John Barrow’s campaign released a statement earlier this morning stating that Rick Allen had withdrawn from a forum scheduled for this Saturday in Augusta. The forum was originally co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Augusta and the Columbia County News-Times, but apparently the News-Times has pulled out of the event.
Rick Allen’s campaign has responded with a statement that he has not withdrawn from an agreement to participate in a forum sponsored by the Columbia County News Times:
“The Columbia County News Times that was co-sponsoring the forum has withdrawn from the arrangement and is trying to establish its own event. Allen, for his part, has not withdrawn from anything.”
The full press release from the Allen campaign also included a quote from Dan McLagan, a spokesman for the campaign:
“It is interesting that the only two standing shoulder to shoulder on this topic are John Barrow and a Muslim cleric who are attacking Rick Allen together. Barrow’s obviously close association with the head of the Islamic Center is his affair but it does make this a suspect venue for us. All of our contact has been with the News-Times and we would be happy to continue our conversations with them.”
Full disclosure: I am the Chairman of the Bulloch County Republican Party and the former GA-12 District Chairman. This is simply being posted as further information in regards to this morning’s statement by Congressman Barrow.