Conservative activist and CNN contributor considers primary bid
November 28th, 2012
07:25 AM ET
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Conservative activist and CNN contributor considers primary bid

Washington (CNN) - Conservative activist Erick Erickson, editor of the leading publication RedState.com, is considering mounting a primary challenge against Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

"I had been rather dismissive of it, but in the past two days have been approached by several organizations and individuals I greatly respect who have asked me to really consider it," Erickson, also a CNN political contributor, said Tuesday. "I owe them that and will consider it, but am not prepared to commit to it. I have plenty of time to think about it."

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Erickson, who lives in Macon, Georgia, first discussed the possibility of running in a contest against the two-term senator on his radio talk show Tuesday evening and said he would discuss it with his family.

The latest cause of conservative anger against Chambliss, who is up for re-election in 2014, concerns his recent comments against the pledge vowing not to support raising taxes supported by activist Grover Norquist.

That pledge, widely supported by many Republican lawmakers, has come under scrutiny because of the looming fiscal cliff - unless Congress takes action at the start of the new year, the Bush-era income tax cuts are set to expire and major spending reductions are scheduled to be enacted.

"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ, a CNN affiliate, last week. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt and I just have a disagreement with him about that."

Opposition to Chambliss is not new to Erickson.

"Back in December of 2008, I wrote that Chambliss found himself in a runoff because he sided with every bad compromise from immigration to energy to the farm bill to the bailouts. Conservatives supported him because we knew he was what stood between America and 60 Democrats in the Senate. But he never learned his lesson and continues to support all the compromises that have gotten us into this mess in the first place," Erickson said.

"Whether it is me or someone else, conservatives should make beating Saxby Chambliss their chief cause in primary season 2014," he said.

Erickson tweeted Tuesday evening "If I were a senator I'd object to every UC (unanimous consent), until Obamacare was repealed. Shut down the Senate lest they shut down America" and "If I were a Senator, I'd sure as heck not have voted for TARP."

CNN’s Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Erick Erickson • Georgia • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Steve

    As a newly minted Georgia resident and strongly concervatively Republican I strongly welcome this bid for elective office by Erickson. His devisive influence on the party has resulted in numerous Republican nominees winning their respective primaries who could never get elected in November. His, Levin's and Limbaugh's repulsive and baffling approach to Romney during the waining days of the primaries certainly played a role in the supressed Rebulican turnout which gave us four more years of Obama. I would love to see him actually stand for elective office instead of sniping from the bleachers. That way I can do all I can to ensure that his "my way or the highway" approach to politics is soundly repudiated.

    November 28, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. TomInRochNY

    Good. Another moderate R is beaten in a primary and replaced by an extremist. Then the extremist loses in the general election and Ds increase their majorities in both houses. Sounds like a win-win to me.

    November 28, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. Jim

    Another loud mouth fact white guy that needs to go away. Please run just guarantees a democrat will win in the general election.

    November 28, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  4. Dan

    Wasn't TARP ushered in by the Neo-Cons under Bush (and broadened) before Obama took office? I'm not saying it is a bad program, but why single out a conservative program to attack another conservative?

    November 28, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  5. OTd

    Great! All we need id another wingnut in the Senate.

    November 28, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Capitalism is not robbing American Middle Class. Nor giving free-load of tax evasions to rich man. No matter where we stand by this nation remains to be capitalistic nation because of its natural resources and inside wealth. Socialism will not violate just because you give SS, Medicare, unemployment and food coupons. These are the the nation's dire needs. Collecting free money is a sin–people know it. Please do not talk baseless.

    November 28, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. onlyfacts

    HEADLINES: GOP continues to shoot self in foot!

    November 28, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. Mike

    Another obstructionist. Because that's working so well for everyone.

    November 28, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Aaz

    Who is going to vote this guy I don't even know why CNN brink clueless

    November 28, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. chilly g

    this guy is a race hater and america dont need anyone like that in our government.

    November 28, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. ST

    Erick Erickson has a centered minded opinions more or less like Tea Party. Folks are working hard to get rid of such people and not inviting them to create more hassles.

    November 28, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I've listened to Eriksen analyze. He doesn't get it, either. What conservatives have traditionally thought of as their traditional strenghts have turned into permanent faults and long term weaknesses.

    November 28, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Lionel

    Please run Erick so that the Dems can win another senate seat.

    November 28, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. w l jones

    Here go another conservative who do not wont to be taxes but but went to a government funded school,airport,. local and national security,highways by ways and everything else can think of. Said.

    November 28, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Butler

    Just another BLOW-HARD"! I am sure that all of his ilk who preach "shutting down the Senate" if they don't get their way would be pleased to hear this trash. It seems that the democratic concept of "majority rules" only applies when the ultra conservatives have their way. WAKE UP folks, the majority wants negotiation and resent politicians who sign a pledge issued by some non-elected self-servicing egotist. Since only 1 in 3 Georgians graduate high school, the blowhard may have a chance.

    November 28, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Name Independent Thinker

    Just what we don't want in Washington, someone with my way or the highway principles. We need people who can compromise on issues, not those so entrenched that nothing gets resolved.

    November 28, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. ZoeyKay

    Be careful Erick – Saxby Chambliss was endorsed by Sarah Palin in his last run, and you know her endorsements are like gold for the teabaggers. Think you can get her to switch to your camp?

    November 28, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. john

    "Chambliss found himself in a runoff because he sided with every bad compromise from immigration to energy to the farm bill to the bailouts."

    These Taliban don't realized that Chambliss is precisely what they need to succeed.

    November 28, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Please run. The treasure trove of articles this nut has put online over the years will make it easy to beat him in the general. Before the righties start howling, remember what Mourdock did to a safe seat in Indiana.

    November 28, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Dan5404

    Erik may be putting himself in a position to be soundly defeated by backlash voters who despise the idea of a lobbyist like Norquist controlling the GOP Congress. Chambliss is one of a growing number of Republicans that realize their contract is with the United States of America instead of a radical right-winger that has no authority whatsoever in American politics, except the power of one vote, just like all other citizens.

    November 28, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    Why didn't he run against Saxby after the Repubs. attacked Max Cleland for being Unpatriotic ?

    November 28, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    CNN uses him for tokenism, while spreading total Democratic Propaganda, about everything.

    CNN has become a disgrace, as a news organization, and a pawn of the Democratic Party.

    They block everyone who disagrees with the Dems, from commenting on their discussion forums, as well. The Political Ticker, is the only place that still allows posts from those who disagree with Dems.

    November 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Sweet. He's so fun and easy to tear apart.

    November 28, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. 2012liberal

    Run please run. We love hearing people that r against comprimise. Ga not 2 far away from going blue. U winning rep primary will guarantte a bluer state lol

    November 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. jimboga

    I doubt that the people want an egotistical loud mouth representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

    November 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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