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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Will Durant
Will Durant

Has anyone asked Westmoreland’s opinion?

I guess Congress is ok but according to Mel Brooks “It’s good to be the King”!

xdog
xdog

I’ll offer ‘The Price is Right!’ at no charge.

You don’t mention it, Jon, but dealing with the tpers every day has to take a lot of the shine off of being Budget chair.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This post erroneously assumes Georgia will still exist after Obummer and Crooked Hillary destroy America.

blakeage80
blakeage80

That’s true. When we are incorporated into the South East Administrative District by The Federal Government, the manager of that district will be appointed by The Supreme Leader.

davidmac
davidmac

ITYM “District 11”

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

What? And leave his most significant accomplishment, five year’s work developing a comprehensive alternative to Obamacare that couldn’t make it out of Committee to a GOP House majority floor, to twist in the wind?

gsupantherfan1
gsupantherfan1

It’s looking like it’ll be a crowded field in 2018. By my count: Westmoreland, Kemp, Cagle, Olens, Kingston, and Price have all been mentioned as potential candidates.

augusta52
augusta52

Would we be looking at a special election? Running for governor has gotten to be a full-time job—I don’t see how Price would have the time to serve as budget chairman (which is a thankless position to hold these days, given the GOP difficulty at crafting a budget) and campaign actively for governor simultaneously—especially with the state primary currently in May (as opposed to July as it usually was for several decades before). Flying back and forth to Reagan (National Airport) doesn’t exactly leave you time to campaign in a state of 10 million+ people. Maybe November 2017, when we… Read more »

Bull Moose
Bull Moose

I would enthusiastically support Tom Price for Governor. This is encouraging news!

While I respect the others who are thinking of running for Governor, what the State Capitol really needs is an outsider to clean up business as usual!

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

A list of domains he owns using the same email address:

priceforgovernor.info
rodneystooksbury.info
tompriceforgovernor.us
priceforgovernor.us
tompriceforgovernor.info
stooksbury4congress.info
stooksburyforhouse.us
stooksburyforcongress.us
stooksbury4congress.us
rodneystooksbury.us
cagleforgovernor.us

Nathan
Nathan

I suspect/hope that we will have a lot of good Republicans running for governor in 2018. I just hope we don’t get distracted by red meat issues and try to focus on topics that will grow our state.

augusta52
augusta52

Perhaps the business community (behind the scenes) is looking for another Nathan Deal, a successor more concerned with economic issues than the social cause du jour. Price represents a congressional district that is home to UPS, the new Mercedes HQ being built in Sandy Springs, high-tech companies, North Point and Perimeter Malls, and includes a lot of residents who are not even native to Georgia, and probably with the state’s largest Catholic and Jewish populations. It was not a hard sell to get voters in the district to back Sunday retail alcohol sales a few years ago, or to have… Read more »

augusta52
augusta52

Would we then call her “Congresswoman” or “First Lady”?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Or Doctor…..