Posted: 2:29 pm Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Tom Price tight-lipped on post-Cantor leadership struggle 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – As Rep. Tom Price of Roswell spoke on austerity at the conservative Heritage Foundation this afternoon, the news alert arrived: Eric Cantor will step down as Majority Leader at the end of July after losing his primary last night.

Price is one of the House Republicans who could benefit from the falling dominoes, but he was not revealing much about his thinking.

“What we need to do now is meet as a Republican family and walk through the way forward,” Price said, referring to a 4 p.m. gathering in the bowels of the Capitol.

A reporter jumped in: Would you like to have your name considered?

“It’s important to have that family discussion,” he replied.

Price said he was “as shocked and surprised as anybody” by Cantor’s loss. And he was not prepared to say what impact it will have on policy such as immigration.

“You know, it will be a long time before people actually figure out why what happened happened, and so we’ll see.”

The Heritage event concerned the lessons of austerity actions in different European nations, and Price spoke about the need for America to act now on its long-term debt and the wonderful things the House GOP budget will do about that.

His speech included a rebuke to some all-or-nothing conservatives — a message that could, perhaps, be honed to bridge the gap in a leadership race as he seeks support from all corners of the House GOP spectrum.

“As conservatives, it’s important that we appreciate that practicing smart politics doesn’t mean abandoning principles, sound principles like limited government and individual liberty and fiscal restraint. It just means getting better at implementing those principles than the other side is at destroying them.

“Now some have suggested that incremental changes fail to recognize the apparent severity of the challenges we face. On the contrary, conservative incrementalism seeks to address the present crises and to prevent future ones in a principles, logical and strategic way. It is a sure way to secure real gains.”

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland spoke to our Cox Media Group colleague Jamie Dupree about whether he would seek a leadership post. Listen to it here:

Said Westmoreland:

“You’ve got an open mind about everything I guess, and we’re talking to some folks. But I mean I’m not officially throwing my hat in the ring, but it’s good to talk and see how people feel, so we’ll see.”

60 comments
PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

The Tea Party and Brat claim that voters are done with corporate money and the reason for their winning is all about grass roots. When you have corporate propaganda like hate radio, that's not grass roots. Price claims to drink Tea, but continues to take unlimited lobby money and speak at lobbying events like the Heritage Foundation puts on. Price is a pretender, like Can'tor, and, like his weak ideas, won't make it past the waiting room.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

The Radical Right Wing nut-jobs thought ultra conservative anti--American "Young Gun" (how embarrassing) Eric Cantor was not conservative enough - they found their man in Rep. Tom Price - and CRAZY too! It is now mandatory to be a veritable FREAK to run and win in a Republican primary. What a sad group of bums, only equaled by the low life constituency that casts their sorry, ill-informed votes for them!

BertisEDowns
BertisEDowns

re Kantor:  here's some good commentary from someone who oughtta know:  


http://bit.ly/1pLNIYa


re Westmoreland:  if he seeks a leaderly position, let's just hope he doesn't have to deal with any "uppity" persons



OffWithTheirHeads
OffWithTheirHeads

Not Price. Surely those idiots are smarter than that. What an idiot. Wish he had run for the senate seat. Then we would be rid of him. Wish, wish, wish.

honested
honested

Lost in the noise is a reminder to Georgians.

November provides us an opportunity to put price, collins, scott, westmoreland and graves out to pasture.

Don't we deserve representatives who REPRESENT our interests?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

During a House GOP caucus meeting this afternoon, the date has been set for leadership elections 8 days from now: June 19th to at least replace Cantor as Majority Leader and any other vacancies which open from the movement.

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to remain in his position through this year and to seek re-election to the job next year, but there is rampant speculation that whoever emerges as a Cantor replacement could also become a challenger to Boehner for the speakership next year.


Scalabrini-Ortiz
Scalabrini-Ortiz

Wow, creepy, dour Tom Price as speaker or majority leader will make everyone pine for the days of Eric Cantor.  Do it, tea baggers!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Politicians and diapers need to be changed often - and for the same reason.


(Mark Twain)

td1234
td1234

Speaker Price, Majority Leader Price both sound real good. 


How about Speaker Price and Majority leader Graves. 

DS
DS

What a strange situation. Brat thinks he won because Cantor was in favor of immigration legislation. But House members report that Cantor was actually blocking immigration reform---his involvement in the Repub Dream Act was a diversionary stall tactic.

Besides, Cantor's district is strongly in favor of immigration reform anyway. It even has the support of a slight majority of Republicans.

Then we learn that primary voting was up almost 50% versus 2012. Cantor got fewer votes this time, but his drop off is nothing compared to the additional votes for Brat. There was a last minute campaign to encourage Democrats and independents to vote for Brat in the open primary, just to cause chaos among Republicans by toppling their majority leader.

Price is correct: it will take some time to sort through this mess and figure out what happened.

MoFaux
MoFaux

"...limited government and individual liberty and fiscal restraint."

Cool!  You mean Price is for legalization of marijuana and no more trying to kill abortion and IVF procedures?  I might get to like this guy after all then.

newsphile
newsphile

Think voters are awakening to how career politicians from both sides of the aisle are behaving? I would be thrilled if a backlash against all incumbents, regardless of party, has begun.

SmartAleck
SmartAleck

As much as I like Tom Price, he was passed over for a leadership position by a two-term no-op no accomplishments or leadership experience from a blue state (McMorris-Rogers) and his peers voted against him. 

As productive, smart, and experienced as Tom Price is (fmr. Chair Policy Committee, Vice Chair-Budget), I don't know if Price has the "gravitas" or "butt-kicker" in his repertoire.  

Besides, anybody smart enough to do that job is smart enough to not take it. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

This whole thing with the tea party and the republicans remind me of the Stephen King movie "Salems Lot".  You know the one where the vampires had to be invited in before coming into your house.  Tooo Funny.....

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

" conservative incrementalism seeks to address the present crises and to prevent future ones in a principles, logical and strategic way. It is a sure way to secure real gains.”


Has this guy paid attention to what conservatives have been doing in government for the past 20 years?


If anything they have sought to create crises in the present and future in a petty, election hungry, but nonetheless strategic way...because it is a tried-and-true party tactic..

Kamchak
Kamchak

"On the contrary, conservative incrementalism seeks to address the present crises and to prevent future ones in a principles, logical and strategic way."

And by "incremental changes", he means do nothing at all .

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

You need a website for that?

He lost because enough Democrats crossed over to vote for his teaklan opponent.

Then, they will stomp the opponent in November.

Are you new to this?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@OffWithTheirHeads - Careful what you wish for - you might just get it.

Price would probably be in the runoff against Perdue.  And he might replace Isakson, or less likely succeed Deal as Governor in 2018.

td1234
td1234

@honested You are consistently funny. All of the mentioned names will be re-elected by super majorities. The only sitting Congressman that is in the least bit of jeopardy is Barrow and that is a slim chance.  

Scalabrini-Ortiz
Scalabrini-Ortiz

@td1234 Majority Leader Graves?  The guy who blamed the bank for lending him and the execrable Chip Rogers a million or so dollars for the purchase of the fleabag motel in Calhoun that they subsequently defaulted on???  I'd think maybe you'd like to aim a little higher than this for your esteemed leadership positions.  Actually, come to think of it, he is just about right for you far-right, tea-bagging ignorami. 

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@td1234  Either or both of them would be better than Westmoreland. He is still learning the 10 Commandments.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@td1234 - The House is not going to give Georgian's the top two posts.

Paul Ryan might get first choice for Majority Leader if he isn't part of a coup for Speaker - but if he has any plans to run for the Republican nomination, he will have to pass.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@SmartAleck


You forgot to mention FABULOUS dresser. Nobody rocks a pinstripe like TP. Nobody!

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak

Got proof, sport?

Please show your work.

Thanks in advance. 

Sport.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Retired-Soldier - We at least got rid of Congressment Broun, Gingrey, and professional campaigner Handel in Georgia.  I'd prefer term limits, but this sometimes works.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist Ryan is already has been announced as Chairman of appropriations and that is a better job than majority leader. If Ryan is not speaker then I think he would stay with that job. 


BTW: I know they are not going to give 2 GA Reps the two leadership positions but it is fun to torture the progressives on this blog with the idea.  

Scalabrini-Ortiz
Scalabrini-Ortiz

@GaBlue @SmartAleck Funny!  Are these people serious about Tom Price in a leadership position?  The humorless, dour, creepy, congressman from Georgia?  Please.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@EdUktr @Kamchak 50 votes to repeal the ACA comes to mind...waste of millions of US tax dollars for political stunts. That is all the GOP is good for these days in Washington. Nothing accomplished

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EdUktr - He didn't mean that to be a factual statement.

He stole it without attribution since he is a plagiarist.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist 

I'd prefer term limits...

We already have term limits, they're called elections.

honested
honested

@td1234 @The_Centrist 

You would have to find enough of your own people dumb enough to put ryan in charge...

You can count on none of mine!

EdUktr
EdUktr

@The_Centrist

Interesting. But I'm guessing Kamchak is an affected 12-year-old on his mom's computer while she's away at work.

SmartAleck
SmartAleck

Indeed, Conservatism is an ideology to get out of the way and let those with the initiative to advance, and those with laziness to stagnate.

It fits with the entire evolution of man--survival of the fittest!  If you think you are going to change the basic instincts of man with an ideology that goes against generations and eons of the evolution of the human race, well...go have some more kool-aid.  @Baumer_1 @The_Centrist @EdUktr 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

While you are busy being drunk on your tiny victory, I won't ruin your party.

When you wake up in the morning, count the votes and remember the teaklan is still a minority.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Yep 'cause anyone who isn't as successful as you obviously are has to be lazy, right?  No chance it could be sickness, or poor health, or just the fact that you were born into the wrong family.

I think Republicans need to run on that - 'we have initiiative, the rest of you are just lazy.'

As someone else said it won't matter in Price's district - but if you think that's a winning message for Republicans, just talk to President Romney.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is a screen name stealing, liberal hypocrite sock puppet.  While it shows his/her lack of integrity and ethics, it also shows how far at least this one leftist will go with such "debate" tactics and those who won't condemn them.

SmartAleck
SmartAleck

 @The-Centrist Look, Centrist.  You owe me NOTHING!  Right?  I have done nothing that requires you to spend a piece of your life to support me. 

We are all an accumulation of all of the decisions we have made in our lives.  Some decided to work hard in school, some not so much.  Some decided to not have initiative, some not.  

No matter what you say about "it ain't fair", NOTHING you or the government will ever do that will change differences in basic individual human nature.

And if you think taking from producers and giving to moochers is the solution--And since LBJ's Great Society producers have spent $25+TRILLION in the war on poverty.  The USA has $17.5TRILLION in Debt. 

And is poverty any better.  You say it's not!  

How's that working out for ya?

Anybody with a brain knows this cannot continue.







Kamchak
Kamchak

@SmartAleck 

And is poverty any better.  You say it's not!

How's that working out for ya? 

We spend how much on defense and have we eliminated war?

How's that working out for ya?