The Republican race to oust U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the Savannah Democrat, may soon have a third candidate.
Maria Sheffield, who lost a hard-fought primary runoff for state insurance commissioner last year, says she’s contemplating a move to southeast Georgia to make the race.
Sheffield says she “has been approached by business, community, government, tea party and Republican leaders” to enter the contest. Two other Republicans, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown and Augusta businessman Rick Allen, have already announced.
Some of you might remember that Sheffield is a resident of Mableton in Cobb County. She sends this explanation via her spokeswoman, Kathryn Ballou:
”My family – the Sheffield family – has long and deep roots in this special part of Georgia. For many years my father lived in Laurens County. Many of my family members still live in Laurens.
“The interesting fact is that my potential opponent is from Athens and lives in Savannah – neither of which is in the 12th District. The bottom-line is the people of the 12th District — if I run — will have a choice between my opponent, who is from Athens, lives in Savannah, and supports President Obama or myself with deep family roots in Laurens County and opposes the liberal agenda of President Obama.”
Ballou said that if Sheffield decides to enter the race, she’ll establish a residence in Laurens County, which is in the newly drawn 12th District.
Members of Congress aren’t required by the Constitution to live in the district they represent – but it can sure help. Barrow – who was drawn out of the 12th by Republicans in the state Capitol — has said he intends to move back into the district, once the lines are a settled matter.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider