John Stone, who according to his website was endorsed by the Augusta Chronicle in 2008, has challenged John Barrow to a series of debates.
Received via the Tip Line this afternoon:
For immediate release: May 7, 2013
Barrow Now Facing 2014 Debate Minefield in Attempt to Hold GA12
(AUGUSTA, GA) – Embattled incumbent John Barrow jumped from the frying pan into the fire today as he declined a run for U.S. Senate in exchange for a desperate plea to hang onto Georgia’s 12th Congressional District in the House.
Barrow, who blasted his Republican opponent last fall over the lack of debates, now faces a challenge of at least six televised debates from the only announced 2014 GOP candidate, John Stone.
“Barrow can run from these debates, but he can’t hide this time based on his conduct and criticisms in 2012,” said Stone this afternoon on learning of Barrow’s decision not to run for Senate. “I am looking forward to hearing his excuses for our district having the worst unemployment in our state under his watch since 2005 – live and for the record.”