Senator Johnny Isakson made official today what has been known by most politically connected Georgians for months: he is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. Isakson made the announcement in front of several hundred people at a ceremony today at the Gold Dome.
“I made the decision sometime back, along with my wife Dianne and my family, that the good Lord willing and Georgians supporting that I would run again for the United States Senate,” said Isakson during today’s announcement.
“There are two principle reasons that I made that decision: I did not want to become a ‘lame duck’ senator in the United States Senate for two years,” Isakson continued. “I want to work every day, shoulder-to-shoulder, with this governor and this legislature to move Georgia forward.”
“Reason number two, I learned everything I know about legislating on the third floor of both sides of this building. I was in the state Senate and in the state House. I learned the legislative process under a Constitution that requires a balanced budget, that doesn’t allow you to deficit-spend, under a Constitution that works like the federal government ought to work, but doesn’t.”
“And I want to try and continue to do what I’ve done for 16 years in Washington, and that’s bring Georgia values and Georgia conservatism to the capital of the United States of America in Washington. They need that really bad!”
In addition to Governor Deal, who introduced Isakson to the crowd, dignitaries present included Congressmen Jack Kingston, Doug Collins, Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves. Also present were Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and Agriculture Secretary Gary Black. Speaker of the House David Ralston and Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, and quite a few state senators and representatives were also in attendance.
The very visible presence of Congressman Graves was notable, given that there had been rumors he was being recruited by Tea Party groups to mount a primary challenge against Isakson.