Well it appears that Governor Sonny “Go Fish” Perdue is coming to help rescue rookie Congressman Paul Broun.
Gov. Sonny Perdue has taken up a shovel to help dig U.S. Rep. Paul Broun out of his financial hole.
The governor will attend a Wednesday barbecue lunch in Augusta for the Republican congressman, Broun’s campaign office announced this morning. Tickets are $25, but the people at the door will certainly take more if offered.
As you all may remember, fiscal conservative Broun had some troubles budgeting expenses… using most of his annual office budget as a Congressman to save his tail in the Republican primary.
Last week, a congressional report declared that Broun has spent more than 80 percent of his annual office budget. Almost half of his spending went toward mailings to constituents — at the time, the freshman congressman was being outraised by a well-financed Republican challenger.
Broun’s spending totaled $1.139 million through June 30, the AJC has reported. Based on an annual budget of about $1.38 million, that leaves the congressman with just $241,000 to pay essentials — including office rent, salaries, equipment and his travel through December.
So Broun is using re-election fund raisers to help pay his Congressional staff:
Some staffers have already transferred to Broun’s re-election campaign, where they are paid with funds raised from political donors — like the people who will come to Wednesday’s barbecue.
While he did manage to win the Republican primary, his job isn’t totally secured, as he still faces a challenge in November.
Broun’s general election opponent, Democrat Bobby Saxon, has made the congressman’s financial problems a campaign issue, saying that 10th District voters are being shortchanged.
The AJC continues on to tell us that the Congressman essentially blames his former chief of staff and attempts to shield himself from any blame.
Come on, Congressman… just admit you were scared, weren’t fund raising very well and thought you might lose the primary so you threw all your fiscally conservative principles out the window and spent taxpayers money left and right not to be of a service to the taxpayers but to save your own job.