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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 10:03 AM | Updated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 2:23 AM

Congressman admits interest in Chambliss Senate seat

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Rep. Jack Kingston
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, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Jack Kingston was the first to announce today that he might be interested in U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat in 2014.

Kingston, an 11-term GOP House veteran, said he was considering seeking the seat. Kingston, 57, said his knowledge of defense and agriculture, important issues in Georgia, would help him in a race.

 Among other potential Republican candidates is four-term Rep. Tom Price from a district north of Atlanta.

 Other possible Republican candidates are two other House members — Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, both physicians. Broun gained national attention last year when he described evolution as a lie “from the pit of Hell.” Gingrey claimed the spotlight earlier this month when he defended controversial statements about abortion made last year by failed Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin.

 An open seat in Georgia, which has trended Republican, presents a legitimate opportunity for Democrats, especially if the GOP faces a divisive primary. Potential Democratic candidates are conservative Rep. John Barrow, who has survived redistricting in his House races, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

 Pizza mogul Herman Cain, the failed presidential candidate in 2012 and a tea party favorite, said he would not seek the seat but rather focus on his radio show.

Chambliss decides not to run again

WASHINGTON — Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced today he will not seek a third term next year, saying “this is about frustration” with Washington gridlock that he doesn’t see changing in a divided government.

“After much contemplation and reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2014,” the 69-year-old Chambliss said in a statement.

The lawmaker rejected suggestions he couldn’t have survived a likely GOP primary fight with the tea party, insisting he has a proud conservative record and noting he received more votes than any other statewide official in Georgia history in 2008.

Instead, he cited his dismay with both Democratic President Barack Obama and the lack of meaningful legislation in Congress, especially in addressing the nation’s economic woes.

“The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst, and sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon,” Chambliss said. “For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.”

 -- Associated Press

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