Despite a poll released Monday showing Georgia’s first Republican governor in modern history as the frontrunner, Perdue said he had too many “positive distractions” in his life since leaving office three years ago.
“While I am flattered by friends from across Georgia who contacted me this weekend and offered their support, running for the U.S. Senate is not in my heart,” he said. “I am at a stage in life where there are simply too many positive distractions – a dozen grandchildren with number 13 on the way, business obligations and a loving and devoted wife who has absolutely no interest in living in Washington, and who could blame her?”
Chambliss and Perdue both ran successfully for statewide office in 2002 after the Democrats who controlled state government at the time drew them into districts with fellow GOP incumbents. Chambliss was a congressman and Perdue a state senator at the time. Each was later re-elected, but the state constitution limits governors to two, four-year terms while U.S. senators may serve an unlimited number of six-year terms.
Perdue is not a stranger to the national stage. He chaired the Republican Governors Association where he raised record sums for its campaign account and helped recruit Republicans to run for governor in other states.
While Perdue may not be running, most observers think there’ll be no shortage of candidates. Several Republican congressmen have said they are considering it as well as past and current constitutional officers.