How red-faced The Augusta Chronicle must be following their attack on U.S. Rep. John Barrow for his attempts to prevent the 11-day furlough of 3,000 civilian workers at Fort Gordon. The Chronicle, no doubt getting ready to support any Republican that will face Barrow in 2014, chastised him by words and cartoon, July 13 and 14, that his bills were simply to pander and garner votes for himself.
What in the world were they thinking of? Isn’t it the role of a congressman to protect his constituents? What would The Chronicle have said if he turned his back and let the 3,000 workers lose 5 percent of their wages?
To further show that Barrow means business is that his latest bill is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of House members, and was passed by the House 315-109. While The Chronicle railed that Barrow was selfish to try to increase our national debt, Barrow pointed out that his legislation will preserve spending cuts mandated by sequestration by finding other aspects of the defense budget to cut instead of the wages of civilian employees.
The 12th District is indeed fortunate to have Rep. Barrow as our representative to Congress. Not all will agree with every vote he makes, but everyone, Republican or Democrat, who is in touch with him and his staff, realizes what a devoted public servant he is.
(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)