The state of Georgia went to the polls on three different occasions to first elect (and then re-elect two more times) Saxby Chambliss to the US Senate. They had previously elected him to Congress (1995-2003).
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When Gov. Deal of Georgia received the call informing him that Chambliss would not seek re-election in the 2014 mid-term election, he requested that Chambliss fill out his full term; citing that he did not want to have to appoint someone to take his place.
The reasons Chambliss gave for his decision is that he is frustrated that Obama has not shown any leadership and because of the gridlock in Washington that prevents the American people from getting the representation that they deserve.
Some questioned his ability to be re-elected; but he squashed that idea by saying he was confident that the people would re-elect him.
“The Georgia Republican said he wasn’t worried about a primary or general election challenger and was confident he would have won if he had decided to run for re-election.” Washington Times
Stating that he did not foresee any changes in Washington that would improve the nation’s economy, he decided not to run for re-election. He said the debt ceiling disaster of 2010 (and the recent fiscal cliff vote) revealed to him that gridlock and partisan posturing would not improve anytime soon.
He was also quoted as saying that for the nation to be strong and for the country to prosper Washington had to stop playing politics with the American economy.
Sen. Chambliss, Republican, said he had reached his decision after weeks of “thought and prayer.” He also stated that he had never intended to become a career politician. Stating that since he was still in good health, he would continue to seek ways to serve the people of Georgia.
He also promised to work hard the remaining two years of his term and seek ways to help turn the nation back around. Many Georgians would undoubtedly support him for governor of the state in elections to come. Or, could he have his eye on the White House next time around?