If John Barrow Runs For Senate (Or even if he doesn’t)…

January 28, 2013 7:04 am

by Charlie · 18 comments

Clearly there will be a Republican field lining up to run for Georgia 12 regardless if John Barrow decides to run for reelection (as he’s already stated he will) or if he is persuaded to change his mind.  Former Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams is being pressured to run by some locals, while Rick Allen and Wright McLeod may consider another go at it.  Does Barry Fleming try again for Congress?  That Charlie Harper fellow is often seen around Dublin. If he starts showing up in Augusta it might make you wonder what he’s really up to.

And do Democrats have a plan to hold on to this district if Barrow changes his mind and decides to move up.  If Barrow decides to run for Senate, this seat should be an almost certain pickup for Republicans.

ricstewart January 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

John Barrow is better-liked in other parts of Georgia than he is in his own district. Politically aware people in both parties of CD12 can’t stand Barrow, but I’m surprised at the number of people in the rest of the state from both parties who think he’s just swell.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

“Politically aware people in both parties of CD12 can’t stand Barrow”

Some politically aware people of both parties support him, too…….hey I was ready to see him move on, but the GOP put up somebody against him that was totally unacceptable due to his voting record.

Barrow is very, very sharp and he is a better Republican than most ‘republicans’ are….hence they hate him.

ricstewart January 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

If by “better Republican” you mean a two-faced greaseball who talks out of both sides of his mouth, then yes.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Anybody who is reviled by the extremes of both parties has a lot going for him. I know a lot of partisans on both sides who sort of held their noses to support him.

ricstewart January 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Being a spineless panderer does not a moderate make. I’m a moderate, and there are many moderates from both parties I admire and respect for their principled, centrist positions. John Barrow just doesn’t happen to be one of them.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

He is a contortionist – a political Houdini. It seems to work.

Barrow is very, very sharp and mentally agile.

Yep, I hated his porkulus and NDAA votes and he needs to go, but I would have a very hard time supporting most of the alternatives on the GOP side. GOP is seriously in need of a major revamp.

ChuckEaton January 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

Might as well get your name legally changed to “Low Tax Harper” in anticipation.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Barrow will handily defeat any of those named, IMHO. The ones not named Charlie have known vulnerabilities. Barrow is the master of exploiting those.

novicegirl January 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I don’t want to take anything away from Barrow, because you’re right, he is a great campaigner, but let’s wait and see what happens when he has to run in a GOP district against someone not named Lee Anderson.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Let’s wait and see what happens when Barrow unloads his (unused) opposition research on any of them. Hahahahahahaha…….one of them “might” win, but it will make a lot of GOPers wince.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Tommie Williams has nearly all of the liabilities that Anderson had, plus a few from being in leadership.

novicegirl January 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Don’t know Tommie Williams that well, but I’m assuming, being a former President of the Senate, that he has an awareness of basic issues, e.g., what is the Federal Reserve, Fair Tax, etc…

So far, the mark to beat in Barrow’s district, is someone whose campaign strategy was to hide for 3 months in an undisclosed location. Barrow shouldn’t get too cocky. But, as you say, Barrow might have some stout 3-ring binders.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

“Tommie Williams has nearly all of the liabilities that Anderson had, plus a few from being in leadership.”

…Obviously. He had his name all over that seriously failed “leadership experiment” in the Senate with Chip Rogers of all people.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

TSPLOST failed in the Statesboro end of the district and in GOP centric Columbia County which suggests that the legislature has some negatives. Williams might not be able to carry Columbia County because he isn’t from that area of the district.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

“…which suggests that the legislature has some negatives.”

…That is the understatement of the decade in Georgia Politics.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I term them the “most dysfunctional legislative body in the US.

Ed January 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

“At this time, I have no plans to run for anything other than re-election in the 12th District, but I am certainly gratified that people have been suggesting I run for the Senate.”

I’m guessing this means he thinks he can keep his seat for perpetuity (no real reason to not think so, I guess) or he’s waiting for 2016 or…something.

Romegaguy January 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

A little advice to you Charlie: dont have Joel McElhannon running your campaign

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