In his first formal campaign presentation in incumbent Congressman Paul Broun’s home county, challenger Stephen Simpson Thursday said Broun is not representing those who elected him and is absent when important business is being conducted in the country.
“We need someone who genuinely cares about his country and his constituents,” Simpson told about 30 persons attending an Oconee County Republican Party meeting. Simpson said Broun “is out of touch” with those who elected him.
Simpson criticized Broun for not being present when President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address in January, saying you have to have your “elbows on the table” to have influence.
“Nobody in this room wants to replace President Obama more than I do,” Simpson said, but elected representatives have a “constitutional duty” to be involved.
in the Republican primary in the reconfigured 10th District, which includes less of northeast Georgia and more of central Georgia than the old 10th District.
For more on Simpson's comments, go to Oconee County Observations.