By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
It’s not official just yet, but it might as well be.
On Wednesday morning, while a guest on WRGA, State Senator Barry Loudermilk said he was planning to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat currently occupied by Phil Gingrey. Due to Senator Saxby Chambliss’ pending retirement, Gingrey will leave his congressional post and run for the U.S. Senate, leaving a spot open in the ultra-conservative 11th district.
Loudermilk says while he can not formally declare his candidacy for Congress at this point due to federal election laws, he is making no secret of his ambitions to join the U.S. Congress;
"We're intending on running for that seat, and we're working in that direction. We're putting together a campaign team and getting everything ready to make things proper and legal. I'm not gonna take any step that even comes close to violating some election law. We are working in that direction and that's our intention, is to make some type of announcement during this month."
Bob Barr, who was a well-known member of the U.S. Congress throughout much of the Clinton administration, ran for President as a Libertarian candidate in 2008 and declared his intention to run for Gingrey’s seat last week. Barr says he will run as a member of the GOP.
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