Blogger, Radio Host Erick Erickson Mulling Senate Run Against Saxby Chambliss
10:31 AM, Nov 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Erick Erickson, a conservative blogger, radio talk show host, and CNN contributor, may be considering a run for Senate in Georgia. On his radio show Tuesday, Erickson stated there are "a lot of people pledging a lot of money" for a primary challenge against incumbent Republican senator Saxby Chambliss.
"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 said, according to Georgia Tipsheet.
Erickson joins Republican congressmen Tom Price and Paul Broun, and former secretary of state Karen Handel, as possible challengers to Chambliss, who is up for reelection in 2014. Chambliss, first elected to the Senate in 2002 after serving in the House, has fallen out of favor with some Peach State conservatives for his unpopular positions on immigration and, more recently, tax increases.
It remains to be seen whether or not Erickson is serious about taking on Chambliss in the primary. As the editor of RedState.com, a leading conservative blog, and a contributor on CNN, Erickson has a national following among some conservatives and Republicans. He's also served as a member of the city council of Macon.
But Erickson's less politic pronouncements could hurt him in a one-on-one primary with Chambliss; in 2009, for instance, Erickson sent out a message on his Twitter account that referred to retiring Supreme Court justice David Souter as "the only goat f---ing child molester" on the nation's highest court. Then again, comments similar to that have not stopped others from winning election to the U.S. Senate.