Chambliss Not Running for Reelection. Who Should Be Georgia's Next Senator?

Would Tom Price, who represents a small part of Brookhaven and Chamblee, be a good candidate for Senate? What about Democratic state lawmaker Scott Holcomb?

Citing an issue he covered with the Brookhaven Rotary last year, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced on Friday that he is not seeking re-election in 2014.

“This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health," Chambliss said in a statement. "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.

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

In a speech before the Brookhaven Rotary in January 2012, Chambliss said, "Our number one security interest in America is not al-Qaeda. It’s our debt.' We’re looking at a reduction in defense spending like you’ve never seen. We can see another 600 million in defence reduction over the next 10 years. If that happens, I can tell you it will be a hallow military representating the United states of America."

Chambliss said he was confident he would have won re-election had he decided to seek another term.

Patch wants to know: who should run for Chambliss' seat? One of Brookhaven's influental Republican lawmakers, such as Mike Jacobs? What about U.S. Rep. Tom Price, who represents a tiny portion of Brookhaven and Chamblee in his 6th Congressional District?

On the Democratic side, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, who represents a portion of Brookhaven, is no stranger to statewide campaigns, having once run for Georgia secretary of state.

Share your thoughts and suggestions in the Comments section below.

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Axel Grease Fuzzy-butt January 26, 2013 at 06:36 PM
You are not really a very good neighbor.
ConcernedAtlantan January 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Partisan, Saxby? You mean like every letter I receive in return from you dismissing my views for being incorrect and that yours are better? You don't say...
Roger That January 26, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Let's just say that his clan lives on the same stretch of road that "adopted" a highway. I have no problem blending in with the locals in that neck of the woods, but I could tell you some weird stories about being "on the wrong side of the river." I mean, it's as scary as those onion people (where the other senator was downloaded) at the other end of the state.
Eddie E. January 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM
EPU, It would be nice to have two choices to select from....... But since the 1980 Presidential election, I have only found one choice that was remotely acceptable. That would supposedly be anathemic to a small business person, but there are things more important in this life than money!
Eddie E. January 27, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Does being a good neighbor require agreeing with you politically? Welcome to Stepfordhaven!


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