Club for Growth warns Bob Barr against run for Congress

The anti-tax group Club for Growth, a prime source of campaign contributions, issued a warning today to former Georgia congressman Bob Barr: If he mounts a Republican challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, they’ll back their tea-party favorite:

“Tom Graves is a champion of economic freedom and deserves re-election,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “He has been an outstanding member of Congress and a leader in the pro-growth cause. The Club for Growth PAC will work hard for his reelection and we are confident Club members will enthusiastically support his campaign.”

“Bob Barr’s record has significant flaws,” added Chocola. “Bob Barr voted for No Child Left Behind, to raise the debt limit, and to raise his own pay. If Bob Barr runs against Tom Graves, the Club for Growth PAC will work to educate Georgia voters about Bob Barr’s record of supporting bigger government.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Dumb and Dumber

November 30th, 2011
1:53 pm

Gotta love Tom Graves and his fiscal conservatism, especially when it comes to OPM (other people’s money). Tom Graves takes his fiduciary obligations seriously, except when he doesn’t and blames you for trusting him in the first place. Kind of like what Blutto said to Flounder after they wrecked Flounder’s brother’s car in Animal House…”you[messed up], you trusted us.”

Gotta love the Tea Party/GOP.

Sounds like the Club for Growth are putting ideological purity over honesty in their support for Tom Graves. I’m no fan of Barr, but at least he is not a lock-step Tea Partier. We’ve got plenty of thise in Georgia as is.

honested

November 30th, 2011
1:55 pm

Oh, no!
Georgia can’t go against the baggerz!

What a joke the gop has become.

As much as I would never vote for bobbarr, the notion that a loudmouth group of unelected tinhorns now sees themselves as the over-seers for American policy is hilarious.

Oh Intown Writer...

November 30th, 2011
1:58 pm

So much for free speech / freedom to choose…

Jose

November 30th, 2011
2:04 pm

Not one to support a candidate who left the party and now wants to come back, I do have to sympathize with Bob Barr on this point. Who gives a rat’s behind what the Club for Growth thinks? This is a question for voters to ultimately decided, not some club of flunky wanna bees

RetiredSoldier

November 30th, 2011
2:11 pm

honested-

“What a joke the gop has become.”

Let’s see, GOP controls Georgia. GOP has the house, is projected to take the Senate. The GOP has a great chance to defeat Obama. Maybe the joke is on you honested.

Buckhead Boy

November 30th, 2011
2:17 pm

The “Club” had better save its money for King in Iowa, as its likely to come-up a reactionary short there if it doesn’t. We have reactionaries aplenty here.

honested

November 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

retired,

There’s the rub.
The Public is awakening to the clear and obvious fact….
Short of blind obstructionism, the gop isn’t accomplishing anything.
In the case of GA, they haven’t accomplished anything since 2003 (unless you count major league pocket lining as an accomplishment)
As for the Senate or Presidency, hold your breath.

John

November 30th, 2011
2:33 pm

As bad as Bob Barr was, he is still a far better choice and will be a far more effective Congressman that Tom Graves will ever think about being.

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

Just think of how many Republicans have voted to raise the debt ceiling, for No Child Left Behind, and to raise their own pay. Put another way, Graves is for lowering the US credit rating thus possibly increasing interests costs, against accountability and equal measurements in schools, and makes enough money off lobbyists that a congressional pay raise would be merely petty cash. Can anyone think of a Liberal group that has publically warned a candidate against running for public office.

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
2:46 pm

Some folks may say they want to return our country to those who were so called in charge in 2004. Some may have forgotten, but there are some who know the outcome, and it ain’t pretty. A lot of folks don’t talk about where we would be if McCain/Palin had won. Just think of Romney’s out-of-context soundbite of Obama, and two more wars.

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
2:56 pm

Tom Graves voted against matching funds for local banks to fund small businesses and increasing the tax exemption on small business stock transactions. Maybe he was right since so many “conservative” banks in GA have failed. BTW, How’s King Roy’s bank doing?

Centrist

November 30th, 2011
2:57 pm

Barr can’t defeat Graves in that district which is in tune with the Tea Party. The warning from the Club for Growth should be enough for Barr to look elsewhere for his ambition to return to politics.

Hazel

November 30th, 2011
3:02 pm

America, yes, Georgia, not so much:

More Americans now say that they disagree than agree with the tea party, and even those who live in districts represented by tea party members are split over the movement, according to a new survey.

Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed say they disagree with the tea party movement, compared with 20 percent who agree with it, the Pew Research Center found.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69388.html#ixzz1fCjv3hpO

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
3:05 pm

Tom voted to repeal EPA regulations to create jobs. Has anyone heard just how many, and compared it to the number of jobs lost due to the BP spill? Or the number of jobs created due to government pressure to make things whole and forcing oil companies to stop using 1995 safety plans?

Romegaguy

November 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

Run Bob, Run!

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
3:13 pm

Retired:
Yeah, the GOP has controlled Georgia
Ou unemployment rate is 9th worst in the country.
Metro Atlanta housing prices are at pre-2000 levels, the 3rd quarter 2011 year over year drop was the worst in the nation.
Per capita income growth in the last 10 years for Georgia was .06%, 2nd worst in the country (National Average over same period was 16.1%).

So yeah, the GOP has done a great job in providing for a better future for Georgia and its citizens.

Centrist

November 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

@ Hazel – America and Georgia disapprove (49%) of Obama more than approve (43%): http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

Phil Lunney

November 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

I have watched Bob Barr’s since the 90’s, the fact that Club for Growth has thrown down the gauntlet, might just be enough to get Bob to run. In 1995, Bob Barr was considered an ultra-Conservative, now he is too Liberal for the Tea Party. LOL.

Bootnewt

November 30th, 2011
3:20 pm

Forget Count Chocola’s endorsement; Frankinberry will endorse Barr.

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
3:22 pm

Funny I am seeing No Child Left Behind tossed into the discussion as some sort of Democratic black mark. If not mistaken, wasn’t that one of Dubya’s signature pieces of legislation?

losersville

November 30th, 2011
3:23 pm

@Look before I leap — please don’t confuse us with facts, our heads might explode.

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
3:27 pm

@loserville
Too true, you can’t dynamite some of the wingnuts away from their ideology no matter how much sense you make.

pb

November 30th, 2011
3:39 pm

No big fan of Tea Party and some of its nuttier supporters, but am glad if they are against Bob Barr. He left Republicans to run for President as Libertarian ( why?), so he is not really a Republican any more. His day has come and gone.

catlady

November 30th, 2011
3:40 pm

Can;t stand Barr but I would NEVER vote for Graves. He doesn’t even TRY to hide his graft!

curt

November 30th, 2011
3:44 pm

Never thought I’d be saying it but I’d definitely support the newly statesman like Barr over the nutcases that the tea party tends to support. If they like Graves, it’s yet another strike against them. They act like spoiled brats who hiss and stomp until they get their way and it’s time they know that their antics and threats are not supported by the public at large.

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
4:06 pm

What is it with the retreads? Gingrich slithering out from under a rock, Barr awakening from his political coma? Next you know, someone will dig up Ronnie and try to repeal the 22nd amendment.
Where are the bright young stars in the GOP? The ones who don’t have all the baggage?
I mean really guys:

Bachman? Nuttier than a fruitcake
Perry? Totally incoherent once he steps across the TX state line
Romney? Total RINO
Santorum? Nuttier than Bachman (though smarter than her and not saddled with a closeted gay spouse)
Cain? AKA Superfly?
Trump? OMG! Still get the giggles with that.

I mean there must be over 80 million GOPers who can constitionally run for office out there and this is the best the party can do?

Hazel

November 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

Centrist:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/election.aspx

Generic Ballot**

42% Vote For The GOP Candidate

43% Vote For Barack Obama

losersville

November 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

@Look before I leap—but,but we’re the family values party, we believe that the rich deserve big tax breaks, and that we never saw a war that we didn’t want someone else to fight (but not us).

td

November 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

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Smoke

November 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

We can all agree that Obama’s approval rating is in the mid-40s, but what are the approval ratings of Boehner and McConnell?

Centrist

November 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

@ Hazel – oops, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Gingrich attracting 45% of the vote while President Obama earns support from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/2012_presidential_matchups

Reality Train

November 30th, 2011
4:51 pm

Tom Graves is a fraud and a charlatan and will get re-elected by a wide margin in 2012. He’s pretty and plays the family values/religious card superbly. He makes irresponsible fiscal decisions in his personal/business life, blames the bank for loaning his company money, fails to honestly accept responsibility for the loan default yet somehow manages to be the Tea Party poster boy for economic conservatism, You can fool some of the people all of the time ………

Roekest

November 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

Hmmm. Must be a GREAT idea if 99% of the posters on here hate it.

DannyX

November 30th, 2011
4:59 pm

Centrist how about this poll from Pew Research on your crazy Tea Party,

“Almost as many Americans who live in tea party congressional districts now disagree as agree with the movement (25 percent agree, 23 percent disagree), a rapid shift from one year ago, when adults in these districts supported the movement by nearly two-to-one (33 percent agree, 18 percent disagree)”

The new Tea Party governors all have approval ratings in the mid to low 30’s, one is about to be recalled.

In Congress Republicans get lower ratings than the Democrats. The Real Clear Politics Generic Congressional now has the Democrats leading, one year after trailing badly.

Question Centrist, why has the Tea Party become so unpopular? In just one short year.

Jackie

November 30th, 2011
5:01 pm

Nice to see this blog has re-entered middle school both in the content of the posts and the thinking of the writers. Must be a real joy for Galloway to spend his life inciting the lame, the dumb and the nasty.

beehive

November 30th, 2011
5:10 pm

Wow … I never thought I would pull for Barr. Will wonders never cease.

Centrist

November 30th, 2011
5:11 pm

While the Tea Party gets constant negative media coverage, voters LIKE candidates who support their values. The U.S. House swept in a majority of Republicans on the backs of Tea Party supported candidates, and is expected to INCREASE its majority margin next year. The U.S. Senate is projected to lose Democrats next year, and maybe its majority.

The American electorate and the Tea Party knows that government spending is the reason for our debt and economic problems, not tax rates. Obama and a minority of Democrats want to buy yet more votes by further limiting the tax base and increasing taxes on producers. It isn’t going to happen – blocked by Congress. If Obama loses, the tax base will be widened and rates flattened.

DannyX

November 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

“negative media coverage,”

That’s it? That is your excuse? Negative media coverage? You have got to be kidding me.

mb

November 30th, 2011
5:34 pm

Graves is a mental lightweight puppet.

DannyX

November 30th, 2011
5:39 pm

“The American electorate and the Tea Party knows that government spending is the reason for our debt and economic problems, not tax rates”

WRONG. Poll after poll shows a big majority want higher taxes and less spending. The Tea Party refusal to compromise on this issue is a huge reason they have lost so much popularity.

Look what happened in Georgia, Tea Party darling Nathan Deal pledged NOT to go after strings attached Race to the Top education funds. What was one of the first things he did? He went to DC begging for one billion dollars, for money he promised not to accept. He also went to DC begging for transportation funds and 500 million port dollars.

ByteMe

November 30th, 2011
5:40 pm

If a lobbyist group doesn’t like Bob Barr, there must be something redeeming about his candidacy. And something very repulsive about Graves.

bart

November 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

Bob Barr, do not be blackmailed. Graves is a crook. Reality Train is 100% correct!

Bob

November 30th, 2011
5:54 pm

I’m thinking about writing in DannyX or Aquagirl on the ballot as they seem to always know all the answers. Just my observation.

DannyX

November 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

“I’m thinking about writing in DannyX”

Thanks for your vote!

Eric

November 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

We don’t need anymore unchecked “growth” in this country! How many more trees will be cut and more roads paved? We need controlled, sustainable growth policies.

If I had a chance to vote for Mr. Barr (and I would!), it is because of his championing of individual liberties and big brother watchdog.

Alabama Communist

November 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

More Breaking News About The 1% Tea Party Republicans Warning Barr…..A source deep within the 1% said today..” This is just a warning shot to Barr, but if he trys this stunt to procreate up our 1% boy, we will waterboy his rear and have Herman Cain grop him to death in front of Newt’s 2 ex wives”

nelsonhoward

November 30th, 2011
6:36 pm

Bob Barr is for the people, the most unselfish political candidate I have ever known. He understands the Constitution through and through. Ambitious to a fault, honest as the day is long. Totally committed to bettering the community. Intelligent, hard working and if that is not enough, a family man, church going all around great guy.

jconservative

November 30th, 2011
6:39 pm

“Bob Barr voted for No Child Left Behind,”

And all of the members of the “Club” voted for the bills author, George W and voted for his re-election after he signed the bill into law.

And they voted for Bush after he asked for and signed the first new entitlement in 38 years, the prescription drug bill.

Barr, if you run and need a check just let me know.

Rick

November 30th, 2011
7:08 pm

Tim Graves is a dumb redneck.

ld

November 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

First, most young people are not rich so odds are they either are apolitical or very slightly lean Democrat on “individual liberty” issues. Unless they inherited their wealth and bored to tears–that would likely be ‘college educated idiots’ –spoiled pricks we would not want in public office– young Republicans have more fun things to do than get into politics and live in the proverbial “glass house”.