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Erick Erickson will not run for Senate after all

The conservative pundit says he won't make a bid for Saxby Chambliss' seat


Jillian Rayfield
November 30, 2012 10:00PM (UTC)

CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson thought a lot about it, and decided not to challenge Saxby Chambliss in 2014.

“Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign,” Erickson wrote on RedState. “I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.”

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Chambliss has of late been targeted by conservatives because he recently backed away from his support for Grover Norquist's tax pledge. Herman Cain has also been floated as a potential Chambliss challenger, though he told the Daily Caller that it's not likely: “My attention will be on exposing the economic pain and suffering to come from a second Obama term, [rather] than on a decision Senator Chambliss made,” Cain said. “No, I’m not running!”

Erickson, for his part, insisted that his brief consideration of a run was not "just some effort of self promotion," but a response to "the efforts of several and the financial pledges of support."

 

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Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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