Isakson remains committed to re-election

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) remains “unequivocally” determined to seek re-election and is not re-considering a bid for governor in 2010, his campaign and Senate staff said. 

Over the past year, Isakson’s name had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the governor’s office, but the former state lawmaker had squashed that talk. But with Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s announcement last week that he would run for the number two job again, rather than continue his front-running bid for governor, Isakson’s name had resurfaced. 

On Tuesday, however, Isakson’s campaign spokesman, Heath Garrett, told the AJC that such talk is “just rumors.”

And Isakson’s Senate deputy chief of staff, Joan Kirchner, concurred. 

“There is nothing to this,” Kirchner said. “Johnny is not changing his plans and he is enthusiastically running for re-election to the Senate.”

Later today, however, the race for governor is still expected to grow by a candidate. Cobb County Commission chairman Sam Olens has a 2 p.m. press conference scheduled in Marietta. Olens told the AJC last week that with Cagle’s exit he is more likely to join a bid for the Republican nomination that already includes Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton).

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April 21st, 2009
10:32 am

Let’s try someone new. A new “R” would be better than the same ole same ole. What has he actually brought to Georgians?

juanita driggs

April 21st, 2009
10:51 am

To answer Jefferson’s question…Nothing! Ditto for Saxby. The longer these guys stay in the Senate the better the pension payout for them when they do eventually leave. Why would Johnny trade in that and the other generous perks of office for having to come back home and do some real work for a change like trying to put his troubled state back on her feet.


April 21st, 2009
11:55 am

Oxendine is widely considered a bufoon, and Scott a nonentity, so between Handel and Olens, consider this: which county was better managed – Cobb under Olens, or Fulton under Handel? Not a close question. Olens is clearly the class of the Republican field.


April 21st, 2009
1:16 pm

First off, Chambliss and Isakson have done a lot for Georgia including being firm supporters of the FairTax. Second Oxendine is not a bufoon, he has plenty of executive experience as the state fire and insurance commissioner, not to mention his support of bringing power back to the state and local level and his support of the FairTax.

April 21st, 2009
2:51 pm

Alex, you’ve just proved the point that Saxby and Isakson are useless. Instead of working with the administration to amend the tax code, they’ve been tilting at the Fair Tax window. Great PR, but no results. They scream about “government doesn’t create jobs” and then are shocked, shocked when the F-22 and all its jobs are suddenly gone. We need lawmakers, legislators, representatives who can work in Washington to get things done for their constituents — not posture and take positions that sound good to the red-meat crowd but continue to keep Georgia last in nearly everything. It’s time for them both to go. We almost got rid of Saxby last fall. Let’s at least get rid of Johnny next fall.


April 21st, 2009
3:23 pm

Johnny needs to be retired he is useless. He has done nothing except stand with his hand out. Maybe the Dems or somebody will run that will do something.Time for a change!


April 21st, 2009
8:16 pm

Johnny Irksome needs to move on. He has done absolutely nothing as a Senator and we have had 8 years of nothing from Perdon’t. We need a party change badly.!!!!!

William T Nettles

April 22nd, 2009
9:24 am

Sen. Johnny Isakson & Sen.Saxby Chambliss may not be considered as “Balls of Fire” in the eyes of some of their constituants but at least they are honest, hard working Senators who have a difficult task in these trying times. I would like to just see what kind of job some of the people that critise them could do, most likly be eaten alive the first day on the job.
All things being relative, it is my opinion that they have the people of this state first in their minds & actions. Think back to some of our past leaders who have had the “What’s in it for me” first & us, the voters second.
Keep in mind that there is nothing like having Senators with seniority even when in the miniority party.
Remember to be carefull for what you wish for, you might get it. You might end up with some good goverment one day & find out you don’t like it.


April 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

I can’t support anyone who voted for the bailout bill. Especially if they did not even read it first! Both of our “fine” Senators voted for it.

Also, I don’t want a Senator who will do anything for me except to work night and day to clear the government out of my way so that I can live my life and not be constantly interfered with by Federal rules, taxes and other requirements. In that regard the only good thing these two ever did was to support the Fair Tax. Even if it is a very long shot it is well worth keeping in front of the voting public and our elitist politicians.

What used to be great about the US was that people went to Washington and the State house to serve and then they went home and lived with the laws they helped to fashion. Many of them were asked to serve additional terms but would not because they needed to get back to their businesses and their families. That is the way it should be. No more “professional” politicians!