Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, who many expected to receive a primary challenge in 2014 due to his recent caving on taxes and inclusion in the moderate “Gang of Six”, has decided to retire. Conservatives Tom Price and Paul Broun were considered likely challengers to Chambliss next year. Instead, he’ll exit the Senate and Georgia will have an opportunity to gain a true conservative Senator:
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss will announce this morning that he’s dropping plans to run for a third term in 2014, a decision certain to set off an avalanche of Republican candidates who will seek to replace him.
Word out of Washington is that Chambliss broke the news to his senior staff this morning.
At least two GOP House members from Georgia, Paul Broun of Athens and Tom Price of Roswell, have been contemplating primary challenges to Chambliss, who has been criticized for leading the bipartisan “Gang of Six” effort to broker a deal to address a $16 trillion federal deficit.
I always support the most conservative candidate who can win, and in Georgia, that’d be Price or Broun, not Chambliss. It’s great to see the Senator getting out before he embarrasses himself by losing his seat in an interparty fight. Now we can have a nice, open primary and Georgia can get the conservative representation the state deserves.