Will Paul Broun Make Another Run for Office? Maybe.

Paul Broun campaigns to become the GOP Senate  nominee in a May, 2014 stop in Gwinnett County.  Photo: Jon Richards
Paul Broun campaigns to become the GOP Senate nominee in a May, 2014 stop in Gwinnett County.
Photo: Jon Richards
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.

8 comments

  1. jpm says:

    The latest Gallop Poll shows the US House of Representatives has an 83% disapproval rating with the people. When one drills down into the reasons cited of why citizens are disaffected with the House; poor/ineffective leadership is a major factor. Kevin McCarthy is recognized as part of that leadership. I do not know that Paul Broun can more effectively discredit the republican leadership than the leadership has done under the Boehner strategies.

    Broun may not be the solution, but a party continuing to perpetuate failed leadership will continue to suffer and will allow “fringe groups” to prosper.

  2. xdog says:

    Boehner’s leadership strategy was to appease the radical right wing. That worked about as well as you would expect: luckily, only one government shutdown, a routine of 11th hour deals to avoid disaster, countless show votes, all to the detriment of the country. The house has been the legislative equivalent of a teenager laying rubber in daddy’s car on Saturday night–lots of noise and smoke and damn but it feels good, but in the morning someone has to pay for those tires.

    I don’t expect much to change until after elections next year. Then we’ll see if the moderates are finally willing to fight for the party or if they continue to cower in the corner, hoping no one notices them, content for the house to continue to serve as an impediment to governance.

  3. northside101 says:

    A Broun-Hice race is akin to Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee debating whom among the two is the most conservative (or Cruz-Santorum or Huckabee-Santorum).

    Would be interesting to see if Democrats got involved in that primary? Back in 2007, there were efforts to get Democrats to vote in the 10th CD runoff between Broun and former State Senator Jim Whitehead of Augusta. Broun won by less than 1% of the vote (about 400 votes), though Whitehead’s gaffes played a role too. No Democrat is going to win the 10th CD (whether the actual seat or as a statewide candidate), and right now there doesn’t look to be much reason to vote in next May’s Democratic primary (at the state level), so perhaps some opportunities for Democratic mischief in Athens?

    • Andrew C. Pope says:

      The best hope for Athens Democrats is a moderate Republican wading into a hypothetical Hice/Broun primary. No Democrat can win the 10th as drawn and, even if one could, the Democratic bench is pretty unimpressive. The one name that intrigues me is John Barrow. He’s back in town after being exiled by gerrymandering. He’s got a track record as a moderate, Democrat and a heck of a lot more sense than the not-a-real-Dr. Hice and probably-shouldn’t-be-your-Dr. Broun.

  4. northside101 says:

    I wonder what made Broun think he could win a US Senate nomination in this state? Or was he just bored being in the House?

    I don’t see Barrow making a run—if he could not get re-elected in a district some one-third black (as was CD 12 last year), then how on earth would he win a district that is even less black (around 22%)? Clarke County (mostly in CD 10, but with a few precincts in CD 9) of course votes Democratic, along with some rural counties (like Jefferson and Taliaferro) at the southern end of the district, but the dominant base here is Republican—no Democratic statewide candidate came remotely close to winning this district (even Michelle Nunn only cracked 35% in the district against Perdue). You may see a Democratic trend in parts of the district in the next few years, like the Henry and Newton portions (Henry backed Nunn and Carter last year, though the portion of Henry in CD 10 is strongly Republican, and ditto for Newton), but not enough in the next few cycles to make the district competitive in a November contest.

    • David C says:

      What made Broun think he could win a Senate nomination? Probably Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, etc.

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