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Georgia congressman's son arrested

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:37 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. — The son of U.S. Senate hopeful Paul Broun was arrested Saturday morning after an officer found his car stopped in a downtown intersection and discovered a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Paul Collins Broun III, 23, of Athens, was driving a 2014 Cadillac that was seen stopped across the intersection of East Broad and Lumpkin streets at 4:18 a.m., police said.

The officer tried to make a traffic stop when Broun continued driving on South Lumpkin Street and turned onto a side street, where he drove to the end and pulled into a University of Georgia parking lot, according to police.

The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana inside the Cadillac, but Broun and his passenger denied any knowledge of pot being in the vehicle, police said.

When backup arrived, the officer searched the car and found a bag of pot in the center console, and also a film canister in Broun’s pocket that had marijuana residue, police said.

Broun was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Broun’s father, in addition to being a candidate for the Senate, is an Athens congressman who has made moral behavior a pillar in his campaign.

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AFjoe 05/13/14 - 07:56 am
Broun arrest

The last paragraph is totally unrelated to the story. Sound like a slam on Dr. Broun. Ask the former VP-Al Gore how much control he has on AL jr.

Marinerman1 05/13/14 - 11:03 am
Sorry AC

I would agree that the last paragraph is a little uncalled for.

corgimom 05/13/14 - 11:12 am
No, what it is saying is that

No, what it is saying is that Broun thinks everybody else should have moral behavior, but it's not even there in his own family.

Perhaps he should worry about his own family first before he starts thinking other people should have moral behavior, you know?

corgimom 05/13/14 - 11:18 am
And then there's this- Broun

And then there's this-

Broun said regarding political correctness, "Well, Shannon, what happened at the airport is, uh, an elderly lady walked -- ah, followed me behind in the [TSA] screening process, and she was patted down. A little kid was patted down. And this guy in Arabian attire just walks right through." He argued that lives and money could be saved by "intelligence" and less "political correctness".[

Now, I'm not saying that it couldn't ever happen. But I've been flying extensively for 35 years, and I have never, ever seen a man in "Arabian attire" in an airport. I've been in airports all over the country and have never seen that.

But if the elderly lady and the child set off the alarm, and the man in "Arabian attire" didn't, then sure, that would be reasonable.

Or maybe, just maybe, Braun is a big fat liar and that never happened.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 05/13/14 - 12:08 pm
Dr. Broun's son is 23 years

Dr. Broun's son is 23 years old, not 12, and is responsible for his own choices. I'm sure he was raised to obey the law and to be a good citizen. I don't think this is his first encounter either. Regardless, his choices should not incur wrath on his parents unless you have inside information that they are lawbreaking pot smokers as well.

I want a man/woman in every office that cares about making moral choices and encouraging others to as well. However, having the expectation that any of us are capable of living a perfect life is simply unrealistic. It's also what keeps many very capable and talented people from seeking office.

It isn't so much what happens to us as it is how we respond to what has happened. If Dr. Broun allows his son to solve his own problem, that's as good as it gets. We should support that.

Riverman1 05/13/14 - 02:20 pm
What Willow Said

What Willow said. His son has been in trouble before. He is an adult and Paul Broun is not responsible for him. Holding family members responsible for the sins of relatives reeks of North Korea.

rmwhitley 05/14/14 - 06:41 pm

begins at home.

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