Niki Broun let slip in a Tuesday night address to an Atlanta conservative gathering that her husband, Athens Republican Rep. Paul Broun, would campaign for the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
“Paul Broun did not announce a Senate candidacy tonight…but his wife did,” Greg Williams, the chairman of the Buckhead Young Republicans and one of the dinner’s attendees, wrote on Facebook. “Paul Broun is running for the Seat, announced at the CHARGE meeting in Gwinnett tonight.”
Former Charlie Norwood aide Gabriel Sterling corroborated the timetable blunder on Twitter:
— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 30, 2013
Though Broun himself was in attendance and spoke at the meeting, it was his wife who confirmed his candidacy.
Also speaking was former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who has been speculated on as another potential candidate for the race or Congressman Tom Price’s congressional seat should he seek to replace Chambliss.