Is Congressman Tom Price a potential kingmaker? Maybe.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Price (R-GA) may be willing to endorse in the 2014 GOP US Senate Primary.
Alexis Levinson of The Daily Caller writes that at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Price wouldn’t make any predictions on the upcoming contest, noting that it’s too early and that the announced field may still be incomplete. Last month, Price took himself out of consideration for the seat.
In the same article, Levinson reports that in a later phone call Price was asked if he would make an endorsement. “Maybe” was the reply. Before you decide this is not newsworthy, ask Georgia’s remaining US Congressmen if they will endorse during the primary season and wait for an answer. You won’t hear “yes” and I doubt you will hear “maybe”. That Price is considering an endorsement this far out is, indeed, newsworthy.
The current announced field includes Republican US Representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston along with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel. Price mentioned that US House members might have a hard time because of poor Congressional popularity ratings. Of course that is Congress as a whole and not individual US Representatives.
The announced retirement of current US Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA-R) has left a rare, open seat in the US Senate and Democrats have targeted the opportunity along with seven others across the country. Forget about the current Democratic Party of Georgia’s nearly infinite woes because resources will likely be available from the national party.
With four potent candidates in the race (and perhaps more to come), there will almost certainly be a runoff on the Republican side and if Georgia Democrats can find more than two candidates to rub together, they might have one as well. The Democrats’ flavor of the week is Michelle Nunn who is long on bloodline but short on experience.
Let us now move to pure speculation. Is Representative Price seriously considering a 2016 run for Georgia’s other US Senate seat? I think he must, at the very least, consider it. If he does so, does that make it more or less likely that Price would offer an endorsement, especially in a run-off? It may depend upon both contenders in that run-off; a combination of pro on one side and con on the other.
This is going to be an interesting race.