Rep. Barrow mum on Pelosi support

Local Democrat won't talk about House Speaker

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow won't say whether - if re-elected - he'll vote to retain Californian Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

Barrow is one of a growing number of House Democrats distancing themselves from Pelosi as the Nov. 2 election approaches.

He is being challenged by Republican Ray McKinney, a nuclear power plant manager from Vidalia backed by many tea party activists.

Barrow's 12th Congressional District -- which includes a portion of the Augusta region -- has tilted only slightly Democratic in recent years.

Seeking a fourth term, Barrow has long sometimes bucked party leaders, including President Barack Obama.

His spokeswoman, Jane Brodsky, didn't answer directly when asked last week whether he'll back Pelosi if she seeks to keep her post.

"November is a long way off," Brodsky said. "Congressman Barrow doesn't even know who's running."

But Pelosi has offered no hint she plans to step down and remains a key target of the GOP's strategy to wrest back a House majority.

Republican national chairman Michael Steel underscored that point in a recent appearance for McKinney.

"It will take 39 seats to gain a majority in the House and fire Nancy Pelosi," Steele told McKinney supporters at a rally in Statesboro.

Last week, a Rasmussen Reports national poll found Pelosi is the least popular congressional leader - 59 percent of respondents viewed her unfavorably.

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GaPatriot
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GaPatriot 09/29/10 - 05:20 am
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It's a simple question

It's a simple question Barrow, will you continue voting to force our nation into bankruptcy and socialism or not! John Pelosi Barrow. If you don't believe it, check his voting record. He has to get permission from Pelosi before votes.

wribbs
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wribbs 09/29/10 - 05:52 am
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Barrow has no principals! His

Barrow has no principals! His votes are based on keeping him in office, that's it. Of course he's going to vote for that kook to be speaker of the house, he just can't say so until after November 2nd.

woodyforuga
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woodyforuga 09/29/10 - 06:10 am
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You must check out Barrow's

You must check out Barrow's voting record...He is very liberal and votes it...he did not vote for the health reform because he does not want us to know who he really is...waited to make sure they had enough votes to pass the legislation and decided to vote no because he felt it would hurt his changes of getting reelected (all he cares about)..So much for standing up for what you believe in...Too many games and no transparency as to who he really is (other than voting record which most people do not even know how to evaluate)...We vote this guy back in...We deserve what we get...More smoke and mirrors..Seems like no one can answer a direct question these days!!!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/29/10 - 06:10 am
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Barrow is far right of the

Barrow is far right of the national Dem position, but left of the conservative perspective. However, he seems to represent his constituency quite well. He's too moderate for my tastes, but as Dems go, he's a lot better than Pelosi or Franks or Rangle or Clyburn.

sgachief
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sgachief 09/29/10 - 06:30 am
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we have a real choice this

we have a real choice this time, Ray McKinney!!! Barrow lies more than he tells the truth.

usafvet
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usafvet 09/29/10 - 06:54 am
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All of you have pretty much

All of you have pretty much said the same thing and I will echo it, Barrow is typical democrat. Rick McKee's cartoon today shows Barrow's action/inaction quite well. They know their agenda will hurt their opportunity for reelection in Nov.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 09/29/10 - 07:21 am
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I met John Barrow last year

I met John Barrow last year on Memorial Day at the Huddle House in downtown Augusta. When I told him that Nancy Pelosi "has to go" he laughed and said "I agree with you 100%, but DON'T quote me on that". And THAT is typical John Barrow. Not a straight answer and continued support for the Democratic leadership that has destroyed America. He also claimed to be a "conservative Democrat" and then he walked away when we laughed at him.......I wish I lived in his district so I could vote AGAINST him.

marie21
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marie21 09/29/10 - 08:25 am
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Barrow is a coward!

Barrow is a coward!

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 09/29/10 - 10:44 am
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Way to make a decision and

Way to make a decision and take a stand Barrow. Typical longtime politician who has done nothing positive for America.

LocalThives
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LocalThives 09/29/10 - 12:55 pm
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A vote for Barrow is a vote
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A vote for Barrow is a vote for Pelosi, Reed. He will not give u a answer to any thing, 2 face is what his type was called years ago.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 09/29/10 - 03:39 pm
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Look people it is as simple

Look people it is as simple as this. Barrow is a Democrat. A democrat is going to vote for Pelosi because he will be forced to if he wants any agenda of his to go through. So no matter what district you are in a vote for a democrat is a vote for Pelosi. So if you don't like Pelosi vote for the GOP candidate. This holds true in the Senate too a vote for a Dem Senate candidate is a vote for Harry Reid. If you want Reid gone vote for the GOP candidate.

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