Rep. Jack KingstonRep. Jack Kingston told a gathering of suburban Atlanta Republican activists on Saturday that he intends to run for Georgia’s GOP Senate nomination, multiple meeting attendees confirmed to Tipsheet.

Kingston, who has been openly testing the waters of a potential bid in the wake of news that Sen. Saxby Chambliss would resign his seat next year, was the special guest at the monthly meeting of the Forsyth County Republican Party, nearly three hundred miles from his own southeast coastal district.

Rumors that Kingston had formally announced swirled on Twitter in the hours that followed the meeting, but the group’s chairman, Ethan Underwood, said he the congressman only said he “plans to seek the Republican nomination.”

“Rep. Kingston said he is not officially announcing his candidacy,” Underwood told Tipsheet, “but that he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the seat.”

If that explanation sounds like quibbling, that’s because it is: it likely means that Kingston has firmly resolved to run but not yet filed the necessary federal paperwork.

The apparent psuedo-announcement, for which Kingston aides did not respond to inquiries, pits the Savannah Republican against at least one fellow member of Georgia’s GOP congressional delegation and possibly two more.

– James Richardson