The next Republican in the Senate race? Probably not Tom Price

Now, that’s not to say Tom Price, who represents Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, won’t run in next year’s election to replace the retiring Saxby Chambliss. But unless no one else gets in the race during the next three months, Price won’t be the next candidate to jump in. (Paul Broun was the first.)

In a statement emailed today, Price said he’d raised $300,000 in the two weeks since Chambliss announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. That’s on top of the nearly $1.6 million in cash on hand his campaign committee reported as of Dec. 31. But, Price dded:

In November of 2012, the citizens of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District re-elected me to represent them in the U. S. House of Representatives. This is a great honor and serious responsibility. As Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee, I’ve been entrusted with a leadership position by my colleagues. My current focus is on the formulation of a sound Budget Resolution, a plan to balance the budget within ten years and correct the many problems created by the Obama Administration. The complexity of our fiscal crisis requires daily strategy and discussions to diligently tackle key issues including sequestration spending reductions, how Washington is funded, and the debt limit.

The urgency of our country’s problems is not to be taken lightly. Public service is a sacred trust and I take my responsibilities seriously. Too often, elected officials look toward the next rung on the ladder instead of the task at hand. In the weeks to come, by demonstrating effective leadership, I will be focused on fulfilling the job I was elected to do.

The election of Georgia’s next senator is 21 months away and there is plenty of time for campaigning. To announce a decision prior to the completion of the work on the debt ceiling and critical fiscal policy in May 2013, would be distracting and unwise. At that time, Betty and I will then be prepared to come to a decision on my candidacy for the U.S. Senate as Georgia’s conservative voice.

So, we’ll have to wait until May to find out whether Price joins Broun in the race. In the meantime, we could get decisions from other members of Congress, such as Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, and perhaps others. The state legislative session should be over by late March or early April, so we might see some action on the candidate front after that.

Is this a mistake by Price? Or will 18 months (that’s until the general election; the primary will probably be in July, only 14 months from this May) be enough time?

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Dusty

February 11th, 2013
1:03 pm

What’s the rush? If Tom Price wants to keep his present position and help clean up the fiscal mess in Washington, for heaven’s sake, let him do that. That is the biggest problem looming over our country. at present.

With Reid as head of the Senate, it seems to be a dead end place. Let Price stay where he is and dig us out of debt, something that no one else seems to be doing in Congress.

Greg

February 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

As I read his post, I found a mistake. It should have read,
“My current focus is on the formulation of a sound Budget Resolution, a plan to balance the budget within ten years and correct the many problems created by the Bush Administration.”

You are welcome Congressman Price. I am sure as you make your future decisions you would not want any misquotes or inaccuracies to came back and bite you.

Sincerely,
District 6 constituent and Elena Parent fan

Dusty

February 11th, 2013
1:29 pm

So GREG

You believe that after FOUR years of Obama, the problems are all because of Bush. That excuse is longggggg gone..

Tom Price knows it. Washington’s rotten eggs belong in Obama’s little egg basket. Don’t start throwing them at Bush.

Jefferson

February 11th, 2013
1:30 pm

Someone from south GA will get that job.

JDW

February 11th, 2013
1:35 pm

” Washington’s rotten eggs belong in Obama’s little egg basket.”

Quite true..of course it is Dubhya that put those rotten eggs in the basket before turning it over to Obama. It makes no difference how much time has passed. The eggs were rotten in January 2009 and cleaning them out takes time.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
1:39 pm

dusty

Sorry, but the first thing an alcoholic must do is admit they ahve a drinking problem. All of you sudden deficit hawks surely need to acknowledge the overflowing debt left on the doorstep for obama. He is not the big spender your mythology requires you to believe. Tag him with the stimulus but that’s about it, everything else is the hangover from the previous administration – wars, medicare part d, tarp, interest on the debt, millions unemployed after the economic meltdown, all before obama walked through the door. We are still digging out.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
1:43 pm

My current focus is on the formulation of a sound Budget Resolution, a plan to balance the budget within ten years and correct the many problems created by the Obama Administration.

I’m still trying to figure out why everyone keeps shooting for a ten-year plan. How about a one year plan?? What are we waiting for??

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 11th, 2013
1:47 pm

sailfish

If that we only true. You can’t add almost 6 T to a 10T dollar budget that took 250 years to reach that amount and claim to be frugal. That is about a 60% increase. Increase your spending by 60% and see where you are.

As far as what Price said, he is in, just trying to score points on dedication at this point.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 11th, 2013
1:47 pm

If that were only true.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
1:48 pm

I’d like to see the plan. Yes, by all means tackle the deficit but the priority should be jobs, that in itself will help with the deficit.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
1:51 pm

rafe

Ongoing wars? Unemployment because of the housing and banking bust? TARP bailouts? Get with the program, it’s way too easy to lay it all on obama, that dog won’t hunt.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
1:54 pm

All of you sudden deficit hawks surely need to acknowledge the overflowing debt left on the doorstep for obama. He is not the big spender your mythology requires you to believe. Tag him with the stimulus but that’s about it, everything else is the hangover from the previous administration – wars, medicare part d, tarp, interest on the debt, millions unemployed after the economic meltdown, all before obama walked through the door. We are still digging out.

saifish–It is the excuse makers like you who are holding up the process. We’ve had nothing but excuses for the past four years. Take a look at the actual budget numbers since Obama took office, and the claim that this is all a carryover from Bush is immediately invalidated.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=200

Some numbers from the chart:

Year———Income—————Spending (In Billions)

2005———2153———-2472
2006———2406———-2655
2007———2568———-2728
2008———2524———-2982
2009———2105———-3517
2010———2162———-3456
2011———2303———-3603
2012———2468———-3798

The bottom line is that spending has exploded under Obama, every single year he has been in office. Now I’m not naive enough to lay all the blame at the foot of one man, but the common Lib claim that Bush spent us into poverty and that Obama has been an innocent victim of that spending is pure BS. Man up, will you??

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
1:59 pm

I’d like to see the plan. Yes, by all means tackle the deficit but the priority should be jobs, that in itself will help with the deficit.

sailfish–Please look at the above numbers realistically. Our largest revenue years EVER were in 2007-2008, around $2.5 T collected per year. With current spending in the $3.6T range, there’s no way we can make up the difference with additional revenue unless everyone started paying 50% more in federal taxes.

Why can’t you Libs accept that we have a spending problem?? Does your loyalty to Obama cloud your judgment so much that you can’t acknowledge the plain and simple truth??

Jefferson

February 11th, 2013
2:00 pm

We didn’t have a spending problem until we cut revenue.

Matt321

February 11th, 2013
2:01 pm

If we’re playing the “Who caused our terrible debt problem” game, obviously any answer that isn’t Ronald Reagan is wrong, since he’s the one that start the ballooning, which was only slowed by Clinton (whose work was quickly undone by W). But anyway –

Tom Price is doing a lot of self-boosterism and hits at Broun for a man that’s apparently above politicking during his crucial meetings on how to regurgitate decade old talking points. From his tract [implication in brackets]:

” I’ve been entrusted with a leadership position by my colleagues.” [Unlike Paul Broun, who nobody likes, I am a leader - the type you'd want in the Senate]

“The urgency of our country’s problems is not to be taken lightly. Public service is a sacred trust and I take my responsibilities seriously. Too often, elected officials look toward the next rung on the ladder instead of the task at hand” [Paul Broun - he's not serious, he just thinks about himself]

“In the weeks to come, by demonstrating effective leadership, I will be focused on fulfilling the job I was elected to do.” [Unlike that old gasbag Broun, I'll be doing work]

“To announce a decision prior to the completion of the work on the debt ceiling and critical fiscal policy in May 2013, would be distracting and unwise” [Broun is distracting and dumb]

Just Saying..

February 11th, 2013
2:01 pm

“Tom Price knows it. Washington’s rotten eggs belong in Obama’s little egg basket. Don’t start throwing them at Bush.”

Dusty, again, who killed OBL? Cause the consensus on this blog is George. 3 years after he left office.
Or do we want it both ways?

Matz

February 11th, 2013
2:04 pm

Dr. Price is popular in the Sixth because of the large percentage of the constituency that looks like him: Carpetbagging Yankee transplants who moved here to pluck the ripe fruit of an exploding job market and massive over-development that resulted in three times as much house for the money as in the states from whence they came. Their “hard road to success” looks nothing like the hardscrabble dirt road to modest comfort traveled by most native Georgians. As the Pekoe Brigade’s poster sweetie, the good doctor has no trouble winning donations and backslaps from the Sixth’s gated community dwellers and “let’s-keep-our-money-here” Chamber members, but — as I dearly hope he discovers — the salt-of-the-earth folks in Georgia’s forgotten nether regions will not cotton to his soft-hands, limp handshake, thousand-dollar suits, and well-shined shoes as he supposes. Furthermore, the type of say-nothing doublespeak he spouts on Fox Noise every week will be seen as slippery goose drippings by folks who expect you to speak plainly and mean what you say.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:06 pm

We didn’t have a spending problem until we cut revenue.

Jefferson, the numbers are up for you to see above. At its worst, revenue fell about 20% in the peak of the recession, while spending increased about 50%.

Again: Why can’t you Libs accept that we have a spending problem?? Does your loyalty to Obama cloud your judgment so much that you can’t acknowledge the plain and simple truth??

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
2:07 pm

bruno

We have a spending problem but why can’t you conned wingers focus on where it all started? Hint: After clinton it was projected we’d be running surplus into the future. Hell, I even credit the republican congress with getting us there. After the 2000 election, everything went south including getting duped into a war of choice and foolish tax cuts, therein lies the problem no one was whining about deficits or they were saying deficits don’t matter. Spending begins with legislation in the house, take your fair share of the blame and then maybe we can work for solutions.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:08 pm

Carpetbagging Yankee transplants who moved here to pluck the ripe fruit of an exploding job market and massive over-development that resulted in three times as much house for the money as in the states from whence they came.

So, GA would be better off if only natives with 20 generations behind them were allowed to live here??

Mighty progressive of you, Matz. ;-)

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:14 pm

We have a spending problem but why can’t you conned wingers focus on where it all started?

salifish–Again, let’s talk hard numbers and forget about the political finger-pointing?? As the above table shows, spending exceeded revenue by about 10% in the years from 2005-2008. From 2009-2012, spending has exceeded revenue by about 50%. Quite a difference in magnitude, wouldn’t you say??

As a hard-core conservative, I oppose ALL deficit spending, whoever is in charge of Congress or the White House. I criticized Bush on these blogs plenty when he was in office. And we’re now at the point that laying blame for political reasons doesn’t even matter anymore. If we don’t do something quickly, a correction of some type is going to occur whether we like it or not, most likely in the form of hyper-inflation. At that point, whatever you have saved up for retirement will be worthless.

Is this acceptable to you??

indigo

February 11th, 2013
2:18 pm

He, no doubt, just wants to know which way the wind will be blowing come May.

If it looks promising, he’ll run. If not, he’ll keep his safe House seat.

Matz

February 11th, 2013
2:20 pm

So, GA would be better off if only natives with 20 generations behind them were allowed to live here?

Um, not at all what I said, Bruno, but Dr. Price’s chances of becoming a “Senator from Georgia” would be a darn sight better if “natives with 20 generations behind them” weren’t allowed to vote next year. I’m sure our state Senate is working on that problem as we speak, although to be honest, most of us would not be considered “native” if we had to go back 20 generations to qualify.

Thulsa Doom

February 11th, 2013
2:21 pm

Sailfish,

We should focus on where it all started? Good grief. As if sitting around all day blaming W is actually going to solve the budget problems of 2013. W is not prez. Hasn’t been in 4 years. Quit the childish whining about past history and start addressing the problems of today and future generations. Jeez. These W complainers are like a broken record.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
2:22 pm

bruno

You conveniently exclude the cost of two wars and reduced revenue due to tax cuts, but I digress, sorry, I am a keynesian and when the economy is humming that will be the time to attack deficits. In the mean time, no new spending, targeted cuts and also get rid of some loopholes and tax giveaways to big oil.

Greg

February 11th, 2013
2:24 pm

Hey Dusty, Thank you for your response. I find it odd that no one wants to take credit for the eight Bush years. Why not own them? I know when President Obama is through with his two terms I, for one, will recall proudly his accomplishments.
Isn’t America great? Two Americans can maturely state their differences and move on.

Centrist

February 11th, 2013
2:24 pm

No mistake – he has the cash, will get a lot more, and campaign fatigue is real.

There is no doubt he is going to run and be the front runner. Whether how many others drop out along the way, and if he avoids a runoff are the only questions.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
2:25 pm

doom

Well, then stop laying it ALL on obama! I’m with you, let’s get it solved and unemployment is still a problem, so lets all focus on that!

jconservative

February 11th, 2013
2:26 pm

“The bottom line is that spending has exploded under Obama…”

That is correct. And every dime of that spending was approved by the US Congress. And every dime of the revenue generated in the period was authorized by the US Congress.

But there is hope. Georgia will elect a new Senator in 2014 and every Georgia Representative will be up for re-election. A perfect opportunity for we Georgians to clean house in Georgia’s portion of the US Congress.

Greg

February 11th, 2013
2:28 pm

“Deficits don’t matter.”
-Vice President Dick Cheney

MarkV

February 11th, 2013
2:31 pm

While I heartily agree with JDW @1:35 pm and sailfish @1:39 pm, I also think that the blame has been played far too long already on both sides. I believe the attention should be instead on the ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs. The chances for sharp disagreement on this issue are just as good as about the blame, so everybody should be happy. In my view, the dead ends of such a discussion are wailing about deficit and national debt, fallacy about reducing taxes as an economy stimulus, and “austerity” spending cuts. Infrastructure spending should be among the most important tools to achieve the goals, but I am sure there are many others that can be discussed.

And Tom Price in the Senate race? A non-issue.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:32 pm

You conveniently exclude the cost of two wars and reduced revenue due to tax cuts

sailfish–As far as I know, the above chart includes ALL spending, whether budgeted or not. The cost of the wars is in there. As is the reduced revenue. So, let’s talk numbers and put politics aside for a minute.

sorry, I am a keynesian and when the economy is humming that will be the time to attack deficits. In the mean time, no new spending, targeted cuts and also get rid of some loopholes and tax giveaways to big oil.

Keynesian Economics is predicated upon the occurrence of natural business cycles which operate independently of government spending. If government over-spending occurs for too long, however, it becomes a problem unto itself in the form of out-of-balance interest payments, as we’re facing now, which perpetuate the drag on the economy. We already went through this once with FDR. With all due respect to Keynes, it’s not as simple as using government spending as a counterbalance to natural business cycles.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:37 pm

Um, not at all what I said, Bruno

Maybe it’s just little old sensitive me talking, but the term “Carpetbagging Yankee transplants” doesn’t come across as particularly friendly.

As if sitting around all day blaming W is actually going to solve the budget problems of 2013.

In case you haven’t noticed, Doom, the Dems are far more concerned with maintaining power than they are about solving our fiscal crisis. And apparently their “Blame Game” is working based upon the number of brain-washed responses I see here on a daily basis.

Thulsa Doom

February 11th, 2013
2:42 pm

Sailfish,

Obama is the president NOW. That is why we blame him for a complete lack of leadership on CURRENT deficits and spending. Your priorities are completely out of whack. Just look at your rant. You actually believe part of the problem is $4 billion in tax breaks to big oil for a standard tax depreciation break that is given to tens of thousands of businesses spread across numerous industries. Trillion dollar deficits and you’re worried about 4 billion to one industry. And please get a clue regarding taxes and the price of oil. Fed, state, and local govts combined make more on a gallon of gas then the oil companies. The difference is that at least the oil companies actually do something to explore, drill, extract, transport, and market and distribute that gas to us. Jeez!

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 11th, 2013
2:43 pm

OBAMA: Job of debt red-u-ction nearly done…

Good luck with your e-nde-av-or, Mr. Price.

And there are some in-dis-put-able truths to this life and one of them is that a lib will never take re-spo-ns-ibi-lity for anything.

This Earth will be frozen solid and the last remaining lib alive will be babbling about “Bush did it.”

Such a sim-ple people, they are.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 11th, 2013
2:44 pm

After a while you get tired of trying to figure out the offending word and you just break all of them up.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:44 pm

That is correct. And every dime of that spending was approved by the US Congress. And every dime of the revenue generated in the period was authorized by the US Congress.

jconservative–I can only hope that you saw my caveat ” Now I’m not naive enough to lay all the blame at the foot of one man”. However, we have absolutely NO chance of moving forward if folks won’t hold their representatives feet to the fire.

I believe the attention should be instead on the ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

MarkV–Maybe you can explain how the onerous ObamaCare and the raft of new business regulations that have been passed under Obama have stimulated the economy. Or, maybe you’re another one of the folks here who thinks we can spend our way out of debt, that all we need to do is keep printing more money.

Thulsa Doom

February 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

Bruno,

I can’t understand what the hell goes on in the heads of these people that they think blaming W from 5 to 8 years ago solves anything. God save us from this foolishness.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

doom

Ok, so to sum up your worldview – blame obama! Your hypocrisy is not much better than your so called blame bush contingent. At this point, my only non negotiable is hands off entitlements, everything else have at it, a promise made should be a promise kept or please don’t move the goal posts in the middle of the game, OK?

Thulsa Doom

February 11th, 2013
2:53 pm

Sailfish,

I absolutely blame W for previous deficits. And to be consistent I blame obama for the current deficits and spending which are even more staggering. Consistency sir. And I have yet to see any credible effort at all from Obama to address the runaway spending. None.

JSH

February 11th, 2013
2:55 pm

Hands off entitlements, that’s why we are now broke.

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
2:58 pm

God love the internet. I was just able to reconnect with one of my best friends from college. So cool.

In other news, did anyone else enjoy the Grammys last night?? I thought the Black Keys were outstanding. Fortunately, I missed the obnoxious Taylor Swift performance. Hard to respect folks like her and John Mayer who enjoy publicly trashing their exes.

Matz

February 11th, 2013
2:58 pm

Bruno,

I think you like to take things out of context in order to be “sensitive” about them. Ever hung out in Brooks County, GA? Waycross? Adele? Hahira? That’s how they’ll view the fancy-pants doctor. Heck, they barely tolerate ME because my hometown is Atlanta, and think (before they taste it) that my homemade pecan pie couldn’t possibly meet their standards. (It does.)

Hillbilly D

February 11th, 2013
3:01 pm

Someone from south GA will get that job.

That would be a good thing. South GA is under-represented compared to Georgia as a whole.

I’m still trying to figure out why everyone keeps shooting for a ten-year plan. How about a one year plan?? What are we waiting for??

Pretty simple really. You can make a 10 year plan and set it up for all the pain to come in the last year or two. By then, you’ll be a retired Congressman/lobbyist, dead (complete with statue), so firmly entrenched in your seat that you can’t be voted out or by then, everybody will completely have forgotten what you did or you can take part in the next great can-kicking charade and consolidate your position as a statesman for all posterity.

So, GA would be better off if only natives with 20 generations behind them were allowed to live here??

Nah, 6 to 8 would be fine. ;-)

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
3:02 pm

I’ll have to find out later from HD if he enjoyed the group performance of “The Weight” last night. Not one of my favorite songs, but I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to music.

If anyone wants to hear something cool, here’s Snoop Dog and the Doors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_ApzhHYIgU

jconservative

February 11th, 2013
3:02 pm

Bruno – saw the caveat. But wanted to make the point about Congress. Notice I did not use your name.

Federal spending/revenue is an authority the Constitution gives to Congress, not the President. But over the years, going back to a strong FDR, Congress has essentially abdicated its revenue and spending authority to the president. There is nothing to stop the House and Senate from meeting together and agreeing on a budget. It is their Constitutional responsibility. And this President, like all his recent predecessors, will sign anything that passes the House and the Senate.

Over the years Congress has passed legislation telling the president he can spend only what they approve, can raise only the revenue they authorize, that he must spend every dime they approve and if spending is more than revenue, he must borrow the difference. Then they passed a law that he could not borrow unless they approved under a Debt Limit.

Whoever the president is, is not the problem; the problem is Congress.

Don't Tread

February 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

“a plan to balance the budget within ten years and correct the many problems created by the Obama Administration”

If there had only been one more vote for the balanced budget amendment back in the day…this wouldn’t be an issue.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

doom

So what’s the plan? I heard paul ryan on hannity saying that he will be introducing a plan that will balance the budget in ten years, good for him, let’s see the details. Let’s see if the republican budget wizard has the chops or if its the same chorus of tax cuts for the wealthy, been there, done that, higher deficits – fact.

sailfish

February 11th, 2013
3:06 pm

jconservative

Thanks for some rational perspective, you should be in congress!

Bruno

February 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

Ever hung out in Brooks County, GA? Waycross? Adele? Hahira? That’s how they’ll view the fancy-pants doctor. Heck, they barely tolerate ME because my hometown is Atlanta

Believe it or not, I’ve been able to chameleonize myself to the point that my Deep South friends and patients will openly insult Yankees in my presence, apparently accepting me as one of their own. It took a lot of work to ditch the Jersey accent. And you’re right, big-city folks are often thrown into that hated Yankee category.

, and think (before they taste it) that my homemade pecan pie couldn’t possibly meet their standards. (It does.)

Please don’t tell me that you like boiled peanuts……. ;-)