The race to replace Saxby Chambliss as Georgia's next Senator is already shaping up to be very competitive. The presumptive Democratic nominee is Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn. There are eight Republican candidates; five of them being major contenders. They are: Congressman Paul Broun, Congressman Phil Gingrey, Congressman Jack Kingston, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, and businessman David Perdue.
For conservative voters, Kingston and Perdue can be eliminated from consideration immediately. Kingston has been in Congress since 1993 and is firmly entrenched as a member of the GOP establishment. Whether it is his numerous votes to increase the debt limit in recent years, his Bush-era votes for programs like Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind, or his willingness to focus on "fixing" ObamaCare rather than repealing, Kingston is out of touch with conservatives. Although Perdue has an impressive resume, including his tenure as CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, he is running on the name recognition of his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, and is positioning himself as a Chamber of Commerce-style candidate. Case in point, Perdue has come out in favor of the internet sales tax.
That narrows the choices down to Gingrey, Handel and Broun.
While Gingrey has the perception of being a strong conservative, he cannot be trusted. Since Chambliss announced his retirement, Gingrey has markedly voted more conservative. He generally votes conservative on most bills which he then uses to cover for extremely bad votes, including creating Cash for Clunkers, allowing indefinite detention, allowing NSA metadata collection, reauthorizing Head Start, and funding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What is really troubling is the fact that last year he voiced support for gun magazine bans and defended Todd Akin's rape comments.
Handel appears to be a decent conservative. But lacking a record on federal issues, we don't really know where she stands. And she has yet to give good specifics on the issues which would quell concerns about her positions. Not encouraging is her strong support for federal community grants, which are notoriously wasteful. Perhaps Handel would be a solid conservative in the Senate, but her moderate tone leads me to believe she could be another disappointment like Deb Fischer or Kelly Ayotte, who also ran on the strong conservative woman message but lacked on details.
Now I want to make the case for Paul Broun, who I am supporting. Broun has a diverse background as a medical doctor, small business owner, and U.S. Marine (he currently is a Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserves).
Broun was first elected to Congress in 2007 and has since compiled a record as one of the most conservative members of Congress. He has lifetime scores of 99%, 98%, and 95% from the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and Heritage Action respectively. In his campaign for Senate, Broun has been endorsed by Citizens United, Gun Owners of America, the National Association for Gun Rights, and Georgia Right to Life. He has also been endorsed by Ron Paul who said in his statement that: "I am confident Paul Broun would join the ranks of principled U.S. Senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and my son Rand Paul. "
Even more impressive than his conservative positions is his strong dedication to following the Constitution as it was originally written. If something is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution as a power of Congress, Broun will not vote for it. This Constitutionalism is the source of Broun's strong defense for federalism, civil liberties, and economic freedom which makes him appealing to both conservatives and libertarians. Needless to say, moderates and liberals are not fans of Broun.
Paul Broun has made crystal clear in his campaign that he will boldly and proudly stand with Cruz, Lee, and Paul. We can only take back this country and stop progressivism if we elect more to stand with those three defenders of liberty.
Please visit his website today and help him out in whatever way you can.