Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., released the following statement:
"After much contemplation and reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2014.
‘This is a decision Julianne and I have thought through and prayed
about for many weeks. I am humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary
trust of Georgians, who have allowed me to represent them for 20 years
in the United States House and Senate.
"I am proud of my conservative voting record in fulfilling those
duties. In 2008, I was honored to receive more votes than any other
statewide elected official in the history of Georgia. Lest anyone think
this decision is about a primary challenge, I have no doubt that had I
decided to be a candidate, I would have won re-election. In these
difficult political times, I am fortunate to have actually broadened my
support around the state and the nation due to the stances I have taken.
"Instead, 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. 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.
"I never intended to come to Washington and stay for 20 years. But in
that time, I have been proud to fight for the economic good of Georgia
and the security of our nation. That includes work on four farm bills,
18 defense-authorization bills, chairmanship of the House Terrorism
Subcommittee in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and being chairman or
ranking member of major Senate committees for 8 of the past 10 years.
"Perhaps the greatest honor has been to champion our men and women in
uniform, their families, and the Georgia military bases and contractors
who create private-sector jobs.
"I am truly grateful for the love, support, trust and assistance of
family and friends who have helped me along the way. I am especially
indebted to my staff – past and present – whose loyalty and knowledge
have not only served me well, but have served the people of Georgia
"There are two years left in my term, and there is lots left to do. I
am in good health, and I plan to continue working hard to represent the
best interests of Georgians, and to do my utmost to help restore
America to its economic greatness."
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:31 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:31:42 GMT
Relatives and dozens of Beech Island community members gathered today in front of Island Cuts Barbershop to remember Zann Worrell. "I was totally surprised and very happy that everybody came out becauseMore >>
Dozens of Beech Island residents gathered tonight to remember Zann Worrell, who was fatally shot in his barbershop on Saturday afternoon.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:18:38 GMT
Aiken County deputies say they searched with New Ellenton police officers for two armed men who shot dogs on Sizemore Avenue on Saturday night. Aiken County deputies say they started searching for the suspectsMore >>
UPDATE: Neighbors are shocked after two suspects shot three dogs in a New Ellenton neighborhood Saturday night. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:20:12 GMT
One person has been transported to the hospital after being shot at Axis Barbershop in Beech Island. Aiken County dispatch said it happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There are at least two suspects,More >>
Aiken County Coroner's office has confirmed that 32 year old Zann Worrell Jr. of North Augusta died at GRU Medical Center on May 18, 2013 at 3:37 p.mMore >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 3:11 PM EDT2013-05-19 19:11:10 GMT
Richmond County Dispatch confirms there has been a stabbing at a Family Dollar. Deputies say it happened on the 2900 block of Dean's Bridge Road around 7:18 tonight. Information is limited at this tiMore >>
UPDATE: Richmond County investigators said Tonya S. Terry was stabbed several times in the chest area inside the Family Dollar on Dean's Bridge Road Saturday evening.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:04 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:04:50 GMT
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road. Firefighters were on the scene until around 8:30 a.m. No injuriesMore >>
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road.
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:23:19 GMT
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by whatMore >>
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by what investigators said was a bat along the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:19 GMT
Instead of spending the day at the computer, some Augustans spent their day learning about it. People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta'sMore >>
People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta's growth in the technology sector.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:55:44 GMT
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.Bradford was a Grovetown resident, according to information from a DynCorp spokesperson.The spokesperson toldMore >>
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:47:31 GMT
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday. Columbia County dispatch said two cars were involved withMore >>
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:40 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:40:22 GMT
Richmond County Sheriff's Office released the following information in regards to Deputy Creech: Sheriff Roundtree and the family of Deputy Alton Daniel Creech would like to thank everyone within our community forMore >>
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia on Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013 at 11am. Deputy Creech will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.More >>