Newsflash: National Republicans Don’t Like Barrow

January 17, 2013 14:12 pm

by Ed · 5 comments

The National Republican Congressional Committee said in a memo that John Barrow is one of seven early targets for the 2014 election cycle.

Overall, the NRCC said they plan to target 40 Democrats.

My question is: at what point will Republicans realize they can’t defeat Barrow? Granted last year was a POTUS election and he ran against a flawed candidate but he keeps getting drawn into new districts and keeps beating strong candidates.

The NRCC say they are confident of building on their majority. NRCC Executive Director Liesel Hickey said that with redistricting and a strong campaign, Republicans are well-positioned for success.

“In 2014, Republicans will employ the same proven strategy that brought us such historic success in 2010 and 2012: Stay on offense,” she said.

However, The Hill reports of “growing angst” among Republicans that debt negotiations could cost them the House, while Democrats are saying they have a tough road ahead  to reclaim the House–only four GOPers are in Democratic-leaning districts, as opposed to 15 Ds in R-leaning seats. Which means… democracy wins and we’ll have to wait until election day next year to know for sure.

IndyInjun January 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Mount your fairtax pony and charge JB, GOP. He will laugh at you like the last 5 times. He will beat you like the last 5 times. If you have a champion who wants to get started early, bring him forth. The ones I see are flawed. Let’s start the fun early.

drjay January 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

there are plenty of gop’s in the 12th that could give barra a run for his money, not sure if any of them are interested or not…

ashley wright, jesse stone, and ron cross come to mind…again i have no idea if they would even want to…

IndyInjun January 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I don’t think any of those 3 have it on their radar. Stone would be the most likely and most formidable, but the last Stone cast at Barrow bounced off. Stone has the TSPLOST anchor about him and he didn’t even see that Burke County was giving up a huge sales tax bounty to share with the region. I would enjoy managing or doing ‘opposition research’ against all 3, despite having supported all 3.

Barrow can be beaten and your slate could very well do it. I would be torn.

If Barrow decided to run against Saxby, there would be a LOT of GOP defections.

Romegaguy January 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

If the GOP wants to beat him they need 1) a better candidate and 2) a better campaign consultant

Doug Deal January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Step 1, don’t nominate your worst candidate.

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