Doug Collins gets a possible primary challenge over his Boehner vote

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins might be getting a primary.

Al Gainey, a former Hall County Commissioner and conservative radio host, is “prayerfully considering” a run against the second-term Gainesville congressman. The Boehner vote was Gainey’s top motivation, he said in a phone interview Monday:

Gainey used to host a radio show each day on WDUN-AM 550 in Gainesville, though he has scaled back his microphone duties to one day a week to concentrate on his business, a local franchise of Spherion Staffing Services. He served as Hall County commission chairman from 1997-2001.

Gainey, who could not immediately think of any quibbles with Collins' voting record beyond the Boehner vote, is aware of the long odds if he takes the plunge:

Collins broke off to oppose House GOP leadership from the right on several votes in his first term in Congress, but he also drew conservative flak for backing bills such as the “CRomnibus” spending measure to fund most of the government through September. Conservative pressure group Heritage Action for America gave him an 81 percent on its scorecard, third highest in the Georgia delegation.

In an interview Monday, Collins said even though he often has his own “frustrations” with Boehner and votes accordingly, no one ran a credible challenge against the speaker. As for the rumblings against him, Collins said:

Collins defeated another former WDUN radio host, Martha Zoller, in a heated primary runoff to first win the seat in 2012. The Ninth District is the third most Republican district in the country. He won both his primary and general elections last year with 80 percent of the vote. He had $323,000 in his campaign coffers as of late November.

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