Until last week, we had never paid much attention to Rep. Paul Broun … in fact, when he showed up last week with Rob Schenck and Patrick Mahoney for some pre-inaugural anointing, it was the first time we had ever written about him.
But I am beginning to suspect that that is about to change:
Congressman Paul Broun has reintroduced legislation that he says would stop abortion and the “clone-and-kill” mentality in the U.S.
Representative Paul Broun (R-Georgia) believes the “greatest moral issue facing our nation” is the killing of unborn children, and that all Americans have a “moral and constitutional obligation” to protect every unborn child. That’s why Broun, a medical doctor, has promised that the Sanctity of Human Life Act will be the very first bill he will introduce in every Congress until abortion is banned in the U.S. He notes the bill scientifically defines life as beginning at the point of fertilization with the creation of a human zygote.
“It gives the right of personhood to that one-celled human being,” Broun explains. “If you look at Roe vs. Wade, the whole decision was predicated on no definition of the beginning of life being ever established legislatively.” Roe v. Wade is the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.
“[But] this [bill] would define life beginning at fertilization,” he continues. “It would give the right of personhood to that one-celled human being — thus that person should be protected under the law as we are today.”
We’ll probably have to start trying to keep an eye on Tim Echols, one of Broun’s former aides, as well, since he seems to have big plans to resurrect the Religious Right in Georgia:
One of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s closest advisers is starting a consulting firm to bring religious conservatives back to political prominence and elect the first black Republican to statewide office in Georgia.
Winterville resident Tim Echols, a former spokesman for Mr. Broun, resigned Friday as his campaign treasurer to form Gold Dome Consulting.
One of the firm’s goals will be to develop black candidates to run for state and federal office on the Republican ticket, Mr. Echols said. The GOP has neglected black voters, but they often share Republicans’ conservative views on social and moral issues, he said.
“When it comes to issues of marriage and family, they’re Republicans,” he said. “But Republicans haven’t reached out to them they way we should have.”
Mr. Echols, 48, said he is talking with potential candidates but declined to identify them.
Gold Dome will be selective in choosing politicians to advise, and Mr. Echols will spend at least half his time on nonprofit clients, he said.
One of Gold Dome’s first clients is the Christian Coalition of Georgia, which once dominated state politics. It lost influence after scandal-plagued Ralph Reed lost his 2006 bid for lieutenant governor and former head Sadie Fields left to start a rival group, the Georgia Christian Alliance.
“I’m going to come alongside them and bring them back to a place of strong stature,” Mr. Echols said.