March 19, 2014

Sorry, Paul Broun. It doesn't matter how you try to make crap sound nice. It's still crap, and it's still spewing out of your mouth at an alarming rate.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Broun has spent $33,000 on a staffer who is actually a rhetoric coach. Because what the world needs most right now is a bigoted lunatic couching his bigoted lunacy in careful terms, right?

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has spent $33,000 of his congressional office budget over the last two years on a specialist in rhetorical skills, according to the above clip from Justin Gray of Channel 2 Action News.

The video focuses on the expenditure of taxpayer dollars. We’ll focus on where the money went – to Brett O’Donnell, the former Liberty University debate coach was Michele Bachmann’s top aide when she ran for president in 2012. O’Donnell has also served as a debate coach for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogBroun’s office identifies O’Donnell as a vetted staffer:

“In compliance with all House rules, Brett O’Donnell has been a contract member of Congressman Broun’s official communications team since early 2012. He provides training, as he does with several other Members of Congress, with public speaking, on-camera interviews, and media appearances so that Dr. Broun can best communicate his legislative priorities, issues, and message with his constituents. As stated by the House Administration Committee, O’Donnell’s communications training is in compliance with all House rules.”

Meh, rules schmules. Why this guy would hire someone who coached two failed candidates and one election thief to teach him rhetorical skills is beyond me. You just can't hide comments like this one, this one or this one behind fancy language.

If he didn't learn anything in medical school about bedside manner, I'm doubting he'll learn anything about politispeak from Bachmann's old debate coach. But hey -- hope springs eternal.

video by WSB, Atlanta.

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