Following last week’s news that former 10th District Representative Paul Broun was one3 of the leaders behind an effort to discredit Kevin McCarthy in his run for Speaker of the House, Jim Thompson of the Athens Banner-Herald caught up with the Watkinsville doctor, and got him to admit he could consider another run at political office.
“Both political parties are responsible” for the country’s drift away from constitutional governance, Broun said, adding that America has “got to return to a policy of individual responsibility and accountability.”
Broun, whose bedrock conservative Christian faith has figured prominently in his public life, said Thursday his continuing interest in the political scene is now informed by a biblical verse, as he recited the third verse of Psalm 11, which reads, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Broun added he believes he has “a calling to restore the foundational principles of this country.” Asked if that meant he might consider another run at public office, Broun said he would “prayerfully consider” any opportunities the might come his way to again run for office.
One possibile impediment to another run for public office could be an investigation by the U.S. House Ethics Committee over whether Broun used congressional staff to work on his Senate campaign. Broun left office before the investigation could be completed, although his former communications consultant pleaded guilty last month to making false statements in an ethics investigation. For his part, Broun told the Banner-Herald that he felt he would be exonerated in any federal investigation into the use of congressional funds for campaign purposes.