Throughout this election cycle we have looked far and wide to find fresh conservative patriots who are running for Congress to challenge the status quo in both parties. But sometimes the biggest champion is right under our noses. In the case of the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, we have a man who has not only talked a good conservative game during the primaries, he has fought for us relentlessly like no other U.S. House member over the past seven years.
His name is Dr. Paul Broun, and he deserves our support.
Many elected Republicans lay claim to a conservative voting record. And many Republican candidates promise to deliver the world to conservative primary voters. Yet, few come to the ankles of Paul Broun in terms of a proven commitment to constitutional governance. It is not an exaggeration to say that Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) has sustained the most conservative voting record over the longest period of time of any sitting Republican in Congress. Even the fiercest conservative fighters tend to succumb to the establishment meat grinder after a few years. Paul Broun has been inviolable.
Paul Broun spent most of his adult life practicing family medicine in Georgia. He has also served for decades in the military; first as a jet engine mechanic in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves, and then as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy Reserves. Dr. Broun was re-commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps in 2010 at the age of 64. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a sitting member of Congress to treat soldiers wounded in combat.
In 2007, Paul Broun ran for Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy in the 10th district after Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) passed away. Throughout his career, Broun has consistently been underestimated, yet he has always over-performed. Nobody expected him to make it to the runoff, but he forced the establishment favorite into a second round, albeit as a heavy underdog. He shocked the political world by winning the runoff in July. The political class was immediately threatened by such a resilient conservative. They referred to him as the “accidental Congressman” and promised to defeat him in 2008. The following year, Broun was challenged by the state House Majority Leader in a primary. Broun crushed him 71%-29%. He proved he was no accidental congressman.
From the day he took office, Broun has been in a league of his own. It’s not just his perfect voting record, or his vote against Boehner as Speaker, that makes him special. There are several other new members who share that status. It’s that he is one of the few members who has sustained that perfect record over a long period of time. Also, even the best members need some hand-holding and coercing to withstand the pressure to go along with party leadership; Paul Broun is undaunted and undeterred by the D.C. establishment.
Broun is the most reliable member when we need someone to block bad bills and even vote against the procedural motions to consider such legislation. But he has also introduced some of the best positive conservative legislation in Congress. His Patient Option Act is the most free market oriented health care bill in Congress; he has authored the strongest Balanced Budget Amendment that has been proposed, and he has introduced the best right-to-carry reciprocity bill. Broun has consistently led the charge against illegal immigration, has never requested an earmark, and has proposed more spending cuts in appropriation bills than any Member of Congress. Broun in the true embodiment of a full-spectrum conservative on fiscal, social, and national defense issues.
Some conservatives have expressed concern that despite Broun’s impregnable conservative credentials, he would not have the ability to run a disciplined statewide campaign. The establishment, who views him as the consummate threat of the election cycle, likes to dub him as “the next Todd Akin.” The reality is that Paul Broun has run the most effective and on-message campaign of any of the primary candidates. He has a strong base of support in every part of the state and the most passionate and dedicated ground-game of a campaign we’ve observed this election cycle.
Ironically, it is one of Broun’s opponents, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), who directly echoed Todd Akin’s comments. Also, while Broun is focused relentlessly on Obamacare and downsizing government, the other fellow congressman in the race, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), is constantly admitting defeat on Obamacare. Moreover, Broun’s strong leadership has consistently shifted the two House members to the right, giving rise to an inside joke about Broun having “three votes” in Congress.
Broun’s other major opponents, former Secretary of State of Georgia, Karen Handel and David Perdue, are trying to run as outsiders who will fix the mess of those already in Washington. But Paul Broun is more of an outsider than when he was first elected and is certainly less of a creature of the symptom of the D.C. disease than his opponents. The notion that one of these candidates would hold a candle to Broun in terms of a perfect record for their entire career, fighting the establishment, and sponsoring solid legislation pertaining to all three facets of conservatism is absurd.
It’s time for conservatives to unite behind a doctor, soldier, citizen legislator, and proven constitutional warrior. At this point, there is no rationale for conservatives to remain silent when the stakes are so high and with a promising opportunity to send a ‘Navy SEAL of conservative warfare’ to the Senate – a body full of spineless Republicans.
The primary will be held on May 20 and the top two vote-getters will head to a runoff on July 22. It is incumbent upon conservatives to send a strong message and rocket Dr. Broun to the top on primary day, and if necessary, do the same on July 22.