Jerry Shearin passes on challenge to Tom Graves, but Bob Barr still in wings

We’ve confirmed that Jerry Shearin, the former chairman of the Paulding County Commission, will pass on a Republican primary challenge next year to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, in the new 14th District.

That makes it more likely that former Libertarian presidential candidate and congressman Bob Barr – as a renewed member of the GOP — will take a stab at unseating Graves, who won the spot last year.

But given that we’re on the cusp of the holiday season, when the much of the body politic turns away from politics, don’t look for Barr to make a formal decision until next year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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td

November 23rd, 2011
9:18 pm

Jerry was kicked out of Paulding county by the Republicans. No way he could win a primary in the 14th.

double

November 23rd, 2011
9:25 pm

“Graves” is he the motel man?

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 23rd, 2011
10:30 pm

AT double
The motel debacle and resulting carnage that taxpayers had to pay for was just a warm up act. Exactly what you would expect from a Deal protege.

Tom E. Gunn

November 23rd, 2011
10:51 pm

I hear he may have a challenger from Calhoun make a run?

Madison

November 23rd, 2011
11:19 pm

Barr often gives voice to themes similar to Ron Paul. He is more of an ideologue than the mercenary Graves. Hope he runs.

Madison

November 23rd, 2011
11:25 pm

I am not sure graves is tight with the Governor. He’s close with Chip Rogers, who apparently was his co-guarantor in the hotel loan. Rogers was either in or influential with that infamous Macon group that stripped the Lt Gov of powers. The Lt Gov ISA close friend of Deal’s.
Connect the dots.

Rufus T Putnam

November 24th, 2011
12:09 am

“I am not a proven crook” is enough of a slogan to beat Graves.

nelsonhoward

November 24th, 2011
7:21 am

That is interesting. That the previous column about over-crimianlization of society was a column of Bob Barrs in 2010. In that column Bob cited President Bush signing into law that a person can be arrested , indicted and convicted and sent to jail for lying even where there is no benefit from the lie like money nor other things [any falsehood]. Bob considered it an assault on the first amendment to the constitution. It was called “The Stolen Valor Act” and passed almost unanimously in the Senate.
At any rate, I think he was right, there is an over-crimialization in the U.S. Just a few of the crimes are importing orchids without the proper paper work, shipping lobsters in a plastic bag not to mention “buggery” sodomy between consenting adults.

bart

November 24th, 2011
7:29 am

Anybody but Graves, who is a crook and a mercenary.

Glenn Richardson

November 24th, 2011
7:55 am

Jerry, save your money. You are in over your head. You almost ruined Paulding County. People spoke, listen. Sell insurance, you don’t have to deliver.

Bootnewt

November 24th, 2011
8:58 am

Yep. That’s the Hotel Loan Defaulter, Bail-Out Prince Tom “Gravy-Train” Graves.

findog

November 24th, 2011
9:54 am

The votes twice chose Graves over Hawkins just to get the center of the ninth out of Gainesville. Barr is a principled man, not from Gainesville, and will bring back the dog commercials; what’s not to like?

clem

November 24th, 2011
10:02 am

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 24th, 2011
10:06 am

Yeah, Barr is a real family man…only married three times so far. It’s indicative the family values party.

clem

November 24th, 2011
10:13 am

seems he values lots of families

dawgcrzy

November 24th, 2011
11:18 am

Shearin did ruin Paulding County, we’ll be paying for a courthouse that was way over budget,and an airport that was not needed and is not being used for the next 40 years

Smoke

November 24th, 2011
11:35 am

This is a prime example of why our country is in a mess. Graves has done little to help solve our problems, his constituents know that he has not represented their real fiscal and social interests, holler about throwing the bums out, and turn right around and re-elect him. This is not about a party affiliation, but rather identifying competent people to represent them on real issues, and not trumped up crap like socialism, Acorn, voter IDn, and yes abortion. Happy Thanksgiving to those without, and only by grace to those who do.

9th

November 24th, 2011
11:57 am

I know Tom Graves personally and know that he is an honest, decent, honorable man who made some poor choices while trying to help others. Believe me when I tell you that we in the 9th congressional district wish he was still going to be our congressman. He certainly wouldn’t have to worry about re-election here by the people who know him best.

Bill

November 24th, 2011
12:16 pm

I am from Tom Graves’ district will vote for just about anyone over him.

rudikkingme

November 24th, 2011
12:59 pm

Bob Barr might be still in the wings, but I prefer the drumstick. Happy Thankstaking, people interrupted. Remember, this holiday is about coming “out” to your parents during the meal. I know you’ll all do fine.

Tony

November 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

Well, 9th, I guess he and Deal are kindred souls…making poor choices while trying to “help others.” That’s a joke. The only person Graves was trying to help was himself. And since when does making poor choices qualify somebody for Congress? As someone from Graves’s district, I agree with Bill.

honested

November 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

So much for all these losers.

Who is the Democrat that will REPRESENT this district and carry the race?

Saunquetta

November 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

I’ve never been a Bob Barr constituent but I’ve always been a fan. He’s the sort of guy, like Ron Paul, who will speak truth to power even when it’s uncomfortable to hear it. So I hope he runs in the new 14th and wins.

Kirk

November 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

well I guess its good to know that Barr’s race won’t be an issue..at least for now.

Michael

November 24th, 2011
5:10 pm

I’ll swap you Sanford Bishop and a million bucks for Tom Graves!

catlady

November 24th, 2011
7:03 pm

Gag, gag! The voters of the 9th district are the dumbest voters on Earth.

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 24th, 2011
9:55 pm

AT catlady
Surely you don’t mean it. The 9th is the most republican district E of the Mississippi – seriously – it’s documented. All kidding aside, you could paint an R on the back of a pole cat, and in the 9th, it would win an election by a land slide. The elections are strictly about the republican platform of godloving, anti- gay, anti-abortion, and anti-whatever will motivate really stupid people,and never the candidate. Who chooses and finances the candidate, the candidate’s documented lack of ethics, criminal record, infidelity,etc., do not matter.

double

November 24th, 2011
10:26 pm

pierre, truer words never spoken.Reckon catlady knows what a pole cat is?

Shannon

November 24th, 2011
11:21 pm

As a proud progressive, I’d roll my eyes at whoever got this nod (and will therefore win the election), but Barr is 95 percent consistent in his philosophy–and that’s way better than most politicians with an -R after their name.

pcBobby

November 25th, 2011
5:19 am

Bob Barr 2.0 (that phrase will cost you $5 per usage, Jimbo) would make a fine addition to the U.S. House of Reps. Barr is a non-nonsense Libertarian who would join with Ron Paul in injecting a few doses of reality in an already-fractured party between the tea party-type patriots and the old guard Boehner Republicans.

Tony

November 25th, 2011
6:51 am

pierre, you hit the nail on the head.

georgedawg

November 25th, 2011
9:08 am

Pierre and other ilberal progressive – one of the biggest faults you folks have is that you think everyone that disagrres with you is stupid, racist or most recently terroist. Your arguments don’t hold water. Obama’s your type of intelligent guy. Look at his failed. policies. look at the hyper division he’s promoted. Look at his appointment – unfortunately, two of the worst, Geittner and Holder are still there. November 2012 will take care of the problem. If you only knew how fired up we are to defeat Obama and how much suppprt he’s lost from the middle – independents – most of us think think the progreesive movement is dangerous to our country – hope your occupy protesters stay through the election so peopl;e will see where the lefts head really is. Can you guess where I think it is. I know I’m stupid but I;ve managed to be successful and raise a family properly.

double

November 25th, 2011
9:54 am

Most any post made on here,you can usually find some statement,or part you can agree with.

catlady

November 25th, 2011
9:56 am

pierre, actually my observation has been if you painted an R on the Devil himself, folks in the 9th district would vote for him. They rail about the Democrats giving money to worthless losers, yet vote singlemindedly, like lemmings, for those fat cats who (wink wink) stuff their own pockets with the people’s money. It’s hard for me to figure out, unless it is that 9th district voters so aspire to be the fat cats, they think by enriching the fat cats further it will “trickle down” to them. What they don’t understand is, the only thing that trickles down is pee.

I’m not a fan of Barr but I urge him to run.

dagnabit

November 25th, 2011
10:12 am

ANYBODY BUT GRAVES.

DannyX

November 25th, 2011
10:25 am

“They rail about the Democrats giving money to worthless losers, yet vote singlemindedly, like lemmings, for those fat cats who (wink wink) stuff their own pockets with the people’s money.”

Governor Deal is is a perfect example, he lined his pockets with a no-bid government contract that he fiercely protected. He went bankrupt. Of course north Georgia voted overwhelmingly to put him in the Governor’s mansion where he can live for free.

As far as Bob Barr, it will be interesting to see if he is more “Ron Paul” or “Mitt Romney.” Paul does seem to stick to his positions. Romney flip flops constantly. The old Bob Barr is the only Bob Barr that could get elected in the 9th, let the flipping begin.

In fact it already has begun, when Barr was still writing his AJC column he totally ignored the police raid at the Eagle gay nightclub, he wrote about everything but that raid. How does a Libertarian ignore that abuse of power? My guess is he had to tone it down for the constituency he would soon be wanting votes from.

Edward Ruffin

November 25th, 2011
10:32 am

B. Barr needs to stay retired. Tom Graves is doing a good job.

td

November 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Barr maybe a good choice. He did a great job at taking the lead and proving the case to impeach Clinton. If Obama gets re elected then we may need Barr to take the lead again in an impeachment.

double

November 25th, 2011
11:48 am

Impeaching Obama would have same results as Clinton impeachment.You pugs need to stop wasting money,and condemning others for same things you do.

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
11:59 am

pierre,

The Democrats have promoted class warfare and wealth envy while at the same time pandering to the least educated and least intelligent voters. The result in 2008 was the election of Barack Obama, a candidate with no recorded history and no accomplishments. The resulting disaster was predictable. There has never been a larger under vote in the history of national elections.

I am not surprised at the vitriol aimed at Ron Paul and Bob Barr, there is not one soul in Congress on the left side of the aisle with a moral center. Clinton clones all – “show me the latest poll and that is what I believe.”

We have allowed the Congress to become the home for the laziest, least productive and most corrupt group of 535 elected officials ever. The corruption in Congress may only be exceeded by that in the White House!

You and the rest of the blood-sucking parasites on the Left should keep electing candidates who think as you do and eventually those with the money will have left and you, pierre, will remain to pay the piper.

Please see the results of the New York and California tax laws that added a surcharge to the wealthiest residents. The unintended consequence was the rich moved and tax revenues declined by an amount larger than the increase the surcharge would have produced. Liberal intellect indeed!

DannyX

November 25th, 2011
11:59 am

“Impeaching Obama would have same results as Clinton impeachment.”

Yep, Clinton’s popularity skyrocketed during the Republicans failed coup. Go ahead.

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

pierre,

PS, the appearance is that Republicans, like the Democrats who nominated Obama, will nominate anyone, questionable character or not, who they believe will defeat the Democrat.

If Republicans were true to their beliefs – Romney, Gingrich, Hunstman, and Perry would have no chance at the nomination.

If Democrats were honest, Obama would not be their nominee in 2012.

DannyX

November 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

“The unintended consequence was the rich moved and tax revenues declined by an amount larger than the increase the surcharge would have produced.”

WRONG! In fact the California bond rating was recently upgraded because their debt load was much lower than forecast because of a rise in revenue. Where exactly are the rich people moving to? Georgia, LMAO!

Class warfare? Please explain how all the tax cuts helped the economy.

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

DannyX,

So the Democrats fell more in love with a serial abuser and that makes you proud?

DannyX

November 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

“So the Democrats fell more in love with a serial abuser and that makes you proud?”

What exactly does that mean? The fact is Clinton’s approval ratings rose to over 60% during his impeachment. His impeachment was unpopular with everyone but Republican hypocrites.

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
12:21 pm

DannyX,

Did I refer to the bond rating? To the total revenue? Typical Left response, straight from the Pelosi/Reid handbook, ignore the question or topic if you are uncomfortable and raise an entirely separate issue.

You are not only a blind leftist but WRONG!, as you say.

The rich are moving to Nevada, Wyoming, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, etc. Now DannyX, what do those states have in common?

double

November 25th, 2011
12:23 pm

Liberals want representation for all the people,not just the rich.Your reference to a serial abuser goes back to condemning others for your same actions.If democrats were honest Obama would not be their nominee.If pugs were honest,if,if,if—————————–can’t even imagine it.

DannyX

November 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

“The rich are moving to Nevada, Wyoming, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, etc”

No they aren’t. Fact is that was a make believe story from Fox News. It never happened.

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

Danny boy @ 12:16,

You do not understand the meaning? OK, I will spell this out for you. You and your bud’s on the left seem to be proud of the illegal and immoral acts of your serial abuser from Arkansas. Clinton has no morals and no moral center and that makes people like you Danny, and Chris Matthews, all tingly in the thighs.

The willingness of the Left to ignore the fatal attributes of Clinton and Obama is more telling than any other political position you take, and then change, and then take – depending on the polls.

Your answer to the charge – his approval rating rose… – proves my point! You would suck up to any warm body that might win an election for you.

Do you not have any sense of moral outrage at Clinton’s conduct in the White House and prior?

Not So Casual Observer

November 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

DannyX @ 12:27,

That response is nothing more than your misguided opinion. Prove it or go away.