Broun's New 'Opponent': Charles Darwin | Politics
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia congressman running unopposed for re-election now faces a write-in campaign that pits him against the father of evolution, Charles Darwin.
Republican Rep. Paul Broun is dealing with backlash after he was videotaped last month at a Baptist church banquet denouncing evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory as "lies straight from the pit of hell."
Outraged faculty at the University of Georgia, which is in Broun's district, signed a letter defending the sciences. Atlanta talk radio host Neal Boortz, who's popular among Georgia conservatives, first proposed writing-in Darwin. He says Broun's remarks make Republicans look like "Neanderthals."
The laws of political science say Broun will likely win re-election. He has no Democratic opponent. And a Facebook page promoting "Darwin for Congress" has attracted just a few dozen supporters.
Broun's 10th Congressional District includes Baldwin, Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties