Barr expected to announce run for Gingrey’s seat
by Jon Gillooly
March 27, 2013 11:39 PM | 4072 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr issued a press release announcing he will make “a major political announcement” this morning at Adventure Outdoors, the sporting goods store and firearms retailer.

Political operatives say Barr will announce he’s running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), given that Gingrey announced Wednesday he was running for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) when the senator retires next year.

Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart said Barr has represented the area before, when he served in the U.S. House as Georgia’s 7th district representative from 1995 to 2003.

“He’s got a lot of good people in there who are going to be running for it besides him, but he’s a scrapper, and he’s run before, and I think he’s got as good a chance as anybody has, because I don’t think anybody will hold it against him for the Libertarian part. But, I think he will have to answer a few questions,” Everhart said.

Everhart is referring to Barr’s 2008 candidacy for president as a Libertarian.

The GOP chairwoman recounted a conversation she recently had about Barr at the county convention with someone she respects highly.

“That person said, ‘I want to tell you what, Bob Barr always told me when I asked him a question the truth or the truth as well as it could be. And he never forgot who brung him to the dance, that he was very loyal to his supporters, and when he got in Washington, he didn’t go along to get along. So my family is going to be voting for Bob Barr if he runs,’” Everhart said.

Names of others said to be seriously considering the race to replace Gingrey in the U.S. House are Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development; Majority Whip and state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville).

“I really couldn’t pick a frontrunner on that, but I will say that out of the group, any of them would be able to do a good job, but they’re going to have to really work in this primary, they really are,” Everhart said.
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March 28, 2013
Bob Barr is a nice guy, but his economic policies are just plain nuts. He wants us to get out of NAFTA and the WTO because he thinks they are too good of a deal for the US. What he really favors is the unilateral elimination of tariffs, which are a sales tax on goods produced in other countries. While claiming to be for the US Constitution, apparently he conveniently forgets that tariffs and taxes on the states were the 2 primary means given to the federal government by the founding fathers for raising funds. Ever since they discovered the income tax, the federal government has abandoned tariffs in favor of taxing the US citizen into the poor house. After all, we don't have the big DC lobby that China has. If you want to represent this area, Mr. Barr, then start putting American industrial might, and American jobs first and leave the nutty Libertarian economic theories behind.
Tom Lindsay
March 28, 2013
Seems strange to me, who lives in the 11th District, that Barr would choose to announce in the 13th District.
March 28, 2013
Good for Bob Barr.

Barr understands and relies on our Constitution!
March 28, 2013
Count me in to help Bob Barr I’ll be supporting him it’s true he didn’t forget who bung him to the dance. We need someone that believes in the constitution and states’ rights we need to get behind Bob and Lockheed could also are his help as well.
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