Congressman Tom Price, a Republican, has said he will not announce a decision about running next year for the Senate in Georgia until May, but a pair of fundraising emails obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD indicate the GOP congressman may be leaning toward getting in the race. Here's an excerpt from Price's first email to donors, sent Thursday:
The first quarter FEC reporting deadline is fast approaching on March 31st! We are off to a strong start with fundraising this year, and we are extremely close to reaching our first quarter goal.
At this early stage in the 2014 election cycle, this report is of particular importance because it is the primary means by which the strength and viability of any campaign is measured by pundits and the media.
With Senator Saxby Chambliss’ decision not to see reelection, many Georgians have asked me to consider that race because they want a conservative champion fighting for what’s right in the United States Senate.
As Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee, right now my focus must be on the budget and debt ceiling battles in “the People’s House,” so my wife Betty and I are deferring that monumental decision until May.
But whether I run for Congress or the Senate, we need to get prepared for a campaign and I am looking for your leadership today to lift me to victory. We want to make certain we have a strong a showing in funds raised and cash on hand to ward off opposition prepare for whatever challenges may lie ahead.
Another email, sent Saturday, reiterated that the report from the first quarter of fundraising "is of particular importance because it is the primary means by which the strength and viability of any campaign is measured."
Price, who represents a very conservative district in metro Atlanta, has never won less than 65 percent of the vote since first running for the House in 2004. A strong first quarter of fundraising, however, could show strength in a Republican primary field for Senate that already includes fellow congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.