Political Notes — Barrow will run for secretary of state

[private]Former congressman John Barrow announced over the weekend he will run for secretary of state as a Democrat.

Barrow made the disclosure at a meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Democrats and later said in a statement:

“Today, we have too many people in Atlanta who act like they do in Washington — who put partisan politics ahead of what’s in the best interest of Georgia. As a county commissioner and a member of Congress, I’ve always put Georgia first, and that’s what I’ll do as our secretary of state.”

“In addition to protecting the right to vote, the Secretary of State should be making it easier to do business and create jobs in Georgia, protecting retirement accounts from abuses on Wall Street, and preventing professional fraud. None of this has anything to do with partisan politics, and I won’t allow it if I’m elected.”

Barrow survived for 10 years as Georgia’s 12th District congressman, winning five terms as a Democrat despite Republican attempts to take him out until he finally lost to Rick Allen in 2014.

He cultivated an image as “moderate” Democrat during those years, to the point where he often angered Democrats with his “moderation” on some issues. For example, Barrow voted against the final passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and voted several times in subsequent years for Republican bills that would have repealed Obamacare.

In any event, Barrow still will use the Democratic label to run for secretary of state.  R. J. Hadley of Rockdale County is also running as a Democrat and there are four Republicans running to replace Brian Kemp:  State Sen. Josh McKoon, state Reps. Buzz Brockway and Brad Raffensperger, and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.

Over in Alabama

Donald Trump may be facing one of his most embarrassing political losses yet in Tuesday’s Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

Trump is supporting incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, but Strange keeps trailing former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore in the polls.  Steve Bannon, the white nationalist who was once part of the Trump White House, is backing Moore in this race.

Trump flew to Huntsville, Alabama Friday night to hold a rally for Strange and gave one of the most lukewarm endorsements you’ll ever hear in a political campaign.

“I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake,” Trump said. “If Luther doesn’t win they’re not going to say, we picked up 25 points in a short period of time. If his opponent wins, I’m going to be here campaigning like hell for him.”

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to travel to Alabama on Monday to campaign for Strange and try to pull out some kind of victory on Tuesday.  Several Washington groups have also flooded the state with attack ads against Moore: the Senate Leadership Fund, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Rifle Association.

On the other hand, Bannon is going to be in Alabama Monday night to rally for Moore along with Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.”

Price drops use of private jets for now

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Fox news he will stop the controversial practice of flying private on official business until an internal review of the flights has been completed.

“I don’t think there will be any charter trips until this review is complete,” Price said. “I think that’s appropriate because of the concerns that we’ve heard.”

“We will cooperate fully with it,” Price added. “I instituted or initiated as well an internal departmental review of the procedures and processes that we go through for official travel to determine whether there are any changes or reforms that are necessary. And if there are, then we look forward to instituting those, because we welcome this review.”

Kemp opens Cartersville office

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’s already campaigning for governor, is opening a full-time office in Cartersville. The field office will work in coordination with SOS offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Tifton.

The new office will officially be opened on Wednesday.

Rest in peace

Former state senator Sam W. Doss Jr. of Rome died Sept. 15 at the age of 89 following an extended illness.

Doss was elected to the state Senate in 1968 and served in the upper chamber for 10 years, holding leadership positions on the Appropriations, Rules and Higher Education Committees. Lt. Gov. Zell Miller asked him to chair the committee that created the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

He was a business leader in Rome through his career in the real estate and mortgage banking fields. His son, David Doss, was a Floyd County Commissioner and later served as a member of the State Transportation Board.

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