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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says no to Senate, floats Peter Aman

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) suggested Monday that he will not seek the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

"I'm just loving being mayor. I'm focused on being mayor. I think there's some terrific candidates out there," Reed said during an appearance on MSNBC, adding: "I'm going to keep being mayor."

Reed did take the opportunity to promote two others for the job: Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and former Atlanta chief operating officer Peter Aman.

Aman's name hasn't been mentioned much, but given he was Reed's right-hand man, it seems pretty clear that he's interested in running.

Aman took leave from his job as a partner at Bain and Co. to be Reed's COO for two years. Bain and Co. is separate from Bain Capital, but Mitt Romney also worked at the former for a period.

Reed and Barrow are the two most oft-mentioned Democrats for the Senate race, which will be an uphill battle for Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reads the tea leaves on the Republican side and reports that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is likely to turn down a Senate bid, while Rep. Jack Kingston appears to be leaning towards one.

And Rep. Paul Broun, who is almost certain to run, signaled he will announce his candidacy on Wednesday.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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