Paul Broun Announces Candidacy for Senate…

January 29, 2013 20:28 pm

by Mike Hassinger · 54 comments

Breaking: Confirmed: In Gwinnett County at a meeting for CHARGE (a Republican-leaning ethics and Good government group) Paul Broun made an unscheduled appearance. Featured at the event was potential US Senate candidate Karen Handel (who had been scheduled to speak). Broun’s wife apparently announced to the crowd her husband’s intention to run for the US Senate in Georgia.

Here’s a picture. H/T to @mandrewbroshea , who has a detailed update here.

Bob Loblaw January 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Thank you, God, for telling Paul Broun to run so we can be rid of him in our government! Just like you told Ralph to run, you have apparently told Paul. Or his wife. Whatever. Thank you. A’men.

IndyInjun January 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Thank you, Nikki, for letting us know.

Nonchalant January 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I’m voting for the guy who says he intends to regularly poll the state legislature on what he should do, and take instructions–which would naturally motivate the legislature to actually give instructions. Old school.

Dave Bearse January 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Since the Georgia General Assembly takes its instructions from lobbyist, cut out the middlemen, and simply vote for the guy who says he’ll take instructions from lobbyists.

Dave Bearse January 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

If that’s the case, the first circus ring is spoken far.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Paul Broun entering the U.S. Senate race instantly makes him a pretty formidable candidate and a very strong contender to win the 2014 GOP Primary as Rep. Paul Broun brings a hard-edge to this race, likely the HARDEST edge.

The presence of Broun in the race ensures that a candidate will not win this race, they will have to SURVIVE it, especially in the Republican Primary.

The entertainment value of this race just went through the roof!

Stefan January 29, 2013 at 11:43 pm

This is the most exciting development in the 5,000 year history of our planet.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 30, 2013 at 12:44 am

I know that you think that it is exciting as Democrats seem to think that it might give them an opening, which given Broun’s history of saying what he feels, is understandable.

Though there is no question that demographic trends are looking favorable for Georgia Democrats down the road, whomever Georgia Democrats put forward in ’14 will be no match for a Republican nominee who will emerge from the fight of their political lives in the GOP Primary extremely battle-hardened, battle-tested, abundantly well-funded and loaded for bear.

It might not be such a bad idea if Georgia Democrats sit this one out and work on building an organization and resources for future years, unless they would want to throw some of the young ones into the fire in a very-hostile environment to get some much-needed field experience and knowledge that they could apply at a future date.

Bob Loblaw January 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

Paul Broun won’t raise two nickels to rub together. I’ll be surprised if he exceeds the 5% he got last time he ran for the Senate.

David C January 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

The Runoff should ensure Paul Broun, like Vernon Jones before him, can’t actually get the Senate nomination. What will be interesting is if the other Republican candidates feel the need to match his crazy (which would be a mistake on all their parts) and he pulls the field to the right.

drjay January 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

different time different place, i know…but the runoff is what put broun in congress to begin with…

Bob Loblaw January 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

(using best Jim Mora, Sr. while coaching Indianapolis voice)

Runoff? Runoff? You’re talking about a Runoff? Paul Broun won’t sniff the runoff. Runoff?

WeymanCWannamakerJr January 30, 2013 at 4:15 am

Please don’t exaggerate. We all know that 5,000 years is totally implausible. Mr. Broun stated that the earth is 6,000 years old which of course is much more plausible.

John Vestal February 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

I think he said 9,000…which is still silly, since everyone knows that’s only half of the 18,000 years it actually took Pangu to create the Earth.

Spacey G January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Coffee spew!!!!!!!!!!!

IndyInjun January 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

One can visualize Broun claiming that his campaign platform planks came from Noah’s Ark.

(Nooooo Nikki, puhlease don’t use that shepherds crook on my neck again, like you did at that last Broun fundraiser… Oh, and Paul, you remember 2 years ago when I told you I thought you should run for Senate? I still do, but for an entirely different reason.)

FtEarlyCreek January 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

How many rings will this circus have?

Scott65 January 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

More rings than Liz Taylor’s wedding rings…but less than Saturn (that were created 6000 years ago and orbit the Earth)

Stefan January 31, 2013 at 12:50 am


The Last Democrat in Georgia January 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

Don’t you mean “Lies straight from the pit of hell”?

Three Jack January 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

Over / under on when he will say something rivaling Todd Akin to get national publicity?

Bob Loblaw January 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

I want to see the over/under on when he realizes that Congress is a good spot and he drops out.

Three Jack January 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

Either way, my post still applies 😉

saltycracker January 30, 2013 at 11:01 am


Bob Loblaw January 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

Past comments don’t count? I’d like to see the over/under on writers who include the phrase “pit of hell” within stories written about his entrance into the primary.

drjay January 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

i’m curious if he would be able to get sworn in if he did win a senate race…

Romegaguy January 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm


Noway January 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,”

This d*****bag is a doctor, too! Damn, I wouldn’t let someone who panders this badly treat me for the sniffles.

What an embarrassment to all of his colleagues in the medical field.

Romegaguy January 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I think Broun prefers to be called Quack instead of Doctor

novicegirl January 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Calling Tim Echols.

IndyInjun January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I have been calling him something or another since his Masters Tix kerfuffle.

drjay January 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

why do you have to hate, he was just trying to do his job as a public service commish to his best ability.

IndyInjun January 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Because doing what a public service commish does means seeking perks?

Harry January 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm


novicegirl January 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

It’s time for Tim Echols to take the baton from Paul Broun.

timechols February 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

Since I was summoned, let me encourage Peach Pundit readers to do a search in this blog on Broun’s name and go back to 2007 and 2008 when he was running against Jim Whitehead and then Barry Fleming. The same exact sort of trash talking was evident from virtually everyone, and Team Broun orchestrates the biggest upset in a federal election in the history of the state as he defeated Jim Whitehead. A year later, Barry Fleming loses virtually precinct in the entire district except his home precinct in Harlem. Nevertheless, this blog still doubts him and gives him Broun no respect. Name calling, mocking, gossip, hateful speech, repeating lies from the media as if they were true–anything but a genuine analysis of potential candidates and how the race might play out. And I am sure after this post, it will start about me. I was with Broun from the beginning. My students came in and walked precincts for him, made thousands of phone calls, and it all came together–just the same way they did in my election. Do not underestimate Paul Broun and his appeal to voters. He may lose the vote on Peach Pundit, but what conservative doesn’t.

Charlie February 1, 2013 at 7:42 am


John Konop February 1, 2013 at 8:12 am


Tim had made it clear you are a left wing hippie running a blog that is not conservative. Tim thinks you should put your granola bar down, sell your VW bus with the peace sign on it and follow him.

John Konop February 1, 2013 at 8:07 am


You think Erick, Buzz, Charlie, Ron, Bridget, Nathan, Obi , Mark and Mike are liberal? Please help me understand your definition of conservative?

Three Jack February 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

Tim’s defining conservative characteristic – how hard one can thump a bible.

Harry February 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

Please don’t think you’re entitled to free Masters tickets, if you want my respect.

David Staples February 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

Per Wikipedia – ” In the July 17, 2007 election, Broun upset Whitehead by a margin of just 0.8%, a difference of just 394 votes.”

Anyhow, I think we both know running statewide is quite a bit different than running in a district. Can you imagine how much different running for the PSC would be if you only had to focus on one PSC district instead of the entire state? Let’s not forget that he got 3% of the vote when he ran for US Senate in 1996. I can’t say I know much about Broun yet, but I can’t say I’d be too eager to support anyone who thinks the Earth is only 9,000 years old.

IndyInjun February 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Hey, Echols, I supported Broun and I supported you. Time and results have proven me wrong.

David Staples February 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I could see myself supporting Tim in a re-election. I’m especially glad to see that he doesn’t have the large donations from the utility execs, lobbyists, and attorneys. I think he’s made some mistakes / bad judgements (Masters tickets)… some might call them rookie mistakes… but all in all I think he’s done a decent job. Having seen his stance on gambling and some other social issues I doubt I could support him for a run for the legislature. But I could see myself supporting him in 2016 depending on who all is in the race.

Dave Bearse February 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I set aside Echol’s socon views when I voted for him, reasoning they weren’t relevant/PSC actionable.

The shakedown attempt demonstrates a character flaw that disqualifies Echols from any re-election vote from me.

John Konop February 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm


Tim will call you a liberal now……..WOW I am really confused…………..

IndyInjun February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Aren’t we all? “Conservatism” isn’t what it used to be. It got taken over by a bunch of squatters who hustled their way in behind a bevy of home-schooled kids.

John Konop February 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm


Romegaguy February 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm

How’s Governor Oxendine doing these days Tim?

Bob Loblaw February 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Nice, Commissioner. Almost as smooth as your “taxi enforcement or else” demand onto the grounds of Augusta National. You couldn’t come up with $2500 to scalp one?

You go side with Paul Broun. And when the quotes start piling up about stuff you wouldn’t dare say and may think, but still wouldn’t say, get ready to carry them around as if they are yours.

Scott65 January 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

On your mark…get set…GO!
Let the race to the far right begin!!!

WeymanCWannamakerJr January 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

If Broun slides any further to the right he will fall off the edge of his flat earth.

Romegaguy January 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Do you think it would tip the Island of Guam over?

IndyInjun February 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Perhaps it is time for someone to announce for the 10th, since Paul is leaving.

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