Ex-Rep. Fleming to seek old Georgia House seat

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 1:02 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 1:46 AM
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Former state Rep. Barry Fleming on Thursday formally announced his intention to seek the office he left in 2008 to run for Congress.

Fleming, a Harlem Repub­lican, joins the race for the District 121 state House seat held by Lee Anderson, who Monday announced his plan to run for the 12th District U.S. congressional seat.

Mike Popplewell, an Appling businessman, said on Monday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the state House seat. Popplewell previously ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate post in 2002.

“Our country is headed in the wrong direction,” Fleming said in his campaign announcement.

“We need to spend less, tax less and get back to the basic Christian values that made this country great.”

Fleming, an attorney, formerly served as the District 4 Columbia County commissioner. He was elected to the state House in 2002, and later rose to the rank of Majority Whip. He stepped down in 2008 to make an unsuccessful run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in the 10th District congressional race.

The newly redrawn 121st state House District encompasses much of Columbia and McDuffie counties.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 09/15/11 - 04:18 pm
"(O)ld house seat" is a

"(O)ld house seat" is a phrase which indicates the mentality under which much of our citizenry operates and which threatens the viability of our republic. Barry did, in fact, previously represent the 121st District in the GA House of Representatives. But the seat was not "his" old seat. The seat belongs to the people of Georgia. It did not and will not belong to Barry or any other person who holds it.

Now, of course, I realize that The Southern Company, Georgia Natural Gas, Delta Air Lines, the Georgia School Boards Association and their ilk will take exception to my assertion that this seat and all others in our state legislature belong to Us, the People of Georgia. But they know what they can do.

Barry Paschal 09/15/11 - 05:25 pm
Craig: While the headline

Craig: While the headline uses the word "old," never in the story does the phrase "his old seat" appear.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 09/15/11 - 05:32 pm
“Our country is headed in the

“Our country is headed in the wrong direction,” Fleming said in his campaign announcement. “We need to spend less, tax less and get back to the basic Christian values that made this country great.”

Hmmm, and it was in a better place when Fleming was in office?? Isn't this the same old rhetoric....no, wait, I'll go ahead and answer my own question. This IS the "same old" rhetoric from the "same old" people who have been running the "same old" good ol' boy government we've had for DECADES! People, PLEASE do not put into office someone who lived there before and wanted to make a career of it. Nothing against Fleming personally, but we just need to do something different, and that does NOT mean voting him back into office! He had his chance and now it's someone else's turn to fix it. It wasn't fixed then, what makes us think that putting him back into office will fix it now??

augusta citizen
augusta citizen 09/15/11 - 06:48 pm
Who can shed some light on

Who can shed some light on how he did? How did he vote, conservative, middle of the road? I'm not familiar with his record.

Just My Opinion, career politicians, as a general rule, do turn me off, but I always like to know their record and reputation.

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 09/16/11 - 07:29 am
Barry represented the area

Barry represented the area very well...I cannot think of a single occasion where he voted in a way that was inconsistent with the conservative ideas of his district.

His two attempts to bring Georgia's death penalty system into sync with Texas and Florida (the two most effective system's in the country) were stymied by an effete state senator (Preston Smith) who was chairing the senate judiciary committee. Now that Smith has been flushed from politics, Barry can bring his efforts back to the legislature.

The only major mistake he ever made was to leave the legislature in the first place, and he only did that in the attempt to bring more effective congressional representation to the 10th district.

Riverman1 09/16/11 - 07:38 am
I supported Fleming in his

I supported Fleming in his race for Congress. He is the total, competent package and would have made an excellent Congressman if he hadn't run into Paul Broun's "No pause after God Pledge of Allegiance" steamroller.

judgeandjury 09/16/11 - 12:56 pm
I agree with Riverman1.

I agree with Riverman1. Barry is a fine man and should win this race.

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