Should Price Run for U.S. Senate?

The East Cobb-area Congressman has been mentioned as a candidate to succeed retiring Saxby Chambliss.

Friday's announcement by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that he won't be running for a third term in 2014 has fueled further speculation about who might be vying for his seat.

But even before the Georgia Republican said he was stepping down, U.S. Rep. Tom Price has been thought to be mulling a campaign.

Price, a Roswell Republican who represents East Cobb and Northeast Cobb in the Sixth District of Georgia, hasn't made any formal public comment since Friday.

The Washington website Politico quoted a Price spokesman Friday afternoon saying that the Congressman "is speaking with a number of folks from across the state of Georgia" as he weighs a possible bid for the office.

The day before Chambliss' announcement, Price wouldn't comment to MSNBC's Chuck Todd about a possible Republican primary challenge.

Should Tom Price run for the U.S. Senate? Tell us in the comments.

On Saturday, Newt Gingrich, a former East Cobb resident who held the Sixth District seat when he was Speaker of the House, told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that he has spoken with Price and indicated Price likely will be running.

Other possible contenders include Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Georgia Republican Congressmen Paul Broun and Jack Kingston and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Chambliss cited Washington gridlock for his decision to retire, but his willingness to work with Democrats on the federal debt ceiling and other fiscal issues frustrated some conservatives.

Some pundits have speculated that Chambliss bowed out in part to avoid a primary fight, especially after he disavowed a no-tax pledge demanded by Republican political advocate Grover Norquist.

Price figures to be asked more about a possible candidacy when he speaks to the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

your own luck January 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I am sorry to see Saxby leave but understand his frustration. He was the only Republican congressman we had who was willing to seek solutions and compromise. Grover Norquist is holding Republican congressmen hostage with that pledge that is antiquated in today's economy. If the person who replaces Saxby signed that ridiculous pledge, it will not matter who takes his place.
Duke Fowler January 28, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I am a conservative in Marietta, much in line with Price on issues, however will never vote for him. For I got a glimpse of how he treats others when he thinks no one is watching. While managing a catered event at his home several years ago fro he and his wife's favorite BBQ restaurant, I was very taken back by the rude and elitist way Tom and his wife treated my staff. Not a good example of the "treat others" approach. Rude and aloof beyond reproach.Then to turn a dime and smile nice for those constituants he considered important....Tom and his wife need to realize the seervice staff and "regular" folks in Marietta vote too! Traet the janitor and the CEO with equal regard and respect Tom. Your wife acted like a spoiled drill seargent!
Cathy January 28, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I also have met Tom Price. He came to both of my sons' Eagle ceremonies. He is a gentleman and a true professional. We need more doctors and fewer lawyers in the legislative branch!


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