(WASHINGTON) -- The first audience question at a town hall event for Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun this week highlights just how tenuous the spirit of political civility has been in the wake of the Tucson shootings last month.
"Who is going to shoot Obama?" an unidentified constituent reportedly asked Broun on Tuesday, drawing a big laugh from the crowd, according to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald.
"The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president," Broun replied, opting not to object to the question or its reference to violence.
"We're going to have an election next year," he said before taking the next question. "Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Responding to queries about Broun's response, his press secretary Jessica Morris later said, "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on."
Broun, 64, a family doctor who was elected to a third term in office in November, is one of the House's most conservative members and a member of the Tea Party caucus.
He has been an outspoken critic of Democrats and the Obama administration, at times employing controversial and inflammatory rhetoric.
During President Obama's State of the Union address in January, Broun chose not to attend in the House chamber, where members of both parties were sitting together in a display of bipartisan unity. Instead, he watched the speech from his office and tweeted: "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."
Broun has said his views are not personal attacks but legitimate criticisms of a political philosophy.
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