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Paul Broun, Jr.


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
July 17, 2007
Preceded by Charlie Norwood

Born May 14, 1946 (1946-05-14) (age 63)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Niki Broun
Residence Athens, Georgia
Alma mater University of Georgia
Occupation physician
Religion Baptist

Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (born May 14, 1946)[1] is a Republican United States Representative from Georgia's tenth congressional district. He is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Science and Technology Committee.

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Personal life

Broun was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Democratic Georgia state senator Paul Broun, Sr. (1916–2005), who represented Athens and the surrounding area from 1963 to 2001. The younger Broun is a graduate of the University of Georgia at Athens and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Broun and his wife, the former Nikki Wilkes, have two adult daughters and a teenage son.

Political career

Broun grew up as a Democrat, but became a Republican sometime in the 1980s. He was previously a candidate for the U.S. House in 1990, losing to Democratic incumbent Richard Ray, and for the U.S. Senate in 1996, losing the Republican primary.[2]

Broun was one of the top two vote-getters in a June 2007 special congressional election to fill the seat vacated by the late Charlie Norwood. The first place finisher, State Senator Jim Whitehead, more than doubled Broun's vote total, and Broun had only 198 votes more than the third-place finisher.

In the runoff campaign, Whitehead angered some voters by failing to appear at a debate held in Athens and then by referring to his alma mater, the University of Georgia, as a "liberal bastion" that should be eliminated, save for the football team.[3] In the runoff election held on July 17, 2007, Broun upset Whitehead by 0.8 percent, fewer than 400 votes. After the votes were certified, Whitehead declined to ask for a recount despite the narrow margin.[3] On July 25, 2007, Broun was sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.[4]

Dr. Christopher Cates, an Atlanta cardiologist, has filed his intent to challenge Broun in the Republican primary in the 10th district. [5]

Legislation

Broun introduced a military anti-pornography bill into the House of Representatives. The bill is meant to stem the sales of pornography on U.S military installations. This bill basically notes that the there should be no loopholes in a former piece of legislation (Title 10 of the United States Code), effectively banning military personnel from viewing pornography (Now entitled the "Military Honor and Decency Act").[6] According to Broun's website, legislation will only be passed based on his "Four Way Test", which includes: "1) Is it moral/right?, 2) Is it constitutional?, 3) Is it necessary?, and 4) Is it affordable?".[1]

On September 29, 2008, Broun voted against H.R. 3997, the economic relief or "bailout" plan addressing the recent economic crisis.[7]

In May 2009, Broun proposed legislation that 2010 be proclaimed "The Year Of The Bible".[8]

In June 2009, Broun voted against a climate change bill, calling the entire concept of man made global warming a "hoax" perpetuated by the scientific community.[9]

Committee Assignments

Remarks Comparing Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler

On November 10, 2008, one week after the 2008 presidential election, Broun drew national attention[10] when he criticized then-President-elect Barack Obama's call for a civilian national security force, suggesting that Obama might use it to establish a Marxist dictatorship.[11]

In an interview with the Associated Press, Broun said, "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist." Broun later clarified his statement by saying, "We can't be lulled into complacency. You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential of going down that road."[11]

Broun cited a July 2008 speech by Obama in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate had said, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." A spokesman for Obama indicated that he had been referring to a civilian reserve corps intended to handle postwar reconstruction efforts, such as rebuilding infrastructure. The Bush administration has endorsed this idea,[11] and a Civilian Response Corps, described as similar to the one proposed by Obama,[12] was formed in 2006 by the Bush Administration after a bipartisan Congressional vote.

Further statements

The following day, November 11, Broun seemingly backed away from his statements, saying on WGAC radio, "I regret putting it that way," and "I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that."[10][13] Broun nevertheless asserted that Obama "is extremely liberal" and "has promoted a lot of socialistic ideas, and it just makes me concerned."

His remarks in the radio interview were at first interpreted in the press as an apology.[14] However, Broun's office later said he was "not taking back anything he said" and a spokeswoman said, "We have not issued any official apology” for the remarks.[12][15] The spokeswoman said Broun stood by a written statement he had issued in which he criticized Obama for having "socialist views" and raised what the Atlanta Journal Constitution described as "ominous concerns" about the civilian force.[12] The news release read in part, "I firmly believe that we must not fall victim to the 'it can't happen here' mentality. I adhere to the adage 'eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.'" Broun also said that his comments had been sensationalized by the media.[16]

Reactions

Some of Broun's fellow lawmakers criticized his remarks. Republican U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss both expressed disagreement with his comments, while state Democratic Party spokesman Martin Matheny accused Broun of "playing to the extremes" at a time “when Americans are coming together to celebrate history and renew America's promise." and that "Broun's neo-McCarthyism has no place in today's political environment."[10]

Accusations against CAIR

On October 14, 2009, Broun joined with three fellow Representatives in calling for the investigation of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) over allegations of trying to plant "spies," based on a CAIR memo indicating that they "will develop national initiatives such as Lobby Day, and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices." Broun further implied CAIR had involvement with terrorism, stating, "If an organization that is connected to or supports terrorists is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related congressional offices, I think this needs to be made known." [17] The request came in the wake of the publication of a book, Muslim Mafia, the foreward of which had been penned by Congresswoman Sue Myrick, that portrayed CAIR as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists.[18]

CAIR has countered that accusations against them are "unfounded" and that such initiatives are extensively used by all advocacy groups. A CAIR representative has accused Broun and his colleagues of being "hate-filled" and of seeking to intimidate American Muslims who "take part in the political process and exercise their rights." [19]

Further remarks concerning Barack Obama

In an interview with Sirius XM radio host Pete Dominick, Broun said "I don't know" when asked if President Obama was a US citizen or a Christian. He also said that he did know Obama was a socialist, and said “America has to stand up and decide if we want to be a socialist nation or if we’re going to be a free nation." [20]

References

  1. ^ a b Congressman Paul Broun – Georgia's 10th Congressional District
  2. ^ "1996 U.S. Senate Results". Federal Elections Commission. http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe1996/senate.htm. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Kapochunas, Rachel (July 24, 2007). "Georgia Conservative Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special Win". Congressional Quarterly (The New York Times). http://www.nytimes.com/cq/2007/07/24/cq_3155.html. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Broun sworn in", OnlineAthens.com, July 26, 2007
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "H.R. 5821 – Military Honor and Decency Act", THOMAS.
  7. ^ FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 674, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, September 29, 2008.
  8. ^ THE BIBLE BILL?, Politico, May 22, 2009.
  9. ^ [2], NY Times, June 29, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c Malone, Julia (November 11, 2008). "Rep. Broun regrets linking Obama, Hitler". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://ww2.ajcmobile.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=1001&nid=331077612&cid=3195&scid=-1&ith=2. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b c Evans, Ben (November 10, 2008). "Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship". Associated Press. http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_wires/2008Nov10/0,4675,CongressmanObamaMarxist,00.html. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c Malone, Julia (November 13, 2008). "Broun says no apology for Obama label". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2008/11/13/broun.html. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Paul Broun expresses 'regret' for calling Obama a Marxist". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 11, 2009. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/entries/2008/11/11/paul_broun_expresses_regret_fo.html. 
  14. ^ Mooney, Alexander. "Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler", CNN, November 12, 2008.
  15. ^ Malone, Julia (November 13, 2008). "Rep. Broun stands by Marxist remarks about Obama". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/11/11/broun_regrets_obama_hitler.html. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Broun defends remarks". Augusta Chronicle. November 12, 2008. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/111208/met_483105.shtml. 
  17. ^ Glenn Greenwald (October 15, 2009). "GOP House members call for investigation of Muslim political activity". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/10/15/investigation/index.html. 
  18. ^ Doyle, Michael, "Judge: Controversial 'Muslim Mafia' used stolen papers", Charlotte Observer, November 10, 2009, accessed November 17, 2009
  19. ^ Jordy Yager (October 14, 2009). "House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies". Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.. http://thehill.com/homenews/house/63023-republicans-accuse-muslim-advocacy-group-of-trying-to-plant-spies. 
  20. ^ "Rep. Paul Broun not sure if Obama is citizen". http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33992.html. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Norwood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th congressional district

July 25, 2007 – present
Incumbent







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