At a recent town hall meeting with constituents, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) fielded a frightening question: “Who’s going to shoot Obama?”
That’s not an exact quote from the unnamed questioner, but it is how local reporter Blake Aued scrawled it down.
Aued was also able to confirm the wording of the question with Broun’s press secretary, his report in the Athens Banner-Herald noted.
That question apparently got a “big laugh” out of the crowd assembled for Broun’s Tuesday meeting. But instead of coming out very strongly against such a shocking query, Aued wrote that Broun tried to sympathize with the individual.
“The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president,” Broun reportedly said. “We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Broun isn’t known for being the sharpest member of Congress. Last year he followed Fox News conspiracy host Glenn Beck in boasting that he’d returned his family’s US census form without answering all the questions.
Problem for the ostensibly fiscal conservative Broun: not answering the 10 questions on census forms triggers a visit from a census-taker, who costs the taxpayers about $60 per house according to a census bureau spokesman who talked to reporter Greg Sargent.
Broun was an ardent defender of the “death panel” myth invented by Republicans amid a disinformation campaign against the president’s health reform proposals. He’s also long called Obama a “socialist,” even in spite of the president’s mostly friendly stance toward big business.
He’s since been mocked as one of the dumbest elected representatives in Washington.