Stephen Simpson, the Republican who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, brought out the big guns during a Walton County forum earlier this week. From the Walton Tribune:
â€œI am not a saint, but my opponent is refusing to answer questions about why he lost his job in Watkinsville and why he canâ€™t get hospital privileges anywhere in Georgia,â€ said challenger Stephen Simpson.
The statement caused outbursts from the crowd and did not sit easily with the raceâ€™s incumbent, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, a licensed doctor.
â€œI have to answer this,â€ he said. â€œMy opponent has made these outrageous statements and has given to a campaign of desperation and lies. It has got to stop.â€
The moderator prevented Broun from directly providing a response, reminding the candidate the format was a forum, not a debate. …
Broun did not address his opponentâ€™s remarks in his closing statements but reiterated his remarks after the event.
â€œThey are just outright lies and attempts of a desperate man,â€ the congressman said. â€œI want to focus on the issue where we are divided. He simply wants bigger government and I do not.â€
Team Broun hasn’t responded to a request for comment. It’s true, though, that he doesn’t have admitting privileges at any Georgia hospital, according to a form he filed with the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.
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