National Republican Congressional Committee targeting Barrow with $900,000 TV ad campaign

From the Savannah Morning News’ GOP group says it will spend $900,000 to help beat U.S. Rep. John Barrow:

The National Republican Congressional Committee said its blitz in the 12th Congressional District will target the Augusta and Savannah markets.[. . .]

The NRCC has been seeking to link the four-term congressman with Democratic President Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama fared poorly in areas the new 12th occupies.

“John Barrow,” said NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek, “ … worked ‘hand-in-hand’ with Obama to spend billions in bailouts, voted to keep Obamacare the law of the land and passed the failed stimulus.”

As others have noted already, there’s a pretty good Republican lean to Barrow’s new district, and it’s clear that Barrow will need the support of a lot of Romney voters. (I’ll try to work up some numbers soon.)

I was in Barrow’s district before the new lines were drawn, and I can say with certainty that he took numerous votes and stands over the years that alienated many liberals. Those who know Barrow’s history will probably reject rhetoric tying him closely to Obama, but Barrow’s new constituents might be more easily persuaded. It will be interesting to see if Barrow’s own ads distance himself explicitly from the President.

As the SMN piece this morning clarifies, Barrow voted against health care reform, although he did later vote against a repeal of it. The piece also notes that this large NRCC ad buy might be a positive sign for Barrow’s campaign: at least national Republicans are considering it a competitive race and not an easy win.


    • Calypso says:

      Well, since the two of them were most likely not actually holding hands whist trying to create jobs for the good citizens of Georgia, it is most probably a figurative, rather than a rhetorical device;)

    • Just confirms what we already know the Republicans are doing everything they can to not create jobs before November. Shouldn’t Congress work “hand in hand” with the President to try to create jobs no matter the party of Congress or the President?

    • Bill Dawers says:

      A lot of voters in Barrow’s district — me included — would say that it was false rhetoric in Barrow’s use of it and just as false in the NRCC’s.

      Of course, the fact that he said things like that will and probably should be used against him politically.

  1. Bob Loblaw says:

    When we eliminate the South’s last yellow dog, who are we going to go to when we need a favor in Washington? Doubtful the State, dominated by the GOP, will get a call back from Bishop, Lewis or Hank. One seat. Terrible foresight.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      Do you live in GA-12? I do. I would not trade so-called favors from Washington for continuing to have to live under the duplicity and no-present leadership of Rep. Barrow. If Barrow was actually making a difference for our struggling counties like Jenkins, Screven, Candler, Evans, etc., then it would be a different story.

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