A Nathan Deal promise to defend Paul Broun

You’ll remember that after U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, won his congressional seat in 2007, the GOP establishment in east Georgia made a pair of unsuccessful attempts to remove him.

That same GOP establishment may have been listening these last few weeks when, after the debut of Georgia’s new congressional maps, rumors abounded that Broun – whose 10th District was vastly changed – might run in the new 9th.

Where certain prominent Republicans had already identified their candidate.

Broun ultimately decided to stay put. But you have to wonder if Roll Call, the D.C. newspaper, might have stumbled upon one of the factors that kept Broun in place. From an assessment of Georgia’s congressional contests:

There’s considerable buzz about Broun facing a primary challenge. He is gaining a substantial amount of new territory under the redrawn lines, but the doctor will probably diagnose and dispatch any GOP rivals without too many complications. Broun has one of the better grass-roots organizations in the state, and he has the support of some pretty important players.

“The governor is close personal friends with Congressman Broun and will endorse him if he faces a primary opponent,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson [said].

I texted Robinson to ask whether the governor’s incumbent-protection pledge extended to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger. He said it did.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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52 comments Add your comment

Debbie Dooley

September 22nd, 2011
2:51 pm

““The governor is close personal friends with Congressman Broun and will endorse him if he faces a primary opponent,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson [said].”

Looks like Governor Deal and the tea parties are on the same page. We will fight to protect Congressman Broun.

steve

September 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Good.. these are both good congressman for our state. I have had the opportunity to meet and chat with both of them and we are lucky to have them. Glad the Governor feels the same way.

Georgia Values

September 22nd, 2011
3:33 pm

Liz Carter moved into the 10th. She claims her step son was beat up at Lakeside High School in DeKalb, prompting the move. The beating that really prompted the move was most likely the 75-25 she took from Hank Johnson. She is desperate to be in congress and delusional at best to think she can move into the 10th and beat Broun.

Retired Solider

September 22nd, 2011
3:43 pm

Dream-

Sick.

ProgressivePeach

September 22nd, 2011
3:47 pm

Based on Broun’s performance, I’d say being insane and delusional is a prerequisite for representing the 10th.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Why complain to Jim, Debbie…after all Dooley is a Roman Catholic name in Georgia.

Tim

September 22nd, 2011
4:10 pm

Well of course he’ll defend that psychopath Paul Broun. Broun could possibly be the most insane member of Congress. But of course the AJC gives him a pass. Look at how the AJC portrayed Cynthia McKinney. They depicted her as if she was looney and wacky. But then you have Paul Broun, someone who should be in a straight jacket being monitored by nurses, and they portray him as a conservative with “passion”. What a joke. We know you have an agenda AJC.

Paul Broun is the perfect representative for Georgia. An idiot state that literally LYNCHED a possibly innocent man based on recanted eyewitness testimony. The whole world is disgusted. Hey AJC, cover the Judicial Branch more. We need to be more aware of these morons on the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Georgia Court of Appeals, etc. Put the attention on them.

I will do everything possible to shine a light on our Judicial Branch. The cowardly Parole Board votes to execute a man, and then hides. They don’t reveal how they voted. It’s not business as usual anymore. Not after the lynching Georgia committed last night. We’ve got to get the Paul Brouns and his ilk out of government. And the first step is to remove these untraceable touch-screen voting machines. You vote, and then you have no proof. They’ve been stealing votes since those machines were introduced in 2002.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 22nd, 2011
4:17 pm

So Tim, tell us all how much effort you’ve expended to bring Bush and Cheney to justice for their manifestly obvious 9/11 treason? Georgia’s the best state of the fifty. Nobody’s hindering your departure.

The Snark

September 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

Tim:

Not to be picky here, but the Board of Pardons and Paroles is part of the executive branch, not the judicial branch.

all in the family, Deal

September 22nd, 2011
4:20 pm

I wonder if Deal will help Tom Price; he already screwed up his district because Price supported Karen.

Tim

September 22nd, 2011
4:34 pm

@The Snark

You’re right. I forget that sometimes. Their sole responsibility is to deal with peoples’ court cases, so you would think they would be under the Judicial Branch.

@Will Jones

“Georgia’s the best state of the fifty”.

Thanks for the laugh.

Barry

September 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

Wow, Tim – you call Paul Broun a “psychopath” and then let loose with a stream of delusional absurdities, including the breathtakingly idiotic claim that cop-murderer Troy Davis was “lynched” after his 20-year dodge through the legal system? I believe you’ve singlehandedly shattered every irony meter still in existence. Perhaps you should see if your local fire and rescue services have the appropriate tools to loosen the band on your tin-foil hat just a little.

Jackie

September 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

Cynthia McKinney was hardly ‘portrayed” as crazy. Revealed might be a better word. She was an embarassment, out of touch with reality and had a serious case of arrogantitis. She ought to have been hounded from office and exiled in shame. The fact that she was elected and re-elected says much about the condition of the electorate in her district…none of it good.

Keep doing this GOP

September 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

Let’s see , what has Mr.Broun done these past 4 years ?

Since he is now my FORMER Congressman, i can tell people of the new 10th district to get ready to be embarrassed, have over 11% unemployment, and will be ignored if even the hint of disagreement with the congressman over any issue.

” That Henry Paulson, the father of the TARP, why he’s a closet Democrat”
I feel sorry for you .

red light redistrict

September 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

Wrong, Jackie. Where have U been? McKinney was proven absolutely correct. We knew everything, and someone, (Cheney), made sure that the dots weren’t connected so that we could have world war three and someone, (Cheney), could get rich and live like Saudi Princes.

And that’s just a natural born fact, jack.(ie)

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

Roman Catholic McKinney took a fall for her “hometeam” serving to inoculate Bush’s 9/11 treason Big Evil with her “little evil” talk about money being made from it. Like her fellow RC Michael Moore, who had the resources to blow the whistle on the missile evidence at the Pentagon and thermite residue and obvious controlled demolition in NYC, yet did nothing but vaccinate Bush and Cheney to enable their departure from office yet breathing our air. Both RCs, RC plot, RC success. Neither McKinney nor Moore has an ounce of integrity as Americans, but will one day be honored by the pope, no doubt.

Racist Georgia

September 22nd, 2011
5:36 pm

This is a day in Georgia I thought would never seen a innocent person be put to death.

Troy Davis the fight would continue we are going to remove death penalty because of doubt.

We Love you Troy Davis

Tim

September 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

@red light district

Right. She was constantly proven correct. But the AJC never acknowledged it, they just moved on to the next subject. Even right now, FOR MONTHS she has been saying that the so-called “rebels” in Libya have been ethnically cleansing dark-skinned Africans. She learned that from her visit to Libya. The corporate media ignored it. But finally, USA Today acknowledged the story last week. The AJC still hasn’t run any articles about it.

@Barry

You weren’t there, how do you know he was a cop killer? That’s our point. You cannot execute a man based simply on eyewitness testimony. And you’re a hypocrite and you know it. If a white man was accused of killing a black cop with this much doubt, you would not be cheerleading for his execution. AND YOU KNOW YOU WOULDN’T. But if the situation were reversed, I would still be against executing the white criminal with no evidence. But I’m a man of principle, and you’re a bald-faced hypocrite. But why am I trying to reason with someone defending Paul Broun? It is truly an utter waste of time.

@jackie

Oh, the people in Mckinney’s district are confused, and the people in Broun’s district are…. enlightened? Wow. Yall need to stop sipping that crazy juice. Your ilk cheers for the death penalty and thinks people should die if they can’t afford health care. And yall really don’t believe you’re crazy. It’s unreal.

Hmmmmmmmmm

September 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

what’s so surprising about crooks backing up crooks, whether there repubs or democrats… Please report on why 80K dollars of tax payer money went to a bunch of attorneys… Seems like that story just came and went as if the AJC had better things to report….

John Radney

September 22nd, 2011
6:22 pm

My son was bullied in the 6th grade. I taught him how to defend himself and he did . He got suspened for to days and I tokk him the Disneyworld. He never had one problem since. Don’t let your son be a sissy. And I would do it again!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 22nd, 2011
6:39 pm

You’re a proper dad and a great American, Mr. Radney.

Laugh NG

September 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

Deal’s “endorsement” is a positive?

Amazing.

td

September 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

Tim

September 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

You and Racist Georgia do not know what you are talking about. Troy Davis was convicted by a jury of his peers, had his case reviewed over twenty times by courts, the governor, pardon boards and even the Obama justice department. None, I repeat none of them saw anything that would raise questions of his guilt. He was put to death, justifiable, by the state for the crime he committed. I am sorry you do not like the death penalty and see racism behind everything but get over it. BTW: There was a white supremacist put to death last night also in Texas and I will say the same thing about him. He paid the consequences for the actions he took. Good for Texas and good for Georgia for getting rid of two people that deserved to die.

Last Man Standing

September 22nd, 2011
8:56 pm

Tim:

It was refreshing to read your post. You are doubtless a man of superior intellect with an inside knowledge of this investigation, trial and the numerous appeals. I dare say you are superior to all the judges who have reviewed and ruled in this case. With that in mind, I humbly beseech you to agree to accepting the duty of Benevolent Dictator of the United States. Of course, you will have to remove the current Benevolent Dictator before you assume that position.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

September 22nd, 2011
8:59 pm

@TD – You just keep on reading what the Conservative machine puts out. Those crafty lawyers and their tricksy ways, just gaming the system. Its all a lie. Of course.

td

September 22nd, 2011
9:12 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

September 22nd, 2011
8:59 pm
@TD – You just keep on reading what the Conservative machine puts out

What conservative machine are you talking about? The media? We all know they are left wing. The Federal government? They are controlled by the left wing right now.

I have been on vacation this week and only saw bits and pieces of the stories (mostly on that conservative channel MSNBC). This is all my opinion and not anyone else’s.

Romegaguy

September 22nd, 2011
9:27 pm

Now if only the Governor could get Paul Broun sworn in.

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Bigdawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

Nathan Deal is a crook – pure and simple! And a bunch of simple-minded, racist mouth-breathers put his sorry ass in office.
Four more years till my daughter graduates, then I’m off to Washington State and out of the loony-bin south!

Bigdawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:38 pm

BRW

September 22nd, 2011
10:01 pm

Broun, Deal, td, Last Man Pooping…… The list of zombies goes on and on.

vuduchld

September 22nd, 2011
10:50 pm

Ok, you have a broke, bankrupt gubner supporting a do nothing, maggot Teabugger. Makes perfect sense to me.

yuzeyurbrane

September 22nd, 2011
11:06 pm

How come I feel absolutely no surprise at Deal being good friends with both Broun and Graves?

james j andrews

September 22nd, 2011
11:31 pm

It’s not surprising that the same electorate who sent Shady to Washington, elected Graves as his replacement, after he had to flee in the middle of the night. Neither of them would have any problem qualifying to be featured on one of the “Dumb Crook” shows. What is sad is that the people who elected them are even dumber…

td

September 23rd, 2011
12:07 am

Bigdawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

Good luck in Washington. I have some friends that moved there and they tell me the state is the biggest bunch of tree hugging liberal lune’s they have ever seen.

Buckhead Boy

September 23rd, 2011
1:44 am

Deal and Broun! That’s surely an example of right making two wrongs.

GUNGA DIN

September 23rd, 2011
4:54 am

do you think that the endorsement of a bankrupt. corrupt politician (Deal) will really help get Broun elected?

rawmilkdrinker

September 23rd, 2011
6:53 am

As my friend says,” vote for the incumbent so you don’t corrupt a new man.” Rarely do I hear one Marine speak ill of a former Marine so I’m amazed when my friend also says that PB is an idiot.

Arlito

September 23rd, 2011
7:46 am

Memo to Paul Broun:
Run in the 9th District, PLEASE!!
Signed: Still stuck in the 10th

/

September 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

BIGDAWG…why wait pu$$y? see ya

Ol' Timer

September 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

I don’t care if the Governor does support him, a man who can’t spell his last name is suspect to me.

pete

September 23rd, 2011
9:36 am

vote all the crooked dim wits out !

Michael Marr

September 23rd, 2011
10:01 am

I like Ranger beer.

It's All Dikkksie Now!

September 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

“Jawja is the best of the 50 states” Thanks for the laugh. If you are a moron it is the state for YOU!

TD says:

Bigdawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

Good luck in Washington. I have some friends that moved there and they tell me the state is the biggest bunch of tree hugging liberal lune’s they have ever seen.

I am a refugee from Dikkksie who moved to WA state (after trying Spain, SE Asia, Vancouver island Canada, and Argentina and Uruguay)the minute i could break free from Jawja. There are many types here… two things that stand out are the incredible natural beauty(more beauty here on my 15 (oceanfront) acres than in all of Dikkksie) and the beauty of the people. Nobody forces their religious or political views on you; the hospitality is sincere and several orders of magnitude greater. Sentient beings are an endangered species in Dikkksie- VERY rare – but here they are quite common.

There are 9 nations in N America (wikipedia). Ecotopia is the nation for sentient beings. Jesusland is the nation for morons. Dikkksie = ignorance and violence. If you do not fit (if you are not a Glenn Richardson clone) better escape now. Ecotopia = intelligence and peaceful co-existence. Spread the word!

honested

September 23rd, 2011
10:59 am

Few in the 10th District must have ever spoken to mr. broun, otherwise they would never have voted for him.
He is clearly among the dimmest bulbs in Congress and an embarrassment to Georgia.

Sour Mash

September 23rd, 2011
11:37 am

RE: Troy Anthony Davis Execution – Another Perspective

In Eberhart v. State, 47 Ga. 598, 609 (1873) Judge McCay, speaking for the court, well and forcefully said: “It gives us great pain to be compelled, by our sense of duty to the law and to the public, to affirm this judgment. We have, however, no sympathy with that sickly sentimentality that springs into action whenever a criminal is at length about to suffer for crime. It may be a sign of a tender heart, but it is also a sign of one not under proper regulation. Society demands that crime shall be punished and criminals warned; and the false humanity that starts and shudders when the axe of justice is ready to strike, is a dangerous element for the peace of society. We have had too much of this mercy. It is not true mercy. It only looks to the criminal, but we must insist upon mercy to society, upon justice to the poor woman whose blood cries out against her murderers. That criminals go unpunished is a disgrace to our civilization, and we have reaped the fruits of it in the frequency with which bloody deeds occur. A stern, unbending, unflinching administration of the penal laws, without regard to position or sex, as it is the highest mark of {159 Ga. 76} civilization, is also the surest mode to prevent the commission of offenses.” Judgment affirmed. All the Justices concur.

fire eater

September 25th, 2011
7:14 am

Paul Broun is the best congressman Georgia has…reds spewing bile here against him must be pining for his Democratic predecessor, one-termer Don Johnson. This guy actually ran for re-election with TV ads telling of his support for gun confiscation and the evil Clinton regime. The NRA made an “object lesson” of him in Nov. 1994 election in which he received 36% of the vote – probably the percentage of blacks and the pot-addled UGA Athens crowd. Broun’s immediate predecessor Charlie Norwood was an excellent representative.

Liberals rage at our new maps which split Athens in two right down Broad Street…the hard knot of Athens “progressives” will be split between our new 9th district and a heavily-black district. This means that White liberals will be fighting against ghetto firebrands in the Democratic primary, an event that produces only sore losers unwilling to support the nominee and a conservative GOP victory in November.

Mister.Earl

September 26th, 2011
2:20 pm

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA 10) became the closest thing to a “You lie!” moment, tweeting during the address “Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.”

Broun became embroiled in another controversy when, at a Tuesday town hall meeting, he was asked “who is going to shoot Obama?” and responded with stunning nonchalance.

That is TREASON people.

No other way to sugar coat that. Treason. Plain and simple.

Redandblack

September 26th, 2011
5:50 pm

I’ve been voting Republican for many years, but I am upset that I will be losing my current Congressman, Rob Woodall so that Broun will be protected by better demographics than his present district. I will have to consider voting for a more in touch with reality candidate.

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