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Congressional candidate John Stone calls for district caucus to decide Barrow's challenger

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District 12 GOP congressional candidate John Stone called Monday for a special district caucus to choose a leading Republican candidate to challenge Democrat incumbent John Barrow.

Stone wants an uncontested primary to avoid a costly runoff election that he said would hinder the GOP’s chances of defeating Barrow.

The crowded Republican ticket includes Augusta businessman Rick Allen; Glennville, Ga., state Rep. Delvis Dutton; and Eugene Yu, who switched his campaign Saturday from the U.S. Senate race to the 12th District.

“More candidates almost guarantees you have a runoff scenario,” Stone said Monday during a news conference. “What we need to do in this election is win the seat, not serve our own egos in doing so.”

Stone, who had not consulted his fellow candidates on the idea, wants the caucus to meet this weekend to determine one candidate before qualifying begins next week. Republican Party county chairmen, district delegates and alternates would participate in the caucus.

“That way, starting next week, we are running full time and we are exerting all of our efforts and all of our finances toward the fall rather than fighting each other,” Stone said.

Campaigns for Yu and Allen said they had no interest in participating in a caucus.

“I don’t know what his motivations are, but in Georgia, we let voters decide elections, and Rick is comfortable letting the voters make their own decision,” said Allen’s campaign manager, Lauren Swing.

Stone said the candidates would have to agree in good faith not to oppose the winner of the caucus, which cannot be legally binding.

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Butterman
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Butterman 02/25/14 - 01:01 am
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Doesn't sound like Stone is a
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Doesn't sound like Stone is a fan of democracy. He wants to shut the voters out of the decision making process and go back to the days where party bosses picked candidates. This is a bad idea. And how presumptious of Stone to assume he would be annointed as the GOP challenger to Barrow. If I was ever thinking of voting for Stone, this would immediately change my mind. Yu is looking better every minute.

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Truth Matters 02/25/14 - 10:23 am
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How dare he (Stone) concoct

How dare he (Stone) concoct such a plan to take the fun out of primary elections.

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Lee Benedict 02/25/14 - 07:24 pm
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Terrible!

John wants for half of those on his contacts list to decide, NOT, the voters. I know for a fact that based upon the emails and texts I received today that John Stone lost some votes and was eliminated as a possibility by a few people. He wants to take on Barrow and no doubt condemn him for his Obamaesque voting record. The FIRST opportunity Barrow gets to respond to a Stone claim or perceived claim that Obama is trampling the Constitution and grabbing for more and more power, he will put on blast the FACT that Stone did not want the people to vote so a run-off could be avoided. Poor baby! Then drop out if you can't handle a run-off. John Stone is afraid of competition, i.e., he knows he may very well lose, so he's trying this little trick to have GOP hierarchy and its cherry-picked crew select the "nominee". Fine, ask THEM for money. Ask THEM to work the phone banks. Ask THEM to put out signs. This had to be one of the most inane ideas to come from a GOP contender. He just lost a lot of grassroots support, some, he may get back by November if he wins, but I know with certainty that he lost some forever.

And what's with Yu? Who put him up to the change?

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Butterman 02/25/14 - 08:49 pm
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Don't underestimate The YU
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After this, Stone is a non-starter. Allen was never an option. I'd vote for Barrow before I would put an Allen in congress. So that leaves Delvis and Yu. Delvis lives around Savannah. He may be a great candidate, but it would be nice to have someone with roots in the CSRA representing us in DC. Yu has been a resident of the CSRA since age 14. He is a successful businessman and is invested in the community. He has solid conservative credentials.

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