DACULA -- Michael Miller's friends have encouraged him to get behind Congressman Paul Broun's race for Senate.
But Miller had to see for himself.
On Tuesday, he saw his new congressman in action, as Broun held his first town hall meeting in Gwinnett since his district lines shifted to include eastern portions of the county.
"I'm a ticked off constituent," the Dacula man said. "I want to hear you stand up for me because I'm ticked off. ... We can't afford the government that we have now."
Broun, a doctor from Athens, said he shared Miller's frustration.
He told the crowd about his efforts to return to the original intent of the Constitution, from writing bills to return to the gold standard to standing alone as the only Republican to vote against a measure stopping salaries for congressmen if a budget is not passed because it would have suspended the nation's debt ceiling.
"I'm a Marine and I'm fighting for liberty," Broun said. "Sometimes it can be a lonely place, but it's a very necessary quest."
About 100 people crowded into Dacula's small council chambers to hear from the congressman, who announced a race for the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
Most cheered Broun for his conservative stance on issues like gun rights and abolishing the federal department of education, but they questioned why little has been done to curtail spending in Washington.
Bob Lutz, who came to the town hall meeting to discuss a personal issue with his home, expressed his frustration.
"Somebody's got to take this guy (President Barack Obama), take him out to the woodshed and tell this guy just because he got re-elected doesn't make him a monarch," he said. "You're not doing us a darn bit of good and you won't do us a darn bit of good until we have another election."
Twice, Broun quoted Scripture: Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
And he passed out copies of the Constitution as people entered.
Expressing frustration that he can't even get his own party leadership to work on one of his bills, Broun encouraged people to put "heat" on politicians.
"Most people just don't know how far we've gotten from the original intent of the Constitution," he said. "We've got to send these powers back to the state."