Barrow has a bulls-eye on his back, again


Once again, it’s hunting season among Republicans who are targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) revealed this week that Barrow is one of seven House Democrats who are considered to be “top targets” for GOP opponents in 2014.

The other congressmen in the crosshairs are Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

“These Democrats all share something in common: They do not fit their districts,” said NRCC Executive Director Liesl Hickey in a memo. “The NRCC will amplify its efforts to educate voters about these mismatches and provide strong alternatives. If the Democrats lose these districts, they are likely to be lost for a generation.”

Barrow has been a favorite target of Republicans ever since he was first elected to the House in 2004, but he has lived through two redrawings of the district to make it more GOP-friendly and even survived the Republican wave of 2010. In last November’s general election, Barrow defeated Republican challenger Lee Anderson by more than 19,000 votes.

“It’s like Ground Hog Day over here,” said Barrow’s media spokesman, Richard Carbo. “He’s used to that. He’s just going about his business – that doesn’t faze him at all.”

There has been no indication yet as to whether the General Assembly’s Republican leadership might make another attempt to redraw the 12th District boundaries in a manner that would harm Barrow’s reelection prospects.

There has been speculation that Barrow might be interested in running for a statewide office such as governor or senator in 2014, but his press spokesman indicated that’s not likely.

“He’s not interested in running against Saxby Chambliss,” Carbo said. “He has no interest in the governor’s office. He’s content to be where he is.”

© 2013 by The Georgia Report


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