Former Sen. Max Cleland announced Thursday that he would not challenge Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2008. This confirmation has been predicted for a while and few believed Cleland would seriously consider trying to reclaim his old seat.
Cleland, a Democrat who lost three limbs in Vietnam and uses a wheelchair, had campaigned aggressively for other Democratic candidates this year, leading some to speculate that he might be preparing for a run of his own. Still angry over 2002 political ads criticizing Cleland’s commitment to national security, many Democrats had hoped he would try to avenge the loss.
But through a spokesman, Cleland told The Associated Press Thursday that he would not challenge Chambliss.
“Sen. Cleland has decided not to run again in 2008,” the spokesman, Michael Duga, said. “(He) looks forward to entering the private sector and private life for the first time after more than 35 years in public service.”