U. S. Senator Saxby Chambliss says the ugly political climate in Washington is the main reason he won't run for re-election.
The Moultrie Republican has kept kind of a low profile since making that announcement. But he did speak out about his decision at an event at the University of Georgia.
This is not a funeral, but it is the end of a political career that has spanned 20 years. Senator Saxby Chambliss spoke at his first public event since announcing he won't run for re-election in 2014.
He shared the stage with democratic senator Mark Warner of Virginia at a University of Georgia speaking series. This is as conservative as you can get, but back here in his home state, Chambliss had taken shots hard line conservatives for his work in the so-called gang of six.
He and Warner headed up the bi-partisan group working towards a solution to the debt crisis. For months, Chambliss said he was running. "I've been frustrated in the last couple of years. Mark and I had worked very hard on the issue, the #1 issue facing our country. We made some progress but we hadn't gotten there and that was frustrating."
Chambliss described the current political climate in Washington as ugly... Not something he wants to be involved in the next eight years when crucial. Political decisions have to be made.
"They are political in nature because everything in Washington is political but this is our country for God's sakes, if you're not making a few folks upset, you're not doing your job."
As for the folks who want Chambliss' job, he says he won't get involved in a republican primary. That list is going to be so long of folks interested in this job.
They need to follow me for a couple of weeks before they make their decision. Former Governor Sonny Perdue has already said he won't run for Chambliss' seat.