“While I am flattered by friends from across Georgia who contacted me this weekend and offered their support, running for the U.S. Senate is not in my heart,” said Perdue. “I am at a stage in life where there are simply too many positive distractions – a dozen grandchildren with number 13 on the way, business obligations and a loving and devoted wife who has absolutely no interest in living in Washington, and who could blame her?”
Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011.
Perdue along with Atlanta talk show host and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and a former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all announced they will not run for Senate in 2014, despite a push from excited supporters.
"I will, however, be watching with interest," Perdue continued in a press release. "After having worked with and recruited Governors across our nation, I’ve seen first-hand the type of leaders our party can produce. Georgia Republicans need to seek the same from our next Senator: a serious person capable of thoughtful leadership at a time when, too often, positions of outside interests are substituted for sound policy and the wishes of actual voters. As Republicans, we have the advantage of being right; let us not squander it."
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