In a whirlwind of events, current Georgia Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss is set to announce his intentions not to run for a third term creating a domino effect amongst current Republican legislators within the state. Chambliss, who was recently under fire for his involvement with the “Gang of Six” as well as his pushback against Grover Norquist‘s all mighty tax pledge which he signed nearly 20 years ago, has certainly felt pressure amongst the grassroots and establishment in Georgia to step down from his post.
While this may excite many Republican zealots who have been eyeing Chambliss’ seat for quite some time, it is almost certainly going to be a one of the more grueling primaries in the summer of 2014. With names like Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Roswell), as well as Conservative Talk Show Hosts Erick Erickson and former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain, it’s sure to be entertaining. However, it’s important that Georgians learn their lesson from an ugly 2010 gubernatorial primary which ultimately ended in a bloody victory for current Governor Nathan Deal over former Secretary of State Karen Handel.
In-fighting is good, but too much in-fighting is ultimately very bad. With the NRCC closely eyeing seats like Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta), Republicans need a decisive, clean victory in the Summer of 2014 in order for smooth sailing in November. Don’t forget the all popular Mayor Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) waiting in the winds as well. With a dangerous Democratic lineup, Georgia Republicans could have a harder battle than they initially thought.