Tom Price: ‘Completely premature’ to consider 2014 Senate race against Saxby Chambliss

Senate race? What Senate race?

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who never stops working, just finished up an interview with U.S. Rep. Tom Price – his first since that race for U.S. House conference chairman. The Roswell Republican lost to Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Washington state, who was backed by House Speaker John Boehner.

Writes Malloy:

I asked Price if he had given any thought to running for Senate.

“No, it’s completely premature at this point to even consider that,” he replied.

Asked about his path in the next Congress, after losing his bid for Republican Conference Chair, Price said he would focus on work in the Budget and Ways and Means committees — both of which will be active in spending and tax battles.

“You don’t have to be the leader to lead,” he said. “And so we’ll continue to lead as we’re able in our conference to move us in a positive direction.”

But as far as challenging Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss is concerned, note that Price didn’t say no.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

November 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

Heh…

Oh, come on Doctor! Run against Senator Chambliss. PLEASE! Things are so boring around here now since Herman Cain dropped out of the Presidential race.

[...] to Jim Galloway over at the AJC, Tom Price is currently denying rumors of a bid for Saxby Chambliss’ US Senate seat… “No, it’s completely premature at this point to even consider that,” he [...]

Just Nasty & Mean

November 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

I know Dr. Tom Price. He is a good and honest man. He would make a badly needed fine, constitutionally conservative Senator from Georgia.

In the know

November 27th, 2012
4:18 pm

Give me a break. Tom Price is a sleazy weasel who manuevers around for his own promotion.

GaBlue

November 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Just Nasty,

Um…. you know him well, do you? Heh… (That’s none of my business, you know.) Please DO encourage him to run!

Kris

November 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

sax vs price……hum mm Recall sax…Find a Democrat who is willing to do the Do the will of the people….there you have it a solution. ha ha ha ha ha

td

November 27th, 2012
4:42 pm

Price is right that it is too early to think about running. If Saxby sticks by his pledge to not raise taxes then he is re elected. If he does not then Price (or almost any other conservative Republican in this state) will run against him and send him to retirement.

td

November 27th, 2012
4:44 pm

Kris

November 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

Saxby is currently doing what the will of the conservative people want him to do in Georgia. Dems might as well not even run for the Senate in two years because they are not going to win.

Committed to freedom

November 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

The GOP just needs to get behind the Libertarian Party candidate, whomever that is, and dump the whole lot of currently kicked around losers that are considering replacing Saxby. All of these guys are as big government, warmongering, pro-Federal Reserve, pro drug war as Saxby, and this country certainly doesn’t need any more of that. We need a complete transformation in this country, and the GOP can either lead the way or go the way of the Whigs and the Federalists. The more they talk about blowing off their anti-tax pledge, the more their support slips further away. People want principles and consistency. You only need to put Romney up against those two words to understand why he lost. Currently there is no major party that supports freedom, liberty, civil rights, the constitution, the rule of law, or small government.

Kris

November 27th, 2012
4:49 pm

td….so you say. Sax do anything for the people of GA…your off your medication.

Shine

November 27th, 2012
4:56 pm

Oh please run yankee flag basher Price. You will find there is more to Ga than that rat nest that elects you.

honested

November 27th, 2012
5:56 pm

Let’s hope all the misguided conserrrrrrrrvative Congress people with tiny aptitudes and monstrous egos (including the woman who was trounced in her race for Governor) throw their hats in to the Senate race.

I for one am tired of having NO representation in the Senate.

Cherokee

November 27th, 2012
6:00 pm

“He is a good and honest man”

Stop, already…

Price may be the most dishonest yahoo in DC….

[...] From Jim Galloway’s Political Insider: My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who never stops working, just finished up an interview with U.S. Rep. Tom Price – his first since that race for U.S. House conference chairman. The Roswell Republican lost to Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Washington state, who was backed by House Speaker John Boehner. [...]

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Johny Creek

November 27th, 2012
6:25 pm

Mr. Price has, by record, proven to be nothing more than an obstructionist, his re-election margin was stunningly low, and he is not a statewide figure.

buzzy

November 27th, 2012
7:12 pm

Yeah. It is premature. Maybe by then, the Republicans will figure out that pushing further to the Right is just a really dumb idea. Really, really dumb. But it very hard to reason with members of a cult.

double

November 27th, 2012
7:29 pm

Yes and Romney by a landslide.

Big Hat

November 28th, 2012
12:29 am

…lies straight from the pit of Hell!

Observer

November 28th, 2012
4:41 am

I am not a great Saxby fan but Tom Price has no respect from me. He is for the wealthy only. He does not care about seniors; he does not care about the little guy; and a long walk off a short pier is what he needs to do.

Buckhead Boy

November 28th, 2012
5:37 am

In “Through-the-Looking-Glass” Republican speak, “positive direction” must mean “reverse”; although one would think that even using the word “positive” within the party of negativity and hostility could prove disqualifying. Maybe Rep. Price should run that word by arch-spinmeister Luntz before uttering it again.

Are you nuttier than Todd Aiken

November 28th, 2012
6:35 am

I hope Rep. Broun (Athens) runs, it will be fun watching him push the discussion to the “Pit of Hell”. If he is successful in getting the rest of the GOP field to cozy up to his crazy beliefs, it could make it possible for a Dem to take the seat. All he needs is one big-money donor and it could happen.

Money makes kings and helps crazy people ruin democracy.

Ga Values

November 28th, 2012
8:01 am

I hope Broun runs against Shameless, he currently misrepesents me in the House. If Broun wins, what will Saxby’s LOBBYIST son Bo do for a living?

honested

November 28th, 2012
8:10 am

Of course, Congressman price could not resist the opportunity to show just how wrong he is on Federal Revenue on last night’s News Hour.
Why do people elect vacuous politicians with no skills other than to repeat failed platitudes?

jd

November 28th, 2012
8:29 am

It’s amazing the amount of denial the neo-radicals are demonstrating.

Dave

November 28th, 2012
9:45 am

Price or Chambliss, either or as far as I’m concerned, neither represent my views. What I want to know is who gerrymandered the 6th District to include the part of Northwest DeKalb County that I live in? Price lost two or so to one to a fairly unknown Democrat, who did almost no advertising, in the DeKalb precincts. So the right Democratic candidate and some crazy talk from the doctor and who knows.

Vashtai

November 28th, 2012
9:47 am

Saxby would be only a memory had black people in 2008 participated in the run off with Jim Martin. Once Obama won, they just didn’t care enough. Saxby thought it was going to be a cake walk, and he ended up spending a whole bunch of money. I just wish Democrats could find someone viable to run against him in 2 years.

NoMoreRawDeal

November 28th, 2012
10:06 am

The only viable Democrat to run against Saxby would be either Mayor Reed or John Barrow. Reed has already said he’s running for Mayor again. But I can’t see Barrow running when that means essentially giving up that House seat to Republicans. I would assume the national Democrats want Barrow right where he is for the moment, and will need him to run again for House in 2014 to try and help maintain some of their minority, which is guaranteed to shrink during that election. I guess they could try to trot out Roy Barnes, but he lost the last two statewide races he contested, and besides even if he won he’d likely only be around one term (getting up there in age).

clem

November 28th, 2012
10:17 am

couples making more than 250000 after all deductions etc, get the same tax cut everyone else does (who pay taxes) under obama plan. they will only pay higher rate on marginal income over that. i wonder if folks understand that.

hnbc

November 28th, 2012
10:24 am

Sorry but I don’t buy Price’s “it too premature” comment. If he intends to run against Chambliss in 2014,he’s already got plans, however tentative they may be, in the works. You don’t wake up January 1, 2014 and decide to run for Senator when all your prior experience has been more local.

He’s not sharing. I won’t call him a liar but he’s not telling the entire truth. Which is par for the course for him. He’s opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act because he doesn’t want to annoy his “owners” in the insurance industry.

Price needs to go. He’s the representative for the district where I live and I would not vote for him to be dog catcher.

[...] SenateGA-Sen: Rep. Tom Price said it’s “premature” to talk about a possible Senate bid. When a Congressman is asked about running against a Senator from his own party who has shown no signs of retiring, and he doesn’t say no, you know something serious is brewing. [...]

kreedham

November 28th, 2012
11:41 am

hnbc is right. It’s not too early to consider though it is too early to announce.

Not enought Dems to run statewide but they must at least have a candidate for Gov, LG and Senate…let the R’s keep insurance, boe and sec of state this time and focus the money and volunteer efforts on a few offices. R’s will probably have several candidates for Senate so let em spend away!

Another comment

November 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

The Dems must put up a white candidate for Senate. Especially not the corrupt Kassem Reed. He will not even win being mayor again, after all of his cozy Minority contract deals with his buds that the Feds say are ineligi

Another comment

November 28th, 2012
1:39 pm

The Dems must put up a white candidate for Senate. Especially not the corrupt Kassem Reed. He will not even win being mayor again, after all of his cozy Minority contract deals with his buds that the Feds say are ineligible to be Disadvantaged contractors.

How about Carole against Casey Cagle. Or How about someone like Stacey Evans who grew up in North Ga and represents Smyrna now, she is an up and coming star with good oratory skills. She gave the most impassioned speech about the negative effects of Deals arbitrary 3.7 combined with a 1200 or 26 on the ACT .