GA12 Battle Allen vs BarrowPosted by Will Stauff on October 26, 2014
The race between Democrat incumbent John Barrow and Republican businessman Rick Allen has been explosive. Rick Allen’s campaign and the NRCC have done an amazing job of putting Barrow on defense. I was listening to WGST in Atlanta online and decided to call in to the Peach Pundit hour on Rich Sullivan’s show. I asked them about how Obamacare will play in the GA12 election. They told me voters are concerned about Obamacare. John Barrow is insulated from the issue because he didn’t vote for Obamacare and people see the votes for repeal as symbolic and don’t see the Obamacare card being played at all. Thank God John Allen didn’t follow that advice! Allen has a great commercial calling out Barrow for over 20 times that he voted either to fund Obamacare or vote no on repealing Obamacare.
John Barrow goes to great lengths to never bring up Obamacare. I’ve been on dozens of telephone town halls with Barrow and he never brings it up and nobody really asks him about it either thanks to his call screeners. Barrow decides to tout commercials saying he will repeal Obamacare for the first time with less then 40 days out of the election.
I thought he was insulated from Obamacare? Why would a Harvard educated lawyer like Barrow be making a big deal about something he’s insulated from? Barrow also said that he will repeal Obamacare only if there’s something to replace it with. John Barrow can play this political game that he’s waiting for the perfect replacement plan and then he’ll vote to repeal Obamacare and until that perfect replacement plan comes along he will continue to vote “no” on repeal. That little charade conveniently can go on forever. John Barrow is also relying on the false liberal media narrative that the GOP is not offering up an alternative. There are over 7 replacement plans to Obamacare that the GOP has offered up.
Some plans are very conservative and some are not. There’s at least one plan in there that gives Barrow everything he wants but he’ll continue to rely on low information voters who believes Republicans haven’t offered alternatives. Healthcare before Obamacare was 100 times better then what we have now so John Barrow’s promise to repeal is full of holes and I’m hoping that Allen will be exposing Barrow on this.
In their latest ad called “Barrow’s Letter” they catch Barrow in a bald faced lie. Barrow has been called out for voting for Obama and Pelosi over 80 percent of the time. Barrow came out with an ad saying that he would never vote for anyone 80% of the time. The NRCC show a letter Barrow sent out to democrat voters detailing how he has voted for Obama over 80% of the time. Allen brought this up in the debate and Barrow had no answer.
The Hill wrote this tidbit about the controversy.
“The statistic itself is accurate but very dated — it comes from Congressional Quarterly’s 2009 vote analysis. In subsequent years Barrow has voted less often with Democratic leadership, dropping to 83 percent in 2010, 59 percent in 2011, 28 percent in 2012 and 35 percent last year.”
The liberal fact checkers, naturally, attempted a rescue mission.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) September 15, 2014
One big problem, though.
Barrow voted with Obama 85% and 83%, in years 2009 and 2010, respectively. Guess what, liberal media? Those were the most damaging Obama years, when everything happened. And Barrow was right on board with the big liberal agenda.
In the 2010 mid terms, Republicans easily captured the House of Representatives.
Now I’m no political genius, like the fact checkers, but I’m gonna take a wild guess here and say that the political death of Barrow’s fellow red-district Dems had everything to do with the congressman’s, ahem, partisan conversion.
I don’t think it was a coincidence.
Bottomline, John Barrow was fully behind the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda when he thought Hope and Change was set in stone, and they’d be no punishment back home. Remember, the media, at the time, were writing that the GOP was dead for the next 40 years or so – giving phony moderates like Barrow a false sense of the country’s mood. And Barrow only corrected his ways when he realized his political life was at risk.
The media can crow all they want to about how Republicans are using the same old strategy against John Barrow. The truth is Rick Allen is the right candidate with the right message making the right case against John Barrow and nationalizing this election and effectively tying John Barrow to Barack Obama. Rick Allen needs your support though please donate to his campaign!
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