A familiar face is one of the latest candidates to announce his candidacy for Georgia’s 10th District race for U.S. Congress.
Dr. Paul Broun, a longtime physician from Athens-Clarke County, is no stranger to politics.
From 2007 until 2015, Broun served as Georgia’s 10th District representative.
And now he wants his old job back.
The 10th District covers all or parts of 24 counties from Atlanta to Augusta, including all of Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican from Greensboro, currently holds that job and will continue doing so for another year and eight months. Hice announced last month, however, that he will become a candidate for Georgia’s secretary of state and not seek re-election to Congress.
Brad Raffensperger, who also is a Republican, currently serves as Georgia’s secretary of state.
Broun is the first person to announce political intentions to run for the seat. He also is the first notable person to publicly endorse Hice for Georgia Secretary of State.
“When I left Washington in 2015, it was bad,” Broun said in his latest political campaign. “It is much worse today. 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 hyper-inflation and eventually the financial collapse of America.”
Broun contends that voters who know him will remember how he was when he previously served in Congress and that he never voted for a tax hike, omnibus bill, or debt ceiling increase.
Broun favors spending cuts.
He has boasted introducing more targeted spending cuts than any other member of Congress.
“The Biden-Harris 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,” Broun said.
A one-party rule in Washington will not work, Broun said.
“I’m a Marine veteran and family physician who understands basic economics that something cannot come from nothing,” Broun said. “That’s Washington’s worst nightmare.”
Broun noted that his 7 1/2 years of experience as a member of Congress will be an asset.
If elected to the office he once held, Broun said he could once again ascend as the highest-ranking Republican on the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.
During his previous time in Congress, Broun served as chairman of that subcommittee. At that time, Republicans still held the majority of seats in Congress.
The 74-year-old Broun, who has provided medical care to patients in the Athens-Clarke County area of the Peach State for more than four decades, also has promised to look into the origins of coronavirus COVID-19, as well as the public health response to the pandemic as well.
Broun is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He also is a former member of the foundation board of St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.
He describes himself as a strong constitutional conservative.
Broun last ran for political office as a candidate for the Ninth District Congressional seat in Georgia. He was unsuccessful in that campaign.
Broun also sought the seat of former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss in the 2014 election but did not win.