Two of the seats that Democrats are fighting for their lives to hold are Georgia’s 8th Congressional District held by Jim Marshall and Georgia’s 12th Congressional District held by John Barrow.
Marshall is a true war hero from Vietnam. He went on to be a trial lawyer and mayor of Macon, GA. He’s also rather arrogant, but comes across as a down to earth conservative (he and his wife are both personally very liberal). Barrow is a poindexter type guy and a very liberal trial lawyer. Marshall more so than Barrow at least is an outdoors kind of guy. Heck, Marshall has been known to wander into a national parklands area in Macon, GA and take out fallen trees with his chain saw.
In 2005, the Georgia legislature redrew district lines making Marshall and Barrow’s districts very Republican. While Marshall has always been popular in his district, the district covers a lot of new territory. Barrow has never been as popular, and is widely considered one of the least effective members of congress. Both Marshall and Barrow are facing former Republican congressmen in their bids for re-election.
So, what do you do to make these men more acceptable?
Read on . . .
Below are screenshots of both men from recent commercials — I only became aware of Barrow’s because of a misplaced ad buy in the Macon market, which is nowhere near his district.
While the Marshall ad is not quite clear (Marshall’s campaign is not heavily invested in tech), you get the idea. Both men are in plaid button down shirts, jeans, and standing in fields by wooden fences. I know Marshall has been running these types of ads for years — since he ran against Saxby Chambliss in 2000. I don’t know about Barrow. But they sure don’t seem very original having now seen them back to back. You’d think, at a minimum, Democrats would coordinate a little better so they only have one guy in a state running the very same style of ad.
Barrow first, then Marshall:
Cross posted to RedState