Moultrie Observer

Local News

January 25, 2013

Chambliss won't seek re-election

MOULTRIE — Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., released the following statement:

 

“After much contemplation and reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2014.

 

‘This is a decision Julianne and I have thought through and prayed about for many weeks. I am humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary trust of Georgians, who have allowed me to represent them for 20 years in the United States House and Senate.

 

“I am proud of my conservative voting record in fulfilling those duties. In 2008, I was honored to receive more votes than any other statewide elected official in the history of Georgia. Lest anyone think this decision is about a primary challenge, I have no doubt that had I decided to be a candidate, I would have won re-election. In these difficult political times, I am fortunate to have actually broadened my support around the state and the nation due to the stances I have taken.

 

“Instead, this is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health. The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst and, sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon. For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.

 

“I never intended to come to Washington and stay for 20 years. But in that time, I have been proud to fight for the economic good of Georgia and the security of our nation. That includes work on four farm bills, 18 defense-authorization bills, chairmanship of the House Terrorism Subcommittee in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and being chairman or ranking member of major Senate committees for 8 of the past 10 years.

 

“Perhaps the greatest honor has been to champion our men and women in uniform, their families, and the Georgia military bases and contractors who create private-sector jobs.

 

“I am truly grateful for the love, support, trust and assistance of family and friends who have helped me along the way. I am especially indebted to my staff – past and present – whose loyalty and knowledge have not only served me well, but have served the people of Georgia superbly.

 

“There are two years left in my term, and there is lots left to do. I am in good health, and I plan to continue working hard to represent the best interests of Georgians, and to do my utmost to help restore America to its economic greatness.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • REID, Hank.jpg Two fatal wrecks

    A summer of road tragedies continued this week with a Berlin motorist dying Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision in Thomas County and a Hartsfield man killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on Wednesday morning.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Police charge owners of dogs left in hot cars

    In less than three hours Monday, Moultrie police issued citations to two shoppers accused of leaving dogs inside cars as the temperature outside soared to more than 90 degrees.

    July 9, 2014

  • Downtown2.jpg Sidewalk upgrade about one-third complete

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blood bank warns of O-negative shortage

    OneBlood blood center, which provides blood to Colquitt Regional Medical Center and other facilities in Florida and southern parts of Georgia and Alabama, noted Wednesday that it has an immediate need for type O-negative blood.

    July 9, 2014

  • Health officials: Vaccinate now to beat the rush

    The Colquitt County Health Department encourages parents and guardians to take advantage of flexible summer schedules to get state-required vaccinations for their children now — and avoid the hassle and time-consuming delays that sometimes occur when the back-to-school rush begins.

    July 9, 2014

  • AgGeorgia pays out $305,000 to Colquitt County members

    AgGeorgia Farm Credit customers recently received a welcomed envelope in their mailboxes. Last week the agricultural cooperative mailed out checks totaling nearly $7.5 million to their members statewide. This included $305,086 to members of the Moultrie Branch, which services Colquitt County.

    July 9, 2014

  • 0708 hayden chapman.jpg And the winner is …

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Expo Field Day takes flight

    Tractor-pulled trams won’t be the fastest form of transportation farmers see in the fields on Thursday during the annual field day in Moultrie as airplanes will be featured for the first time.

    July 8, 2014

  • 0709 YMCA at Cox.jpg Study shows YMCA after-school students show improvement

    Cox Elementary students who participated in the 2013-2014 Moultrie YMCA afterschool program showed significant improvement in math and reading grades, according to an evaluation submitted to the Georgia Department of Education and the Colquitt County Board of Education.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman argues with houseguest

    A Moultrie woman’s effort last week to be a good Samaritan had an unhappy ending when a man she allowed to stay in her apartment stole her television and assaulted her.

    July 8, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Dozens Gain Citizenship As Debate Continues Dodgers Found Partly Responsible in Fan Beating Children of Deported Parents Speak Out GOP: Immigration a 'human Rights Issue' Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Raw: Fans Gather for Argentina-Netherlands Match Froome Crashes Out on Bumpy 5th Tour Stage Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More
weatherradar
Seasonal Content
Poll

Should the U.S. negotiate with groups it considers terrorists?

No. Never.
Generally no, but prisoner exchanges are an exception.
Negotiation will be required to end the conflicts we have with those groups.
     View Results