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Erick Erickson: Time for Chambliss to Go

Erick Erickson says he's not sure if he'll run for Senate in two years against incumbent Saxby Chambliss -- but he hopes somebody will.

He said it's time for Georgia's senior senator to "come home."

Erickson is a political activist, a conservative commentator and blogger and a former Macon City Council member.

By email, he told 13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy that conservatives in both Georgia and Washington are asking him to run against Chambliss, and he's considering it.

He wrote:

"On the rumors of me running for the Senate, I've been quite adamant that I would not, but in the past three days have had significant and prominent conservative groups and individuals both here and in Washington ask me to give it more serious thought. I owe it to them to do so and will consider it.

"The election is not until 2014 and a decision does not need to be rushed. What I do know is that Saxby Chambliss has spent twenty years in Washington and in that time has been complicit in growing Washington. It's time for him to come home. Whether it is me or someone else, I hope someone rises to the occasion to challenge him."

On his Atlanta radio show Tuesday night, Erickson acknowledged he's "prayerfully considering" running against Chambliss in 2014. 

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His statements came after an interview with Chambliss by 13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy made national news last week.

In the interview, Chambliss said he'll consider eliminating tax loopholes and tax credits for people and corporations as part of an effort to compromise with Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration to avoid a fiscal cliff crisis.

Some critics accused the Senator of backtracking from the days when he signed the so-called Norquist pledge, promising never to consider a tax hike.

"That pledge I signed 20 years ago, it was valid then, it's valid now, but times have changed significantly," said Chambliss, "and I care more about this country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge."

Erickson is one of his critics.

"Saxby Chambliss is waffling around like a dog off its leash for the first time," wrote Erickson in a Tuesday blog post.

He continued on to say Chambliss is part of the problem of over-spending in Washington D.C.

"A conservative from metro Atlanta could put Saxby Chabliss in peril and we should work to make that happen," Erickson capped off his post.

Even though Erickson worked on Chambliss' campaigns for re-election to the House of Representatives more than a decade ago, he indicated on the radio Tuesday that he may be that conservative from metro-Atlanta threatening the Senator's seat.

Chambliss is up for re-election in 2014. He has held his seat since 2002. Previously, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 and served four terms.


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