Nathan Deal on Saxby Chambliss’ re-elect bid: ‘It’s way too early to be picking winners and losers’

It is possible to call a man friend and still leave him dangling.

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington just finished a telephone conversation with Gov. Nathan Deal that touched on the topic of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and his 2014 re-election bid. It went something like this:

Malloy: “There is a lot of talk going around the state about Saxby Chambliss getting a Republican primary challenge. Would you support him if he does?”

Deal: “It’s way too early to be picking winners and losers and people that you’re going to support and not support. He’s a friend of mine. I served with him in the U.S. House and he will continue to be a friend of mine.”

Sounds like a definite maybe.

On a similar note, Public Policy Polling of North Carolina was in the field over the weekend with a Georgia poll focused on Chambliss. We haven’t seen the results yet, but PPP just tweeted this:

The only Republican who gets anywhere close to Saxby Chambliss in a one on one primary at this point? Herman Cain.

Cain, of course, says he’s not interested.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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9 comments Add your comment

Just Nasty & Mean

December 3rd, 2012
5:05 pm

I would drop EVERYTHING to support Herman Cain.
LET”S GO, HERMAN!!

Kris

December 3rd, 2012
5:14 pm

First of all nobody has told SHADY deal what to say…

Nuff said.

My shellacking forecast.

Shady crooked deal….5 of 5 shellacking’s and a Ethics charge.

Saxby 4 out of 5 shellacking’s. And a free pizza.

Over all a GA. GOP (crooked slime balls) shellacking. Free Pizza!

Doug

December 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Pete

December 3rd, 2012
6:45 pm

God help us if Cain is elected. Georgia has become a backward state, worse than Mississippi and Alabama. We have a true statesman as a Senator but we criticize him because he is not right wing enough. And why should we care if our crook of a governor endorses Chambliss or not? Our state is becoming a laughingstock. No wonder we are the most corrupt state in the country.

BRW

December 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

Saxby will need to pony up a “Deal” for Nathan.

honested

December 3rd, 2012
6:49 pm

And precisely what has deal done to make him not feel any heat in 2014?

Is being a failure while kissing up to the nuttiest of conserrrrrvatives now all that is required to be considered a ‘leader’ in our State?

Debbie Dooley

December 3rd, 2012
8:17 pm

What a crazy cast of characters. Don’t we have any reasonable alternatives?

FAN

December 3rd, 2012
8:22 pm

all republican most go now

Auntie Christ

December 3rd, 2012
8:30 pm

The only Republican who gets anywhere close to Saxby Chambliss in a one on one primary at this point? Herman Cain.
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I’m just wondering which one is more insulted, chambliss because he’s put in the same class as cain, or cain because he’s considered no better than chambliss.