Georgia Rep. Paul Broun to run for Senate
February 6th, 2013
05:26 PM ET
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Georgia Rep. Paul Broun to run for Senate

(CNN) – The 2014 Senate race in Georgia has its first candidate.

Republican Rep. Paul Broun announced Wednesday he's running for the seat currently held by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who announced last month he's not seeking re-election.

"Georgians aren't interested in labels or affiliation, they're interested in solutions. And that begins by making Washington smaller and America bigger! That's the reason I'm running for U.S. Senate," Broun said in a statement. He also held an event Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.

The congressman cited "out-of-control spending in Washington" as his primary motive for running for the upper chamber.

"We must have someone to lead the fight to stop this madness, and restore fiscal restraint to our nation's capital," he said. "Georgia needs a Senator who will take a stand to stop the irresponsible spending. I'll be that leader!"

Other Republican contenders who may jump in the race include Rep. Tom Price, Rep. Jack Kingston, and Rep. Phil Gingrey.

On the Democratic side, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he's not interested in going after the seat, while Rep. John Barrow has said he has no plans to run, either.

Now in his third full term, Broun represents Georgia's 10th Congressional District, which sits in the northeast part of the state. He was first elected in a 2007 special election.

Before winning the special, Broun, a physician, made two unsuccessful attempts at the House and one failed run for an open Senate seat in the 1990s.

He has won favor among religious conservatives and tea party supporters since being in the House. The first bill he introduced called for a ban on all abortions, and he pushed for a ban of Playboy and Penthouse magazines at military bases.

In September, he drew criticism for saying in a speech at a Baptist church that "evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory" are "lies straight from the pit of hell." Critics were quick to point out that the congressman also serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

As of the end of 2012, Broun had about $155,000 campaign cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission. It's not much at the start of a Senate bid, but with no other contenders as of yet, he's leading in a one-man race.


Filed under: Georgia • Saxby Chambliss • Senate
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    This is the guy that called evolution "lies from the pit of Hell." If TX elects him, it just might be proof that he's right.

    Having trouble following that insult? Perhaps it's your chimp genes.

    February 6, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Bill

    This guy makes those clowns Mourdock and Akin look like flaming liberals. The difference is Broun is just plain scary and has no idea what he is talking about. You heard it here first – – the seat goes blue in 2014. I guess the GOP did not learn much last cycle about putting up extreme candidates.

    February 6, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Hey,goofball ,this is a country of 330million people and not the hick state you come from . It cost money to run this country ,lots of it ,go back to hillbilly gop heaven,your state .

    February 6, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Crooked Bridge

    In most realities, this guy would be a laugh. Unfortunately, many people in Georgia eat his kind of crap right up. I think it is something to do with hating anyone who doesn't look, think or worship like you. Sorry America.

    February 6, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Hey,the hillbilly conservative gop trash don't run this country and never will,it cost money to run a country of 330million people,something people from your hick state don't know anything about ,go back to the woods or somila!!!!

    February 6, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Logic N LA

    Does anyone but me find this House member's statement to be laughable? He was in the one body that controls our purse strings and has obviously done nothing. Now he thinks as a Senator he can do more. The only thing he gains withthe move is a guaranteed seat for 6 years instead of two.

    February 6, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Gonzoinhouston

    The demmies are gleefully rubbing their hands together........

    February 6, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. California Gary

    This guy is one of the biggest and most dangerous nuts on the political scene. Surely, the people of Georgia can do better.

    February 6, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. PJ

    Hey Sniffitt: Please don't hang this guy on Texas, he isn't ours, and we have enough idiots to deal with.

    February 6, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Proof that early man did mate with buffalo.

    February 6, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    Go ahead paul an make your day, an run for the senator seat you just might or you may not get the seat.

    February 6, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. The Film Professor

    Refuse from the right-wing loony bin; the only good thing about him running is that someone else will get to take his House seat. This guy is the worst of the worst.

    February 6, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. msmelley

    This guy is nuts. 4 wives..family man. idiot, hypocrit, neocon, radical rightwing, racist, republican. need I say more

    February 6, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Oh please, oh please, oh please run! Where do I send my check?!?!?!?!

    This guy makes Akin and Murdoch look like flaming queens!

    This "physician" doesn't believe in science!?!? Where did he go Jerry Falwell's Medical School?

    Who said that there wasn't a God?! lol At least he and I can agree on that! lol

    February 6, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Marissa

    My state sucks, and he's probably going to win. You guys, I am so so sorry for our "contribution" to the future of our country. I for one won't be voting for him.

    February 6, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. nothing new here

    Religious zealotry at it's worse.
    Karl Rove, are you paying attention to THIS race?

    February 6, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. fernace

    Rep.Broun is right! Fiscal responsibility is desperately needed in our capitol! It's the only thing her's right about! I propose they clean up their own "porkbellied" acts 1st, before they go after our hard earned paychecks, while kissing up to multibillionairs! I realize all of us Americans must be represented & we are a very diverse bunch, but all I can say is, there must have been a dearth of people to pick from on that special electionday in 2007!!

    February 7, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    The problem is that the Democrats might not have a strong candidate to run against him and the other conservative repubs. I'm hoping for an entertaining race to the bottom for the republican nomination. Lot's of mud-slinging, idiotic comments. Three of the contenders (including Broun!) are medical doctors of one kind or another; generally one would expect them to show some intelligence. Hadn't seen it yet; probably won't

    Mitt Romney only beat Barack Obama by about 8% last year, so not all Georgians are ignorant, hillbilly, or rednecks.

    February 7, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  19. g

    now i know why reagon defunded mental health-to save the republican party

    February 7, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Out of control spending? Startling comment coming from a rep of a state that spends more Federal tax dollars than it send to DC, but hey, reality has never been the strong suit for the wacko fringe Right.

    February 7, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  21. Marry

    While Cantor is (unsuccessful) trying desperately to paint the GOP in a "new" light, the "candidates" they present are simply out of this world.
    If there are any "normal" Republicans somewhere – it is time for you to speak up and call your party. Are you not insulted as what they paint YOU? I mean a lying, cheating, obstructing, malicious, filibustering, misrepresenting, intolerant, slandering, divisive, greedy, unproductive, fighting all progress, and warmongering, classless, loser group? Is that really you? I will not believe that – but you do have to prove with your vote against all that stupidity that you protest this as well! You will really let them make the party every day more into the laughing stock of the world and destroy YOUR party? Well?

    February 7, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. LovesIrony

    Hey Jindal, hows that not being the party of stupid working?

    February 7, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |