If Paul Broun Runs For Senate…

January 28, 2013 7:08 am

by Charlie · 16 comments

Many are pointing to consultant Joel McElhannon for stoking Paul Broun’s desire to run for Senate.  McElhannon already has a client in one Senator Bill Cowsert, who recently was tapped to be the President Pro Tem of the Senate – except that his fellow Senators didn’t go along with that plan.  Cowsert could use a Congressional seat to console himself, but it would help if one were open.  And if Paul Broun decided to evolve into a Senator, then McElhannon – who has been involved with races for Congressmen such as Jim Whitehead, Mike Evans, Clay Cox, Martha Zoller, and most recently the award winning Lee Anderson “we ain’t talkin” campaigns - is hungry for another victim client.

The tenth could become an interesting race, with many potentials to choose from but no clear front runner to start with.  John Douglas’ name has been floated, and Mike Griffin may want to move from GRTL’s lobbyist to an elected position (he’s tried before). Or, he may want to get behind a return to elective office for Athens’ Doug McKillip, who spoke to a recent pro-life rally saying he didn’t regret his fetal pain bill or moving to the Republican party.  GA-10 would likely be a much more level playing field for him than his Athens house district was for him as a Republican.

redrock January 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

Does that make McElhannon, 0 out of 7?

That’s impressively bad.

Noway January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

Was it Broun who made the controversial statement before the election about Satan or something? Don’t know they context, sorry for the lack of info I have here but all I remember was that I did an eye-roll at the time.

governor atkinson's ghost January 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

Assuming Broun does run for Senate, I wonder if Stephen Simpson will run for that House seat. He got something like 30 percent of the vote and from what I could tell didn’t have a big war chest.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 10:50 am

Simpson was a vastly better candidate than Broun……..it shows how screwed the system is that Broun won that race, then proceeded to tell the world that it is only 6000 years old or such. I once told Broun I would support him for US Senate, but that was before the NDAA vote and before he got embroiled in a bank failure. His radical brand of social conservative finished me off.

xdog January 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

” if Paul Broun decided to evolve into a Senator”

Even the possibility is a lie straight from the pit of hell.

John Vestal January 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

As of Friday, John Douglas was saying he wasn’t interested.

FtEarlyCreek January 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I saw his facebook page that said he wasn’t interested in running for the Senate. I saw nothing about a House race.

John Vestal January 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I stand corrected….he WAS speaking of the USS seat.

Scott65 January 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

If you are a Democrat…this would be your dream challenger. Running in a district drawn for you and statewide are two very different things…and that goes for most of these guys

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Despite his seemingly limited appeal to much of the electorate, I wouldn’t underestimate Paul Broun as the fairly large and very-formidable Conservative base of the Republican Party in Georgia will turnout for Broun in droves if he decides to run for Saxby Chambliss’ open U.S. Senate seat.

It is the highly-likely fervent support of Broun from the base of the Republican Party in Georgia, as well as Broun’s firebrand style of conservatism that could make Broun a very-formidable opponent heading into a GOP Primary where the base will dominate.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

You make an interesting point. Also, Broun comes closest to appealing to the Ron Paul crowd, except for that NDAA vote.

jim2011 January 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

If you’re talking about who is going to succeed Paul Broun, then Tim Echols must be included in that conversation. Hands down the conservative to beat!

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Nooo…………………………………………..way………………………………

You were kidding, right?

WeymanCWannamakerJr January 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Hey Paul. Dante somethingortheother called and left a message. Something about a circle 8?

cheapseats January 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

If Broun runs, I will certainly vote for him in the primary. And hope anybody else wins.
He is the Honey BooBoo of Georgia Politics. So, he’ll probably win because the voters of Georgia are just morons on the whole.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Sadly, this becomes more evident with every election. Going for Newt in the Presidential primary…..puhleeese……

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