Another conservative organization has endorsed congressman Paul Broun in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The Madison Project, headed up by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, endorsed Broun over four other major GOP candidates.
"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," reads a Madison Project press release announcing the endorsement. "Even the fiercest conservative fighters tend to succumb to the establishment meat grinder after a few years. Paul Broun has been inviolable."
Among Broun's top opponents for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring senator Saxby Chambliss are fellow House members Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, former secretary of state Karen Handel, and businessman David Perdue. The primary will be held on May 20, with a scheduled July 22 runoff between the top two vote-getters if no candidate receives majority support. The presumptive Democratic nominee is Michelle Nunn, an Atlanta businesswoman and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn.
The Madison Project is the second national conservative organization to offer an endorsement in the primary. Citizens United has also endorsed Broun. Other groups, like the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, have not yet endorsed.
According to one prominent business leader in Atlanta, a primary victory for Broun would not be welcomed by Republican donors in the state:
The consensus choice for the “wrong” Republican candidate is Paul Broun, the Athens-based antigovernment congressman who says evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” and as recently as 2010 said he “didn’t know” if Barack Obama was an American citizen. While the candidates have almost indistinguishable views on policy—they all support repealing Obamacare, oppose amnesty for illegal aliens before border security, and want to roll back federal regulations—in Broun’s view, the others are all crypto-statists.
“I want to fundamentally change government and go back to the foundational principles of limited government and constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers meant it,” he says. That means shuttering the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Education, Energy, Labor, and Commerce. And what about his opponents? Well, they haven’t denied they don’t want to close them.
“We’ve got to change the philosophy of the American people to demand a different kind of governance, and what I represent is actually the mainstream thought of America,” Broun says. At a recent candidate forum, he said he would support impeachment proceedings against President Obama.
One influential Atlanta businessman says that if Broun becomes the nominee, “90 percent” of the city’s business community, which constitutes the financial backbone of the state party, would throw their support behind Nunn. The prospect of a Broun primary victory keeps Republican strategists in Washington up at night. In private, top Georgia Republicans say Broun’s nomination would be a “total disaster.”