Erickson Rules Out Senate Bid
Well, that was fast. After floating himself as a potential GOP primary challenger to Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss earlier this week, RedState's Erick Erickson says he's decided against a race, writing that it would be "awesome," but "nasty."
"Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign," he writes in a post on Red State explaining his decision. "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."
Erickson wrote a post Tuesday hitting Chambliss for saying he might break with Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, and said he was giving a bid "prayerful consideration."
But one more prominent name is popping up now that Erickson and businessman Herman Cain have officially ruled out Senate bids: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. From the Southern Political Report:
So far, no one has actually announced a primary challenge to the Georgia senator.