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Bob Barr seeks Congress seat

Bob Barr

Bob Barr

ATLANTA -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr announced Friday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey.

The announcement comes on the heels of news earlier this week that Gingrey will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election.

"I decided to run for two reasons," said Barr, who previously served four terms as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. "One, I'm a terrible optimist, and two, I'm worried like you-know-what about the future of this country ... with the leadership we have right now, particularly in the White House."

Added Barr: "We're about to go off a fiscal abyss here with all this spending. On the other hand, I'm very optimistic about this country. People are waking up to the dangers of the phenomenal growth of government, and I think they're ready to make some tough and consistent choices."

According to his website, bobbarr.org, he represented the 7th district of Georgia in the U.S. House from 1995-2003, and now practices law in Atlanta.

From 2003-2008, he occupied the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, and now is a member of The Constitution Project's Initiative on Liberty and Security. From 2003-2005 he was a member of a project at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government addressing matters of privacy and security.

He serves on the boards of directors for the National Rifle Association. He also is a member of the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee and a national officer for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

In 2008, Barr was the Libertarian candidate for president.

Comments

Why_not 1 year ago

Another has-been like Gingrich......

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SurelyNot 1 year ago

I am afraid the state GOP, like that of national politics, is worn out with the same old folks and worn out with their old stances on issues. It is time for a rehaul...and that means putting serious work behind what the GOP can mean to our state in the 21st century. Sorry, but Mr. Barr is not the answer. He is stuck in the past, like most of the GOP old liners. Our party needs help.

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Coolray 1 year ago

YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kevin 1 year ago

At least he is for smaller government, something Liberals cannot live without.

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John5214 1 year ago

Another re-tread. Just like talk show hosts.

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SuxBeanU 1 year ago

This guy was an embarassment the first time around we don't need him a second time. I know there are better people out there, now why can't the republican party find them? Bob, we are all concerned about the future of our country, that's why we don't want you to run.

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Reason 1 year ago

Time for a new party. The two parties in office spend more time bitching about each other, instead of serving the people that keep electing them for some reason. Or worse, lining their pockets and taking paid for trips, conferences to seaside locals, key note speaking, free dinners, sports events. You know, the same old tired stuff.

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kevin 1 year ago

Let's see how Mr. Barr makes out after he represents Mr. Kramer for child molestation charges.

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SuxBeanU 9 months, 2 weeks ago

OMG, just another retread. Just what GA doesn't need. I guess that gig at the AJC didn't work out! Why can't washed-up politicians, Just fade away?

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