Rep. Paul Broun, defender of taxpayer … well, not so much really

The bipartisan Office of Congressional Ethics has voted unanimously to pursue ethics charges against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia. Broun, a self-styled champion of small government who claims to be guided by “Judeo-Christian Biblical principles”, is alleged to have misused $43,000 in taxpayer money to hire a consultant to coach him in public speaking, media interviews and debate tactics in preparation for his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate.

According to OCE, such an arrangement would be “in violation of House rules and federal law.”

The case is pretty clear: House rules strictly prohibit the use of taxpayer money to hire consultants, a provision specifically designed to avoid this kind of abuse. Yet here’s how the contract signed by Broun described the arrangement:

“The Client hereby engages Consultant to render, as an independent contractor, the consulting services associated with media interview/public speaking/message/debate preparation for Representative Paul Broun …”

Despite the assistance, Broun went on to lose that Senate race, which means that he will be leaving office in January with ethics investigators hard on his heels. (And yes, that has a familiar ring to it). But there is at least some good news. The Americus camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has announced that Broun will be putting his taxpayer-subsidized communications skills to work as their guest speaker on Nov. 9 at their annual memorial service for Capt. Henry Wirz, whom they describe as a Southern hero and martyr.

Wirz was commandant of the infamous Andersonville Prison Camp, where 13,000 Union soldiers died from malnutrition and disease. He was later convicted of murder and other charges and hung as a war criminal.

Meanwhile, voters in the Tenth Congressional District will decide on a replacement for Broun on Tuesday. The favorite is Republican Jody Hice, whom we’ve discussed here and here.

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scotchleaf
scotchleaf

Broun: the "science is lies from the pit of hell" congressman.  Good thing the GOP put him on the science committee. 

PudHead
PudHead

Wow, Jay bashing a republican and ignoring all the corrupt democrats, how new and different... LOL.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@WGA1990 

Democrats have been saying for quite awhile how the youth are gravitating more and more toward their political ideology, but this Harvard poll says otherwise

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Lol. On the contrary, the results you link to are perfectly consistent with a shift to the left among millenials. 

Disapproval of Obama, whose led an administration that is one of the most right wing, if not the most, in American history, with bank bailouts, protection of war criminals, escalation of drone warfare, attacks on the press and shredding of democratic rights at home. 

Makes perfect sense.

hank89
hank89

Why would anyone tell the truth? Newton, Manziel, and Winston all lied and continued to play.  Gurley told the truth and got 4 games.  Where is the benefit in being honest?

straitroad
straitroad

Bookman, your writing at times takes the tone of a 7 year-old child that doesn't get their way.

KingHusseinObama
KingHusseinObama

Maybe he should just lie, like your liberals do:

According to a government watchdog group, the Democrat-controlled Senate Select Committee on Ethics said that it never received a complaint pertaining to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and the Obama administration’s efforts to approve visas for certain investors, despite previously confirming that it received the complaint — and saying that it opened an investigation. The Daily Caller has learned that the nonprofit government accountability organization Cause of Action sent the ethics committee, chaired by Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a recent letter asking for follow-up on its Dec. 16, 2013 complaint, which detailed Reid’s ex parte communications with then-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, who now serves as deputy secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.??

hank89
hank89

Jay, have you ever been to Andersonville?  Do you know the whole story of that place? A very nice museum, the national POW/MIA center and the grounds as well as the cemetery make for a very reflective visit.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

OK, did a quick scan and didn't see this:


US GDP up 3.5% in 3Q


Good news, right?

td1234
td1234

4 years ago, journalist like  Bookman and other media people were telling us that Deal jumped out of the House and ran for governor because that ended any investigation by the House ethics committee and if he would have stayed then he would have been found guilty. 


Now this article is telling us that Broun, who is leaving the House due to not winning the Senate seat, is going to be sent before the committee even though he is leaving office. 


Well folks, it does not work both ways. Either the committee (democrat led at the time) did not have anything on Deal and dropped the case or they now should drop the case against Broun. 

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

well yeah. They've taught a generation of young people - hey its better to lie, cheat, steal. the truth will cost you.

you know, the Ga Republican values

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@straitroad Beats you anyway...yours takes the tone of a 3 year-old child that doesn't get their way

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@hank89 yeah, nice museum. you probably wouldn't have wanted to have been a union soldier there though.

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

yeah...but...but...that was eaten up by the runaway inflation brought on by the kenyan muslin's librul Quantitative Easing,

I mean cmon sheeple! Gas is up to $2.80 which is almost $6.

hahahaha. They're ridiculous. Useless.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@LordHelpUs That's actually lower than last quarter, falling from 4.6 (?) or so.

Either way, it will be changed at some point in the future.  It almost always is.

As a point of reference, I think the average since 1947 (when we first started recording gdp), is about 3.25. 

Normd
Normd

@td1234 

And they probably will drop the case...but as I understand it Deal's case was Federal and I thought Broun's case was State.  Am I wrong?  Because if I am, they will most likely drop the case....Of course, I hope not.

Peachs
Peachs

@td1234 

This is the blindest from a rightwing thinker, Deal smells like a skunk, looks like a skunk, is a skunk but that is ok by them it is Obama who has a clean record we need to worry about. Pure logic how can you argue against it?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha Zero interest rates do have an impact, yes, they do.

(never have been fond of the whole, "..Kenyan muslin's librul (sic)..." thing)

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@DownInAlbany 3.5 is lower than 4.5.  DIA is quicker than usual today.  But, at least, for once, he has his facts right...LOL.

td1234
td1234

@Normd @td1234 Both cases were taken in front of the US House ethics committee. 

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@Normd @td1234 

I think Deal resigned his seat causing the House to stop the case. Broun hasn't or hasn't stated that he would so he still falls under the rules of the House.

td1234
td1234

@Peachs @td1234  Yes, when you have 5 years of continuous articles, allegations and innuendo  with no evidence ever produced in a court of law then anyone will smell and look like a skunk. 


This is the main point of my observation. Reporters have been telling us for 5 years now that if Deal would have stayed in the House he would have been found guilty but since he left the case was automatically dropped. Now they are telling us that Broun (who is leaving) just now has a case raised against him. Well either the media has lied to us about the Deal case or why is Broun even being sent to investigate? 

fedup52
fedup52

@td1234 @Peachs  Republicans are like Nazis.  If they don't like they just make stuff up to frame you.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 @Peachs LOL . . . re; " with no evidence ever produced in a court of law"


that's the purpose of settlements - to avoid producing evidence in a court of law . . . millions in settlements means someone thought they'd be found liable.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Mixing apples and oranges this morning? Huge difference between technical campaign irregularities and corruption. One is administrative and the other charge is criminal. 


What about the main question about how the media lied to us 5 years ago?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @consumedconsumer @hank89  Can you  tell me the date of the celebration of the life and service of the prison commander there in MI and who is speaking in that service?


Are you going to the memorial celebration of Mao Tse Tung.  If not , why not?  I mean he killed how many?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 Y'all started it. :) What you expect, the big bad federal government would just let you leave the Union? Riiiiiight.

td1234
td1234

@CommonSenseisntCommon We have known since April that Broun was out of the house. As reported by the media, as soon as Deal announced he was leaving the house then the ethic case was dropped. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 nice try there, but no huge difference behind the meaning of million dollar settlements.


to your question . . . don't know, go research it if you want. jurisdiction may have been changed. it's something congress can do.

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@td1234 @CommonSenseisntCommon 

Not until his resignation became effective. Big difference between resigning and not leaving until the next guy comes in. If the indictment comes in BEFORE he leaves office he will have to deal with it.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer @td1234 The case settled in a local court did not have Deals name on the case and was not about the charges made in the House ethics investigation. 



hank89
hank89

@td1234 @consumedconsumer my folks didn't have any slaves. just did not want a bunch of looting yankees down here, and by the way, still don't. will take them over muslims though.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@hank89 always someone else's fault. if only y'all could have kept your slaves. why deal and perdue might be winning, eh?

hank89
hank89

@consumedconsumer @hank89 cc i will take it that you have not been to andersonville. it is worth the trip and you can stop at the mennonite restaurant outside montezuma on hwy 26 and have a pretty good meal.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 man, i ain't got time to deal with all of Deal's personal and adminstrative problems.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@hank89 well, then your folks got suckered into fighting someone else's war . . . sorry. was a colossal waste no matter how you slice it.


and nice to see you haven't really changed in 150 years.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 You need to do some research before you waste everyone's time with this nonsense. You go to source explains it:


The House Ethics Committee said it was continuing an investigation into Broun's actions, although action is considered unlikely before Broun retires from Congress in January.


http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/10/30/ethics-panel-to-extend-investigation-georgia-congressman-hiring-campaign/


they're putting the screws to him until he leaves. If they can catch him before that, then they will. if not, he's off . . . just like your BFF Deal.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 what part of i ain't got time makes you think i "know' anything about this nonsense? you're the one fixated on it. he's your guy. you'll vote for him whatever. we get it.