One-time Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain already wasted one talk radio gig with an unsuccessful bid for public office and he’s not about to squander a second, saying this week he had no intention of challenging Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the 2014 GOP primary contest.
“My attention will be on exposing the economic pain and suffering to come from a second Obama term, [rather] than on a decision Senator Chambliss made,” Cain said in an email to the Daily Caller. “No, I’m not running!”
Cain ran for the Republican Senate nod in 2004, squaring off with then-Congressmen Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins in the open primary contest. He placed second, with a 26-percent share of the vote, but Isakson’s majority margin precluded a runoff between the two.
He later landed a show on Atlanta talk radio station WSB, the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, in 2008 but left the microphone last year to pursue a bid for the White House.
He will rejoin WSB’s stable of conservative talkers early next year, however, with the retirement of nationally syndicated libertarian talker Neal Boortz, a fixture of Atlanta radio for nearly a half-century.
While Cain has nixed speculation about his own candidacy, another WSB host, Erick Erickson, said this week he was in “prayerful consideration” about a possible challenge to Chambliss.
- James Richardson