Tom Price of Georgia
Tom Price has the conservative credentials to attract a lot of support, hails from the vote-rich South and maintains an outsider’s appeal, even if he’s on the inside of most policy discussions. Like Hensarling, he opposed the Wall Street bailout and once led the Republican Study Committee. An orthopedic surgeon, he also led the Republican Policy Committee in the 112th and has wonk cred. He now serves as a senior member on Ways and Means.
In the 113th Congress, he ran for chairman of the House Republican Conference, the No. 4 position in GOP leadership, but was defeated by the more moderate Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.
But Price remains in the loop. He was named vice chairman of the Budget Committee and vice chairman for policy at the NRCC.
It seems Boehner’s hold on the Speakership is tenuous. Of course that could be all talk radio driven wishful thinking. However, Congressman Price is in a good spot should Boehner crumble. Thoughts?