Special to SEGAZINE
Phil Gingrey of Georgia plans to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The six-term Republican and obstetrician will make the announcement at his alma mater of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Here’s more from Georgia Tipsheet:
A Republican with knowledge of Gingrey’s plans told Tipsheet the congressman, now in his sixth term in the House, would file a federal statement of candidacy Wednesday to run for Senate.
The Marietta Republican will chase the paperwork with a pair of kickoff events in Atlanta and Augusta, the first measure of how well the 70-year-old lawmaker will endure the physical rigors of a long primary.
Gingrey will be joining fellow Republican congressman Paul Broun in the race to succeed retiring senator Saxby Chambliss, also a Republican. Other potential GOP candidates are House members Jack Kingston and Tom Price and former secretary of state Karen Handel. In addition, House Democrat John Barrow indicated last week in an email to supporters that he may consider seeking the Senate seat.