On the campaign trail: NRA endorses Barrow

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The NRA’s Political Victory Fund has endorsed Democratic Rep. John Barrow in the 12th Congressional District race.

One of the most influential lobbying organizations in Washington, the NRA is usually associated more often with conservative Republicans in political campaigns, but it endorsed Barrow in his race against Republican challenger Lee Anderson, a state legislator from Grovetown.

“John Barrow has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “Because of his strong support of our rights, Barrow has earned an ‘A’ rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”

Cox noted that Barrow voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not complying with congressional subpoenas about the controversial “Fast and Furious” scandal and signed a letter to Holder with 64 other House Democrats opposing reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

Registration deadline looms

Whether they reside in the 12th Congressional District or not, Georgia citizens have until the end of business next Tuesday (Oct. 9) to go to their county elections office and register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election (you’ll be required to show identification to register).

“This is the deadline,” said Jared Thomas, communications director for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

If you’re registered and you are at least 18 years old by Nov. 6, then you can cast a ballot in the election.

Thomas noted that the early voting period for the general election begins six days after the deadline for registering to vote: Oct. 15.

Now that’s a financial disclosure

If he should need it, House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta) will have some extensive opposition research available on his Democratic opponent, Lynn Brown McKinney, whose occupation is listed as a retired sales and marketing executive.

Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds prepared a news release and document package on McKinney that included copies of a petition for bankruptcy filed in 2008, state tax liens amounting to $3,950, and federal tax liens amounting to $24,067.

“Leaving the Democratic Party for the Republican Party is one quick way for the Georgia Democratic Party to denounce one of its candidates as unqualified for office,” said Bonds, a reference to the controversy over state Rep. Rick Crawford (D-Cedartown) and his plans to switch parties if he wins on Nov. 6.

“However, the party has been noticeably silent about its candidates with long-standing debt, tax and bankruptcy liabilities,” Bonds said.

It’s not likely that McKinney will be much of a threat to Lindsey’s reelection in the Buckhead House district. The candidate’s only disclosure report filed to date (covering the period through June 30) listed contributions of just $15 and expenditures of $150.

McKinney, who had no listed telephone number, could not be reached for comment.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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