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,