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.