The debate in Congress about immigration reform has always had political undertones beyond surface claims of protecting jobs for American citizens or the opposition’s portrayal of a romanticized quest for freedom and opportunity. The position a particular legislator holds is usually based on keeping his or her home constituency happy.
So, with the 2014 Senate election on the horizon, current Republican Representative from Georgia Paul Broun seems to be doing his best to rile up his base. In an appearance on Georgia Public Radio, Broun made some troubling statements that may haunt him beyond the primary season.
Along with being a Congressman, Broun is also a member of the military, most recently deploying to Afghanistan in 2012 as a medical doctor. He has also made opposition to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare a cornerstone of both his time in the House of Representatives and his current campaign for senate.
In 2012, he cited his medical knowledge as the reason he was able to review “a lot of scientific data” which led him to believe “that Earth’s but about 9,000 years old.” He also referred to the Big Bang Theory and evolution as “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
Broun’s most telling remarks, however, were regarding undocumented immigrants within Georgia’s borders. When host Joshua Stewart asked about the changing demographics of the electorate. Broun replied, “It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country, who the Democrats want to put on these federal welfare programs,” then adding that it’s already happening and that the overall Liberal strategy is to increase the scope of government. He called it “morally wrong” to give undocumented Georgia immigrants the right to vote.
Broun also dismissed the idea that he is too conservative for the general election. Assuming he’s going to win he said, “when I’m nominated, I’ll be the most-electable candidate out of the whole Republican field that’s out there now in this race.” It seems that Broun believes that the Republican tent is big enough that he need not worry about attracting new voters.