Congressman Paul Broun sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. That’s odd considering he recently told a crowd at the Liberty Baptist Church, “I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” Oy vey.
Broun, who also answered SiriusXM host Pete Dominick’s question about whether President Obama is an American citizen with “I don’t know,” ran unopposed on Tuesday, ensuring another term for the Georgia congressman.
But Broun did, at least, have a little competition — from 19th Century naturalist and cousin-f*cker Charles Darwin.
The Athens Banner-Herald has more on the story:
A spot check Thursday of some of the other counties in the east Georgia congressional district revealed a smattering of votes for Darwin, although it wasn’t always clear, based on information provided by elections offices in those counties, whether those votes were cast in the 10th District race. And because the long-dead Darwin was not a properly certified write-in candidate, some counties won’t be tallying votes for him, whether in the congressional race or other contests.
A campaign asking voters to write-in Darwin’s name in the 10th Congressional District, which includes half of Athens-Clarke County, began after Broun, speaking at a sportsmen’s banquet at a Hartwell church, called evolution and other areas of science “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Jim Leebens-Mack, the University of Georgia plant biologist who started a “Darwin for Congress” Facebook page in the wake of Broun’s remarks, said the number of Darwin votes cast in the race were “in the ballpark, a little bit more” than he had expected.
The Darwin votes, Leebens-Mack added, made it “clear to me, and I hope everybody, that Paul Broun is vulnerable” in terms of continued re-election to Congress. Broun was first elected in a special 2007 election, and won re-election in 2008, 2010 and again on Tuesday in a newly drawn 10th District, reconfigured as part of congressional reapportionment.
The movement to unseat Brown in 2014 began with this campaign, Leebens-Mack said. But given the fact that people in his district want to know who is going to shoot the president, that might be an uphill battle.
Wonkette has some other non-Darwin write-ins against Broun.