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