RedState Editor Erick Erickson said today that he is “prayerfully considering” a primary challenge to U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia. Erickson has been forcefully advocating for a primary challenge to Chambliss on RedState, and said today on his radio show that “serious people” have approached him about becoming the challenger himself. Peach Pundit editor Charlie Harper broke the story online, and has been in personal contact with Erickson about the subject. Here’s his take:
I’ve traded a couple of texts with him and would say this isn’t a publicity stunt. Nor has he decided he’s running and is being coy about it. It’s something he needs to think about. So he will.
Reaction so far has been mixed:
This is apparently a recent development, as one week ago Erickson forcefully shot down the idea when someone mentioned it on Twitter.
So, are you ready for the first blogger in the United States Senate?
Update: Erickson tweets about how he would vote if he were Senator:
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Update: Georgia Tip Sheet has the audio from Erickson’s show. A partial transcript:
For a week now, I’ve been getting calls to see if I would challenge Saxby Chambliss, once he really got into the whole ‘raising taxes issue,’” Erickson said in the opening segment of his radio show Tuesday. “Well, the pace quickened. I got a lot of people pledging a lot of money in the last couple of days if I did something like this. And I’ve been very adamant, I wasn’t going to do it, but after a few conversations today with a few heavy hitters in Washington, D.C. and some here in Georgia, I should at least consider it.