Remember Paul Broun Jr., Athens' former congressman who regularly made late-night talk show fodder with proclamations like "evolution is a lie straight from the pit of Hell"?
Well, Broun is back. He's been laying low after a failed U.S. Senate run in 2014, but now he wants Gov. Brian Kemp to appoint him to the seat Sen. Johnny Isakson is leaving at the end of the year.
Today, PolitiFact Georgia celebrated its fifth anniversary by looking back at some of its favorite lies. The website, which fact-checks politicians' claims, listed statements by Athens' once and current congressmen, Paul Broun and Jody Hice, among its Top 5 "false" ratings.
Because of course he does.
He did not mention this to me when we ran into each other in the Kroger checkout line last weekend, but U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who lost a Senate bid in the May primary, is looking for work once his term is up at the end of the year.
He was a doctor before he was elected to Congress in 2007 but plans to stay in politics,telling the AJC:
The Second Amendment: Second in the Bill of Rights, first in Rep. Paul Broun's heart.
The AJC's Daniel Malloy recently caught up with Paul Broun and asked him whether he plans to endorse a candidate in the U.S. Senate runoff (he finished fifth May 20) or the 10th District race to replace him in Congress. Broun's reply:
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun improperly reported the source of $179,000 in campaign funds, but the Federal Election Commission is not punishing him because the statute of limitations has expired.
Athens congressman and Senate candidate Paul Broun spent $33,000 in taxpayer money on a campaign consultant who specializes in coaching debating techniques. And when a WSB-TV reporter tried to ask him about it, Broun slammed the door in his face.
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