The decision by Rep. Paul Broun to formally pursue the Republican nomination for Senate has not affected the political calculus of Rep. Tom Price, another top Republican recruit considering the race, an aide said Wednesday.
Broun is poised to enter the GOP nomination contest Wednesday at a press conference scheduled midday in Atlanta, but Price will make a final determination about his own possible campaign “in the weeks to come,” his spokeswoman, Ellen Carmichael, said.
“Dr. Price is humbled by the tremendous support, encouragement and generosity he has received as he evaluates a run for the U.S. Senate,” Carmichael said in an email to Tipsheet. “At the same time, he takes seriously the calling of public service and plans to fulfill the duties entrusted to him as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee, like passage of H.R. 444, the Require a PLAN Act.
“He’ll be fulfilling these responsibilities in the weeks to come while listening to Georgians about the future.”
Price has been openly exploring a campaign for the better part of a month now, but feels no urgency to enter a primary race to be decided more than seventeen months from now, Carmichael said.
“After prayerful deliberation, Dr. Price and his family will ultimately make the determination if he will run,” she said. “The factors involved in the Senate race are in his favor - organization, network, fundraising, base of support – but the decision is his alone.”
- James Richardson