Erick Erickson, the conservative editor of RedState.com, says he has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia because he doesn’t want to put his family through a grueling campaign.
“Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign,” Erickson said in a post Friday morning.
Earlier this week, Erickson told listeners on his radio show that he was considering a primary challenge against Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, in 2014. Chambliss has recently irked conservatives during the fiscal cliff debate by suggesting he’s willing to abandon the Grove Norquist pledge not to raise taxes.
In his post on Friday titled “Self-Awareness Matters,” Erickson did not discuss his frustrations with Chambliss. Instead, he expressed concerns that a campaign would negatively impact his family.
“I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement,” he said.