Citing a lack of bipartisanship that he covered with the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce last year, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced on Friday that he is not seeking re-election in 2014.
“This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health," Chambliss said in a statement. "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.
"For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.
In a speech before the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce in May 2012, Chambliss cited a need for bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.
“Republicans don’t have all the good ideas. Democrats have some good ideas too,” he said at the meeting. “Bipartisanship is needed.”
Patch wants to know: who should run for Chambliss' seat? What about U.S. Rep. Tom Price, who represents portions of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs in his 6th Congressional District?
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