On the campaign trail: Barr, Libertarians have a major disconnect on immigration

The ongoing arrival of undocumented immigrant children at the Texas border has created an interesting political disconnect here in Georgia.

Former congressman Bob Barr, who’s battling Barry Loudermilk in the Republican runoff in the 11th Congressional District race, released a statement this week warning of an alleged conspiracy by the White House to ship these immigrants to Georgia.

“As tens of thousands of illegals continue streaming across our southern border, citizens of Georgia are increasingly concerned that the Obama Administration is planning to surreptitiously ship many to locations in our state; or that our government may already have begun doing so under cloak of secrecy,” the Barr campaign said.

“I call on Governor Nathan Deal, Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and our delegation to the House of Representatives to demand that President Obama give appropriate and advance notice if he has plans to ship any illegals to Georgia and what the exact details are,” Barr added.

Barr is now running as a Republican for the 11th District House seat, but back in 2008 he was running for president as the nominee of the Libertarian Party.

Ironically, the Libertarian Party’s current national chairman, Nicholas Sarwark, is calling on the federal government to allow the immigrant children into the country.

“It would be unjust and inhumane for the U.S. government to prohibit these children from entering the United States,” Sarwark said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Many of these children are hoping to reach friends and relatives in the United States,” Sarwark said. “A freer, simpler legal immigration process might result in a safer journey with more adult supervision along the way.”

Sarwark added: “It’s a shame that many in the media are trying to make Americans feel fear and suspicion toward immigrants. It’s particularly disgusting that protesters would yell at children to make their political point. Immigration is good for foreigners and good for Americans, and we need to change our laws to make immigration much easier.”

Dutton’s plans

Since losing the 12th Congressional District Republican primary, state Rep. Delvis Dutton (R-Glennville) has been pondering what his plans for the future might be.

Those plans include the start of a new media outlet linking readers to coverage from Georgia’s smaller newspapers, Dutton announced Tuesday. His media enterprise will be called AllOnNews and will operate as an aggregator of news content from other sources.

“While serving as state representative and then campaigning across a large portion of Georgia, it became abundantly clear that a huge majority of the population is still getting their news once a week from a local newspaper or relying on a single radio or television station,” Dutton said.

“These outlets, while conveniently delivered to consumers, are sometimes accompanied with a slant,” he said. “The even bigger problem is that these outlets, specifically news sources, usually lack an online presence and the necessary resources for ‘real time’ responses for their communities and happenings around the state.”

You can check out his media site at AllOnNews.com.

Schlafly endorses Hice

10th Congressional District candidate Jody Hice announced an endorsement from Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist who founded the Eagle Forum PAC policy organization.

“Religious freedom is in peril today, but Jody has already fought and won on this issue,” Schlafly said. “From standing up to the ACLU when they tried to take down a Ten Commandments display to challenging the IRS on speech from the pulpit, Jody knows how to beat liberals when they seek to drive religion from public life.”

Hice and Mike Collins are battling in the 10th District’s Republican runoff.

Buck endorsements

Mike Buck secured several more legislative endorsements in his Republican runoff race against Richard Woods for state school superintendent: state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), state Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) and state Rep. Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas).

“As a local school leader, Dr. Buck achieved some of the best academic results in the state,” Hufstetler said. “His proven success with a diverse group of students is why he is by far the best candidate in the race.”

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