Tom Price denies interest in bid for Speaker

Tom Price

Despite a report this morning from Robert Costa of National Review hinting at interest in a challenge to Speaker John Boehner from the right, a spokesperson for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), one of the most conservative members of the House, has denied that he will challenge Speaker John Boehner:

A spokeswoman for Rep. Tom Price on Monday squelched speculation that the Georgia Republican would challenge House Speaker John Boehner for the chamber’s top job.

“Congressman Price is not running for speaker,” press secretary Ellen Carmichael said in a categorical midday statement.

“He is focused on real solutions to get America back on track,” she said. “Those solutions reside in fundamental principles that embrace individual opportunity and economic freedom.”

American Majority Action, which is leading the charge against Boehner, has endorsed two other House conservatives — Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), both of whom are past chairs of the Republican Study Committee — as suitable challengers.

As noted this morning, Price has been frequently mentioned as a potential primary challenger to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who recently indicated that he’s willing to raise taxes as part of “fiscal cliff” deal.

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