GA-12: State Democratic Party Chair Says Stop Criticizing John Barrow Or Resign

We now have a narrative in Georgia's 12th congressional district. 

Congressman John Barrow, who voted against the President's health care bill earlier this year, is facing off against former state Sen. Regina Thomas in the July 20th Democratic primary.  The grassroots activists are furious at Barrow for his vote, but the establishment is doing all it can to prop up the three-term Congressman.

Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that state Democratic Party chairman Jane Kidd delivered an ultimatum to the county Democratic committee chairs in the district of Congressman John Barrow:

Stop publicly criticizing Barrow and his vote against the Obama-backed health care bill or resign your post in the Democratic Party.

The chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party is telling local party heads to silence their criticism of U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Savannah Democrat facing opposition in next month's primary election.

The Associated Press obtained a letter Democratic chair Jane Kidd sent to county chairmen in Barrow's southern Georgia district. Kidd's letter says party officials need to resign if they continue to criticize Barrow publicly.

Bynum, Russ (2010-6-8). APNewsBreak: Dem chair scolds Barrow's critics. Washington Examiner. Retrieved on 2010-6-9.

Montgomery County Democratic Party chairman John Brewer was the first county Democratic head to yank his support from Barrow over the health care vote.  Several Democratic state legislators in the 12th district who backed Barrow in the past or remained on the sidelines have now switched to Regina Thomas.  The local labor unions appear to be against Congressman Barrow as well.

Yet. the big boys (and girls) in the establishment seem to be ignoring the folks on the ground despite their promises to listen to the grassroots.

Behold the power of incumbency in Georgia.

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to see party leaders so hostile to the idea of Democrats in the rank and file holding their elected officials accountable and expecting them to vote for what's in the Democratic platform.

When Ed Fallon challenged Leonard Boswell in IA-03 in 2008, every elected Democrat in Iowa got behind Boswell.

by desmoinesdem 2010-06-09 06:29AM | 0 recs
Heavy-handed by Kidd, but the challenge NOT "grassroots"......

Regina Thomas ran last time and got crushed in the primary, she was mere token opposition with nothing more than Some Dude(tte) status.

And there's no sign that there's any groundswell of support for her this time beyond some county party chairs mad at Barrow.

The fact that the health care bill PASSED and Barrow is in a tough purple district in a bad year for our party is enough to justify giving him a pass.

And further, after Bill Halter's epic flameout, I'd say whatever grassroots energy there is, from the netroots and elsewhere, is better geared toward supporting Democrats against Republicans.

Let's please not let infighting on the left hand Congress to the Republicans.  The last time we let this happen, people voting for Nader allowed Dubya to become President, and the country was setback a generation because of it.

by DCCyclone 2010-06-09 08:02AM | 0 recs
Fuck Jane Kidd.

John Barrow is a cancer that needs to be removed from office ASAP.  Screw the excuses.  Screw the blind partisanship that tells us to mindlessly vote for so-called Democrats solely because of the letter after their name but to skewer Republicans for taking the same stances. 

by TheUnknown285 2010-06-09 12:47PM | 0 recs
Just sent them email

I received yet another fundraising email from the GA Dem party and I just replied telling them that they are getting no more money from me unless/until Jane Kidd backs off and lets the Democrats *in the district* decide who bests represents them. 

by evap 2010-06-09 03:53PM | 0 recs


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