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