Former Top Paul Broun Staffer Indicted On Eight Counts

Then-senate canddiate Paul Broun speaking at the Floyd County Republican Party's annual Tilman Hanger event. Photo: Jon Richards
Then-senate canddiate Paul Broun speaking at the Floyd County Republican Party’s annual Tilman Hanger event. Photo: Jon Richards

The Department of Justice indicted David Bowser, the former chief of staff for then-Representative Paul Broun, with one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts, and five counts of making false statements in connection to the congressional ethics investigation into Broun’s misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Broun’s campaign in the 9th Congressional District raised concerns his ethics investigation, which closed when he left Congress after losing the 2014 senatorial Republican primary, could be reopened if he beat incumbent Representative Doug Collins.

The alleged ethics violation occurred when Broun’s congressional office paid Brett O’Donnell $2,500 a month to sharpen Broun’s communication skills for floor speeches. O’Donnell received a total of $43,750 from Broun’s office for services provided from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, O’Donnell pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

Bowser claims O’Donnell exclusively worked on congressional matters, yet in the guilty plea, Bowser is quoted as saying the Office of Congressional Ethics can go “f—- themselves.” O’Donnell also claimed Bowser asked him to maintain he is a volunteer debate coach for Broun’s campaign.

In response to the indictment, Broun said he is “disappointed” about Bowser’s indictment and that he was “not aware of any ethics violations by my staff at any time.”

“All roads in this criminal case lead back to Paul Broun. When is he going to take responsibility for abusing taxpayers hard earned money?” said Doug Collins Campaign Manager Carmen Foskey.

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blakeage80
blakeage80

I can’t figure how Doc Broun intends to overcome this. Isn’t Doug Collins pretty popular in his district? Hasn’t he, except for the Boehner show vote, been a pretty good congressman? This whole thing is weird.

xdog
xdog

Tea Party.

ngamtns706
ngamtns706

Omnibus vote. Among other big government votes that are unpopular is where it will head. If you can portray your opponent as “establishment” anything can happen. Plus there are like 4 people running and a runoff is likely.

theappalachian
theappalachian

As one of Collins’ constituents, I wondered the same. Seems pretty well liked for the most part. I just don’t see evidence of an overwhelming Tea Party, anti-establishment presence that it seems Broun is pursuing in the district (at least not in my county of residence).

gcp
gcp

Collins can’t win by only talking about Braun’s ethics and avoiding candidate forums. As mentioned above he voted in late 2015 for the spending bill and he also voted for Boehner twice. Collins has not successfully addressed these issues.

As for the other candidates, Roger Fitzpatrick is known from his previous run. Mike Scupin has been out campaigning in the district. Have not heard much from Bernie Fontaine just yet. With four candidates running against Collins this race will likely go to a runoff.

PM
PM

Congressman Broun represented the district our farm was located in [Wilkes County near Clarke’s Hill, er I mean Thurmond Lake] and I can verify he represented the 10th Congressional District well. I’ve been to a lot of town hall meetings the last 4 decades including two of Broun’s in the old Thompson train depot to ask questions and to hear his thoughts. Broun ALWAYS answered questions of his constituents and those of us non-voters in his district straightforward…he did not sugar coat his answers nor coach his answers to pacify a constituent. Friends and family living in the 10th District… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

To paraphrase my namesake, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time but you can sure fool enough of them to win an election.

xdog
xdog

“Friends and family living in the 10th District have expressed ‘buyers remorse’ that Broun is no longer representing them”

Not all of us in the 10th feel that way. Jody Hice has surprised me with his ability to keep his extreme views pretty much to himself, something Broun was incapable of. Hice is still a dangerous ideologue and an empty suit who’s a safe vote for the most obstructive faction in the House, but he’s not unbalanced.

blakeage80
blakeage80

PM, I get it. I voted for him every time he ran as my district’s congressman, from 2007 onward, and in his campaign for Senate. He was a member of my church, my physician as a teenager, a family friend. I have taken plenty of heat on PP, GP and The Flagpole for defending his actions in Congress. I will not speak of the accusations against his congressional office dealings. Indictments and sentences of guilty speak for themselves. I am sure Dr. Broun kicks himself everyday for letting anything unethical go on in his office. I just don’t see how… Read more »

PM
PM

Agree regarding the 9th District not being a viable path. In honesty – we have not decided which candidate we will support. I also doubt the folks that trash Paul Broun on these pages have sat down 1 on 1 with him to discuss specific legislative concerns. Their loss as they would find a contrast to the other Georgia Congressmen that weigh questions with their re-election plans. Broun’s directness answering my questions was always appreciated and contrasted with any other elected official or candidate. I also doubt the folks that trash Paul Broun are aware that in 2010 Dr. Broun… Read more »

Baker
Baker

Latest email from the good doctor: “They’re coming for our guns”…

“But really, the Second Amendment protects all of our God-given rights. That’s why it’s such a big target for Democrats and Establishment Republicans — and why it must be protected at all costs.”

Please don’t elect this guy again.

xdog
xdog

I forgot to mention that Broun won a half-dozen counties in the 9th running against Perdue and Kingston and that crew in the primary, and finished a strong second in two others. I doubt that’s enough to take down an incumbent who won 80 percent of the vote but it’s a start.