GA-12: John Barrow Loses The Support Of A Democratic County Chair

For more than five years, I've served as a member of Georgia's state Democratic committee.

These past five years, I've learned a lot about Democratic Party politics in the state of Georgia. One lesson I picked up quite quickly was that even though the Georgia Democratic Party describes the state committee as the Party's "highest authority," the real work is done at the local level by the county Democratic committees.

Without the county committees, there would be no state committee and there would be no Democratic National Committee. The county Democratic committees are the engines that drive the Democratic Party machine. That's why news that a county Democratic committee chairman is withdrawing his support from an incumbent Democratic Congressman should be of major concern.

Rep. John Barrow's vote against the health care overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama is costing the Georgia congressman support among some fellow Democrats as he heads into a contested primary election.

Some Democratic officials say they're not endorsing Barrow because of his health care vote. State Rep. Mickey Stephens, a Savannah Democrat, is endorsing Thomas after being a Barrow supporter in past elections.

John Brewer, Democratic Party chairman for rural Montgomery County, says he plans to vote against Barrow in the primary.

Long, Brandon (2010-5-12). DECISION 2010: Health care at issue in congressional primary. WMGT-TV (Macon). Retrieved on 2010-5-13.

John Barrow may cruise to re-nomination in the July 20th Democratic primary due to lackluster opposition from former state Sen. Regina Thomas. Still, the damage is done. Without the support of your county chairs, any Democrat is as good as dead politically.

Tags: GA-12, Democrats, GA-12, Democrats (all tags)




I'm glad people in that district are fed up with that waste of a blue seat.

by TheUnknown285 2010-05-13 08:39AM | 0 recs
This is what I don't get

On John's Website, it says that he's committed to..


As we continue to work on health reform, I will:

  • Fight for a bill that ends the practice of denying health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
  • Vote to prohibit insurance companies from raising premiums when you get sick.
  • Make sure that folks in rural communities get access to the same quality health care as folks in the city. 
  • Work to get costs under control, and not pass our costs on to our children and grandchildren.
  • Fight for affordable, quality health care for all Georgians.



WTF? How is it that he does this but opposed healthcare reform?

IMHO John could make it if he comes up in support of things like the Grayson bill. But wow talk about silence that roared when it comes to that thing.

I have heard it said long and loud that a good way to run this year as a Dem is to run on the public option and give the people what they want.

Andre, do you think that if John actually takes this agenda he says that he's going to follow - and works into his platform - a healthcare reform focus - that seeks to amend the big insurance giveaway - and go for something stronger ...?

He will succeed?


P.S.  Andre, I am in the Michael Thurmond camp big time. We should do lunch sometime. I like Mike!


by Trey Rentz 2010-05-13 01:55PM | 0 recs
Speaking of Good as Dead...

Am I the only one that has noticed that in the 'State Blogs' link list on the left of the MYDD homepage - there is a dead link to the State Blog for Georgia?


Some "tavern" link or something..


by Trey Rentz 2010-05-13 06:24PM | 0 recs
RE: Speaking of Good as Dead...

I noticed that too.

I'm not sure what happened to the former "Tondees Tavern," but I have a suggestion for a replacement state blog.

Georgia Liberal ( is a good, group blog that focuses on progressive politics in the Peach State.

I'd suggest my blog, Georgia Politics Unfiltered, but that would be too self-serving. LoL!

by Andre Walker 2010-05-14 07:05AM | 0 recs


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