Rep. Paul Broun jumped into the senate race in Georgia to replace Saxby Chambliss. Broun doesn’t have a big name recognition, but if he sounds familiar it’s because I have written about him before. Broun, who still sits on the Science, Space, and Technology committee in the House, made the comment, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” This is the type of representative John Boehner believes should be on the Science, Space, and Technology committee.
So now Broun has jumped into the race in Georgia. Personally I don’t think much about it. I do not believe that Broun stands a chance at winning over the Saxby Chambliss seat because he isn’t well known and even if he gains popularity, the media attention about his ‘pit of hell’ quote would surely hit his candidacy down the road.
It’s interesting to note that Broun has a lot of support among Tea Party Republicans. Surprise? Of course not! I’ve been saying for a long time now that the Tea Party is nothing more than a backdoor movement for extreme social conservatives. The good news is that others are starting to see this as an issue. The infamous Karl Rove has created the Conservative Victory Project a new Super PAC designed to vet candidates better before they are able to win the primaries for winnable races for Republicans. The goal is to eliminate candidates like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock from ever winning their primary races.
Throw Paul Broun into that mix. I’m not sure Rove’s Super PAC needs to do much in Georgia about Broun just yet. It is still very early and many people are still trying to decide whether or not to run, but should Broun gain some steam, the Conservative Victory Project better pay attention to the Georgia senate race. Running someone like Broun has the potential to turn the hardened Republican seat Democrat.