I forgot, you wanted to know who should run....I think Tom Price would make a fine Senator, especially for his support of the Fairtax. I haven't taken a liking to Phil Gengrey yet, only because he hasn't been "My" Congressman for very long. Congressman Price, at least, answered my messages personally (well at least I think they were written by him).

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