GOP Rep. Paul Broun is informing donors that he will enter Georgia's open-seat Senate race, with an official announcement expected shortly.
Broun appears likely to become the first Republican to enter the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. One Georgia GOP operative said late Wednesday that the congressman is calling donors and telling them that he's running for Senate.
His wife, Niki, spilled the beans Tuesday night, telling a local audience that her husband is running for Senate, according to a report on a website. Niki Broun, according to the story on viralread.com, "stood up in front of the crowd and ... 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."
While not denying the report, Broun's aides insist nothing is official.
"Our office has not made anything official yet," spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti said in an email late Wednesday, "but we expect Dr. Broun to make a formal announcement within the next week."
Broun has been eyeing the race for sometime, but he will hardly be alone in the running. Rep. Tom Price, perhaps the most ambitious member of the Georgia GOP delegation, is also expected to launch a Senate bid. Other Republicans in the state are weighing the race as well.