Could This Man Be Georgia’s Next Governor?

6th District Congressman Tom Price at the Georgia GOP Convention in June.  Photo:  Jon Richards
6th District Congressman Tom Price at the Georgia GOP Convention in June. Photo: Jon Richards
Is Georgia 6th District Republican Congressman Tom Price about to make a run for Governor in 2018? There’s evidence that points in that direction.

The congressman from Roswell appears to be greasing the skids under the Gold Dome. Price’s pre-Primary campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission (excerpt) shows he gave $2,600 campaign contributions to 28 Republican members of the Georgia legislature facing primary challenges, including Speaker David Ralston, House Majority Leader Jon Burns, House Budget Committee Chair Terry England, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, and Senate Rules Committee Chair Jeff Mullis.

Perhaps more telling: the domains PriceForGovernor.com and TomPriceForGovernor.com have been registered, although they don’t yet have any content beyond a standard GoDaddy landing page. There are always opportunities for shenanigans by people registering a domain in the hope of embarrassing a candidate. But in this case, the domains were registered by Robert K. McGowan, who is Price’s Deputy Chief of Staff.

In 2017, Price will become the Peach State’s longest serving House Republican. As Budget Committee chairman, he wields a lot of power. His north Atlanta district is a safe GOP seat. Yet, at some point, Price will have to rotate out of his committee chairmanship. November’s election could bring Hillary Clinton to the White House. And, if someone else becomes governor in January 2019 and wins a second term, Price would be over 70 years old before having another chance to run.

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