Meet 1 of west Augusta's newest residents: Rep. John Barrow

Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:26 PM
Last updated Friday, April 6, 2012 12:46 AM
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One of the newest residents of west Augusta is 12th District Congressman John Barrow.

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Barrow

Barrow, a target of Republicans who have twice drawn his house out of his congressional district, officially relocated last month to Augusta, he said Thursday.

“The main advantage is I can live with the people I represent,” said Barrow, who spent the morning with the Georgia Red Carpet Tour at Augusta National Golf Club.

According to real estate records, Barrow paid $234,400 for a house in the 3200 block of Wheeler Road on March 15, the same day he sold his house in Savannah for $260,000.

It’s another change for the congressman, who moved to Savannah in 2006 after his Athens home was dropped from the 12th District before Barrow’s first re-election campaign. Last year, Republicans pulled the 12th out of Savannah and added more of Richmond and Columbia counties.

But Barrow, whose ex-wife and children live in Athens, said the move was “a sort of homecoming” to an area where his ancestors first arrived in Georgia.

“If you go back far enough, my people came through Augusta,” he said.

Barrow said he’s spent previous Masters Weeks in Augusta with his brother and sister-in-law, who live here.

He says the frequent comparisons to President Obama – to whom he is linked in a Masters Week attack ad airing for a week on Augusta television during the tournament – are “stretching the truth just a little bit.”

Barrow voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as “Obamacare,” while he supports other Obama initiatives such as federal nuclear energy loan guarantees.

“I’ve taken my licks from extremists on the left and right,” Barrow said. “The last thing voters want is somebody that’s going to vote the party line.”

Asked if he agreed with Obama’s Thursday statement that Augusta National should allow women members, Barrow said the president could weigh in on the topic if he were a member of the private club.

“When he’s a member, he’ll be allowed to vote for that policy,” Barrow said. He added, “Time will take care of that, as it’s taken care of most things.”

Barrow praised Augusta National as “a cathedral” where one can “watch those who are the best in the world at whatever they do.”

In November, Barrow will face one of four Republican contenders seeking the nomination to run against him. They include three from the Augusta area – Rick Allen, Wright McLeod and state Rep. Lee Anderson – along with Maria Sheffield, of Dublin.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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madgerman
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madgerman 04/05/12 - 08:14 pm
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I am a true democrat and can
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I am a true democrat and can not stand DINO's so if he is acting like a republican then I guess i will vote for the best republican candidate. In case he didn't notice, Republican legislators are true to their party ideals if nothing else. Way to go John, I hope you fit in well with the rest of the republicans in West Augusta.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 04/05/12 - 08:24 pm
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Well there goes the
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Well there goes the neighborhood... I guess I'd better sell my home before the values go down even more.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/05/12 - 08:29 pm
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Across the street from Billy?

Across the street from Billy? Irony?

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Insider Information 04/05/12 - 09:34 pm
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He moves in today and asks us

He moves in today and asks us to vote for him tomorrow.

Yup, he is a politician.

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Insider Information 04/05/12 - 10:03 pm
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Does the "heady heady heady

Does the "heady heady heady heady" subhead refer to Barrow?

RoadKing
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RoadKing 04/05/12 - 11:57 pm
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How lucky can West Augusta

How lucky can West Augusta get ???!!!

jamesnewsome
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jamesnewsome 04/06/12 - 07:19 am
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The article references that

The article references that Rep. Barrow voted against NObomaCare. The House vote was 219 to 212 in the affirmative. I seem to remember that a few Democrats had the luxury of voting against the bill because the the House leadership had enough votes to pass the bill. This allowed a lucky few in politically hot districts to deflect some heat over the unpopular bill.

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rmwhitley 04/06/12 - 02:22 pm
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It always amazes me that a
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It always amazes me that a senator or representative can buy a new home in a new district ( in a depressed housing market ) not once but twice, all for a salary that is less than $180,000 annually. Are there "guarantees" in place for the sales of the two previous homes or are all the "folk", as da massa would call them, representing us so wealthy from investments PRIOR to their elections. Is there a possibility that we sheep are being sheared?

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gagentleman 04/06/12 - 02:59 pm
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john barrow has worked hard

john barrow has worked hard for the people of this state,let me rephrase that,he has worked hard for the common hard working men and women of this state and we all know how republicans hate that. john barrow has done such a good job for the people of this state that the republican party feels like the only way of beating him is to cheat and thats why they have had the district line redrawn twice so that it adds republican dominated areas.this is further proof that the republican agenda is biult on deception and lies.

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Insider Information 04/06/12 - 05:39 pm
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gagentleman, correction.

gagentleman, correction. Barrow has worked hard at bringing home the bacon (also known as bribing voters with other people's money) through a laundry list of earmarks.

Barrow is a Politician with a capital "P". He is a politician first and foremost, a Democrat second and a representative of the people a distant third.

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