Price throws name in ring for Georgia Senate appointment

Price throws name in ring for Georgia Senate appointment
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Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care MORE has thrown his name in the ring to replace retiring GOP Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonSabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger Trump and Biden tied in Georgia: poll MORE (Ga.), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will pick Isakson's successor, who will then face an election in November 2020.

Kemp has launched a website where Republicans who want to be considered for the opening may submit their résumés, and more than 200 people have already done so.

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Price, a former six-term congressman, joins other high-profile GOP hopefuls including Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP Loeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger MORE (R-Ga.) and Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols.

Price resigned from his role in the Trump administration in 2017 after uproar over his use of private jets for official business. He reportedly owes the Department of Health and Human Services $341,000 for the 20 flights that violated federal requirements. Price has already voluntarily repaid the government around $60,000.

Isakson announced his plans to leave the Senate in late August, citing his health struggles after breaking ribs in a fall in July. He has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and recently underwent kidney surgery.