Charles Darwin, the father of the science of evolution, can't speak for himself or run for Congress because he's not alive (and not an American citizen). But a University of Georgia scientist hopes supporting Darwin in a write-in campaign can help get U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA, booted from his position on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
UGA plant biologist Jim Leebens-Mack has started a Facebook page promoting Darwin as a fantasy alternative to Broun, who was recorded last month dismissing evolution and the Big Bang theory as "lies straight from the pit of hell."
Leebens-Mack told the Associated Press that the write-in campaign isn't serious, but the AP reports people behind the movement hope enough support could goad Congressional leaders to reduce Broun's influence over science policy. (There's also a petition seeking to accomplish the same thing.)
Broun is running unopposed in Georgia's 10th Congressional District after defeating a Republican challenger in the July 31 primary.
The AP story also quotes conservative radio host Neal Boortz saying that Broun's commentary "makes Republicans look like knee-dragging, still-tending, tobacco-spitting Neanderthals."
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