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.