Rep. Paul Broun expected to announce Georgia U.S. Senate campaign

Rachel Rose Hartman
The Ticket

It looks as if Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun could soon be a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Broun's office announced on Tuesday that it will issue a statement on the race on Wednesday, and reports suggest Republicans fully expect Broun to enter it. The seat currently belongs to retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

And while Broun spokesperson Meredith Griffanti, in an email to Yahoo News, noted that "the release just says that he’s making announcement tomorrow regarding the race," the holding of a public event in and of itself suggests news will be made.

Broun, a physician who was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006, previously had suggested he was eyeing a primary challenge to Chambliss, who has since announced his retirement.

A Broun candidacy would likely be welcome news for Democrats eager to revisit the list of Broun's incendiary remarks and to paint Broun as extreme—a label establishment Republicans are fighting against this election cycle after their 2012 presidential loss.

The Georgia representative made headlines in October for saying that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" created to convince people they do not need a savior.

Broun has also openly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship and, last month, suggested Obama abides by the "Soviet constitution."

Broun would likely be challenged in the primary. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Georgia Rep. Tom Price are among the Republicans regarded as potential candidates.