Paul Broun’s wife declares he’s running for U.S. Senate



10:18 am January 30, 2013, by jgalloway

Ready or not, here comes Paul Broun.

Karen Handel, the former Republican candidate for governor, was supposed to the featured attraction at a Tuesday night meeting of Georgia C.H.A.R.G.E (Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics).

Then an unscheduled Republican congressman from Athens arrived with his wife and a staffer in tow. Broun spoke, but stopped short of announcing a 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. We’ll let Andrew O’Shea of Viral Read take you the rest of the way:

As Congressman Broun sat down to a room full of applause followed by 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.

This morning, we called O’Shea, a Republican consultant, who said there was no hemming or hawing on Mrs. Broun’s part. This was a definitive statement that Broun is in the contest, he said. A formal announcement is expected next week.

More U.S. Senate talk:

– Paul Broun isn’t the only one who has obtained spousal permission for a Senate run. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, was at the state Capitol on Tuesday, to talk “statewide politics” with Gov. Nathan Deal. “My family is very much on board,” Gingrey told my AJC colleague Kyle Wingfield. Gingrey said his wife of 43 years, Billie, “is so supportive” of a Senate run in 2014.

– The Augusta Chronicle quotes U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, as saying he hasn’t given “any serious thought” to a 2014 run for Saxby Chambliss’s seat. Presumably, he has people doing that for him.

– The 2014 Senate race and the resulting dominoes have the potential to create more turnover in Georgia politics than we’ve seen since the 2002-2004 GOP takeover. And we’re picking up word that a group of Republican donors and activists are attempting to bring some fresh blood into the ranks.

Look for some new names to jump up in the next few days, belonging to younger candidates who can claim to be outsiders to both Atlanta and Washington, capable of self-funding, and conservative – without being weighed down by ideology.

by Jim Galloway