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Will Saxby Chambliss Face a Primary Fight for 2014?

Senator Saxby Chambliss barely hung onto his Senate Seat in 2008.  In fact, Governor Palin was called in to help him out when he had to face a tough runoff election in late November of 2008.  At the time, Chambliss said:

"I was thrilled when I got the call that Governor Palin would be able to make the trip to Georgia to campaign with me the day before the runoff election."

But once Chambliss got back into the Senate, he soon forgot about those who helped gin up the energy which helped him keep his job.  Over the last few years, he’s done a few things which have angered traditional grassroots voters and Tea Party groups.

In 2009, he sold out Governor Palin when he was asked about "death panels" during a Q&A with voters.  Not only that, he insisted on crediting Obama for bringing the issue of health care forward:

"I commend the president for spending political capital to bring this issue to the forefront," said Chambliss. "We’ve talked about reforming health care for years, but we’ve never gotten around to it."

Of course, most recently, he angered conservatives by refusing to honor the anti-tax pledge he signed years back.  Predictably, he signed on to the "fiscal cliff" deal which raises taxes on Americans.

These are just a few examples of where Chambliss has voted with Democrats instead of sticking to the conservative principles which put him in office years ago.

Alas, the Senator’s gig is up for a job review by the voters in 2014 and leaders from conservative groups across the country are already beginning to talk.

A few days ago, Debbie Dooley, who is the founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and who is also a coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots said:

"We knew the Republican leadership would cave in," said Debbie Dooley, a coordinator at national umbrella group Tea Party Patriots and a founder of the Atlanta Tea Party. "So we didn’t expend a lot of energy on this issue."

Instead, Dooley said activists in her home state of Georgia are focused on educating voters about America’s spiraling debt and seeking a replacement for Saxby Chambliss, who was forced into a runoff election in 2008 and only narrowly managed to return to the Senate.

No one has announced a challenge to Chambliss, but Georgia representatives Tom Price and Paul Broun are seen as potential candidates. Chambliss could not be reached for comment.

"If a credible candidate comes forward, then Saxby Chambliss is in major trouble," Dooley said.

In addition to that, Amy Kremer from the Tea Party Express appeared on CNN where she said (via The Hill):

"The Tea Party Express, we haven’t decided anything at this point, but I can tell you I live in the state of Georgia and Saxby Chambliss is going to be primaried. Our own senator. It’s unacceptable to have somebody who votes with the Democrats more than they do with the conservatives, and he has proven time and time again he’s all about the spending," she said.

"And we’re a red state, we deserve a conservative senator, a conservative senator that would stand with [Sens.] Marco Rubio [R-Fla.] and Rand Paul [R-Ky.] and Mike Lee [R-Utah] who all voted ‘no’ for this bill," she added.

The article with Debbie Dooley above mentions Georgia state representatives Tom Price and Paul Broun as possible challengers.

More notably though is the Palin-endorsed Karen Handel who ran for Governor of Georgia in 2010.  If you recall, despite losing, Handel came very close in the race.  After forcing her challenger into a runoff, she lost by a mere 1% of the vote.

Karen Handel would be a great addition to the United States Senate.  But is she interested?  Handel spoke very recently with Kevin Scholla from SarahNet Radio and stated that while the race is a little far off to give an answer, that’s she’s always willing to serve the state of Georgia.  You can see more here and the following video which highlights Scholla’s very recent interview with Handel.

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  • indemind

    Thanks Steve good job….Chambliss, is a foggy bottom D.C. swamp snake…that need to goooooo…

    SarahAmerica- "We are in a political culture of universal deceit."

  • Freempg

    Chambliss is Robert Byrd without the sheet hoodie.

  • Palinchick

    I would love to see a Mama Grizzly like Karen Handel run! Thanks Steve! Great interview, Kevin!

  • Audrey_I

    Sarah Palin went down to Georgia and did a great job getting out the vote for Saxby Chambliss.  I was amazed why he back-stabbed her over ObamaCare. 

    • Betsey_Ross

      It’s all politics and Sarah gets it.  She won’t be helping him ever again.  She will be helping whoever challenges him.  Paybacks are a b–ch.

  • Betsey_Ross

    All of our realitives that don’t live near us live in GA.  They can’t believe that VA has turned blue and keep encouraging us to move to GA.  I have to say that the thought has crossed my mind, especially if they seceed.  None of them like Saxby Chambliss and you can take it to the bank that the founders of the tea party movement all seem to be from GA.  They aren’t taking this mess lying down and seem to be where the action is during these trying times.  He will be primaried.

  • philip127

    I live outside Savannah, Ga. and this is the best news I’ve read in a long time! I can’t wait to see Saxby retired!

    I went to see Sarah the last day before Saxby’s runoff and the power she had making stops all over Ga. that day pull him across the line. No one gave a damn about Saxby, they were doing it for Sarah and the "40th" vote in the senate. After he had his seat he went back to being a Rockefeller RINO..

    2014 Saxby & Lindsey Graham have got to go!

  • cbenoistd

    I’m late coming to this thread, so confirm this for me; Gov. Palin was called on to campaign in the same month after the 2008 election had been lost. Who called on her? Certainly not Schmidt; isn’t this the ultimate–I have to say it–"refudiation" of the charge that she cost McCain the election?

  • PW4SP ? ?

    I remember clearly the day Gov. Palin came to GA to rally for Chambliss and Handel. I attended the Chambless rally in Perry GA and drove up to Atlanta GA for the Handel rally.
    In Perry I was able to shake hands with the Gov. and only God knows what I said to her (all I remember her saying was whoa.) Her assistant Meghan was by her side.  I was standing on a chair on the second row because the two women in front of me would not allow me to get my hand in between them. God is good all the time, He always makes a way where there seems to be no way.

    In Atlanta I was able to introduce myself to her as the founder of PW4SP. She and Todd are very appreciative for all the Prayer Warriors and prayers. My husband drove me, my daughter and a friend up to Atlanta. When the rally began we were no where close to the podium, in fact I was in the back of the room standing on a chair holding a sign. After the Gov. spoke she came down to the rope line and everyone moved forward. My husband looked at me and said "are you going up to the line, you know you won’t be able to get close to her." I looked up and said "God, I need your help."  I walked a zigzag up towards the line and kept asking God for help.  The people moved out of the way to let me through. Finally I was close to the rope line but again on the second row. The first person coming down the line was Karen Handel, people were asking for her autograph. I didn’t have any paper with me for an autograph until I looked down and saw a ‘Handel for Gov’ sign. I immediately picked it up as she was coming close to me. All I could do was stick the sign out in front and when she took it I was able to push myself through a man an a woman who were determined to keep me in the second row. All I can say is that when God has a plan no matter what man does or tries to do, God Wins!
    Karen asked me for my name and autographed the sign, as she moved down the rope line the people beside me squeezed me out of the way. I looked up and asked for help again, I knew there was no way I was going to get in between these two people without God. Here comes the Gov.  and the people in front of me were pressed together so tight I couldn’t see between them. This time I didn’t have a chair to stand on so I with Gods help squeezed my hand between the two just as the Gov. was standing in front of us. She was busy autographing her book that folks brought  with them and signs. I kept my hand out until she grabbed it and with that I pushed myself forward and was able to introduce myself. The folks beside me has no choice but to move and let me speak.
    After that I walked back to find my husband and he said "too many people, right" I smiled and showed him my sign autographed by Karen Handel and the Gov. His words, "I can’t believe it," my response, "God is Good, God is Good, God is Good all the time!"

    About Chambliss, a lot of people are NOT happy with his actions nor Isakson’s for that matter. They are two peas in a pod (Rinos). They always vote with the GOPe and are comfortable in their seat.  The people of GA want a conservative to replace both of these men. We need someone who will be willing to do the will of the people and not the GOPe, we need a Tea Party kind of candidate.

    Have a blessed 2013 everyone.

  • palintologist

    Saxby looks like he’s being chased by guys with shovels.  It’s time to go.  In fact, it’s loooooong pas time for him to go.  Let’s get some new blood in there.  Sarah doesn’t need to waste time on back-stabbing RINOs.

  • BrianusBerkleianus


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