Paul Broun on Saxby Chambliss challenge: ‘How can you not think about it?’

However coyly, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, this morning admitted he’s thinking about a 2014 primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

“I don’t know. I’m honored that a lot of people are asking me to run. I’ve not made that decision,” Broun told Tim Bryant on WGAU (1340 AM) in Athens. “It’s not time to think about it.”

But when Bryant pressed him, Broun said this: “When people encourage you to run, how can you not think about it?”

Part of keeping the powder dry: Broun said he’ll oppose the new House resolution that postpones a confrontation over the debt ceiling until May.

The Athens congressman, who proudly boycotted the 2008 presidential inauguration, didn’t go to this one, either. “I had a lot of folks who wanted my tickets, so I didn’t go,” the congressman said.

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So now we see why the organizers of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration were so anxious to be shed of the Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta – who was originally assigned the task of giving the benediction at Monday’s ceremonies. In his speech, Obama underlined the importance of gay rights and marriage equality – the first such mention in the history of presidential beginnings. Certainly those remarks would have clashed with any extensive discussion of past statements by the pastor of Passion City church, even if they were thoughts expressed 20 years ago.

The conservative wing of religion in America was instead upheld by the Rev. Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., who delivered the sermon at the morning church service attended by the Obama family. Little advance notice of Stanley’s participation was given.

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Former Republican congressional candidate Martha Zoller said this morning that she’s ruled out joining the race for chairman of the state GOP. “I was asked by a few people to consider it. I met with a few people and decided it wasn’t something I wanted to pursue,” she said in an email this morning. Zoller said she’s “very happy” with her new radio show on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens with Tim Bryant. (See above: Broun, Paul)

Former state senator Chip Pearson of Dawsonville dropped out earlier this month. GOP activist B.J. VanGundy remains the sole candidate to replace term-limited Sue Everhart in May.

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By now you, you’ve probably heard about state Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s resolution that would have the Legislature formally declare that the enslavement of human beings was wrong. It is something that we’ve seen pushed by African-American Democrats more so than white conservative Republicans.

In the past, such resolutions have been tripped up over the word “apology.” Loudermilk’s bill negates it: “Even the most abject apology cannot right the transgressions, injustices, and oppressive acts of the past.”

Still, in an interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1 FM), state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, one of the few remaining civil rights originals in the General Assembly, says he’s okay with SR 28. “I think you have to get what you can get, when you can get it,” he said.

Besides, Brooks added, “profound remorse and lamentations” is pretty strong stuff.

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On Feb. 5, voters in south Georgia will put an end to the special election Senate District 11 runoff between Republicans Dr. Dean Burke and former House member Mike Keown. Over the long weekend, Georgia Right to Life dipped into the race with an email that included this:

”Dr. Dean Burke has not been endorsed by the Georgia Right to Life PAC or the National Right to Life Committee PAC. The NRLC PAC does not make state endorsements and its state affiliate – GRTL PAC – has only endorsed Mr. Keown. Any claims to the contrary are false.”

Political consultant Mark Rountree, working for Burke, says there’s no substantive difference between the two candidates on the issue of abortion. Local conversation, he says, has focused more on the $100 cap on gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers. Burke has pledged support for that limit, Rountree said, while Keown has not.

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State Senate Republicans declare their vote last week on Gov. Nathan Deal’s “bed tax” solution was a choice between a rock and a hard place. Here’s Lindsey Tippins of west Cobb County in today’s Marietta Daily Journal:

Tippins said the alternative to levying the tax is forgoing federal matching funds and paying for Medicaid services through the state budget.

“So you’d be taking another $700 million out of existing state funding, and that would come from other agencies,” Tippins said. “You’re going to be hitting education very, very strongly, and all the other good services that the state provides. The reality is that money would have to come from somewhere because the state in their agreement to access the federal stimulus money cannot change the delivery pattern for Medicaid until 2014, so we’re locked in under the same eligibility and also under the same payment program.”

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The New York Times has an article on Georgia tuition tax credits going to private schools with strict anti-gay policies. Sounds like a federal lawsuit waiting to happen:

At least 115 religious-based schools in Georgia have severe antigay policies, according to a report issued this month by the Southern Education Foundation. Public information about the scholarship program is limited by law, so the number is probably much higher, according to the foundation, which was founded in 1867 to improve education for poor children in the South.

Steve Suitts, the vice president of the foundation and the author of the report, said that as many as a third of the schools in the scholarship program have strict antigay policies or adhere to a religious philosophy that holds homosexuality as immoral or a sin.

As a result, his report says, public money is being spent by private educational institutions that “punish, denounce and even demonize students in the name of religion solely because they are gay, state that they are homosexual, happen to have same-sex parents or guardians, or express support or tolerance for gay students at school, away from school or at home.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a Twitter post from U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, in which he said that “Social Security has nothing to do with the federal deficit.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

ann coulter's adams apple

January 22nd, 2013
10:35 am

lets all encourage Broun to run so he’ll lose and be out of the house also. GA wins when he goes away and takes his ignorant, racist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, sociopathic ideas and thought with him. noot has a lot next to his on the moon that would be a perfect place for broun to reflect on evolution

Lynn43

January 22nd, 2013
10:38 am

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 22nd, 2013
10:42 am

As a result, his report says, public money is being spent by private educational institutions that “punish, denounce and even demonize students in the name of religion solely because they are gay, state that they are homosexual, happen to have same-sex parents or guardians, or express support or tolerance for gay students at school, away from school or at home.”

If Georgia decides it doesn’t want to participate with the pagans and sodomites, what it’s the business of the new york times?

curious

January 22nd, 2013
10:43 am

The real outrage should be about public money going to private schools.

Wasn’t the concept about providing an opportunity for disadvantaged children?

ann coulter's adams apple

January 22nd, 2013
10:46 am

Aesop, ever read the first amendment? tax vouchers for bible thumpers to teach their fairy tales is not allowed by our constitution

Rafe Hollister

January 22nd, 2013
10:46 am

Note to Paul Broun- You have about as much chance in beating ole Taxme, as Joe Biden does of being President.

Tim

January 22nd, 2013
10:52 am

Please explain ACAA how Pell Grants and Stafford Loans are used by students across the United States to attend private religious colleges.

DJ Sniper

January 22nd, 2013
11:10 am

Only 7 posts and Aesop is already on it with his usual off base remarks.

Tom

January 22nd, 2013
11:13 am

Electing Paul Broun would not only be one of the worst decisions in the ~200,000 year history of modern Homo sapiens, but in the 4.54 billion year history of this planet.

Bob Loblaw

January 22nd, 2013
11:17 am

Please run, Paul. That way, we can elect a sane individual to Congress because you won’t get more than the 5% of the vote than you got last time you ran for Senate.

clem

January 22nd, 2013
11:28 am

watching show on how universe works….you might want to try it broun, you maroon. my goodness what an embarrassment to georgia. only in asshop’s world could this guy win.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

January 22nd, 2013
11:40 am

I hope he does run………….One of them has to lose and Washington would be in better shape with at least one of them gone.

DJ Sniper

January 22nd, 2013
11:59 am

Aesop, please give it a rest. First off, not all gay people are living in a non stop orgy of sex and debauchery. Hell, there are plenty of straight people who are doing just that.

I’ll be my last $20 that some of the people who run these anti-gay schools have quite a few same sex skeletons in their own closets.

lars

January 22nd, 2013
12:06 pm

Let’s not forget that former Senator Chip Rogers starts his new dream job at GPB today, at a cost of $150,000 to the Georgia taxpayers. That’s one job Deal created.

honested

January 22nd, 2013
12:07 pm

Only one thing wrong with broun’s inclination, he should encourage the entire GA republican Congressional Delegation to run with him (get rid of all of them at once).

And for the misuse of tax funds for schools, Jim is right. The General Assembly could close this abusive loophole once and for all, or we can wait on a lawsuit (and all the associated additional costs to do it for us).

Pete

January 22nd, 2013
12:22 pm

I couldn’t agree more with Ann Coulter’s adams apple. Broun is all those things and more. He is a disgusting human being. The scary thing is he’s a physician. God help his patients. They must be complete and total idiots to trust their health to this nut.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 22nd, 2013
12:23 pm

not all gay people are living in a non stop orgy of sex and debauchery.

That might just have something to do with people like me.

DJ Sniper

January 22nd, 2013
12:37 pm

You missed my point Aesop, but I’m not surprised. My point is that people like you want to throw all gays in one category. It’s the same as those idiots out there who equate homesexuality with pedophilia.

GAGOP

January 22nd, 2013
12:40 pm

I think we need some new leadership at the GAGOP. I’d like to see Justin Tomczak run. He ran a great campaign for Vice Chair in 2011 and the guy who narrowly beat him isn’t running again. He would do a great job and bring some real world campaign experience to the table.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 22nd, 2013
12:47 pm

I’d love to play the good gay, bad gay game but for some reason I’m not going to.

liberalefty

January 22nd, 2013
1:06 pm

@aesop

CONDOLEEZA RICE is gay…u dont like her either

td

January 22nd, 2013
1:14 pm

liberalefty

January 22nd, 2013
1:06 pm

I see Representative Hank Johnson has made an appearance today. Go ahead Hank and give us your daily diatribe about all whites are racist and only people of color can make the right decisions for the nation.

Fenton Hardy

January 22nd, 2013
1:15 pm

Ok – Let’s not play games Aesop. You’re a bigoted jerk hiding behind bogus “religous” principles. P

honested

January 22nd, 2013
1:24 pm

td,

Again, your ability to pull irrelevance from frank discussion is unmatched!

Too many whiners on the right

January 22nd, 2013
1:41 pm

“Go ahead Hank and give us your daily diatribe about all whites are racist and only people of color can make the right decisions for the nation.”

Hanks is a clown. I grant you that. With that said, now link the quote that states exactly what you said. Not what you wanted it to say, but the actual quote.

Thought so you liar

DJ Sniper

January 22nd, 2013
1:51 pm

The day wouldn’t be complete without td pulling something from out in left field.

curious

January 22nd, 2013
1:54 pm

Can’t decide if Aesop or td is Neal Boortz in disguise

clem

January 22nd, 2013
2:44 pm

when i did listen to boortz several years ago, he seemed tolerant on gays. believe he said some of his friends were and he seemed moved when one of them passed away.

yuzeyurbrane

January 22nd, 2013
2:52 pm

Broun should put his mouth where his money is and announce he is running. I predict Saxby will almost immediately fold because he doesn’t want to take a chance of being booted out of office. Besides, although Broun is probably certifiably crazy, he probably more accurately reflects the Republican base who will vote.

The tax credit scam is a gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats. Nothing like a crass socialism for the rich scheme; now we have a civil rights twist.

yellowdog

January 22nd, 2013
5:20 pm

paul broun is a madman…….commitment cannot be far off.

and beyonce? who can blame her; too cold to count on missing those high notes.

Rabbit

January 23rd, 2013
12:11 am

150,000 for a makeshift job at Taxpayer expense?

S

January 23rd, 2013
12:34 am

Paul Broun-Fruitcake, Gingrey-Fruitcake, Tom Price-Fruitcake, all representing Georgia in Washington. What does the above say about Ga, besides an embarrassment for this state? Georgia we have some Tea Party problems, in my opinion, that were sent to Washington to work for the people but have become laughing stock instead. These three do not know what the word compromise means, they’re ideology extremist’s, so therefore they’re not fit to hold a public office.

Edmund Ruffin

January 23rd, 2013
7:24 am

I am prone to vote Republican (I would NEVER for a anti-American, God rejecting, democrat, and they all are), but State Sen. Loudermilk has lost his mind. Why is he, supposedly a Conservative, kow-towing to people who have never been slaves, people who have never and will never vote Conservative. Why is he wasting all this time being like democrats when we so desperately need Republicans, or somebody, to be the opposite of democrats?