Gingrey Adds Consultant; Still Testing Waters

March 12, 2013 18:03 pm

by Charlie · 12 comments

As Mike Hassinger would say, there will be candidates and rumors of candidates…

As we’ve made it clear here before, we’re not trying to be too specific on who is in and who is out of the Georgia Senate race.  Some prefer a comfortable maybe right now.  While Paul Broun is in, Congressmen Price, Kingston, and Gingrey are making exploratory moves in various forms.  Others (Karen Handel, Lt. Gov Casey Cagle) are taking close looks too while keeping their cards a bit closer to the vest.

Today’s candidate action by a non-candidate comes from the Gingrey camp, where Chip Lake has rejoined the team to help them test the waters.  Lake was most recently Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s Chief of Staff, but well before that served as Gingrey’s general consultant during his inaguaral congressional run in 2002.

Does this mean that Congressman Gingrey is a candidate?  Not yet.  Does it mean he’s serious about moving forward?  When team members from the original run return to the fold, safe to say it’s a significant step in the process.

Chuck Shiflett March 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Phil is a good guy and has done a decent job in Congress, but I don’t think he realizes the damage his “would consider restricting the size of gun magazines” comment did to himself with the GOP base. He’s trying to close the barn door now, but it may be too late. My advice… stay in congress or face retirement.

John Konop March 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Seriously Doug? We are facing an entitlement economic collapse of the system, we are facing massive issues with education, infrastructure, foreign policy……and your test is a comment on gun magazines? God help us!

Three Jack March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am


Who has been in congress while the ‘economic collapse’ was being ignored? Who voted for the single largest new entitlement program in the past 20 years? Gingrey.

The last thing Georgia needs is another lifelong politician extending his career by going to the assisted living home aka US Senate.

tdk790 March 13, 2013 at 6:48 am


Scott65 March 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

nor his legitimate rape defense…aww come on…just have a glass of wine and relax. I think that would be far more damaging.

Bull Moose March 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

The answer to our problems is not solved by promoting someone already in Washington, DC. That would be the definition of INSANITY.

WeymanCWannamakerJr March 13, 2013 at 2:37 am

The “waters” so far are of the stagnant pond variety, even when you account for the additional Holy Water added by Broun.

Three Jack March 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

So Gingrey who has already pissed off the TP folks hires one of the consultants who lead the charge to pass TSPLOST — — that ought to go over well.

gcp March 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

My favorite example of Gingrey conservatism is a picture of him holding a giant 625,000 dollar Obama stimulus check for the city of Cedartown after voting against the stimulus.

Chuck Shiflett March 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Phil was one of the leading proponents of that massive entitlement program known as Medicare Part D taht was passed int he early days of the Bush administration. A gazillion dollars in future liability.

Dave Bearse March 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I seem to recollect it was determined soon after it was enacted it would cost only twice the $400,000,000,000 over ten years that we were told it would.

Jane March 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Do not forget Alex Johnson, he is a lot more pro-liberty than even Paul Broun.

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