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GOP Senator Announcing 2014 Retirement

January 25, 2013

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is announcing Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Two Republican Georgia House members, Paul Broun and Tom Price, have been thinking of primary challenges to the Georgia senator, who has been in the Senate since 2003.

Chambliss criticized anti-tax activist Grover Norquist in November, saying he cared about his country more than him. “Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan says you continue to add to the debt, and I just have a fundamental disagreement about that and I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves,” he said at the time.

More from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — A congressional aide says Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia won’t seek re-election to a third term.

The conservative lawmaker was first elected to the House in the 1994 Republican wave. He moved up to the Senate after a rough 2002 campaign in which he defeated Democratic incumbent Max Cleland, a triple amputee from his Vietnam war service.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak in advance of an official announcement.

Chambliss has been a GOP loyalist throughout his career, but he drew criticism from tea party Republicans for his participation in a bipartisan Senate “Gang of Six” focusing on the budget. The group advocated a mix of tax increases and spending cuts but failed to produce a bargain.

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