Posted: 9:06 am Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Paul Broun, Democrats demand other Republicans join impeachment conversation 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

We have an odd convergence this morning. Both U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and Georgia Democrats are demanding that other GOP candidates for U.S. Senate join a conversation about the need to impeach President Barack Obama.

Apparently, both see it as a path to Broun’s Senate nomination.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThis episode began at a tea party-infused Gilmer County GOP forum for Republican Senate candidates in Ellijay on Saturday, with this question from the audience: “Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented with a vote?”

Broun, Eugene Yu and Derrick Grayson all raised their hands. Karen Handel and Art Gardner did not.

After marinating for a few days, the Ellijay roll call began popping up in the national media – which Broun is trying to turn to his advantage. In a follow-up statement issued late Monday, Broun wondered why more Republicans in the race wouldn’t vote for impeachment:

“With the President repeatedly bypassing Congress through executive order, lying to the American people on Obamacare, and failing to address what really happened in Benghazi, I can understand why this would be an important issue to many Georgians right now.

“What I don’t understand, is how a candidate can claim to be a proven conservative, and yet if such a resolution was brought up for a vote, they would oppose it.”

On the opposite side of the field, the Democratic Party of Georgia is eagerly urging Broun’s opponents to clamber to his side with the YouTube video above, which is making the rounds this morning. From the transcript:

“It’s just another day at the ballpark for the Senate candidates in Georgia. Now, where do the other candidates stand on impeaching President Obama?”

Updated: Art Gardner, an Atlanta attorney, sent the following note this afternoon:

“I was at the Gilmer County event and I did not raise my hand to agree with the proposition of pursuing impeachment of the President. My thinking was that pursuing impeachment is a waste of time and energy and that we have much more important issues.

“In short, I think the impeachment question is not a serious issue. I am a serious candidate with serious ideas for solving serious problems. Chasing headlines by talking about impeaching the President is not helping us solve real problems.”

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Paul Broun has also put out this video that some might say sums up his career in the U.S. House:

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The outlines of the next fight over the debt limit are beginning to emerge. From the Washington Post:

Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two options: trading a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trading a one-year extension for repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors.

Both plans, which were first discussed last week at the House GOP’s annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., will be debated further Tuesday morning, when House Republicans meet at the Capitol. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is said to be open to either approach, as long as it can win heavy GOP support.

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We already knew Charley English was on the hot seat, despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s assertions that he wasn’t going to “scapegoat” anyone. But if anything, the chair has warmed up a bit.

The document dump of emails we received from an Open Records Act request filed last week includes the now-famous “sure is warm outside” gaffe. Over at myajc.com, we have a little more context:

Gov. Nathan Deal was dismayed by the email traffic the AJC reported on Monday, and English’s future as GEMA chief is in doubt, according to a person close to Deal who did not wish to be identified.

Publicly, Deal continued to defend English Monday, as he did last week.

“He openly acknowledged he made a mistake,” Deal said. “I think that most of us in our lives have made a mistake. Probably not as obvious as maybe this one. But he is conducting himself as I would expect him. And he has been very diligent in keeping me and my staff updated on the conditions until the state of emergency was terminated last evening.”

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There’s always the possibility, even a likelihood, that the weather task force Deal appointed Monday could just be another well-intentioned group that comes up with largely ignored recommendations.

But this task force could be a little more promising. With two votes in his near future, Deal risks keeping the story of the ham-handed government response alive if he turns his back on the brunt of the recommendations.

And although his appointees will lead the board, several prominent Democrats will do their best to press recommendations that the GOP establishment may not otherwise consider.

Consider this: One of the appointees is DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond, a former Democratic state labor commissioner who is being urged to consider another run at higher office.

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Dalton Mayor David Pennington pulled out a useful pun to describe Deal’s task force plan.

He called it a “snow job” that attempts to whitewash the state’s lackluster response:

“The world’s greatest plan does no good if your leader is asleep at the wheel and can’t execute. Georgia doesn’t need a new task force; it needs a new, real leader at the helm.” 

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We hear that another governor with traffic problems recently called Gov. Nathan Deal.

No joke: Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was said to have phoned Deal last week in the wake of Georgia’s icy gridlock. We don’t know what they were talking about, but we hear it might have something to do with Christie’s role as head of the Republican Governor’s Association and his upcoming visit to Georgia this spring.

Presumably, they didn’t jockey over whose traffic-induced political headaches were worse. But we’ll go ahead and say that Christie’s problems are worse. No federal grand jury is looking into Snowjam ’14.

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Over at InsiderAdvantage, Todd Rehm reports that Senate Majority Whip Cecil Staton will announce this morning that he won’t seek re-election in the May 20 primary:

In 2012, Staton won reelection in the GOP Primary by 203 votes out of nearly 21,000 ballots cast, and opponent Spencer Price had announced he would run again. Macon attorney John F. Kennedy also announced his campaign for the Senate District 18 seat and appeared to present a serious challenge.

The Macon Telegraph reports that it has a statement that Staton has already drafted.

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Given the speed of this year’s session, they’re a little late – but the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders today will roll out its legislative agenda at a state Capitol press conference today. The CCCL is an alliance Georgia’s major conservative political organizations from around the state including the Atlanta Tea Party, Georgia Conservatives in Action, Georgia Republican Assembly, Georgia Right to Life, and Concerned Women for America.

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The spokesman for the Georgia GOP broke into CNN’s list of top Tweets on Monday with this exchange:

Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton): It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked!

Ryan Matthew Mahoney (‏@Ryan_Mahoney): Maybe @HillaryClinton wouldn’t get “blitzed & sacked” by FOX if she came clean about #Benghazi. #gapol #gagop http://ow.ly/tdMKo

51 comments
nick1234
nick1234

@DS


Don't count Broun out because of fundraising. What the polls and fundraising numbers are missing is the fact that he has the best ground game, which is how small turnout elections are won.

fez
fez

Broun is an embarrassment to the state.  I hope that the constituents are smart enough to not elect him, but I have my doubts.  They'll probably re-up on Deal too, despite him proving time and again that he's a corrupt buffoon.

dreluv
dreluv

I wonder do the same people who leave crazy comments about the democrat and president Obama have a life..The same people on here for decades been leaving racist comments and attacking democrat..Everyone across the country knows Georgia is a racist republican state.

I did read a article that more Hispanic and African American are moving to Georgia that it might become a blue state in the next 5 years..The Hispanic will come out and vote democrat once immigration bill is pass..So all you republican think Georgia going to stay red get ready to pack your bags.

Eustis
Eustis

Why doesn't Dr. Broun introduce an impeachment action against Obama? If he has, what's the status? 

Eustis
Eustis

Is Dr. Barge posting under under td1234?

honested
honested

It's not enough that the whackadoodle fringe in the House is comfortable wasting the last 3 years obstructing EVERYTHING, now they are willing to invent new powers to impeach based on no solid evidence at all.


Who voted for these nuts?

DannyX
DannyX

Interesting that Cecil Staton isn't running for re-election.  Does anyone know if Beth Merkleson plans on running for that open Senate seat?

WWTJD
WWTJD

So, which agencies failed to show up at the emergency operations center on Tuesday?  Wednesday?  And, if DOT was treating roads, why is there so much inventory left in the "pre-positioned" stalls -- particularly Mt. Paran road?  Mr. English doesn't control those agencies unless the governor sends the signal that it is so...


Bernie31
Bernie31

Paul in The Words of Your Great HERO George. W. Bush  aka "W",  Impeachment....

"BRING IT ON!"

uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

Charlie is going to get much warmer after Dear Leader sees in his polling data,  keeping Charlie on is a LOSER HAND. Charlie is subject to Termination in short Order.....As it Should Be. 

Seems that Governor DEAL is torn over it. The Governor STANDS ALONE in that THINKING TOO!

uh...huh

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

AJC pushing the weakest GOP fringe candidate to help Nunn' s chances.

BuzzG
BuzzG

Jim Galloway is a left wing loop who thinks Obamacare will save  the nation.  No wonder the AJC has become the laughingstock. 

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

Broun, supposedly a fiscal conservative, would support trying to impeach Obama.It would cost millions of dollars to impeach Obama and the Senate would acquit him, thus wasting the money.

petel
petel

Broun is an idiot.  It's scary that he graduated from medical school.  He is a complete Neanderthal who would make GA more of a laughingstock than we already are if elected Senator.  He has been admonished for practicing medicine without a  renewed license and is not licensed to practice medicine in any hospital in GA.  What kind of doctor is that? By the way, it's not an impeachable offense if you disagree with a duly elected President's policies.  That's what elections are about. Every President uses executive orders.  Bush issued 291, many more than Obama has so far. Where was Broun then? Let's hope at some point the business community and Chamber of Commerce step into this senate race and take a stand.  Let's elect a senator we can be proud of and who will work for jobs and the economy, not some wacko who will damage the image of our state.  By the way, I've never been a fan of Handel and don't really know Gardner, but they are to be commended for their courageous stand in front of this particular audience.  That's leadership.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

From the Birther Movement against President Obama to the idea of impeaching President Obama, radical Republicans, such as Paul Broun, are demonstrating to people of good will just how out-of-balance and destructive their thinking is.


Vote Democratic.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Where was Broun when President Bush used the Executive Orders?

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

I just worry that if Democrats help Braun win the primary that we will end with this nut job as our senator. That is a really scary thought! But I am afraid too many Georgians will refuse to vote for a Democrat and/or a woman for senator. 

dreluv
dreluv

Broun seem like a angry white men who is racist..We need to vote him out.

President Obama not going anywhere..Dem will take Georgia back because crazy leaders like Broun and Deal is destroying Georgia.

Charles50
Charles50

@fez  They aren't.  How can a person perjure themselves unless they lie under oath?  At what time did the President do this?  So you see, the person who initially asked the question is probably one of his constituents.  And he obviously ain't that smart.   But that is what Broun is betting on.

td1234
td1234

@dreluv  Well thank God convicted felons and illegals are not suppose to vote and we have photo id to make sure they do not. 

wsecrest
wsecrest

@Eustis  What are the actual, not made up, not BS charges?

td1234
td1234

@honested  Did not the progressives attempt to impeach GWB on the grounds that he "lied" to the American people in a speech? I

Charles50
Charles50

@WWTJD  I agree.  GEMA is being hammered for not sounding the alarm, but are you telling me that the DOT doesn't have tvs and radios?  It seems to me that they didn't start treating the roads until the snow started falling.  To me that's as big a problem as when the Governor was told about the upgraded forecast.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist  It does not matter. The conservatives in this state will not allow Obama to have a victory and will come out in force in the general election and vote straight Republican tickets. 


If Democrats want to effect the election then they can vote on May 2oth primary for Dr Barge and send a sitting governor to retirement. They can affect the Superintendents race also but that is about all the influence they will have this year. 

Charles50
Charles50

@BuzzG  And yet you obviously read it and even reply on his blog, fancy that.  And no one believes Obama will save the nation.  The Repugs are hell-bent on making sure that doesn't happen.  It would dry up their fundraising if a Democratic president succeeded.

honested
honested

@tomkat1111 Proof that:


So called conserrrrrrrvatives are incapable of learning from mistakes (see 1996).


Do not really care about appropriate function of government.


Are intent on massaging their egos no matter the cost.

Caius
Caius

@tomkat1111 is correct.  If the House impeaches, the bill goes to the Senate where 67 votes are needed to convict and remove from office. The most votes Republicans have gotten on anything in this Congress is 45.


But if Broun thinks we have million of dollars just laying around slowly rotting, go for it.


Charles50
Charles50

@petel  What's scary is that he, Gingrey and Price all graduated from medical school.  Yet they all sound like backward, uneducated hicks.  I suppose if they all attended GA colleges that would explain in in part.  I mean if your foundation is the GA public school system then...

JonLester
JonLester

@NOlongerRepublican  There happens to be a real doctor in competition for the Democratic Senate nomination, and there is indeed a real risk that Dr. Broun will win the general election as a consequence of a bad gamble by state and national party leaders. Ask yourself, who would you really want debating Broun this summer and fall?

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican  You are correct that the conservative voters of Georgia this year will not cross over to vote for any Democrat. This is a national election and the conservatives in this state will refuse to even consider giving Obama a victory but voting for a Democrat at any level of state government. 


If you Democrats want change then you are going to have to cross over in the primary and vote for Dr. Barge and whomever in the Senate race (I personally like Kingston but any of the Republicans will do fine). 

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @dreluv  WRONG.  Convicted felons CAN VOTE if they have completed their sentence and probation.  


But tell me what are you Repugs going to do about all of the easy-to-do voter fraud through mail-in voting?  And why do we not hear stats on how much of that is done?  

wsecrest
wsecrest

@td1234 @honested  There is a huge difference for being impeached for war crimes and being impeached because the other side lost the election.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @The_Centrist 

2008 and 2012 ring a bell?  

No matter how conservatives voted in those elections a victory was had by Obama.

As for Nunn, she will lose and would lose even if Romney was in the WH.  

But you can slobber all over yourself and fixate on Obama if you are so inclined. 

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 @petel  Maybe the problem is that you are not even on their level of thought? Maybe they are not the ones that are backwards thinking but rather it is you and other progressives that are not thinking clearly since they are way more educated than you will ever be. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Okay td, buddy, you've made your point..  Georgia won't vote for a Democrat, the only reason we came reasonably close to flipping for Obama was that black folk turned out in droves to vote for a black man - and since that was the only reason they showed up last time, whoever the Republican is in 2012 will win election.

(I wonder if you have any idea how offensive that is to black voters???)

As to Jim's post, I'm glad to see some signs of life from the Democratic party...

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 @td1234 @dreluv  IMHO, mail in voting should be done away with (except military) and there should be no early voting as well. One day or even one weekend at the polls with a photo id. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @wsecrest@honestedWhen were the articles filed?

When was the initial Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment?

What progressive was really serious about impeachment?


Yet, this nutball broun IS serious.


There is truly a difference.

td1234
td1234

@wsecrest @td1234 @honested  "war crimes"? LMFAO. There are no war crimes until there is evidence, prosecution and conviction. You progressives can not even get your own President or AG to even look at your false evidence. 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 @MoFaux @Nobody_Knows @The_Centrist No, I don't expect partisan hacks to put aside their silly, immature antics and actually do the business of the people.  I fully expect obstructionism if Carter wins.  You know, nearly half of this state is Democrat and governors and legislators serve ALL of their constituents...not just those who voted for them.  I will still vote for the best governor candidate, and that imo is Carter.  I don't disagree with your last statement...Carter has a better chance against someone besides Deal.

td1234
td1234

@MoFaux @td1234 @Nobody_Knows @The_Centrist  I am one of those Conservatives that plans on voting in the primaries against Deal but if Deal wins and makes it to the general election then there is no way I can vote for a no experience state senator lawyer for governor. 


Even if Carter happened to win what would it mean when the state house and senate has veto proof majorities? Do you really think they would give Carter any victories at all? Like I have said numerous times if Democrats want to have an impact then they should vote for Barge in the Republican primary on May 20th. 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 @Nobody_Knows @The_Centrist So, you're saying conservatives will vote republican?  Wow, that is some keen analysis there.  Maybe you don't know any conservatives who dislike Deal enough to vote for Carter...but I do.  Let's wait and see what happens before popping the champagne huh?  Maybe all these blacks you keep yammering about will turn out again.  Maybe we'll get another botched snow job.  Hopefully, we'll get a better governor as well.

td1234
td1234

@Nobody_Knows @td1234 @The_Centrist  It is not a "fixation" it is the truth about how the conservative electorate feels and will vote this year. Just because you do not want to hear about a proper analysis does not mean it is not true. 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @Nobody_Knows@The_Centrist 

Your fixation is showing.

Again, NUNN WOULDN'T WIN NO MATTER WHO IS IN THE WH.   So your fixation on Obama shows just how simple minded you know yourself to be.   

However your usual stupidity and saying the same thing 100 times on the various blogs (as if repeating and repeating makes it more true) makes me laugh.  So thanks for the that. 

td1234
td1234

@Nobody_Knows @td1234 @The_Centrist  Georgia is not the nation. Georgia is not going to elect a progressive statewide, especially in an election that is framed as a national election and to send a message to Obama. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  53 to 45 is close? In whose book is a 7 point victory close? This is even with the highest black turnout in the history of the state and a Republican that came in 3rd or 4th in the state primary. Yes, the general election will not even be this close for Nunn or Carter.