Rep. Tom Price offered his first thoughts since passing on a campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, predicting his three House colleagues who’ve thrown their hat in the ring might run into some trouble.
“I think the folks who are running from the House will have a bit of a challenge because … the popularity of Congress isn’t at an all-time high,” the Republican told The Daily Caller. ““So I think they will have a challenge getting over that hurdle. They also will have a significant voting record that they will have to answer to. And for those outside, it becomes an easier thing to target.”
Four candidates have formally announced for the seat, including Price’s fellow House members Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston. They’re joined by former Secretary of State, and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, Karen Handel.
Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue has launched an exploratory effort, stopping just short of officially entering the race.
Price himself was considered a potential candidate for the seat, even before Chambliss announced his retirement. He ultimately opted against a bid last month, choosing to remain in the House where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Budget Committee.
As for whether or not he would endorse in the primary, Price simply said “maybe.”
He was the lone member of the state’s Republican congressional delegation to back Handel over now-Governor Nathan Deal in the 2010 primary.