While Broun’s comments drew intense scientific criticism, the sentiment is not especially unique within the GOP conference. Matters of faith aside, however, the Georgian has a unique political score to settle with Darwin.
In response to Broun’s dismissal of evolution, a University of Georgia plant biologist began marshaling support for a write-in campaign last November. The candidate: one Charles Darwin.
Georgia election law requires write-in candidates file notices of intent with the secretary of state, so some precincts within Broun’s northeast district did not tally write-in ballots for the long-dead contender. Of those ballots counted, however, Darwin notched more than 4,000 votes.
With no formal opponent, Broun cruised to reelection. But the thousands of protest votes for a 130-years-dead candidate did not go unnoticed.
No whip count is necessary to determine Broun’s position on Darwin Day. It’s a hell no.
- James Richardson