Daniel Malloy, the AJC’s new guy in Washington, sends word that U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has decided not to upset the apple cart – and will run for re-election next year in the 10th District that the Legislature is about to give him.
A dramatically changed district – pinched by the Republican effort to oust Democratic incumbent John Barrow of Savannah, and a new Gainesville-based 9th District in Georgia’s northeast corner – had prompted speculation that Broun might decide to run in that new district. An ambiguous statement from the congressman’s office didn’t help.
At the Capitol, Republicans had been on pins and needles. Gov. Nathan Deal is already thought to be quietly backing state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, as Georgia’s next new congressman. (A spokesman denies that the governor has a horse in this race — and maintains that Deal has vowed to stay out of the festivities.)
Here’s Broun’s statement:
“I knew that Georgia’s dramatic population growth would require the General Assembly to create an additional congressional district and that the boundaries of the 10th District would change.
“While I very much regret losing some areas the district, I am pleased to see that it will retain a portion of the CSRA, the University of Georgia, the Lake Oconee region, and other vibrant communities that I have been privileged to serve.
“I am enthusiastic about meeting the people and officials of the new communities that the General Assembly included in our newly drawn district.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider