Erick EricksonConservative commentator Erick Erickson said Friday he would not challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the 2014 Republican Senate contest, fearing a “nasty campaign” might be a strain too great for his young family.

“Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign,” he wrote Friday on RedState, the conservative blog for which he serves as editor in chief.

“I have a seven-year-old son, a soon-to-be-four-year-old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage,” Erickson explained. “I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.”

The sometimes-caustic Erickson, who balances RedState with television and radio gigs, said he believed his campaign would “be a lightening rod … and a distraction.”

RedState has taken a tremendously active role in Senate primaries in the previous two cycles and Erickson said he was content to remain, as he is now, “on the outside assisting and fighting.”

“We will find someone to catapult into the arena,” he said. “It just won’t be me.”

– James Richardson