The Debate About GA-12 Debates Appears to Be Over

There was a great deal of confusion and discussion yesterday about a GA-12 Congressional debate scheduled to be held this Saturday in Augusta.  Rep. John Barrow had his side to the story, while Rick Allen had one of his own.  It appears that the dust has settled and the debate will indeed be held on Saturday, but in a different location.

The debate has been re-located from the Islamic Community Center to the Columbia County Government Complex. The debate is still sponsored by the Islamic Society of Augusta, but it will not be co-sponsored by the Columbia County News-Times.  However, its publisher, Steve Crawford, will still serve as the debate moderator.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the following:

“Due to a misunderstanding, the publisher of The Columbia County News-Times, Steve Crawford, failed to follow protocol in getting approval in sponsoring Saturday’s political debate between Rep. John Barrow and GOP challenger Rick Allen.”

Both The Augusta Chronicle and The News-Times are owned by Morris Communications.

As of this moment, there are three debates scheduled between Rep. Barrow and Allen. A list of the GA-12 debates can be seen after the break.

Augusta Area
Saturday, September 27th – 3:00pm
Columbia County Government Complex
Evans, GA

Thursday, October 16th
Meet-and-Greet – 6:00 p.m.
Debate – 7:00pm
Ogeechee Technical College Auditorium
Statesboro, GA

Atlanta – GPB Debate
Sunday, October 26th – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Al Gray says:

    The Metro Spirit has a decidedly different take. Dana Atkins of Morris called into the Austin Rhodes Show and , upon questioning, indicated that Rick Allen pulled out.

    The Allen campaign is rattled by very spirited public debate on a couple of Augusta-centric Facebook sites, Augusta Today and Augusta Watchdogs, plus talk radio calls focused on details of his public contracts.

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