Many people prefer their coffee black, but on Monday, the people of Watkinsville enjoyed Broun.
U.S. Rep. Paul C. Broun (GA-10) held his promotional event “Coffee with the Congressman” at the Jittery Joe’s Coffee shop in Watkinsville.
The congressman, a native of Athens, answered questions from constituents on issues ranging from the president’s healthcare reform to conflicts with Veteran’s Affairs.
Looking calm and engaged, Broun laid out his opinions on the concerns of the citizens of the 10th District.
“I will not vote for amnesty,” Broun said — referring to the immigration bill that passed through the U.S. Senate. “Until I am sure the borders are secure, nothing else matters,” he added.
He further stated his opposition to “this administration’s attack on faith, particularly the Christian faith.”
Broun, however, did not mention the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Georgia — a race he entered on February 6.
He mentioned only that “I’m here to represent you as your Congressman, or whatever capacity Georgia sends me to Washington.”
Multiple audience members were recording the congressman. Broun, who has made headlines with past gaffes, seemed to welcome the interlopers and handled an oppositional heckler with smiles.
Broun was first elected as the representative for the 10th District in July of 2007.
He practices general medicine— having established a practice of full-time house calls since 2002.
The congressman has also served in the Marine Corps Reserves, and was deployed in Afghanistan as a naval reservist in 2012.
Long before his career as a congressman, Broun earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1967 and then moved on to earn his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1971.