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Congressman Paul Broun visits Newton

Congressman Paul Broun chats with firefighter Kellie Taylor at Fire Station No. 15 Thursday. Broun joined firefighters and public officials for a hot dog luncheon prior to a more formal meeting with officials at The Center. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Congressman Paul Broun chats with firefighter Kellie Taylor at Fire Station No. 15 Thursday. Broun joined firefighters and public officials for a hot dog luncheon prior to a more formal meeting with officials at The Center. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

COVINGTON — Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican representing Georgia’s 10th District, visited Newton County on Thursday to have lunch with firefighters and learn about the 2050 Plan and how the county recruited Baxter International.

Officials, including Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston, Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan, Commissioners John Douglas and Levie Maddox, Department of Development Services Director Scott Sirotkin, Chamber President Hunter Hall and former Commissioner Mort Ewing, attended a presentation of the 2050 Plan at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

Following the presentation, Broun pledged to assist the county in any way possible.

“I’m excited about this. Congratulations on what y’all have done here in Newton County,” he said.

“I represent the whole county. It doesn’t matter where … Porterdale is just as important to me as Social Circle and Covington. We’re here serve you, we’re here to serve the whole community,” he said. Broun said his goal is to have a representative attend as many City Council, Board of Commissioners and development authority meetings as possible.

Broun also said he won’t divulge information about economic development prospects to competing counties.

“I will continue to pitch Georgia, and then let’s sort out where best to locate, whether in Newton County or wherever in the state,” he said. “And I’m so proud of our governor because he’s focused like a laser on economic development.”

Broun said he started the ball rolling on the Caterpillar plant locating in Athens by pitching a move to Georgia to a company representative. Four months later, officials broke ground on the plant, which will employ 800 people. Broun said he also pitched Georgia to Baxter International representatives a year and a half ago, adding he’s not sure if that conversation affected the decision to locate in Newton.

Broun said discussions about a biomedical corridor along Ga. Highway 316 are “shortsighted” and represent “too narrow a vision.”

Such a corridor should exist along Interstate 20, with Augusta as the anchor, he said. “We’ve got so much in the way of assets here in the state of Georgia and I will do everything I can to make I-20 that corridor and having Baxter here is really going to kick it into gear.”

“You need to know as you do that and as you sit and talk to the governor you should no have no lack of confidence in kicking the ball down I-20 because we’ve got our foot on the gas pedal,” Hall responded.

Broun asked where the county stands on obtaining a 404 permit for Bear Creek Reservoir. Ewing said all the required mitigation has been completed and the county was informed in October that the permit would be in hand in 30 days. “You’ve been in Washington a good bit; you know it takes longer than 30 days sometimes,” Ewing told Broun. Ewing noted that the state has issued a permit to pump out of the Alcovy River to Bear Creek, which he said would not have happened if the permit was not going to be issued.

Broun offered his assistance if the county runs into problems obtaining the permit.

Broun is expected to announce his candidacy for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat within the next few days.

Comments

dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

Sorry Rep Broun i live in Newton County but not in your district, wish i was but realignment moved me into Hank Johnson's district by one street. I'll just make like i'm in your district. I noticed on Hank's website he doesn't claim Newton County, as he only says he represents, Dekalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnette, so i guess this part of North Newton has no representation. Guess they just want our tax money and guns.

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Newtownqq 1 year, 2 months ago

Dennistay I am in Rep. Broun district and let me tell you how he has represented me, He seems to only NO vote to things. This even includes Sandy Aid Bill, he will not even help his fellow countrymen! He wants to cut spending and I agree with him on that, but why did he take his pay raise of $1,700 this year? He often fails to even register a vote on the House floor, he also has failed to appear at State of the Union speeches citing he perfers to twitter and facebook. He needs to realize that if he wants to curb spending he needs to return his raise which he voted on in 2010.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

I'll have to take your word on Broun. I do know Hank Johnson is no good and doesn't even reconize us in his district in Newton County on his facebook page. Guess i was ruined by all the time i was in Linder's district.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

Since Hank johnson added Newton County to his facebook page after i pointed it out to him i have asked another favor from Rep Johnson. He has pictures of places in all the other counties he represents on his facebook cover but none from newton county. I asked if he could add a picture of the Newton County histortical courthouse to his cover pics. I told him this was where they filmed Dukes of hazzard, Heat of the Night, and now Vampire Diaries. Maybe Hank will add this to get us some publicity since i got to vote in his district now.

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Fairplay 1 year, 2 months ago

Paul Broun sits on the Science and Space committee, but believes the earth is about 9,000 years old. This guy is a quack.

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Fairplay 1 year, 2 months ago

Oh and let's not forget he is a life long NRA member. Anyone want to guess how much he receives from their lobbyists? Google it. When are we going to get someone to run against this guy? There is a reason why Charles Darwin received over 4,000 write-ins during the last election.

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Newtownqq 1 year, 2 months ago

Glad I am not the only one who thinks Broun crazy! The Citizen has reported that his wife confirms that he will seek the open Senate seat! What a whimp he needs his wife to do his PR and he wants to represent you! Oh dont worry Newtown County John Douglass will be seeking Broun's seat! Heck he claims to have a budget solution but heck he can't even decide on the County mowing contract!

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