John Barrow hits prospective foes Lee Anderson and Rick Allen; they hit back -- and each other

Posted: August 8, 2012 - 12:27am  By Larry Peterson   Why did U.S. Rep. John…

Georgia (Aug 8, 2012)Posted: August 8, 2012 - 12:27am 


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Why did U.S. Rep. John Barrow attack two prospective foes this week without knowing which one he’ll run against?

People wondered out loud about that when the Augusta Democrat teed off on Republicans Lee Anderson and Rick Allen.

One possible answer surfaced quickly: Anderson and Allen responded by blasting each other almost as much as Barrow.

“It’s probably what Barrow wanted,” said Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint. “He drew them out and got them to beat each other up.

“He’s been around the block. He knows how the game is played.” 

Anderson and Allen likely will vie in an Aug. 21 runoff in 12th Congressional District. Results certified on Tuesday show Anderson, a state representative from Grovetown, finished well ahead, but short of a majority, in the July 31 primary.

Barring the unlikely event that a recount changes the outcome, he’ll face Augusta businessman Allen, second in the primary …. .


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