U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland declined to say Wednesday whether he would run for Senate, but said that “all options” were on the table as he weighs a possible campaign to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Westmoreland was in Atlanta yesterday for a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal–a recess pilgrimage all would-be congressional contenders save for only Rep. Jack Kingston, still leading a bipartisan delegation in Israel, have made–when he told reporters in the capitol that more deliberation and prayer was needed before a decision could be reached.

“We’re looking at all the options,” he said. “There’s some good guys that’s already announced that they’re going to get in, but I’ve just been a big believer that if someone else rushes you into making a decision, then it’s probably not going to be a good decision.”

Few senior Republicans now believe Westmoreland will enter the contest, though he would do so with the support and political network of the governor. Still, the Grantville Republican is in no scramble to end the speculation.

“And so we have said all along that we are going to talk to people, we’re going to pray, think about it,” he said.

– James Richardson