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Erickson Considering Senate Run in Georgia

In the just com­pleted cam­paign cycle, it’s no secret that Red­State Exec­u­tive Editor-in-Chief Erick Erick­son and I didn’t see eye to eye.  Most of it was on what I viewed as unnec­es­sary involve­ment by Erick in the Wis­con­sin GOP Sen­ate Pri­mary.  Erick was a big Mark Neu­mann fan (mostly based on stuff he heard from the Club for Growth and Jim DeMint’s office) and I well…wasn’t.

We’re still friends, we still chat.  And I am more than grate­ful for the plate of nachos he once bought me at a DC eatery when I was down on my luck in 2009.

All that aside, I will give Erick credit for one thing.  If he does run for the U.S. Sen­ate in his native Geor­gia as being spec­u­lated, he will be putting his money where his mouth has been for years now.  That’s more than you can say for any big-name lib­eral blog­ger out there.

You don’t see Markos run­ning for U.S. Sen­ate, let alone his local city coun­cil in what­ever San Fran­cisco sub­urbs he resides in.  (Too busy being a wannabe pup­pet mas­ter and bomb-thrower I sup­pose than actu­ally doing some­thing to bet­ter the world I guess.)

Pop­u­lar con­ser­v­a­tive blog­ger and radio per­son­al­ity Erick Erick­son said Tues­day he was con­sid­er­ing a pri­mary chal­lenge to Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss after a host of polit­i­cal bigs had approached him about stag­ing a bid of his own in the days since the incum­bent broke with a vaulted no-taxes pledge.

For a week now, I’ve been get­ting calls to see if I would chal­lenge Saxby Cham­b­liss, once he really got into the whole ‘rais­ing taxes issue,’” Erick­son said in the open­ing seg­ment of his radio show Tues­day. “Well, the pace quick­ened. I got a lot of peo­ple pledg­ing a lot of money in the last cou­ple of days if I did some­thing like this. And I’ve been very adamant, I wasn’t going to do it, but after a few con­ver­sa­tions today with a few heavy hit­ters in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and some here in Geor­gia, I should at least con­sider it.”

Erick­son, a CNN polit­i­cal con­trib­u­tor and editor-in-chief of con­ser­v­a­tive haunt Red­State, added he was “very flat­tered” and was in “prayer­ful con­sid­er­a­tion” about wag­ing a pos­si­ble chal­lenge to the two-term Chambliss.

Erick­son was a one-term city coun­cil­man in Macon, Geor­gia, but resigned when his work–a radio show, tele­vi­sion gig and edi­tor­ship of highly-trafficked blog–became too great to shoul­der in tan­dem with his pub­lic service.

Like other pos­si­ble Cham­b­liss chal­lengers, Erick­son has not run for statewide office. But he main­tains a diverse net­work of monied, influ­en­tial con­ser­v­a­tives in the Belt­way and through­out the state thanks largely to the celebrity he’s devel­oped over the last six years.

Erick­son hasn’t made a deci­sion yet on when he’s going to make a deci­sion — that’s fine he’s got more than enough time to decide.  Real­ity is that he likely has a very good chance of win­ning, not just the pri­mary, but the gen­eral elec­tion in 2014 as well.

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  • green­car­man

    Most of it was on what I viewed as unnec­es­sary involve­ment by Erick in the Wis­con­sin GOP Sen­ate Primary.”

    Right, since in the most recent elec­tion cycle out­side “inter­fer­ence” was deemed uncouth and unciv­i­lized by each polit­i­cal party. Cer­tainly those mil­lions of dol­lars spent in polit­i­cal ads by out of state advo­cacy groups were so unnec­es­sary. [sarcasm]

    Erick­son had every right to give his two cents worth.