Sources: Rep. Phil Gingrey to announce U.S. Senate bid
by Christina A. Cassidy
The Associated Press
March 27, 2013 12:16 AM | 2243 views | 9 9 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) will represent Buckhead and Cherokee County if Georgia passes its new congressional map, which is on its way to the state Senate. <br> The Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) will represent Buckhead and Cherokee County if Georgia passes its new congressional map, which is on its way to the state Senate.
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ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will announce he’s running for the U.S. Senate today, according to two officials close to the campaign.

Gingrey (R-Marietta) is expected to announce his decision at an event this morning in Augusta, the officials told The Associated Press.

The two requested anonymity because a formal announcement has yet to be made. A second event was planned later today in Atlanta.

With the announcement, the 70-year-old conservative would become the second Republican congressman to enter what is expected to be a fiercely contested campaign for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2014. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, earlier announced that he would not be seeking a third term, citing frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington.

“Congressman Gingrey has been seriously considering a run for Senate, and tomorrow (today) he will make a formal announcement with regard to the Senate race,” spokeswoman Jen Talaber said, declining to say what the announcement will be.

Chambliss’ decision has set off a scramble among the state’s top Republicans. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) announced in February that he would be running for the open seat.

Other candidates believed to be weighing bids include Reps. Tom Price of Roswell and Jack Kingston of Savannah, as well as former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

As the field for the Senate race grows, congressional hopefuls across the state will be looking to fill the vacated seats.

Gingrey, an OB-GYN who represents northwest Georgia, was first elected to Congress in 2002. He would launch his Senate campaign in a position of financial strength, with about $1.8 million sitting in his congressional campaign account as of Dec. 31.

He is expected to emphasize his roots across Georgia on Wednesday. He was born in Augusta and later went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta for his undergraduate studies before returning to Augusta to attend the Medical College of Georgia. He then moved to Marietta to establish his practice and says on his website that he’s delivered more than 5,200 babies.

In recent weeks, he’s taken steps to mitigate comments he made earlier this year that former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin — who lost a U.S. Senate bid from Missouri last year — was “partly right” when he said women’s bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Gingrey called his own comments on rape and abortion “stupid,” according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I made a very awkward attempt to explain the unexplainable,” Gingrey told the newspaper on March 11.

Gingrey is co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, formed to challenge President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. He also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Kennesaw Resident
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March 27, 2013
He won't get my support since he seems to support every cause I am against. He voted for Medicare Part D - an unfunded $60 billion per year liability. He supported the indefinite detention of American citizens. He supported the Iraq War.

We just don't see eye to eye since I support none of those things!
30066
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March 27, 2013
Gingry has neither been a leader nor a good Conservative.

Today, I favor Broun, but would consider Price.

Both have shown more Leadership in the pursuit of Conservative values, like balancing the budget.
Lib in Cobb
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March 27, 2013
30066: Broun is a nutcake who will use the bible as the basis for his decisions. Yes, there is something very wrong with that.
Lib in Cobb
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March 27, 2013
I will remind every voter in GA especially the female voters, that Phil agreed with Todd Akin's claim that a woman can't get pregnant when raped.

Yeah, I know he backed up on that statement.

What does he really feel.
Just Wait
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March 27, 2013
If reading these posts is any indication and they live in Gingrey's district, the chances of getting a representative more mainstream and centered don't look too good.
VFP42
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March 27, 2013
YAC-RINO Gingrey is so liberal I feel it is inevitable he will switch parties if elected.

He realizes H. Clinton will be the next President and he must want to work with her (seeing as how his pants sure ain't big enough to work against her).

I think you should grow a pair and switch parties before the election, Gingrey.

Do it now! Don't rob your voters of a conservative candidate!
FROM TEXAS
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March 27, 2013
He’s no conservative not anyone that stands in public and says you don’t need an AR-15 or 30 round magazines. Phil’s comments to women and their bodies were the typical stupid remarks these Republican’s always fall for. Phil doesn’t get it the abortion issue isn’t for the Federales it’s for the Governor’s and the citizens of any given state to decide that’s why the Constitution was set up that way!! “ No longer a fan save your money”.
anonymous
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March 27, 2013
Say it ain't so, the chiklets are real?
OMG R U Real
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March 27, 2013
GOP here is a huge clue: "70-year-old ....." Ain't that many voters today relating to him since he was born in 1943 and needs to vote on 2013 issues. Get it yet?
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