Georgia Voices: Perdue to sit out Senate race
by The Newnan Times-Herald
February 15, 2013 12:00 AM | 734 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We were not surprised when former Gov. Sonny Perdue announced he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014.

You recall Chambliss announced recently that he would not seek re-election in two years. That announcement caused a flurry of activity and speculation as to who might run to replace Chambliss, who will be finishing two terms in the U.S. Senate.

Soon after Chambliss’ announcement, pollsters got busy gauging the strengths of potential candidates. One poll released showed Perdue, the first Georgia Republican governor in modern history, as the front-runner.

Perdue was quick to let Georgians know he will not be a candidate.

“Running for the U.S. Senate is not in my heart,” said Perdue. “I am at a stage in life where there are simply too many positive distractions — a dozen grandchildren with number 13 on the way, business obligations and a loving and devoted wife who has absolutely no interest in living in Washington, and who could blame her.”

Perdue’s statement makes sense. He is a family man and a successful businessman with many irons in the fire on both of those fronts. He also does not strike us as having the fire in the belly to run another intense statewide political campaign.

Whether Perdue ran for the office or not, the Republican field of candidates will almost certainly be crowded. ...

Expect one or more strong candidates to emerge from the current Georgia GOP U.S. House delegation, plus current and former state constitutional officers who have run statewide campaigns may toss their hats in the ring. Don’t be surprised to see a half-dozen Republican enter the race.

And what about the Democrats? That may be harder to predict. Don’t be surprised if three or more Democrats run in the primary election and get some statewide exposure before having to face a strong Republican candidate in November 2014.

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