Isakson Withdraws Himself From Consideration For Senate Finance Committee

After speaking with people close to Senator Johnny Isakson, I can confirm he has withdrawn himself from consideration for a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, open due to the resignation of Nevada Senator John Ensign.  Isakson told Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that because he (Isakson) serves on the Ethics Committee that investigated Ensign and is essentially repsonsible for the opening, it was neither the right time and more importantly, the right way, for him to ascend to the Finance Committee. 

He’ll have another day.  Probably soon.  Heavy turnover is expected in the Senate after the 2012 elections.


  1. saltycracker says:

    The press release many are looking forward are for Sen.’s Isakson and Saxby to join Sen. Rubio from Florida concurring that to raise the the debt limit would be catastrophic.

    A “no” vote would begin to instill some confidence in the U.S. – worldwide –

    • Charlie says:

      Senator Isakson’s position as I understand it (from a conference call I was on about 3 weeks ago) is that there will not be a vote to raise the debt ceiling in the Senate without a vote (or passage, I wasn’t parsing his words at the time, and haven’t re-inquired) on a balanced budget amendment.

    • macho says:

      Saxby has been one of the leaders on reducing the debt, the upcoming vote on the debt ceiling will be an interesting test of the rhetoric.

  2. Isakson probably doesn’t want to be seen as one of the architects of a potential Senate GOP cave-in to a bipartisan compromise budget deal. Politically it may be better for him to stay off the committee, condemn the whole process, etc.

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