• Al Gray says:

      In attendance were 12th District GOP candidates Rick Allen and John Stone. Also there was 2012 candidate Wright McLeod and Augusta Mayoral candidate Helen Blocker Adams.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      The questions came from a panel of front page posters at PP, including Buzz, Charlie, Mike Hassinger, and Eric the Younger. It has been a long day, but I do not remember him being asked about the Amash amendment. He was asked about the stopping civilian furlough amendment that he authored and was passed, his Problem Solvers/No Labels group, GA-12 unemployment, the Savannah port, and how a minority congressman can get an amendment/bill passed. I believe there was another question, but as I stated earlier, it has been a long day. Buzz recorded the question session, so I would assume it will be posted sometime in the near future.

      Barrow spoke about the hyper-partisanship in DC, though he praised Westmoreland and Woodall for their positive attitude towards him and their friendship. He also likes tomato-based BBQ sauce, because that is what his voters like.

    • Al Gray says:

      I was very upset that Barrow voted in opposition to the Amash Amendment until it occurred to me that NSA and the national security state has huge operations at Fort Gordon, such that John Barrow had no ‘winning’ position either way.

      If you praise him for protecting the workforce at Fort Gordon as he did last week, you cannot just turn on a dime and slam him for doing the same with the Amash amendment vote.

      Augusta is totally dependent upon government largesse. If that gravy train ever stops, Detroit will seem an oasis by comparison. Her politicos are slammed for ‘lacking influence’ but damned if I can see it. They look like Titans of DC for all of the money that pours into the place. Barrow looks equally effective.

      I liked the Sconyers pork, but government pork leaves me with indigestion, no matter how much of it falls on local plates. To me Barrow made a horrible choice, but he is not playing by my rules or scorecard.

      • Lawton Sack says:

        Nice meeting you in person today.

        While Barrow didn’t address it, Stephen Simpson, GA-10 candidate, stated this morning that he felt that the Amash Amendment was not simply a YES or NO amendment. He felt that there are legal functions of the NSA that can prevent terrorism attacks, but by no means should the NSA be given a free run of spying on US citizens. He was speaking from experience from having worked with the NSA while with the Pentagon. He felt that running it through the Committee process would probably have been the wisest move, so that it could actually be examined.

      • Jon Lester says:

        You’re absolutely right about the CSRA’s dependence on federal spending, despite the “red” character of its inhabitants (and, I swear, Augusta is the only place where I know a gay hairdresser who supports the “FAIR tax”). I knew there’s a large Army Signal Corps presence at Fort Gordon but I didn’t know it was NSA, too.

        I wanted to be there yesterday, and recent votes aside, it would have been good to see John Barrow, because I haven’t seen him since he left Athens for Washington over 10 years ago. I got pretty to’ up at the 40 Watt Friday night, so striking out for Augusta before 10 in the morning would have been too much to attempt.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      It was the first time I had ever eaten it, and it was pretty good. I actually liked it more than the BBQ. It is a lot like a thick Brunswick Stew served over rice. It appeared to be pork, tomatoes, onions, and various seasonings.

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