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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Monday, February 03, 2014

OK, whatever you say Georgia GOP U.S. Senate candidates

From the AJC's Political Insider:

Before Saturday night’s full-field Senate debate at Kennesaw State University, five of the GOP candidates gathered in Ellijay for a tea party-themed forum.

Karen Handel raised her hand to affirm that she would never vote for a debt-ceiling increase, bailout or tax increase. (So did U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Eugene Yu and Derrick Grayson.)

And Broun vowed he would seek to repeal the 17th amendment allowing for direct election of senators. If Broun wins and is successful, it means he would have to seek re-election from the state Legislature – not the voters.

Asked to clarify after the forum, Broun said:
“The purpose of the state legislators electing senators was to protect the states’ power and when the 17th amendment was [ratified] it took the states’ power away to the point that states are just becoming administrative bodies of the federal government.”
Would voters, we asked, go for giving up the power to elect senators? “It will give us more freedom and less government, and the American people need to understand that,” Broun said.

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