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Barrow could feel the voters' wrath

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It seems that U.S. Rep. John Barrow "dissed" many of his constituents by casting a negative vote for the health-care bill.

Georgia's 12th District is composed of many low-income working people who don't have adequate health insurance because of high copays and inability to afford it. As a result, many are saddled with high medical bills and have sought bankruptcy.

Last February, Barrow told some of the voters he would vote for the bill. But when many of his past big contributors said they weren't going to support him in his upcoming primary and election, Barrow begin to change his mind, day by day.

Although he had $678,000 in financial contributions as of Dec. 31, 2009 according to the Savannah Morning News, I am sure he knew he had a primary and election coming forth and needed twice as much. That is when decided to forget the poor people and go with the money folks.

I called his local office a week before the bill became law, and was told by an aide that he was still reading the bill. I called again three days later and was told the same thing. I realized then he wasn't going to vote for the bill.

The 12th District is composed of 44 percent black voters who supported Barrow in his last election with 95 percent of their votes. Many of these voters supported the health-care bill.

Those of us who want Barrow ousted are carefully deciding whether to support Regina Thomas -- who had only $4,500 at the end of 2009 -- or we may want to wait until next term, because of a shortage of time to search for a well-known person who will be capable of raising big money.

But there is a possibility that if Barrow loses the primary, the Republicans would put a mega-jackpot behind a candidate and could take the seat.

Whatever we do, we need to monitor Barrow closely and stay in communication with him. He needs to be aware that he has lost a lot of supporters. Although he is running from his constituents, he can't hide.

Tracy E. Williams Jr.

Augusta

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 04/16/10 - 10:33 pm
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The Savannah Morning News has

The Savannah Morning News has named five Republican wannabes in the 12th District and none are exactly household names. Names given were Ray McKinney, Carl Smith, Mike Homer, Jeanne Seaver and George Brady.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/16/10 - 10:43 pm
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The writer made a statement

The writer made a statement that rang with crystal clarity... After being told twice that the congressman was reading the bill, he knew that he was voting against it.
Yup. That about sums it up. If someone told me they were reading the bill, I would assume they were voting against it too. Those who read the bill know it's not good for America.
If you want someone who reads the bills, vote for Barrow. Is that the point you're making?

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/17/10 - 03:21 am
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People who empathize with Mr.

People who empathize with Mr. Williams are "damned if they do and damned if they don't."
If they vote for Regina Thomas in the primary and Barrow is ousted, then the Democrats will lose terribly to the Republican Candidate, whoever that might be.
If the Democrats [although Williams never mentions Democrats--He refers to them as black voters], back Barrow again in the Primary simply to have a viable candidate [even though they are dying to vote against him], Barrow will win the Election because Republicans are going to vote for him since he voted against the Health Care debacle.

Soooo....take a Republican or take Barrow....either way, Mr. Williams is not going to like it. Now that's frustrating. Almost as frustrating as having a socialist in the White House. Hey, but you know politics, who knows what's going to happen?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 04/17/10 - 12:28 am
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Regina Thomas has a public

Regina Thomas has a public service record; Georgia House of Representatives from 1995-1998; and in the Georgia State Senate from 2000 - 2008.

Certainly more experience than any of the Republican wannabes. Namely, Ray McKinney a high school graduate and unsuccessful officer seeker; Carl Smith a fire chief; Mike Horner a retired businessman; Jeanne Seaver a GOP activist and George Brady a Savannah restaurant owner.

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Insider Information 04/17/10 - 12:50 am
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"Political" experience is a

"Political" experience is a good reason NOT to vote for someone. Let's get rid of politics and put someone into office with practical experience. I don't know a thing about the field of candidates, but if I had to choose between a person with business experience and political experience, I would go for the business person. At least the business person understands that money doesn't grow on trees.

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johnston.cliff 04/17/10 - 04:00 am
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While the 12th is a

While the 12th is a gerrymandered Dem stronghold, it is populated by a huge number of moderates. It's these that put Barrow in office since he's better than everyone offered by either party. Since he doesn't toe the party line, he's not popular with anyone except the voters of the 12th district. For now, it'd be difficult to find someone to replace him and I don't anticipate this changing in the foreseeable future.

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justus4 04/17/10 - 08:00 am
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Good article with an accurate
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Good article with an accurate account of the minority dilemma. But Barrow probably factored into his decison that minorities don't count and he could escape their backlash by hiding. It will work for a time, but those citizens have been failed by their representative and race factored into that failure. Where are the charges of Rep. Barrow being biased against people of color and the poor? His vote clearly harms them most and their votes for him clearly did actual harm to themselves. Is this so-called Representative Republic or Democracy rigged against people of color? The Health Care Reform bill clearly demonstrates that answer.

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carcraft 04/17/10 - 09:01 am
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Insider-your first post said

Insider-your first post said it all-It is interesting how Williams and his like minded socialists think this health bill is so wonderful yet don't seem cognizant of the fact that we are now have the highest and longest sustained unemployment since 1948. Companies are going to hunker down and do more with less staff because of the cost of the health care bill-1 billion for AT&T, 100 million for Catapiller and on and on! It is the little guy getting hurt-sure the little guy may get health care in 4 years but meanwhile he has to feed his family pay his morgage etc...Barrows made the right decision for America and Americans!

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Little Lamb 04/17/10 - 09:53 am
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Justus4 said: Where are the

Justus4 said:

Where are the charges of Rep. Barrow being biased against people of color and the poor? His vote clearly harms them most and their votes for him clearly did actual harm to themselves.

Why, they are right in Justus’ post above!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/17/10 - 09:57 am
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What Tracy Williams should do

What Tracy Williams should do is research the political philosophy of each of the five republican candidates (so thoughtfully posted by gaspringwater above) and then mount a voter education campaign for the black voters in the 12th district to vote for the most liberal of the five republicans in the republican primary. Then they could look at the outcomes of the two primaries and make a decision in November. But the least the black voters could do is vote republican in the primary as a protest against Barrow.

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55 F-100 04/17/10 - 10:18 am
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John Barrow will be

John Barrow will be re-elected because he did the right thing by voting against the Obamacare Health Deform debacle. His vote was the right thing form him and his district. We will keep Barrow and vote out the other traitors in November 2010, and then repeal the monstrosity after we vote out Prezbhojangles in 2012.

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dichotomy 04/17/10 - 10:34 am
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Don't give Barrow too much

Don't give Barrow too much credit. Barrow voted against the bill only because Pelosi gave him permission to after she had 216. She knew he was a goner if he voted for the bill. If you are a conservative, find a candidate to oppose Barrow and support them. I spent some time speaking with Carl Smith and was impressed with him for two reasons. First, he is not a politician. He is just an everyday guy who happens to be a Fire Chief. Second, he seems to have common sense and straight talk, something we sorely need in Washington. I'm not endorsing the guy. I'm just saying that conservatives do have alternatives out there besides voting for another lying, opportunistic Democrat who feigned a conservative vote because Nancy gave him permission and who will turn back into a Communist if he is re-elected.

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disssman 04/17/10 - 11:14 am
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Nat. A vote for Barrow is

Nat. A vote for Barrow is the same as voting Republican. I see no reason not to vote republican if Barrow is the dems choice. At least with a republican we would know what stance they have. I will do all within my power to keep my neighbors advised about Barrow and his lying ways.

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Kapa18 04/17/10 - 11:44 am
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For all the daydreamers who

For all the daydreamers who fanaticize about a Republican gaining the 12th district seat I have one thing to say, "Wake Up", not going to happen and don't waste peoples hard earned money by coming this way. We want Barrow out yes, and his democratic challenger has a way to go and may or may not beat him, but know this if we had to raise $1 million in the 12 district to keep the Repub thugs out, we will!! I won't give my name of choice for this seat, but will vote for Regina...not Barrow. But know this it will not go Republican, and I can guarantee that!!

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 04/17/10 - 12:22 pm
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Five Republican wannabes is

Five Republican wannabes is good news for Democrats in the 12th. That'll keep most Republicans in their own primary and minimize the crossover vote. And that's not good news for incumbent Barrow and his Republican voting record. He'll have to run in a Democratic primary with fewer Republicans helping him.

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willie7 04/17/10 - 01:26 pm
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Barrow needs to go.He lied to
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Barrow needs to go.He lied to many of his constitutents by telling them he was going to vote for the health-care bill and reneged.
He let the money boys get to him. Many of them told him outright, don't count on me for contributions. I am going to vote for Regina Thomas and aslo give her some much needed money.

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wizzardx1 04/17/10 - 02:07 pm
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Kapa18,how can you guarentee

Kapa18,how can you guarentee an election will go one way or the other?you aren't going to stand over the voting booths with a weapon,are you?do you know that the "fix" is in?

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 04/17/10 - 05:48 pm
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Ahh...TheFed has once again

Ahh...TheFed has once again donned his Wizard's hat, and is pondering the Barrow situation. After much pondering, he has now concluded that after his courageous vote against the single most destructive piece of legislation in our lives, he has GAINED more NEW VOTERS than he has offended. These new voters will of course offset those that are now spouting at the mouth in the above posts. Ahhh...yes...his reelection is now assured. Thank you for coming, and I will be here all week.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/17/10 - 07:31 pm
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Diss-Good Point...Forrest

Diss-Good Point...Forrest Gump said it best....Barrow is like a "box of chocolates," you never know what you're gonna get!

Kapa18
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Kapa18 04/17/10 - 07:59 pm
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wizzardx1, your post is

wizzardx1, your post is riduculous. I really don't know a better word to describe it. I neve said I knew who would win the election, I said I know that republicans won't be representing this district. How do i know, I live here. I am part of the majority of the voters, we talk, we think and are firm with who won't. Didn't you know it's the American Way, it's called "Neighbors" near and far, yea, we'll fix it and shut the Republicans out. But he will loose eventually, to a Democrat. Barrow can run but he can't hide.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 04/17/10 - 08:39 pm
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Ahh..but he can run, and win,

Ahh..but he can run, and win, and run, and win again, etc, etc, etc.....

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 04/17/10 - 09:31 pm
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OH..almost forgot. Should he

OH..almost forgot. Should he eventually lose, then one of those evil, dispicable, republicans may win that seat. So...it's not all bad!

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corgimom 04/17/10 - 11:30 pm
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"Is this so-called

"Is this so-called Representative Republic or Democracy rigged against people of color? The Health Care Reform bill clearly demonstrates that answer."

What in the HELL is he saying?

This is the same person who last week ranted about the slaves that were used in the construction of the Sibley Mill. Since construction on the mill didn't begin until 1880, zero slaves were used in its construction or production, since slavery had ended 17 years earlier.

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