Barrow gears up to fight for seat

Gearing up for an "all out" campaign to keep his seat in Congress, John Barrow visited Augusta this week and spoke during a meeting of human resource professionals.

Three-term Democratic Congressman John Barrow speaks at the Widows Home on Wednesday in Augusta. Barrow will face Republican Ray McKinney for the 12th District seat on Nov. 2.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Three-term Democratic Congressman John Barrow speaks at the Widows Home on Wednesday in Augusta. Barrow will face Republican Ray McKinney for the 12th District seat on Nov. 2.

"This is my seventh contested election in six years, and I only know two ways to run, unopposed and all-out.

"And I'm running all-out, as I always do."

Barrow, who defeated Regina Thomas in the July 20 Democratic primary, faces Republican nominee Ray McKinney in the Nov. 2 election.

McKinney, a nuclear project manager from Lyons, was endorsed by the Tea Party Express and won the Tuesday primary runoff with more than 62 percent of votes.

Washington, D.C., where Barrow has worked for six years, is no longer a place where congressional families get to know one another, he said.

Instead, it's the scene of "two completely different, extreme camps with a great big old chasm between them," he said.

The conservative "blue dog" Democrat ruffled some 12th District feathers earlier this year when he voted against President Obama's Health Care Reform Act.

Today, "excessive partisan gerrymandering" has left 90 percent of congressional districts nearly uniform politically, although Barrow's 12th District, reaching from Augusta to Savannah, is not, he said.

But out of that "toxic group" in Washington recently has come at least two useful laws, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for workers to bring pay discrimination claims, and the HIRE Act, which provides tax breaks to employers that hire unemployed workers, Barrow said.

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wribbs
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wribbs 08/13/10 - 09:36 am
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The two "useful" laws he so

The two "useful" laws he so proud of are nothing but job killers, but he is too stupid to know that. If the government intervenes and tells an employer what they have to pay a potential employee, the employer may be less likely to make new hires. The HIRE act? HOW STUPID IS THAT? If the government tells me they will give me a $1,000 tax credit for hiring someone and keeping on them on my payroll for 52 weeks, how would that make me want to hire someone? Even at minimum wage they are going to cost me $15,000 plus taxes to hire. What kind of incentive is that? Only a group of people who have no idea how to run a business (the government) would think that makes sense.

sgachief
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sgachief 08/13/10 - 07:34 am
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McKinney all the way, no more

McKinney all the way, no more blue dogs!!!

mdgaston
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mdgaston 08/13/10 - 09:20 am
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John Barrow is what is known

John Barrow is what is known as a "Yellow Democrat". Yes, he voted against the Health Care Bill, but he didn't vote "No" until he was sure that there were enough votes from the Democrats to pass the bill. I, for one, cannot financially afford to keep Barrow in Washington. He apparently has no knowledge of balancing a checkbook. When the balance is zero, you don't keep spending! Oh, I forgot, he's using my checkbook, not his!

dashiel
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dashiel 08/13/10 - 09:44 am
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The Congressman should point

The Congressman should point with pride. These are two legislative milestones. Working people who keep up know and appreciate this fact. It's no easier for a Democrat to survive in a Red sea than it might be for a Republican to do something positive that might actually help people. Instead of getting shot at from both sides, Barrow's contributions should be acknowledged and affirmed as they will be in the general election when Duh Homer goes back to eating doughnuts at the plant.

wribbs
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wribbs 08/13/10 - 10:13 am
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Dashiel. Legislative

Dashiel. Legislative milestones? The HIRE act amounts to this. I'll give you $1,000 to hire my brother and pay him $15,000 for one year. There are a couple of minor details though, you don't have the other $14,000 and with the economy the way it is, he won't be able to generate $14,000 worth of revenue for your business. What incentive is $1,000 to hire my brother? It's a stupid law. The only thing raising the minimum wage does is force employers to do with less labor OR find ways to automate or even eliminate jobs. As MDGaston points out, Barrow is just spending SEM (Somebody Else's Money). I guess you are OK with Barrow bringing home the pork even though ALL politicians spending habits are driving this entire country over a cliff. Another thing about Barrow. The man has no principles. He lied about Max Burns and the Flat Tax to get elected. He would have voted yes on Obamacare in a minute if they had needed his vote. Once it was clear they had enough votes Pelosi told him to vote no so he could go home to Georgia and not have to defend that stupid vote because she knew it wouldn't be popular in Georgia. Barrow has got to go. He's part of the problem in Washington now.

FormerAugustaResident
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FormerAugustaResident 08/13/10 - 11:29 am
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Congressman Barrow does not

Congressman Barrow does not represent my interests. He voted against Obamacare not out of principle, but "because we can do better". What does that mean? Can he point to other federal programs that have gained efficiency by having the federal government control them? Of those programs already in place, how does he propose to "fix" the quickly bankrupting social security fund? If the federal government can't manage to operable SS well, why should I believe they will do better managing my healthcare? The truth is Congressman Barrow is a career lawyer, and that is the perspective from which he sees the world. It's time for him to go back to private practice as he does not have the principles to keep an ever encroaching federal government at bay.

J.W.
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J.W. 08/13/10 - 07:33 pm
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Go get him McKinney....he can

Go get him McKinney....he can run all out but it won't be good enough this time!!!

GaPatriot
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GaPatriot 08/14/10 - 08:29 am
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John Barrow is a pawn of

John Barrow is a pawn of Nancy Pelosi. He never votes until he gets her permission. On Tuesday, Barrow voted yes on the $26 billion union giveaway. It is a giveaway that takes food stamp money and gives it to union teachers. I am a Georgia teacher and in our school system, each teacher is losing 10 days pay in order to help cut out budget. Do I like it? No. BUT, we are all in this together (except the democratic boot lickers). It just shows that Barrow's allegiance is to the national democratic party and not our state when he agrees to give our tax dollars to out of state union teachers at a time when our own teachers and other state employees are having paycuts.
There are NO teacher Unions in Georgia! We have two professional organizations, PAGE and GAE. Neither is very effective or powerful. All they can do is lobby. Teachers have no power in this state.
One more thing, if you have ever spoken directly with Barrow, as I have, you will quickly notice his arrogance. The man is a carpetbagger from Athens whose loyalty is to the whims of Obama!

dashiel
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dashiel 08/14/10 - 10:23 am
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I've never spoken with Barrow

I've never spoken with Barrow because a video crew always seems to come between us. I have, however, followed his voting record and he's usually on the country's side which is mainly why I will vote for him again.

Barrow reminds me of the fellow who lived on the Virginia border when the Civil War broke out. He decided to show his neutrality by wearing a gray coat and blue pants with the result that he got shot at from both sides.

Georgia already has enough do-nothing Republicans at the trough. As for Georgia teachers, grab your ankles. You'll get enough of what you've been missing from the two scum-sucking hogs running for gubner (Sorry, the Senate two-holer is occupied). By the way, anybody else notice Johnny's strong family resemblance to another despised Georgian's late mother? Put a dress on him (forget lipstick) and you've got Miss Lillian Carter! Coincidence? Or just another bad seed?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 08/15/10 - 02:39 am
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Good luck Congressman. I

Good luck Congressman. I won't be voting for anyone in the 12th this November. I also won't be sending you money, putting up your yard sign, or defending you against the idiots who believe you are a Socialist Liberal.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/16/10 - 06:51 am
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Barrows voting record was

Barrows voting record was influenced by the number of RECALL petitions sent to his office with promises to file them. He's a lame duck!

woodyforuga
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woodyforuga 08/18/10 - 08:13 am
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Barrow has to go!!!! When

Barrow has to go!!!! When you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything...Democrats only represent themselves and worry about getting reelected...Let's see if this guy can get a real job!!! Ask yourself one simple question, Am I better off since the Democrats took total control over Congress? Very few can answer this question positively...

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 08/19/10 - 05:33 pm
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Even though John Barrow and I

Even though John Barrow and I have several differences in opinion ... the bigest problem I have with John Barrow is that the 1st vote he takes if he returns to Congress next year ... is to try to put the same leadership that is currently in control of Congress back in control for another two years ... can anyone really want that to happen?

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