Chambliss To Run For Re-Election in 2014 (06.09.11)
Senior Senator squashes failing health rumors; says he's fit as a fiddle.
Powerful U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), who serves as Vice Chairman of the influential U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence and is a senior member of the senate's Agriculture Committee, told the Beacon Broadcast Network he plans to seek re-election in 2014.
"I wake up every day honored to have earned the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia," Chambliss [pictured below] said.
Rumors of Chambliss' failing health, which has been circulating among GOP insiders over the last several weeks, have proven completely false. "Senator Chambliss is in great shape and is healthier than ever," said his Chief of Staff, Charlie Harman, a veteran legislative executive. "Saxby has had no reoccurrence of prostate cancer, and he's running for re-election in 2014.”
In response to the continued whisper campaign centered on Chambliss' physical well being, Harman further discredited the innuendo by coining a phrase from legendary author Mark Twain: "The rumors of Sen. Chambliss' ill health and pending death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Chambliss, who has been criticized by some Tea Party affiliated conservatives for his continued role in the Warner-Chambliss working group -- referred to as the "Gang of Six" by some media -- is expected to get a serious challenge from the GOP's right wing in the July 2014 Republican primary.
But Chambliss counters that his sole objective with the group he co-chairs with moderate Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is to find a way to solve the nations' deficit woes and to balance the Federal budget within the political reality of working with a Democrat controlled Senate and Executive branch.
If Chambliss does indeed get a primary challenge, he will likely face-off against a member of Georgia's very conservative Republican Congressional delegation.
The two-term senior senator's re-nomination will surely test the state-wide strength and depth of Georgia's Tea Parties. To date the Peach State's Tea Partiers have been fragmented -- and there is no evidence to suggest they could marshal enough forces to topple a sitting U.S senator who's been serving Georgia for better than 20 years in the nation’s Capitol.