Rep. John Barrow buys Augusta home

Congressman has lived in Athens, Savannah and now here

Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:01 AM
Last updated 8:52 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — U.S. Rep. Rep. John Barrow, formerly of Athens and Savannah, is now a resident of Augusta after Georgia political mapmakers essentially forced the Democratic to move for the second time since he won election to Congress eight years ago.

U.S. Congressman John Barrow  Morris News Service
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U.S. Congressman John Barrow

Real estate records reviewed by The Associated Press show that Barrow bought a home in Augusta on March 15. He sold his house in Savannah the same day for $260,000.

The Augusta Chronicle found that property records filed in Richmond County Superior Court show Barrow paid $234,400 for a house in the 3200 block of Wheeler Road on March 15.

“He’s officially made the move,” Barrow spokesman Peyton Bell said Thursday. “He basically did it in one weekend.”

Barrow opted to move rather than seek re-election as an outsider to his own district after the Republican-controlled state Legislature redrew Georgia’s congressional map last year. The changes carved Savannah, Barrow’s home for six years, out of his 12th District seat.

The Democrat initially ran for Congress in 2004 from his hometown of Athens, which lawmakers dropped from the district before Barrow’s first re-election campaign two years later. That prompted his move to Savannah in 2006.

Congressmen don’t have to live in their districts, but being seen as an outsider can turn off voters.

“It’s his personal policy to live in the district he represents,” Bell said of Barrow.

As the last white Democrat from the Deep South serving in the House, Barrow is a top target for Republicans trying to pick up congressional seats this fall. The National Republican Congressional Committee has already begun using automated phone calls to take aim at the incumbent in his new district, which replaced Democrat-leaning Savannah with more conservative rural and suburban communities.

By losing Savannah, Barrow lost not just his home but a chunk of the black voters who make up a large part of his Democratic base. However, the self-described “flaming moderate” has worked hard to appeal to crossover voters and has been known to buck President Barack Obama — most prominently by voting against the president’s overhaul of the health care system.

Four Republicans are seeking the nomination to challenge Barrow — Augusta construction company owner Rick W. Allen, farmer and state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown, Evans attorney Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield, an attorney who moved from metro Atlanta to Dublin in southeast Georgia to seek the House seat.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 04/05/12 - 12:04 pm
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THIS IS NEWS?!

THIS IS NEWS?!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/05/12 - 12:09 pm
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Wheeler Rd area....that is

Wheeler Rd area....that is nice......I would also like to know square footage...how many baths....etc.
What stores he will frequent....what movies & etc. :)

David Parker
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David Parker 04/05/12 - 12:24 pm
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Welcome to the neighborhood

Welcome to the neighborhood yall. I'll have the wife send over a Bundt Cake after you've settled in.

countyman
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countyman 04/05/12 - 12:37 pm
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Sounds like the Lake Aumond

Sounds like the Lake Aumond area of Wheeler rd...

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 04/05/12 - 12:39 pm
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Really?? They FORCED him to

Really?? They FORCED him to move?

my.voice
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my.voice 04/05/12 - 12:48 pm
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“It’s his personal policy to

“It’s his personal policy to live in the district he represents,”

How kind of him to live with us peasants......whatever

John Locke
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John Locke 04/05/12 - 03:16 pm
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Well there you go. He is

Well there you go. He is nothing but a professional politician. He does not represent the people of a district because he isn't one of them. A person who will move a residence, just to keep political power can not be trusted. There is something about Barrow that isn't right, his looks, his smile, very disconcerting. He lies in his campaign messages, portrays the fair tax as an increase and wins because stupid people believe his lies. I can't wait to hear when he pronounces "Martineez" as "Marteenez."

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/05/12 - 06:14 pm
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Living in the district you

Living in the district you represent? What a concept!

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 04/05/12 - 06:17 pm
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Well there goes the
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Well there goes the neighborhood... Guess I'll have to sell now! q!)(&^*(#@

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/05/12 - 06:24 pm
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I didn't know barrow was an
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I didn't know barrow was an Irish gypsy! I wish they'd move his district here ( Cherokee County ). he couldn't run for county toilet collector.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/05/12 - 07:09 pm
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It's just those little beady

It's just those little beady eyes!

allhans
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allhans 04/05/12 - 10:12 pm
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I think the 3200 block begins

I think the 3200 block begins at Aumond Rd going out. I live on the 3100 block of a nearby street,

raul
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raul 04/06/12 - 12:50 am
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I'm kind of surprised he

I'm kind of surprised he didn't buy a more expensive house. Maybe he should have rented until he finds out how the election goes.

allhans
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allhans 04/06/12 - 10:11 am
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Considering the market, he

Considering the market, he might have got a lot of house for his money.

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