Rep. Phil Gingrey and State Senator Steve Thompson eye Chambliss seat

by Jon Gillooly February 01, 2013 12:27 AM MARIETTA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta)…

Georgia (Feb 1, 2013) — MARIETTA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) and state Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) said Thursday they were seriously considering entering the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.


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by Jon Gillooly
February 01, 2013 12:27 AM

Gingrey was asked whether he intended to run while speaking to members of the Cobb Legislative Delegation at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building in Atlanta.

“The answer is I’m thinking about it, but I’m undecided at this point, but I am thinking about it, and I guess you could use the phrase ‘checking the boxes’ and ‘kicking the tires’ and making sure that we’re not making that decision hastily,” Gingrey said. “The election is 16 to 18 months away, but obviously we are seriously thinking about it, but I can’t tell you exactly what my deadline is in regard to making a decision.”

The MDJ also confirmed that a group of metro Atlanta business people have approached Thompson, the dean of the Georgia Senate, asking him to run for senator on the Democratic ticket.

"I may be able to give them a bigger dose of the truth in the U.S. Senate than they can take,” Thompson said. “A little hard truth during this next campaign would be exactly the thing that the people of the state of Georgia need.”

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said both Gingrey and Thompson are quality candidates.

“Republicans like Phil Gingrey an awful lot,” Swint said. “They respond to him on a personal level. He is consistent on conservative issues that Republican voters care about, and so I think any race Phil Gingrey got involved in, he’d be a strong candidate.”

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal


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