VIDEO – Sen. Johnny Isakson: To Sen. Saxby to Chambliss: ‘The Country Will Miss You But My Grandchildren Are Safer, My State Is Better…’

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VIDEO – Sen. Johnny Isakson: To Sen. Saxby to Chambliss: ‘The Country Will Miss You But My Grandchildren Are Safer, My State Is Better…’

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From Senator Johnny Isakson

Isakson to Chambliss: ‘The Country Will Miss You But My Grandchildren Are Safer, My State Is Better…’

Bids farewell to the retiring Chambliss during remarks on the floor of the Senate

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate as he bid farewell to his Georgia partner in the U.S. Senate and longtime friend, retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss:

“Mr. President, I rise to pay tribute to my friend, Saxby Chambliss.

“I will have to admit to you this is a speech I never wanted to make. I never wanted to make it because we’ve had a wonderful relationship in this body for the last 10 years. We’ve done everything together.

“He’s had my back, I’ve had his back; he’s a great friend and I’ll miss him.

“But I’m not a selfish guy. He married one of the finest women I’ve ever known, Julianne, who is one of the best friends my wife has. I know he’s leaving us and I’ll miss the crutch I’ve used. She is getting her Saxby back and she and her family and those grandkids he loves so much. That’s exactly what Saxby wants to do.

“Georgia has had some great senators. Richard Russell, really the master of the senate; Zell Miller, the former governor of Georgia, a friend of mine and mentor to our state; and Sam Nunn, one of the finest in national defense and foreign policy our state ever offered.

“Saxby will be the fourth on the Mount Rushmore of Georgia senators who served Georgia with distinction and with class.

“I want to tell Saxby this personally. For ten years we’ve done a joint press conferences. We’ve messed up twice and, when I messed up, he covered my back, and when he messed up, I covered his. In fact, in 2008 when he almost lost a race and got into a runoff, in December in Georgia I rode a bus for 21 straight days introducing him three times a day and eating barbecue every day for dinner and lunch. That’s a price to pay only friendship will bring out of anybody.

“But he’s a dear friend and I love him very much and I love his family very much. I could talk all day but I wanted to open up and close by saying, Saxby, I love you, the state’s going to love having you back. The country will miss you but my grandchildren are safer, my state is better and our relationship has never been stronger.

 “May God bless you and your family in every endeavor you take and may god bless the United States of America.”

Isakson and Chambliss have been longtime friends since their college days at the University of Georgia in the 1960s, and have served together in elected offices since 1999 when Isakson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. They have served as Georgia’s senior and junior senators in the U.S. Senate since 2005.

Video of Sen. Isakson’s floor remarks can be viewed online here.

Chambliss’ farewell remarks reflecting on his more than 20 years serving Georgians in the U.S. Congress are available online here.

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