(CNN) – Conservative activist and CNN contributor Erick Erickson wrote Friday a primary challenge against Sen. Saxby Chambliss won't be in the offing after all, pointing to the ramifications an intra-party fight would have on his family.
Earlier this week, Erickson floated the idea of challenging Chambliss after the second-term Republican senator said he would consider reneging on a pledge not to raise taxes.
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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The expectations game was one the Republicans built up for themselves, with, in closing days, a number of Republicans really buying the hype that they could get to a gain of 80 or 90 seats in the House.
That is not likely, but the Republicans will, after only four years, take back the House. That's a big shift in four years. They'll have to be cautious, though, because the polling is showing that voters still don't trust the GOP.
The one consistent point we have seen in the House and the Senate is that the Democrats who are holding on in swing states and swing districts are those who ran against the Democrats. Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who won a Senate seat, said he was going to take "the fight to Washington."
Exactly who is he going to fight other than his own president?
Erick Erickson is the editor-in-chief of the conservative website RedState.com
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(CNN) - South Carolina blogger Will Folks defended himself Wednesday after Erick Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative website RedState.com, accused Folks of lying about having an affair with gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
Erickson, a CNN contributor, accused Folks of "pulling the noose" on a "high-tech lynching" of Haley to gin up traffic for his website and torpedo her campaign. Haley is Erickson's preferred candidate in the four-way South Carolina Republican primary race.
Unless he produces definitive evidence of an affair, Erickson wrote, Folks should "shut the hell up."
Folks produced text messages between himself and the Haley campaign Tuesday that he said backed up his assertion that he supported Haley's bid and was working with her to keep reporters and political rivals away from the rumor.
(CNN) - A prominent conservative is issuing an ultimatum, essentially telling the candidate he supports to do better in the polls – or lose his support.
Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, backs Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the California Republican senate primary. DeVore is locked in a battle with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell for the right to face Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.
Speaking Tuesday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Erickson – a CNN contributor - said he won't support DeVore much longer if the candidate does not improve his political standing.
"Look, if Chuck DeVore hasn't gone up in the polls within two weeks significantly, I'll be with Carly Fiorina because Tom Campbell is that bad," Erickson said.
DeVore is considered the more conservative of the three candidates. But Campbell has maintained a steady lead over his opponents in recent polls even as both DeVore and Fiorina attack him as too liberal.
"There are a lot of Republicans who feel like Chuck Devore, with four weeks left, hasn't been able to surge," Erickson said on CNN's John King, USA. "And it's everybody, anybody but Campbell."
(CNN) – In this midterm election year, Republicans might do well to embrace the “party of no” label placed on them by Democrats, conservative blogger Erick Erickson said Friday in an appearance on CNN.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took different approaches to the Democratic label during speeches at this week’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Gingrich told the GOP gathering that he thought “[t]here are many things that we can say yes to” while Palin opined “[t]here is no shame in being the party of no if [Democrats are] proposing an idea that violates our values, violates our conscience, violates our Constitution.”
Asked about the split between Gingrich and Palin, Erickson sided with Palin.
“I would say that saying no and being the ‘party of no’ is working pretty well for them,” he told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
(CNN) - Prominent conservative commentator and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, appearing primarily on CNN's new show John King, USA¸ the network announced Tuesday.
Erickson, a self described "obsessive news junkie" who grew up in Dubai and rural Louisiana, will also provide perspective and commentary on other programs across the network.
"Joining CNN is like coming home, and being in Atlanta makes the decision right for me and my family," Erickson said in a statement.
Under Erickson's leadership, RedState.com has become the preeminent right of center community online. Prior to leading RedState.com, Erickson practiced law for six years and managed a number of political campaigns, and he currently serves as a member of the Macon, Georgia, city council. He studied political science and history and earned a bachelor's degree at Mercer University in Macon. Erickson also earned his law degree from Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law.
"Erick's a perfect fit for John King, USA, because not only is he an agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington, but as a person who still lives in small-town America, Erick is in touch with the very people John hopes to reach," said Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming. "With Erick's exceptional knowledge of politics, as well as his role as a conservative opinion leader, he will add an important voice to CNN's ideologically diverse group of political contributors."