Tom Price rejects House speaker’s offer to avoid fight

This bit of intelligence, from Buzzfeed, concerns an obscure, internal GOP fight that could help determine the clout of the tea party movement within Congress:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Tom Price, a key conservative in the House and favorite of outside conservative activists, rejected an offer from Speaker John Boehner under which Price would drop his bid for elected leadership in return for a ceremonial spot at the table — so long as he swore fealty to Boehner’s speakership.

According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Boehner approached the Georgia Republican with the offer hoping to circumvent an ugly fight between Price and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers over chairmanship of the House Republican Conference….

….According to these sources, Boehner offered to make Price chairman of the Elected Leadership Council, the group of GOP leaders that runs the party in the House…But Boehner’s proposal came with a catch — Price would have to swear loyalty to leadership and promise not to break with them over the next two years.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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GaBlue

November 12th, 2012
11:24 am

This won’t end the way the doctor hopes it will.

Aquagirl

November 12th, 2012
11:38 am

You go Tom! Don’t let those girl cooties infest GOP leadership!

Andy S.

November 12th, 2012
11:40 am

Just say NO.

Kris

November 12th, 2012
11:43 am

Wonder if boehner (bone head) ask price if he ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

LEt the in fighting begin…Like their record on the Economy….This will go no where..

The President cannot fix the economy…only congress can..(If we had a congress!!!).

Phil Lunney

November 12th, 2012
11:52 am

Tom Price’s margin of victory (180,000 to 100,000) in this election was much slimmer than his cohorts around the state. His opponent was virtually unknown and barely showed up on a Google search. Why do I mention this? Because Tom Price believes his own rhetoric and is likely to trip on his own cape in the next 2 years. Go ahead Tom, pick a fight with your former Puppet Master. You think you hear the voice of the people and all you hear is your establishment buddies in North Fulton.
As one of the voters that you continue to ignore, I hope you go after these folks and it will not end well for either you or the GOP leadership. If you were smart you get out in front of this and find a solution, but you only care about not raising taxes (your own taxes would fall into this group) and the Doctors, Bankers and Financiers who ‘own you’.
I welcome this fight because it will rip the 21st Century GOP to shreds. Once that happens maybe we can return to a sane opposition party that cares about solutions and not ideology and selfishness.

Tom

November 12th, 2012
11:54 am

Check out #8 on the Dem side of the “Big Donor” lists…..

The BIG Donors

Gayle63

November 12th, 2012
11:56 am

“Swore fealty”? I hope that’s just the waythe reporter phrased it and not a literal interpretation of what’s going on. Otherwise, it sounds as if King Boehner is getting way too big for his britches. Also, isn’t it the job of an elected representative to represent his or her constituents, NOT his or her party to the potential detriment of his or her constituents? I find this absurd, that anyone should be asked to go along party lines without question. I want my congresspeople to question everything and do what’s best for the people of our state, regardless of party lines.

Michele

November 12th, 2012
11:58 am

Boehner is the total, single problem America faces today. His steel hardened approach to leadership has held America as a hostage for the past three years, and he is never willing to even listen to any compromise on any issue. He is the National Loser of the Year. What I don’t understand is that the entire Republican party in the House completely supports him. Where is the leadership among these “distinguished” representatives? You cannot tell me that anyone in the house always agrees with every other member! However, that is all we see. So much for REPRESENTATION!

Michele

November 12th, 2012
12:00 pm

What is truly needed in America is a true VOTER REVOLUTION. I think America saw it in the Presidential election this year. I think much of the country saw a solid Romney victory. Oh, what a shame! America got this one right.

GaBlue

November 12th, 2012
12:01 pm

“I want my congresspeople to question everything and do what’s best for the people of our state, regardless of party lines.”

I hope Tom Price isn’t your Congressman, then. That’s not even in his realm of consideration. He’s playing this game for himself, and only himself.

Michele

November 12th, 2012
12:04 pm

I apologize for not saying “CONGRATULATIONS TO REPRESENTATIVE PRICE” for being what a true representative of the people is supposed to be.

AlanR

November 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

Say what you will about Price, but you won’t see any democrat dare challenge their leadership.

Marlboro Man

November 12th, 2012
12:18 pm

Price is an idiot and a failure.

A

November 12th, 2012
12:24 pm

Tom Price should know his days are numbered. His district may include conservative Cherokee County, but he also has a good chunk of Fulton, including Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Fulton County voted 65% for President Obama. I think next election cycle, we can finally give Price and his backwards, outdated thinking the boot. BTW, wasn’t he the idiot that was texting during one of President Obama’s State of the Union speeches? For that alone, he should be kicked out.

Weetamoe

November 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

Since the president can not *fix* the economy. it follows that the president is irrelevant. Since the president has revealed himself to be the petty, vulgar little martinet he is, it follows that he has trashed the dignity of the office. So keep defying him Dr Price and do not worry about those scolds who call you disrespectful or traitorous for speaking truth to and/or about power.

Ralph

November 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

Tom Price is a complete narcissist. His concern for the public does not extend beyond a narrowly defined view of the economic interests of doctors. His influence in the Congress is not a net positive.

Sandra

November 12th, 2012
12:32 pm

@Weetamoe,
Are you nuts or just plan stupid?

Shane edwards

November 12th, 2012
12:37 pm

Look, its like this!! The democrats voice voted the creator of the universe from thier party(three times just like Peter denied Christ). So when you sell your soul to satan lies and corruption are ok because the end will always justify the means. Our job is to see that the republicans dont take the same route and stop this wicked president from doing any further damage!

Newt is nuts

November 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

Tom Price does not hide his ambitions and, like his idol, he will eventually become totally irrelevant.

Tom

November 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

Shane, can we please leave bronze age mythology out of real-world discussions? Thanks.

Phil Lunney

November 12th, 2012
12:56 pm

So Shane, Barack Obama who through his actions is providing healthcare for millions is somehow ’satan’ but a Doctor who seems to deny his Hippocratic Oath is to be admired?

Why is it that when I ask the question: What would Jesus do?, I always come to a different answer than folks like you and ‘Dr.’ Tom Price. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.

Big Hat

November 12th, 2012
1:04 pm

…lies straight from the pit of Hell! Oooops, sorry, wrong GA nut-job congressman.

Kris

November 12th, 2012
1:27 pm

Big Hat, close enough for govt work.

Shar

November 12th, 2012
1:30 pm

That would be wrong GA nut-job doctor congressman.

Tom Price, Tom Graves...

November 12th, 2012
1:34 pm

Tom Price, Tom Graves…Gingrey and Gingrich…and the Chips, Rogers and Pearson (our oddsmaker gambling Christian values fraud and the anti-health and environment lobbyist while legislator bankrupt developer).

These money grubbers will say and do anything to feed their bank accounts and egos.

Too bad Georgia is so full of ignorants who suck up to such. Of course, the Red States have the most illiterates, the most imprisoned, the most on government doles–be it social safety net programs or military dependency.

Don’t think Tom Price won’t be replaced by a younger slicker more telegenic cracker version, maybe a southern drawl version of Lyin’ Ryan. There’s plenty of out of state political money to misled the GOP voters into voting against America.

Marlboro Man

November 12th, 2012
1:42 pm

Tom Graves is indeed a crook and freshly reelected. Duh.

BlueDem1

November 12th, 2012
1:42 pm

If anybody needs an example of what happens when people act on emotion and anger instead of on reason…take a look at the Teapublican-controlled House!

Kris

November 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

The GOP always does what they think is best for the party (clown that is).
And while on the subject of corrupt Morons
Wonder if they can spell RECALL (would not want to sound like a political arsonist …But you Nate.)

clem

November 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

republican party ready to implode, only thing holding them together is mainly the backward south….

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83704.html?hp=t1

Buford T. Justice

November 12th, 2012
1:50 pm

Price is setting up his run against Saxby. That’s all. He has to position himself as a true dyed-in-the wool, bona fide far right conservative to knock off Saxby. Those are the folks who have been railing against Saxby for trying to make government work. If you don’t like Dr. Price, or if you like him, quit pecking on the keyboard and go to work for or against him.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

November 12th, 2012
1:51 pm

Price district is North Fulton (Roswell/Alph) and part of Cherokee. That is a different world than South Fulton so all of Fulton does not have a say. His House seat is probably safe as long as he wants it. But if he were to try to take a Senate seat that would be a different story. Georgia could see a similar dynamic that played out in other states where the extreme right wing candidate beats out the incumbent GOP Senator in the primary only to lose in the general election to the Democrat. I am no Saxby Chambliss fan and would welcome that scenario in 2 years as a chance to get a dem in the Senate. But I will at least give Chambliss credit for indicating a willingness to compromise which is the only way this deal gets done.

My issue with a Price/Boehner fued would be whether or not both could lose and both come out looking bad. House Republicans have moved too much in straight-legged lockstep under Boehner leadership and some internal bickering could very well break that hold. A fractured GOP could lead to enough moderate Republicans breaking ranks to get things done. But that is probably just dreaming on my part. The GOP has ways to deal with dissent.

Obvious Andy

November 12th, 2012
2:07 pm

Fun to see Saxbots + Lib-bots team up. If only they could make it a little less transparent…

Redcoat

November 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

How do we even know if EVERYBODY is paying their fair share? And someone please define fair…… just because it’s legal doesn’t make it fair…..right?

hamiltonAZ

November 12th, 2012
2:27 pm

Price is the wrong man for leadership. He is far too positional. Additionally, he seems to promote a disharmonious attitude toward the legislative process.

Pizzaman

November 12th, 2012
2:39 pm

Why wouldn’t Price do it? He’s already sworn allegiance to grover norquist by signing the tax pledge. Why not sell yourself to someone else also? Me thinks Mr. Price wants control for himself!

SAY WHUT

November 12th, 2012
2:47 pm

Seems to me we didn’t vote for Boehner. It’s his leadership that helped get us defeated.
his, and that senator from Kentucky…. Mitch something.

Marcus Aurelius

November 12th, 2012
2:47 pm

John Boehner just isn’t Tom Price’s type. Tom likes guys who are more butch. Tom doesn’t like the fake tan, emotional type. Tom wants a leather daddy.

thomas

November 12th, 2012
2:49 pm

The government does not have a tax/revenue problem it has a spending problem. Take all the taxes you want, expenses will keep rising till we are Spain.

Liz

November 12th, 2012
2:52 pm

The lesson of the week: Loose lips sink ships

bob

November 12th, 2012
2:55 pm

Don’t let up Tom. Kick some butt!

Redcoat

November 12th, 2012
2:56 pm

clem, you are right…….and when that party does implode……What then for our country?…..

MoreSo

November 12th, 2012
2:57 pm

don’t make boehner mad–he will cut off funding to price in the next election and with no cash, price goes down fast.

clem

November 12th, 2012
2:59 pm

then make folks on far left irrelevant and let moderates rule

CafeEJ

November 12th, 2012
3:01 pm

Tom Price’s new district extends down to the new city of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Doraville – that is, his district is now more purple than red and he should take care that his constituency is now quite different from what it was before.

Elliot Garcia

November 12th, 2012
3:02 pm

Obama is the leader of this country…not the Speaker of the House…..I wish he would show some leadership skills and get this country moving before it falls off a cliff….

tom

November 12th, 2012
3:05 pm

talk about gridlock withing the GOP

po

November 12th, 2012
3:09 pm

Rep. Price a leader in the GOP? No wonder its got the problems it does.

pb

November 12th, 2012
3:09 pm

Dr. Tom is going to lose a fight with Boehner, no doubt. He has kissed up to the Tea Party nuts too much. Now he thinks he will use them to further his career. Mistaken, because their inflexibliity and un willingness to compromise is what has hurt the Republicans, not helped them. If he bets on them helping him win, is betting wrong. Republican party going through a little civil war now. Like always happens when a party gets beat in national elections.

Get Real

November 12th, 2012
3:10 pm

As usual the liberal viewpoint never ceases to amaze me, we have truly become the Entitlement States of America…

Dr. R

November 12th, 2012
3:21 pm

So as a redistricted North DeKalb resident, I go from whacko idiot reps on the far left to a whacko idiot rep on the far right. The common thread being whacko idiots either way.