Ga. senator leaves Congress race

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SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Republican Senator Don Balfour will not run to replace John Linder in the U.S. House.

The Snellville-based lawmaker says he wants to focus on running an efficient Rules Committee. He says he's looking forward to welcoming his son home soon from his service in Afghanistan and focusing on his career at Waffle House.

Balfour announced March 1 his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 7th congressional district east of Atlanta.

Days earlier, Linder had announced that he would retire after 18 years in the House. The 7th district includes parts of Gwinnett, Barrow and Walton counties.

Balfour says he has enjoyed his 18 years in the Senate, and wants to be remembered in part for helping in the inception the Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/10 - 09:46 pm
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Eighteen days after

Eighteen days after announcing? Man, I'm embarrassed for all his friends.

CarlosC
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CarlosC 03/20/10 - 07:07 am
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Can someone please explain

Can someone please explain what "his career at Waffle House" means? It sounds like a punch line to a bad joke....

fd1962
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fd1962 03/20/10 - 10:22 am
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A worse joke, Carlos: Change
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A worse joke, Carlos: Change mind after eighteen days? Just living up to his employer's name.

GAterp
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GAterp 03/20/10 - 11:16 am
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Who would want a career in

Who would want a career in politics today? I think I would rather sling the hash at Waffle House to just feel more important and getting something meaningful accomplished.

Texasaggie43
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Texasaggie43 03/20/10 - 12:10 pm
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We need limited term for all

We need limited term for all politicians. Get rid of the good ole' boy system.

jack
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jack 03/20/10 - 03:21 pm
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Texas, we have term limits.

Texas, we have term limits. It is called elections.

disssman
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disssman 03/20/10 - 09:18 pm
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Maybe he found out his

Maybe he found out his attendance in Egypt for an education conference would a little hard to explain. No wonder we are running out of money. I guess nowhere in the old USA was good enough for him. Or maybe he would have been hard pressed to explain the benefits packages for employees at waffle houses.

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willienelson 03/21/10 - 09:32 am
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I'm thinking it's now a

I'm thinking it's now a requisite for senators to have a career at Waffle House for a minimum of 4 years before running for the state house. The only other route is to have graduated from clown college.

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