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  Tom Price's Road To The Senate Complicated By A Political Rift At Home
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 26, 2013 09:36pm
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AuthorRebecca Berg
News DateTuesday, February 26, 2013 03:35:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Price has said he won't announce until May whether he will seek to succeed Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss — but Price took a necessary step toward such a bid last Friday.

During a trip to the state Capitol in Atlanta, Price met with Gov. Nathan Deal's chief of staff, Chris Riley, and tried to smooth over a years-long rift between the two camps.

When Deal ran for governor in 2010, Price endorsed him — but, when the polls began to look bad, Price switched to support another candidate, Karen Handel. When Deal came back and won, he didn't try to hide his disdain for Price.

Now, all over the state, Price told Riley, people are asking Price about the governor not liking him. Potential donors are asking, too.

"Can you tell them that I came by?" Price asked, according to an aide familiar with the meeting. Riley said he would.

In Georgia politics, the Deal-Price feud is the stuff of legend — and, suddenly, it could play prominently in Price's nascent interest in running for the U.S. Senate.

Rumors are already circulating in Georgia's political sphere about whether Deal might try to compromise Price's access to some powerful state donors, or otherwise inject himself into the Republican primary.
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