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Congressman admits interest in Chambliss Senate seat

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 10:03 AM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 2:23 AM
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WASHINGTON -- Congressman Jack Kingston was the first to announce today that he might be interested in U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat in 2014.

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Rep. Jack Kingston

Kingston, an 11-term GOP House veteran, said he was considering seeking the seat. Kingston, 57, said his knowledge of defense and agriculture, important issues in Georgia, would help him in a race.

 Among other potential Republican candidates is four-term Rep. Tom Price from a district north of Atlanta.

 Other possible Republican candidates are two other House members — Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, both physicians. Broun gained national attention last year when he described evolution as a lie “from the pit of Hell.” Gingrey claimed the spotlight earlier this month when he defended controversial statements about abortion made last year by failed Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin.

 An open seat in Georgia, which has trended Republican, presents a legitimate opportunity for Democrats, especially if the GOP faces a divisive primary. Potential Democratic candidates are conservative Rep. John Barrow, who has survived redistricting in his House races, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

 Pizza mogul Herman Cain, the failed presidential candidate in 2012 and a tea party favorite, said he would not seek the seat but rather focus on his radio show.

Chambliss decides not to run again

WASHINGTON — Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced today he will not seek a third term next year, saying “this is about frustration” with Washington gridlock that he doesn’t see changing in a divided government.

“After much contemplation and reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2014,” the 69-year-old Chambliss said in a statement.

The lawmaker rejected suggestions he couldn’t have survived a likely GOP primary fight with the tea party, insisting he has a proud conservative record and noting he received more votes than any other statewide official in Georgia history in 2008.

Instead, he cited his dismay with both Democratic President Barack Obama and the lack of meaningful legislation in Congress, especially in addressing the nation’s economic woes.

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

 -- Associated Press

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/25/13 - 10:18 am
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Chambliss was a RINO anyway.

Chambliss was a RINO anyway. I've never forgiven him for supporting the Ethanol in gas requirement because his son-in-law was a lobbyist for the Ethanol industry. And if you correspond with him all you get is wishy washy responses that leave you wondering which side of the fence he will fall on. Even if replaced by a Democrat we ain't lost much. Hopefully we can find a real Republican to run for the seat.

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Jane18 01/25/13 - 10:18 am
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Two-Faced Chambliss

What is he going to do, hang out with his lobbyist son?? Now, for Isakson.............., Barrow......................., Lewis....................

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/25/13 - 10:26 am
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A month ago, this would have been the 2nd greatest
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Christmas Gift of all time (-: Please take Johnny I. with you to your next taxpayer ripoff job. Political criminals all. Self servicing despots. They must be aware of some laws on the way that would reduce their ill gotten gains. Ethics violation or such.

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itsanotherday1 01/25/13 - 10:55 am
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GOOD RIDDANCE!!

The rats keep bailing out so when the fall they helped create comes, they can point the finger at someone else. This joker as done as much or more than any Republican in Congress to put us in virtual bankruptcy.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/25/13 - 10:56 am
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Thursday the RNC has the nerve
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to call and ask for $100 for the "party". The number fell in increments until I hung up at $25. Had it made a difference I could have reminded them of the "useless candidates and sitting Republicans" in office. Lee Anderson, Chambliss, Isaakson, Jackson, and the CC unopposed cabal. Riding the waves of support from religious zealots who think they, the Republicans, are doing God's Good Work. God's Good Work is not about politics.

Wake up people. These despots are robing you blind. Raping the future of your children and grandchildren. No the Demogogs are not better.

How dare they ask for my financial support. I get none from them.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/25/13 - 11:04 am
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Maybe Herman Cain will have

Maybe Herman Cain will have another go at the Senate, but I fear his star is too tarnished at this point. How about Karen Handel? She was the best of the bunch running for governor the last time.

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Little Lamb 01/25/13 - 12:03 pm
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Great News

This is one of the most positive news stories to appear in a long time. I agree with Dichotomy above. Chambliss may seem conservative to the Associated Press reporter who wrote this story. But to actual conservative thinkers, Chambliss is indeed a RINO. By the way, he was one of the senators who pushed No Child Left Behind through the Senate, along with Ted Kennedy.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/13 - 12:04 pm
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Handel

Thumbs up to IAD on his suggestion of Karen Handel as a replacement for Chambliss.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/26/13 - 12:48 am
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We Need a Common Man

Enough with the professional politicians. We need to find a way for common everyday people with common sense to head to Washington. Did you know I looked for about 20 minutes and could not find any information on how one would even apply to be put on the ballot. Yes, I know a few of the basic requirements but where do you go once you obtain signatures to be put on the ballot? How many do you need? I am not planning to run but here is my point the common man can't even hardly find the rules unless he goes to the board of elections to obtain what must be done. It should be easier for a common person who is willing to serve to get themselves on the ballot and run a campaign.

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rmwhitley 01/26/13 - 09:39 am
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The
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illiterate continue to make comments on this site. lefties, there's plenty of room ( and poverty ) for you in California, D.C., Mass., Wash. st., Colo., New York, New England, Mexico, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I'm sure obama will loan you our, conservatives, money. he won't even care if you repay the "loan".

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Bizkit 01/26/13 - 09:54 am
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We don't need another

We don't need another politician. I suggest bringing back Bizarro to run for office. My bet a mythical internet character will work better than the real thing. Least it seemed to work for Manti Teo for awhile.

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