Your daily jolt: Paul Broun’s wife declares he’s running for U.S. Senate

Ready or not, here comes Paul Broun.

Karen Handel, the former Republican candidate for governor, was supposed to the featured attraction at a Tuesday night meeting of Georgia C.H.A.R.G.E (Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics).

Then an unscheduled Republican congressman from Athens arrived with his wife and a staffer in tow. Broun spoke, but stopped short of announcing a 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. We’ll let Andrew O’Shea of Viral Read take you the rest of the way:

As Congressman Broun sat down to a room full of applause followed by a short silence, Dr. Broun’s wife, Niki, stood up in front of the crowd and courageously declared that not only did her husband have her permission and support to run to be Georgia’s next junior U.S. Senator, but that he was openly announcing his candidacy, the first to formally do so in the wake of Senator Chambliss’ declaration to resign following the remainder of his current term.

This morning, we called O’Shea, a Republican consultant, who said there was no hemming or hawing on Mrs. Broun’s part. This was a definitive statement that Broun is in the contest, he said. A formal announcement is expected next week.

More U.S. Senate talk:

– Paul Broun isn’t the only one who has obtained spousal permission for a Senate run. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, was at the state Capitol on Tuesday, to talk “statewide politics” with Gov. Nathan Deal. “My family is very much on board,” Gingrey told my AJC colleague Kyle Wingfield. Gingrey said his wife of 43 years, Billie, “is so supportive” of a Senate run in 2014.

The Augusta Chronicle quotes U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, as saying he hasn’t given “any serious thought” to a 2014 run for Saxby Chambliss’s seat. Presumably, he has people doing that for him.

– The 2014 Senate race and the resulting dominoes have the potential to create more turnover in Georgia politics than we’ve seen since the 2002-2004 GOP takeover. And we’re picking up word that a group of Republican donors and activists are attempting to bring some fresh blood into the ranks.

Look for some new names to jump up in the next few days, belonging to younger candidates who can claim to be outsiders to both Atlanta and Washington, capable of self-funding, and conservative – without being weighed down by ideology.

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For the first time on the air, Georgia Public Broadcasting officials on Tuesday addressed – very gingerly – the topic of the network’s hiring of former Senate majority leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, for a $150,000-a-year job that has yet to be described.

For reasons we’ll tackle later today, Gov. Nathan Deal acted as Rogers’ employment broker. The end of last night’s episode of “Prime Time Lawmakers” featured a panel made up of Bob Olive, GPB’s chief operating officer, and two GPB board members, chairman Michael McDougal and Bert Brantley, former spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

None of the trio mentioned Rogers’ name – anchor Scott Slade was the only one to do that. But here’s what McDougal said about GPB’s editorial independence:

”It starts with our board. I do not believe that there’s anybody on our board that would just fall down and bow down if they were requested to come in and allow that kind of interference. But we don’t have that. What we’ve got here is a professional crew. They’re doing a very good job, they’re guided by a person of great background. We’re very comfortable with what they’re doing, because it’s all education. There’s not a program on that’s not educational.”

And from Brantley:

”At the governor’s office, we saw first-hand — GPB covered us just like every other news organization did….I worked for two agencies before the governor’s office. There is that independence. It’s a state-owned media, but not in the sense you’d see [in] other countries, where the state runs the media and delivers the content.”

McDougal was slightly more critical in an article by my AJC colleagues Kristina Torres and Shannon McCaffrey, available today to subscribers. The GPB board chairman said he believed Rogers is being overpaid:

“In my view, he’s being paid too much,” said McDougald, a 60-year broadcast veteran. “The man comes to us with very limited (broadcast) experience and there are very few $150,000 radio products.”

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In response to some worries expressed Tuesday that the Atlanta Falcons would take off for Los Angeles, the team issued this denial picked up by 11Alive:

“The Falcons have never threatened to move the team out of metro Atlanta, and that is still our position today,” Falcons president Rich McKay said in a statement.

If you’re Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the presence of the word “metro” in the Falcons declaration offers no comfort. The state Capitol tussle over a new stadium home for the football team is all about keeping the team in downtown Atlanta.

We understand that one of the newest facets of negotiations is this: If the city were to float the extra cash needed to make the Falcons deal happen, would a new stadium be wholly owned by the state – as is the case now with the Georgia Dome? Or would the city of Atlanta have earned a piece of the action?

It’s a question sure to test the friendship between Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal, which already has many other things riding on it – as my AJC colleague Ariel Hart reminds us. From her look at the departing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who served in Congress with Deal:

A spokesman for Deal, Brian Robinson, conceded the relationship was helpful and said Deal wished LaHood could stay. But he noted, “We still have influential liaisons to the Obama administration, particularly Mayor Kasim Reed.”

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows President Barack Obama’s popularity at a three-year high. Sixty percent of Americans express a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift from last year, when his ratings were mired in the low-50s.

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Eric Erickson, the editor of Redstate.com, is indeed moving from CNN to Fox News, he confirmed on Tuesday – as CNN announced a large shake-up in its line-up of political analysts. Erickson said he won’t be required to move to New York.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at criticism from state Senate Democratic Leader Steve Henson of Tucker, who says “state revenue projections have missed the mark month after month.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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63 comments Add your comment

jd

January 30th, 2013
10:22 am

So, where is the ZBB justification for the program Rogers will manage? What are the metrics for performance? How will they be measured? The House Fiscal Oversight Committee should want to know…

Pun Artist

January 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Paul Brown would make a sensational US Senator. Look at what he did for the Cleveland Browns.

John

January 30th, 2013
10:38 am

Got my automated “issues” polling call last night. I hung on and answered the questions. Paul Broun’s name in “hypothetical matchups” certainly came up WAY more than anyone else’s.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
10:39 am

If anybody can find the political makeup of those polled by WaPo-ABC, you’ll be the first. Extraordinary efforts were taken to shield the fact that the two newsrooms polled each other.

Just Wait

January 30th, 2013
10:40 am

I think all the Republican Congressmen should resign and run for the Senate seat. My real fear is that their replacements will be even more fringe wing nuts than we have now.

OakhurstDawg

January 30th, 2013
10:41 am

Re the Senate race and Broun’s announcement:

In the immortal words of Kent “Flounder” Dorfman, “Oh boy is this going to be great!”

C’mon Tom! C’mon Karen! C’mon Phil! Let’s get Dirty!

Georgia is in for a rare and special treat here. No matter what happens, we’re all winners ! Let’s enjoy it!

No Longer Republican

January 30th, 2013
10:45 am

Glad Broun is running. I don’t think Georgians are not stupid enough to elect him and that means he will be out of Congress in 2014. Let’s just hope the 10th district elects someone new who is not so radical.

Li'l Aynie

January 30th, 2013
10:51 am

Broun and Handel… God help us! Those two bigoted, stupid persons represent the worst of the Republican Party. I’d vote for Chip Rogers over those two. Ol’ Chip doesn’t want to do harm to anyone else, he just looks after #1.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
10:54 am

We have finally arrived at Year Zero and the glorious liberal campaign to drag everything down to the bottom, crush it and start anew unburdened by morals, modesty or even decency and some of us are too dull to figure out that the flaming pervs in the lamestream media are totally on board with this coming debauchery and putting out fake approval polls to assist the effort is, like, right up their alley.

forward!

allah akbar!

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
10:55 am

I was driving up the highway this morning and was thunderstruck by what I saw on the side of the road. I thought I might be still dreaming when I suddenly caught a glimpse of two full-size COWS painting a message on a billboard. They were hanging down on straps like real billboard workers do, but they had a bucket of black paint and a big brush. They looked like they might be of the Holstein variety of cows.

They had painted some sort of political slogan on the white surface of the billboard. I could see that they had misspelled some words, but I was still astounded that cows could be capable of composing written messages in English at all.

Road Scholar

January 30th, 2013
10:57 am

Broun’s wife is pretty smart! How else can she get the bat-s@@t crazy out of her house for 6 years…better than being a congressman!

Michael

January 30th, 2013
11:10 am

Which wife was this? First, second, third, fourth or fifth?

GTPHISH

January 30th, 2013
11:23 am

Get out your tin foil hats….

I am told his father was reasonable, what happened to his son?

Don't Tread

January 30th, 2013
11:27 am

“…and conservative – without being weighed down by ideology”

Pssst…Jim….conservatism IS an ideology…just like liberalism. Don’t tell anyone. It’s our little secret.

Auntie Christ

January 30th, 2013
11:33 am

Paul Broun isn’t the only one who has obtained spousal permission for a Senate run. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, was at the state Capitol on Tuesday, to talk “statewide politics”

When we watch these two mental midgets square off with handel in the repub primary, voters will realize that the republicans were only kidding when they said they would no longer be ‘the party of stupid.’ I predict the winner of the primary will be the one who goes on the campaign trail with a starving, ragged, frail 6 year old child and brags about how they will keep deadbeats like her from milking the welfare system. Along with, of course touting their ‘pro-life’ credentials.

BIg Hat

January 30th, 2013
11:40 am

Paul Broun isn’t running; those are lies straight from the pit of H*ll!

Tom

January 30th, 2013
11:48 am

Any chance we can get Ray McBerry to jump in? Been a couple of years since we had a “Girls Gone Wild” straw poll bus tour.

GaBlue

January 30th, 2013
11:57 am

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell, and it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” Rep.Paul Broun, R – RetardoRama, Inc.

Edna Depue

January 30th, 2013
12:02 pm

I have a great idea for who the new US Senator from Georgia should be. He is Bobby Lenihan, recently retired Acting State Revenue Commissioner. While not a household name, he knows all the right business people around the State, and he could raise the necessary cash, especially from the big liquor boys. He knows every State legislator that has served in the State Legislature for the past 40 years so he would have an instant campaign network. And most importantly, Bobby Lenihan is a devout Christian who lives a very moral lifestyle. There is no dirty laundry with Bobby Lenihan.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:02 pm

If you want to get a good idea of how stupid liberals really are, just ask yourself why would anything want to evolve into a pig?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:03 pm

Why would anything evolve into a cow, something that can only sit there while it’s being ate.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 30th, 2013
12:08 pm

Ol’ MicroChip can only improve the programming at PBS. Instead of that Susan Powter looking self help weirdette, we can have birfer documentaries. Instead of the 28,000,000th rerun of the Celtic Women, we can have UN Agenda Whatever Number It Is exposes. Instead of the News Hour, we can have a program hosted by an elderly white man in a preparedness bunker with a metal colander on his head, polishing his stock of weapons. Instead of the 14,000,000th rerun of Doo Wop Favorites we can have that banjo playing kid from “Deliverance” perform. I look forward to it.

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:14 pm

Aesop: Try eating the next cow you see grazing in a field and see it it just sits there “while it’s being ate.”

Anyway, no surprise to see you pontificating on something–evolution–of which you obviously lack a basic, fundamentally understanding.

Assuming that you are a proponent of creationism, why would God create monitor lizards, neurodegenerative diseases, childhood cancers, etc?

Tom Beard

January 30th, 2013
12:16 pm

I love the idea of Bobby Lenihan for U S Senate. He fixed a speeding ticket for me once down in Moultrie. Bobby Lenihan knows how to get results, for sure.

Romney lost

January 30th, 2013
12:17 pm

“If you want to get a good idea of how stupid liberals really are, just ask yourself why would anything want to evolve into a pig?”

What a revelation, Aesop is a liberal……………

Whatever he is crying, whining and being a baby is certainly all he can do

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:24 pm

Paradise is the next life, azilia, if you pass this test.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:26 pm

What a revelation, Aesop is a liberal……………

I’m just trying to simplify the fallacy of “evolution” so that people with limited mental capabilities, such as yourself, can understand it.

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:27 pm

Typical cowardly conservative response–can’t argue the facts, just throws out vague, hateful suggestions that the opposing side is non-Christian, Muslim, a terrorist, etc. You yourself have a lot in common with the simple-minded religious fanatics who are so sure of their own righteousness that they expect to go to “paradise.”

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:27 pm

If liberals evolved from pond scum, as they insist, where did the pond scum come from?

Romney lost

January 30th, 2013
12:28 pm

Aesop

Try looking into the mirror…. You lonely drooling fool and liar

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:29 pm

‘where did the pond scum come from?”

Um… from your mom?

Romney lost

January 30th, 2013
12:30 pm

Broun will certainly have a Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs commercial as he tells you the earth is 6000 yrs old

bwhahahahahahah

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:31 pm

Don’t you just love it when someone poses a bunch of silly, pointless questions about a subject about which they obviously have no interest in learning?

Romney lost

January 30th, 2013
12:32 pm

The Jay-sus had a pet brontosaurus commercial will be a riot as well

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:32 pm

Um… from your mom?

Didn’t this bozo liberal just say that I can’t argue the facts?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:35 pm

It’s a pretty simple question, especially for those claiming to be Know It Alls, where did the pond scum come from?

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:35 pm

“Didn’t this bozo liberal just say that I can’t argue the facts?”

Yes, I did. As a matter of fact, even my response about your mother was probably more serious than your pathetic screeds deserve.

Romney lost

January 30th, 2013
12:35 pm

you can’t, you make stupid assertions…. that is not debating

Another blogger doing the same doesn’t mean you are arguing the facts, but again, keep swinging……..

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:39 pm

Aesop, evolutionary biologists don’t have a pat, soundbite answer for your foolish, leading question. From my admittedly imperfect understanding, some of the most recent speculation on that topic suggests that the microorganisms that kicked off the evolutionary process may have come to Earth from outer space on a meteor.

Or do you believe that a big old white guy with a beard took the time to create 1400 different varieties of pond scum, along with every other species and variety that has ever existed on Earth?

Now, fool, I wasted my time answering your asinine question, now answer mine: Assuming that you are a proponent of creationism, why would God create monitor lizards, neurodegenerative diseases, childhood cancers, etc?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:46 pm

Sorry but I am unable to answer for the imperfections of the Creator and would actually not want to ask such stupid questions of the God that provided me with life and all of the joys associated with it. I will say that He is the first to understand His, uh, errors, as he sent his Son to die for us so that we may have life ever after.

Where did the meteor come from?

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
12:53 pm

Sorry my friend, I’m not going to play these word games with you, when the only answer you can give is “no one understands the mysteries of God.” Maybe you should be asking some questions of the God that gave you life, since you lack compassion and seem to be filled with anger and judgment of your fellow human beings.

So in answer to your question, all I can say is that I am also “unable to answer for the imperfections” of human attempts to understand the origin of life, although I am well and thoroughly convinced that any sort of biblical literalism in the form of “creation science” belongs in medieval times rather than in a society in which people are encouraged to use their god-given powers of reason and observation.

In short, the meteor came from your mom.

Newt is nuts

January 30th, 2013
12:54 pm

Jim, when are you going to ban Aesop from your blog so the rest of us have a chance to have an enlightened conversation — you know, one in which people of different viewpoints politely exchange thoughts? With Aesop and the folks he battles with, that is not possible. It’s s shame that you let this discussion deteriorate.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
12:59 pm

I’ll simplify this for you, avilia, the very first speck of matter that started all of this had to be created. There is no way around it. I don’t expect an answer from you because it is impossible for anyone to say otherwise.

Did a thing with a name “newt is nuts” really just complain about polite conversations? Sorry to interrupt your group think bubble, I truly am.

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
1:02 pm

Aesop, there is absolutely no reason that “the very first speck of matter that started all of this had to be created,” unless you’re a person who has already decided that someone or something “created” the universe. But seriously, I’m glad you’ve got it all wrapped up. Sounds like we didn’t need to have this conversation after all.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
1:06 pm

I get it, the first speck of matter probably popped out of the TV set. I guess some things are just too obvious for the liberals to understand.

Carol

January 30th, 2013
1:09 pm

Paul Broun’s wife probably has Ann Romneyitis – She really wants to be a bigwig in Washington.

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
1:10 pm

Yep, that’s right. And God created fleas to make our lives interesting, to keep us from getting too full of ourselves, and so that the tapeworm lifecycle could be worked out properly. Oh, I forgot–your narrow religious beliefs prevent you from considering religious issues in the light of science and common sense. Allah Akbar.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
1:12 pm

How about the first speck of evolution proof, where did that come from? Oh yeah, that’s right, there is none. Never mind.

Posted by Order of H. E. the Margrave of Azilia

January 30th, 2013
1:17 pm

And the only “proof” you have of the existence of God or of the validity of the Bible is that “God wrote it, I believe it, that settles it.” In other words, a Taliban-type mentality.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 30th, 2013
1:22 pm

I believe that’s what Jesus was talking about when he said beware of false prophets.

Notice how the islamoloonies call mohemmed a prophet?

We got it all covered in Christianity, for those not too stupid to see it.