Price to Endorse in US Senate Race?

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.

17 comments

  1. Three Jack says:

    Not that it rises to the level of a Price endorsement, but Paul Broun can surely be proud that Dent Myers has a large campaign sign over his store in Kennesaw.

  2. xdog says:

    It’s much too early to make an endorsement. Saying ‘maybe’ now is the same as saying ‘come talk to me’.

  3. Salmo says:

    Doubt it. He had to have learned his lesson when he backed the wrong horse in the Gov race last time and killed his influence.

  4. Joseph says:

    So Dr. Price would Primary Johnny? Senator Isakson has announced he intends to run again in 2016. I thought Tom and Johnny got along well enough?

    • Ken says:

      People do change their minds about seeking re-election.

      One an easily make the argument that because of changing demographics here in the Peach State the GOP is better off having an open seat in 2016 than in 2022. Senator Isakson may take that into consideration, as well.

      • Joseph says:

        The Senator confirmed his intentions to run again in just Mid-May and it was a no-bones, make-no-mistake, emphatic “I am running again” confirmation. So unless something has changed in the last two weeks – Senator Isakson is in for 2016.

        • Ken says:

          Hi Joseph,

          It’s not those two weeks I’m thinking about; it’s the next two years.

          Just speculation, as I mentioned. 🙂

  5. davidfarrar says:

    For the Record:

    The Tea Party Exploratory Committee of Georgia has been created to help Tea Party candidates establish their Tea Party credentials throughout the state for the 2014 elections.

    Item 1: Congressional candidates must agree not to ask for or accept any outside-the-state Super PAC funds, or political endorsements, during their primary campaigns.

    Political endorsements from Georgia citizens and present and former public office holders is completely acceptable and does not violate Item 1.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

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