Rep. Price cabinet nod starts backstage scramble in Georgia

Rep. Price departure starts GOP scramble

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Georgia Congressman Tom Price got the nod to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the upcoming Donald Trump administration – setting off a backstage scramble to replace him in Georgia.

A group of ambitious Republicans is potentially lining up to replace Price.  None has officially announced, and many of them stayed mum Monday.

The biggest name in the race would likely be Republican Karen Handel – the former Secretary of State who narrowly lost a race for governor in 2010, then lost a US Senate primary in 2014. 

She could face a host of current Republican office holders – including state House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, state senators John Albers, Brandon Beach, Hunter Hill and Judson Hill. 

"Open congressional seats don’t happen too often," Albers said Tuesday.  "My guess is there will be 10 to 12 people running, minimum."

There’s also state Rep Betty Price. She happens to be the wife of the outgoing congressman, Tom Price.

Dunwoody businessman Bruce LeVell, an early backer of Donald Trump, is also considering the option of running in the 6th district.

Price isn’t going anywhere yet though.  He just won re-election himself. He likely won’t resign until after he is confirmed by the US Senate – which would then trigger a special election, perhaps sometime this spring.


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