Paul Broun keeps his cool as Stephen Simpson portrays him as out-of-touch

From my AJC colleague Dan Malloy, who was listening in this morning:

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s Republican primary challenger, Stephen K. Simpson, repeatedly sought to portray the incumbent as overly doctrinaire and ineffective in a radio debate this morning.

Broun kept his easygoing style in the face of detailed questions from Simpson and callers to Tim Bryant’s radio show on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens about his voting record, and did not attempt to strike back at the political newcomer and former Army lieutenant colonel beyond calling his attacks unfounded.

One caller quizzed Broun about his 2010 vote against making it a federal crime to make videos of graphic torture and killing of animals. Broun was one of only three members to do so because, he said, the “crush videos” are already illegal in all 50 states and he wants to scale back the Justice Department and federal power. Broun, a tea party adherent who invokes the Constitution whenever he can, noted that originally there were only three federal felonies – treason, piracy and counterfeiting.

Simpson retorted: “If I were one of three out of 535 who said it was OK to have cruelty to animals, wouldn’t that say I was out of touch?”

Both Baker and Broun objected to that characterization, and Broun said he was of course against animal cruelty, he just thought states were best to prosecute it.

“I’d like to see us shrink the size of the federal government,” Broun said.

Later on, Simpson pressed Broun on why he voted against a small business tax cut that passed the House this year but failed in the Senate when Broun had spoken favorably about the bill. Broun was stumped – he said there was probably a provision inserted into it that made the bill unsatisfactory but he could not remember the specifics of the bill.

“If you don’t remember this bill, there’s something wrong,” Simpson said.

An account of the April vote in The Hill newspaper said some Republicans had doubts about the short-term nature of the tax cut and the $46 billion addition to the deficit not offset with spending cuts elsewhere. Broun was one of 10 Republicans to vote against it.

The two men are on the ballot in the July 31 primary in a district significantly reshaped this year but still overwhelmingly Republican. Broun is from Athens and Simpson is from Milledgeville – though Broun has attacked him for moving into the district from Macon to challenge him.

Broun has big-name conservative groups such as the Club For Growth on his side and has one of the most right-wing voting records in the House. Simpson, a former Pentagon liaison to Congress, argues that more bridge-building with Democrats is necessary.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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23 comments Add your comment


July 2nd, 2012
12:37 pm

I hope that constituents will also consider Broun out of touch. He has been for years.


July 2nd, 2012
12:37 pm

“If you don’t remember this bill, there’s something wrong,” Simpson said.

Medically? Or just politically?


July 2nd, 2012
12:39 pm

Still enjoying one of the largest “in your face”’s ever administered by John Roberts to you conservative losers!!!

Question Man

July 2nd, 2012
12:49 pm

Is there any doubt that Paul Broun is completely out of touch?

Trolls Bane

July 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

Broun? Its obvious his past time is riding on a horse covered with a white sheet.

Stay the Course

July 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

Simpson doesn’t have to remember … a new kid on the block has no past history of the block so therefore being “clueless” is an asset.


July 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

I do not have a Elephant in this fight. Can I say….

Lets just vote and be done with this clown circus. tspLOST too.

Vote out the GOP thieves.. vote NO on tspLOST Impeach or recall DEAL

OBAMA 2012

Mr. KnowitAll

July 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Since Simpson has no track record on anything, including living in the District, -I would MUCH rather go with a proven, undeniable conservative Constitutionalists in Paul Broun.

Not So Casual Observer

July 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

John Roberts has the Left strolling along the road to the cliff, blindly following the piper, all the while chanting OBAMA, OBAMA as each steps into the abyss.

If all 535 possessed the apparent Constitutional integrity of Broun this would be a better country.


July 2nd, 2012
1:10 pm

The AJC is in full election mode bias supporting Democrats (Broun here), and attacking Republicans (Senate leader’s big challenge – His personal finances scrutinized and his ethics questioned, Rogers defends his conservative principles. July 1, 2012 Page Number: B1).

Probably good news for Republicans since AJC bias backlash is probably greater than its liberal support.

No Longer Republican

July 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

Don’t live in that district, but I know enough to know that Broun embarasses Georgia every time he opens his mouth. What a joke of a congressman. BTW, great post Kris.


July 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

Meant to say most liberal candidates above – I know Broun is a Republican.

Dirty Dawg

July 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

This cretin, Broun, is by no means ‘out of touch’…in fact he is, arguably, the poster boy for adherence to the GOP doctrine and completely in touch with ‘the party line’ – hell he even spells his name like a Nazi. I don’t know who this other guy is, but in my mind he couldn’t be worse (for mankind that is cause, hell, Georgia’s a lost cause whose current leadership will only admit they were wrong when they have, finally, done their worst and we’re all picking through the ruins of what was once a great country that, like Nazi Germany, thought that their way was the only way). So go ahead Repugs (by the way, if you and yours insist on referring to the Democratic Party as the Democrat Party just to pi$$ us off, we can do the same) so by all means return this jerk to Washington, or not, the rest of us will just have to work to save the rest of he country from you.

Jesus Christ crushes perverted NWO, DBMs

July 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

I’m not a Republican or Democrat. But more bridge-building with deliberately dumbed down or willfully perverted democrats and republicans is equivalent to the necessity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ building bridges with Satan and Lucifer.

Or perhaps the necessity of Chattel slaves to build more bridges with slave owners or the Jews who made money transporting them to the new world. (See The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews)


Baron DeKalb

July 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

If anyone needed any more proof of the hypocrisy of the “Centrist” persona…


July 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

Did he answer any questions with “I’m still a receipient of the Dimmest Bulb In Congress award!”


July 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

“Meant to say most liberal candidates above – I know Broun is a Republican.”

I will put this as nicely as I can….LOL!!!


July 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

Baron DeKalb posted “If anyone needed any more proof of the hypocrisy of the “Centrist” persona…”

No hypocrisy. I doubt there is anyone who truly believes there is not gross liberal bias throughout the AJC. I am a centrist – just note the bias. I don’t care for Republican support of the TSPLOST developer and graft tax like Nathan Deal and others are pushing. I support a Buffet millionaire tax, object to Republicans push for theocracy, and am pro-choice.

I don’t much care who wins in the Broun or Rogers races – just note the biased AJC coverage (and will continue to do so).

Baron DeKalb

July 2nd, 2012
2:42 pm

Centrist, thanks for the explanation. I guess maybe you do count as a “centrist” in our current political culture, which has been drifting steadily to the right since Reagan, and which labels as “socialist” anyone who advocates fairness or social justice. But please know that I, Baron DeKalb, DO truly believe that there is “not gross liberal bias throughout the AJC.” I believe that there is gross bias in favor of the status quo–what I might call a “gross NEOliberal bias”–but I see no evidence that the paper as a whole promotes anything other than a bland and unthreatening pro-business ideology.


July 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Paul Broun, I put Broun into the Glenn Beck category, just wacky and exactly from above, every time he opens his mouth he is an embarrassment to the state of Ga. But what really puts Broun on my drop this politician list, is he, voted for every bill taking Health-care and Rights away from Women that the Extremist Republican controlled Congress came up with, that’s reason alone to put him on the list, of not fit for public office.

Army Strong

July 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

Broun has paid goons to get on all these forum and spread his lies. Simpson was BORN AND RAISED in the 10th district. And who cares if Broun is or isn’t out of touch with the party? He is completely out of touch with the 10th district and that is what matters. What does it say about Broun when even the “new kid on the block” remembers bills and he can’t??? It’s not like we are talking about some obscure bill that has no current relevance. We are talking about voting against small business owners in this bad economy! No way should you vote against that without very memorable reasons why and get reelected! This guy spends more time crying about family values, but he is on his fourth marriage. He ran his own finances into the ground. He put 2012 campaign money in his personal account. This man cares more about making the news than passing a bill. ANYONE BUT BROUN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!

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Edmund Ruffin

July 3rd, 2012
7:15 am

What is not mentioned in any above comments is that Simpson was asked if he would be a part of changing the military homosexual policy back to keeping them out of the military. He said NO. Then my question is what bad law would he vote to repeal? And there are plenty of bad laws to repeal. Obamacare? VOTE FOR PAUL BROUN.