United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-G.A.) will retire in 2014 rather than seek a third term.
Speaking at the University of Georgia in his first public address since the announcement of his retirement, Chambliss spoke of frustration about the lack of effort to find common ground.
“Here we were headed off this fiscal cliff that was a very predictable crisis, but yet there was not that willingness to find that common ground, and that is not what Saxby Chambliss is all about”, he said. “I love this country, and I care about this country.”
Merle Black, a political scientist from Emory University, said it has the makings of being a crowded campaign for Chambliss’ soon to be vacant seat.
“Right now it is wide open because Chambliss has created an open seat in Georgia, which does not come up very often”, said Black. “So now you have a backlog of individuals who really think they want to be in the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), responded with “great sadness and disappointment” to the news of his friend’s retirement.