Chip Rogers Won’t Run for Lt. Gov. Clears Path For David Shafer

Just got this email. Given that Rogers and Shafer are usually allied, I expect this means that Shafer persuaded Rogers not to run against him:

Dear friends and colleagues,

The last two months have presented a number of political opportunities for many serving in public life. Recently, I have seriously considered a bid for Lt. Governor in 2010. The encouragement and backing I’ve received during this process has been overwhelming. I am truly humbled by so many who have offered their support.

Ultimately, the issue weighing heaviest on my mind is my four young children and the impact a race of this magnitude would have on them. After considerable prayer and reflection, I have concluded that running a two-year statewide campaign, and if successful serving as Lt. Governor, is not in the best interest of my family at this time in our lives.

Political opportunity is indeed rare, but my responsibility as a father must come first.

My friends and neighbors in the 21st Senate District have entrusted me to represent them in the State Senate. I will do my very best to continue honoring this trust and confidence with bold leadership for our conservative principles.

It is with this commitment that I officially announce my intention to serve our State Senate as a candidate for the position of Majority Leader. After consultation with the Lt. Governor and many of my Senate colleagues, I am confident of their support and honored to be a voice for our shared conservative principles. I am excited at the opportunity to help lead our legislative efforts and advance our agenda of economic, educational, and personal freedom.

The Georgia General Assembly has recently become a national leader for fiscal responsibility and conservative governance. However, the current challenges facing our state will require even more concerted efforts. The solutions will ultimately be found in empowering our citizens and embracing the principles of liberty.

As a Senator and, if successful, as our Senate Majority Leader, I will promote the considerable accomplishments of our past and relentlessly advocate conservative solutions to the challenges of our future.

Thank you for friendship and continued support,

Chip

7 comments

  1. Sandy Brothers says:

    You are probably right. Rogers is far more likely to support Sen. Shafer than Eric Johnson.

    The big question is who will challenge Sen. Tommie Williams for Pro Tem. Given Williams’ sure support for Johnson, Shafer will not be pleased with Williams as PPT . Expect a challenge there.

    With Johnson’s large campaign contributions to Democrats causing alarm among his caucus members, Shafer seems to be in the cat-bird’s seat with respect to the LG seat for now.

    We lobbyists are loving this one. Not quite as good as the House fight, but almost.

  2. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Tommie will be the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, no one will challenge him.

    Chip Rogers will be a great leader for the Senate. This team will be great. Senator Shafer will support the team. He does not lend support to the opponents like some recently have.

  3. lobbyga says:

    Oh, the phones are ringing. There are quite a few members who don’t like the fact that this was all done behind the scenes when they are the ones who vote on these leadership positions.

    I don’t think all the decisions have been made, though, and anything could still happen.

    Many view Senator Williams as weak and not the best person to be the face of the Senate.

  4. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Atl,

    Chairman Rogers is seeking the Majority Leaders position.

    Press Release is below.

    PRESS RELEASE
    8/04/2008
    For Immediate Release
    Contact:
    Senator Chip Rogers
    (770)516-0543
    (678)232-9455

    Senator Rogers to Seek Majority Leader

    Woodstock, GA – 08/04/2008 –
    State Senator Chip Rogers has announced he will not become a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010. Rogers, if re-elected, will seek the position of Majority Leader in the Georgia Senate.
    Below is a letter sent by Senator Rogers to his colleagues in the General Assembly.
    Dear friends and colleagues,

    The last two months have presented a number of political opportunities for many serving in public life. Recently, I have seriously considered a bid for Lt. Governor in 2010. The encouragement and backing I’ve received during this process has been overwhelming. I am truly humbled by so many who have offered their support.

    Ultimately, the issue weighing heaviest on my mind is my four young children and the impact a race of this magnitude would have on them. After considerable prayer and reflection, I have concluded that running a two-year statewide campaign, and if successful serving as Lt. Governor, is not in the best interest of my family at this time in our lives.

    Political opportunity is indeed rare, but my responsibility as a father must come first.

    My friends and neighbors in the 21st Senate District have entrusted me to represent them in the State Senate. I will do my very best to continue honoring this trust and confidence with bold leadership for our conservative principles.

    It is with this commitment that I officially announce my intention to serve our State Senate as a candidate for the position of Majority Leader. After consultation with the Lt. Governor and many of my Senate colleagues, I am confident of their support and honored to be a voice for our shared conservative principles. I am excited at the opportunity to help lead our legislative efforts and advance our agenda of economic, educational, and personal freedom.

    The Georgia General Assembly has recently become a national leader for fiscal responsibility and conservative governance. However, the current challenges facing our state will require even more concerted efforts. The solutions will ultimately be found in empowering our citizens and embracing the principles of liberty.

    As a Senator and, if successful, as our Senate Majority Leader, I will promote the considerable accomplishments of our past and relentlessly advocate conservative solutions to the challenges of our future.

    Thank you for friendship and continued support,

    Chip

    State Senator Chip Rogers represents Cherokee County and Cobb County in the Georgia State Senate. He serves in leadership as Chairman of the Finance Committee, member of the Committee on Assignments, and Chief Deputy Whip.

    # # #

  5. atlantaman says:

    Brian-

    I was just having a little humor and trying to point out a week ago when I educated you to the fact Rogers wasn’t running for LG.

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