It’s Tuesday in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District

While many of us in Georgia Politics are still focused on a primary of unknown date, some are already looking forward to a general election.  And the one spot the GA GOP continues to see potential for a pickup is GA-12.  To that end, once again we can expect a lot of news from that part of the state, and today’s events give us an idea of how it’s going to look.  Note that the RNCC is of course interested, and has placed a new ad buy for Augusta today:

Meanwhile, Congressman Barrow will be doing his best Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy impressions by Trading Places. From a press release:

WASHINGTON – Beginning Tuesday, August 13, 2013, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will launch his “trading places” program throughout the 12th District. In order to hear directly from constituents and learn more about local businesses, Congressman Barrow will work alongside citizens of the 12th District as they do their daily jobs.

“The decisions we’re making in Washington have a direct impact on the hard working folks in the 12th District,” said Congressman Barrow.  “During the August District Work Period, I’m going to travel and work with folks across the region to talk about the issues that are important to them. Folks in Washington have a lot to learn from the people in the 12th District, and I’m happy to bring our ideas to Congress.”

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Congressman Barrow will work alongside employees at the Walmart Distribution Center in Douglas.  On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, Congressman Barrow will work alongside delivery drivers for UPS in Augusta and Statesboro.  Congressman Barrow will deliver packages, and talk with folks at the processing facilities in the 12th District.

And not to be left out, one of Congressman would be challengers wants to know where Congressman Barrow stands on “Obamacare”.  Also from a press release:

AUGUSTA, GA – Augusta businessman Rick Allen today challenged Congressman John Barrow to tell voters his stance on the move afoot in Congress to defund Obamacare.  Barrow has voted for and against the law itself over the past few years but has so far refused to say where he stands on the defunding issue.

“Every employer I talk to makes me painfully aware of how damaging this law is going to be to our economy and how middle class employees are going to suffer,” Rick said.  “President Obama might be willing to hurt Georgians for the sake of preserving his only shred of legislative legacy but the question remains: Will John Barrow help him do it?”

Rick has challenged Barrow to take a stand on this issue in a series of online advertisements but the current Congressman from the 12th District has remained silent on the topic.

“The people of Georgia deserve an answer: will Barrow stand with us or with President Obama and this horrible and destructive law?” Rick asked.  “It’s a sure sign that a law is a lousy idea when Congress exempts themselves from it, we need to allow Georgians to exempt themselves too before our economy is irreparably damaged.”

And thus ends this installment of Tuesdays in the Twelfth.


  1. Charlie says:

    Rick Allen’s response to the Trading Places event with Barrow:

    AUGUSTA, GA – Augusta businessman Rick Allen today took Congressman John Barrow to task for starting a “jobs tour” that includes exclusively large corporate donors to his campaign. His effort ignores small and medium-sized businesses who are grappling with how to survive the implementation of Obamacare on which Barrow has serially flip-flopped since its inception.

    “Obamacare is a job-killer that John Barrow has supported and he refuses to take a position on its defunding,” Allen said. “Rather than hanging out with his big-dollar corporate donors, he should go to a small business or two and learn about the devastating impact of this health care law on regular Georgians.”

    Allen has been meeting with small businessmen and women over the past months and will continue this effort in the coming weeks.

    Barrow’s supposed jobs tour is to UPS and Walmart. Both are major donors to his campaign who will benefit from the publicity generated by Barrow’s visits. Contributions to these two companies include:

    Walmart 2014 – $3000 2012 – $10,000 2010 $10,000 2008 – $10,000 2006 – $8500

    UPS – 2012 – $10558 2008 – $6000
    Oh, Walmart’s position on dodging Obamacare is well documented. Here are some of the documents. Included is an article entitled: “Walmart Bails On Obamacare-Sticks Taxpayers With Employee Healthcare Costs.” No Wonder they are supporting Barrow…

    Additional Walmart Info
    and and

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