Paul Broun, the Republican congressman from Georgia, may be getting closer to announcing a 2014 run for Senate to succeed retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Via Jim Galloway, GOP consultant Andrew O'Shea sets the scene at a meeting of conservative activists Tuesday night in metro Atlanta, where Broun made a surprise appearance:
Jaws hit the floor as Representative Broun took the stage and began discussing the usual/current problems in Washington: Congressional gridlock, damage made to the Republican brand, as well as the lack of leadership coming from the West Wing. As the speech wound down, most folks in the audience were looking at one another, presumably thinking the same thing: Is Congressman Broun going to state his case and make his formal announcement to run to replace retiring GeorgiaSenator Saxby Chambliss? To everyone’s dismay, his closing statement did no such thing.
Thankfully, this isn’t where the story ended. As Congressman Broun sat down to a room full of applause followed my a short silence, Dr. Broun’s wife, Niki, stood up in front of the crowd and courageously declared that not only did her husband have her permission and support to run to be Georgia’s next junior U.S. Senator, but that he was openly announcing his candidacy, the first to formally do so in the wake of Senator Chambliss’ declaration to resign following the remainder of his current term.
Broun may announce his candidacy as soon as next week, Galloway says. Among the other Republicans who may join the race are fellow congressman Tom Price, Lynn Westmoreland, Phil Gingrey, and Tom Graves.