Friends of former secretary of state Karen Handel tell us that Rob Simms, once her chief of staff Ė now a D.C. media consultant, wasnít blowing smoke when he said Handel was considering a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Simms dropped Handelís name last week in a Weekly Standard roundup of potential primary rivals to Chambliss Ė a well-timed piece, given the senatorís decision to renew his fight with Grover Norquist as the Thanksgiving recess began. Other possibilities included U.S. Reps. Tom Price, R-Roswell; Paul Broun, R-Athens; and Tom Graves, R-Ranger. (U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey sent word to Chambliss and state GOP Chairman Sue Everhart weeks ago that heís not considering it.)
Over at PeachPundit.com, Charlie Harper has a few thoughts on Chamblissí situation Ė as does Jason Pye. But letís do some realistic handicapping here as well.