With Rep. Jody Hice launching a primary challenge to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, former Rep. Paul Broun has announced his bid for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. Broun succeeded Rep. Charlie Norwood in the U.S. House, winning a special election in 2007 in which he defeated a crowded included state Sen. Jim Whitehead.
Broun is employing themes of the national debt and Democrats having control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. “When I left Washington in 2015, it was bad. It is much worse today,” Broun said in a release. “Spending has been spiraling out of control, and Republicans are just as guilty as Democrats. There’s only a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. Spending on such an unprecedented scale will cause hyperinflation and eventually the financial collapse of America.”
Broun criticized President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, alleging that the administration “wants an endless emergency to justify more lockdowns, open borders, nationalized elections with no voter identification, unconstitutional gun controls, critical race theory in our schools, and massive tax hikes.”
“With one-party rule in Washington, we need a proven fighter for liberty and freedom to restore constitutional restraints on the federal government,” said Broun. I’m a Marine veteran and family physician who understands basic economics, that something cannot come from nothing. That’s Washington’s worst nightmare.”
Another theme that Broun is using is that he’ll have seven and a half years of seniority, which, as his campaign announcement says, “gives him priority to become the highest-ranking Republican on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.” However, seniority is ultimately determined by party leadership and not necessarily a given.
Broun made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014. He also made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District.