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U.S. Senate candidates wife stumps in Forsyth

CUMMING — Niki Broun traveled to Forsyth County for some woman-to-women conversation about her husband, Paul.

Paul Broun, an Athens Republican who represents Georgia’s 10thDistrict in the U.S. House of Representatives, is one of several candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring. The primary election is May 20.

Niki Broun said her husband’s Senate ambitions began early on, adding that he “had a feeling he would be senator.”

Paul Broun, a doctor, ran a few political races early on and lost, but he didn’t give up. When Charlie Norwood passed away in 2007, Broun sought to fill the District 10 seat.

It was a small margin of victory, but he won, having never held public “office before against enormous odds,” Niki Broun said.

She said he campaigned on the slogan that congress is sick, so voters “need a doctor in the House.”

While he won with that campaign, the federal government is still ailing, particularly with its passing of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

Paul Broun authored the Patient Option Act, a 77-page solution. But with Democrats controlling the Senate, she said it’s unlikely to pass.

“2014 is our year to take back the Senate,” she said. “[Paul] can hit the ground running as far as pushing a conservative agenda.”