If Barry Fleming qualifies for his present House seat instead of running for Congress don’t be surprised.
An internal GOP poll shows Broun has been able to solidify support in the district in excess of 65% among Republican primary voters. Fleming is going to have a tough time. Likewise, major conservative third party groups such as the Republican Study Committee’s House Conservative Fund, not to mention several of the really big guns (a number of whom are calling me for my opinion on the race), are starting to pull the trigger for Broun.
Likewise, the conservative heavy hitters in the U.S. House are signaling their full throated support for Broun. I would not be surprised to see people like Pence and Shadegg coming into the 10th, not to mention a few good conservative neighbors from South Carolina. These guys aren’t afraid of a Republican primary fight.
Fleming did himself no favors going after the Georgia congressional delegation’s Republican members for signing on with Broun’s English language legislation. The legislation is a House companion to Senator Jim Inhofe’s Senate legislation. I’m told several members of Congress were stunned that Broun would be attacked by a Republican on that issue. One of those members told me on background that the Fleming release was circulated among the conservative House members and it showed “a profound misunderstanding of how the legislative process in Washington works. We don’t need a guy like that up here. We have enough of them already.”