Erickson Foregoes Senate Run in Georgia

As I said ear­lier this week, I give him credit for even con­sid­er­ing it.

But some­times you have to put your fam­ily first, and that is clearly what Erick is doing here. 

Red­State co-founder Erick Erick­son said Fri­day he won’t chal­lenge Geor­gia Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss in a GOP primary.

Were I to run for the Sen­ate, it would be a ter­ri­bly nasty cam­paign,” the well-known con­ser­v­a­tive blog­ger wrote on Red­State. “It’d actu­ally be really awe­some, but it’d be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being any­where near a stage. I’m not putting my fam­ily through that when the best out­come would mean a siz­able pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time hud­dled in a pit vipers often sur­rounded by too many who viewed me as a use­ful instru­ment to their own advancement.”

Some con­ser­v­a­tives had hoped the stri­dently right-wing Erick­son would chal­lenge Cham­b­liss, who has bro­ken from party ortho­doxy on taxes. Erick­son has held elected office in the past, serv­ing an abbre­vi­ated term as a Macon, Ga. city coun­cil member.
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