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Shocker in GA, but a good one in my opinion
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

In a special runoff election (between two Republicans, no Democrat finished in the top two) to fill a open Congressional seat in GA, the non-establishment Republican won. Jim Whitehead, a GA state Senator and the pick of the Republican establishment, went down to defeat by a very narrow margin to Dr. Paul Broun, a physician.

Whitehead held a 44% - 21% edge on Broun in last month's primary. But Whitehead managed to blow his lead with some really stupid campaign tricks. The district involved includes both Athens and Augusta GA. Whitehead first said, jokingly, that the liberals at the University of GA ought to be bombed. Then, speaking to a group in Augusta, his hometown, he said that if elected he would focus most of his effort on the concerns of Augusta. Consequently, Athens and the county in which Athens is located, went 90% for Broun.

John Fund reports something about Broun I liked though:
But Dr. Broun won for reasons other than geographical pride. "I was fighting the whole Republican establishment from the governor on down," he told reporters last night. He won by going over the heads of party leaders with a pledge that, once in Congress, he would apply a four-way test before voting on a bill: Is it constitutional and a proper function of government? Is it morally correct? Is it something we really need? Is it something we can afford?
If he actually applies these 4 tests as he promises, there should be very little he finds he can vote for while in Congress. Here's to the hope he doesn't get the usual case of Potomac fever and abandon those four tests. Maybe he can talk a few more up there into applying them as well.
 
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Yeah!!! And there was much rejoicing! Here’s hoping Nathan Deal decides to follow suit... though I find it unlikely.
 
Written By: meagain
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Sounds like a Ron Paul clone. Another "Dr. No"?

I’m down with that.
 
Written By: mw
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I am pretty sure Dr. Broun is quite far from Ron Paul in political outlook.

As for hopes that "he doesn’t get the usual case of Potomac fever", does the Potomac reach the Georgia legislature?
 
Written By: Gerry
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Wow, my mistake. That was for a Congressional seat. Very, very good!
 
Written By: Gerry
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"I am pretty sure Dr. Broun is quite far from Ron Paul in political outlook." - G
I dunno. It all depends on whether he keeps his campaign promise. If he actually votes based on this:
He won by going over the heads of party leaders with a pledge that, once in Congress, he would apply a four-way test before voting on a bill: Is it constitutional and a proper function of government? Is it morally correct? Is it something we really need? Is it something we can afford?
They will absolutely have identical voting records in Congress.
 
Written By: mw
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"They will absolutely have identical voting records in Congress."

Gentleman’s bet on that one. I’ll bet that he does not end up in the top 5 most frequently voting with Paul.
 
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