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06-19-2016, 11:39 AM

The Georgia Constitution Party nominated Broun for the vice presidential spot during its June 10 state convention in McDonough. Broun was not told in advance that his name would be placed in nomination, Favorito said. In fact, Favorito added, “It was kind of a surprise to us,” as Broun’s name simply surfaced informally during the convention as a potential vice president.

“He just has probably on of the most amazing track records of any congressman ... unmatched by any congressman in the country,” Favorito said, noting Broun’s consistent opposition to federal spending increases during his time in Washington, and his efforts to pass legislation calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Broun got the Fed audit measure through the House in 2014, where the proposal was overwhelmingly favored — and had bipartisan support — but the bill subsequently failed in the Senate.

After the Georgia party’s decision to put Broun on the national Constitution Party ticket, Favorito said, “I called him and told him. He was surprised, and then honored.”

Broun, who said Monday that he has long been familiar with the Constitution Party, and has known many party members, said he was, in fact, “very honored that they would look at my record” in working to “stop this out-of-control government.”

Broun is, however, just one of two people, and potentially a couple of other people, who could wind up as vice president under the Constitution Party banner. At its April convention, the national party chose Darrell Castle, a Marine who served in Vietnam and went on to open law firms in a number of cities, as its presidential candidate, and Scott Bradley, a Utah businessman and former Utah State University administrator who founded the Constitution Commemoration Foundation, as its vice presidential contender.

However, Favorito said, while the various state Constitution Party organizations routinely rally around the national presidential nominee, it’s not unusual for state parties to nominate their own vice presidential candidates. According to Favorito, at least a couple of other state party organizations are considering the nomination of vice presidential contenders other than Bradley.

In the event that the Constitution Party wins the presidential election, the party would hold a convention to settle on a vice president, Favorito explained. Winning the presidency is an extremely long shot, however. In 2012, the Constitution Party got 122,001 votes in presidential balloting, and has, since 1992, captured well under 1 percent of the national presidential vote.

More immediately, though, the Constitution Party has to get itself on the ballot in Georgia in order for Broun to even be considered as part of the national ticket. To do that, the party will have to collect 7,500 signatures from registered voters by July 12, and have those signatures verified by elections officials. That’s a far lower bar than the party would have had to meet before a federal judge’s March ruling that struck down a provision of the state’s ballot access law requiring the signatures of 1 percent of the state’s registered voters, which would have required the Constitution Party to collect tens of thousands of signatures.