Spotted in the Senate: Rep. Phil Gingrey, ‘Just Measuring the Drapes’

The congressman from Georgia faces a seven-way Senate primary on May 20.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee member Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) delivers opening remarks during a hearing about what Medicare beneficiaries should expect under the Affordable Care Act in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The panel of witnesses testified about the affects of the ACA on the Medicare Advantage program.
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Sarah Mimms
March 13, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

Phil Gin­grey paid a vis­it to the Sen­ate on Thursday, check­ing out the cham­ber he hopes will be his new home start­ing next year.

“I’m just meas­ur­ing the drapes,” the rep­res­ent­at­ive from Geor­gia joked when spot­ted out­side the Sen­ate cham­ber.

Though he may not have pulled out a meas­ur­ing tape, Gin­grey was clearly scop­ing out the lay of the land, get­ting a head start on the pre­par­a­tions for a fu­ture ca­reer there.

Gin­grey said he has met with sev­er­al sen­at­ors to “get to know folks a little bit bet­ter” ahead of his May 20 primary. Gin­grey will face six oth­er Re­pub­lic­ans in the Sen­ate primary, in­clud­ing two of his House col­leagues. Be­cause of the large num­ber of can­did­ates, many, in­clud­ing Gin­grey, ex­pect the race to go to a run­off on Ju­ly 22 (Geor­gia re­quires a run­off if no can­did­ate re­ceives more than 50 per­cent of the vote).

Gin­grey walked to the cham­ber with Sen. Deb Fisc­her, who de­feated five oth­er can­did­ates in her own Sen­ate primary in 2012. “I’d nev­er had a chance to meet with her, so I wanted her to put a name to the face, and know that we’re strongly in the race,” Gin­grey said.

Asked if she had giv­en Gin­grey any ad­vice, the Neb­raska Re­pub­lic­an said, “I’m sure he knows how to run his primary in Geor­gia.”


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