Wednesday, April 23, 2008



How do you figure out who's the overall worst Democratic member of Congress? A good place to start is over at Progressive Punch where you can order everyone's vote in their Chips Are Down category. The bottom of the barrel, Democrats who consistently vote with the GOP on substantive matters, turns up Jim Marshall (GA), Nick Lampson (TX), and John Barrow (GA), the three of whom rotate from week to week as the worst. By way of comparison, the 3 best scores belong to Tammy Baldwin (WI-- 97.34), Linda Sanchez (CA-- 96.79), and Nancy Pelosi (CA-- 96.55). This week Jim Marshall's score is 29.28, Nick Lampson's is 30.43, and Barrow's is 31.02. None of them are worthy of the term "Democrat."

Lampson has no primary opponent and Marshall's opponent, Robert Nowak isn't making much headway. But Friday  there was some really good news on the anti-Bush Dog Front. An impressive Democratic state Senator from Savannah, Regina Thomas, tossed her hat into the ring against Barrow. Yesterday Senator Thomas told me she considers herself a fiscal conservative but when I started asking her the Blue America questions, she had all the right answers. She's adamantly opposed to the occupation of Iraq. When she talks about being pro-choice she makes complete sense on the non-ideological human level and she already voted against an attempt by the far right to pass an anti-gay constitutional amendment in Georgia. She was first elected to the Georgia House in 1995 and served as an assistant majority whip. In 2000 she was elected to the state Senate. Her legislative passions have involved education, children's issues,  welfare reform, veterans and defense issues, technology and consumer affairs. She doesn't have a campaign website up yet but there's a wealth of information about her on her senate website.

I just wanted to share the good news. I'll get into a deeper analysis of exactly why Barrow needs to go. And I'll do an interview with Senator Thomas soon. Keep in mind that the district is around 40% African-American and that African-Americans will be over half the voters in the Democratic primary. Senator Thomas has addressed the crucial issues that concern this mega-constituency really well as a state legislator. On the other hand, Barrow has been sucking up corporate money like there was no tomorrow and his warchest is overflowing. Senator Thomas has nothing to count on but grassroots support.


I spoke with Senator Thomas again today and she emphasized to me the difefrence in her record on working families and Barrow's failure to support his constituents against the encroachments of powerful Big Business interests. "This country," she told me, "was built on the backs and at the hands and sacrifices of working-class people. My voting record is 100% for working families. To see what this country is doing to families and the working-class is an abomination. Outsourcing our jobs to foreign nations-- taking food out of the mouths of our children can not and should not be tolerated.  This is the very fact that nothing will be done to bring the jobs back to America. With the national deficit being so high we do not even own America. IT IS TIME TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!"

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At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw yeah.

I know enough about Barrow to know what a crappy Democrat he is. With his kind of voting record, he belongs in an R+15 district, not a D+2 district. So nice to see him getting a primary challenge from a REAL Democrat.

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When's the primary? Isn't it a bit late to begin this kind of challenge?

At 10:30 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Primary's on July 15. This was a good strategy for a candidate who has a small warchest-- but a lot of name recognition in the district. Regina knows exactly what's she's doing and has it all thought out. She's been winning elections in the district long before Barrow moved there.

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She will have to get support in Augusta because the rural parts of the district will likely go with Mr. Right Wing Barrow (DINO-12th).

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"tossed her hat into the ring against Barrow"

should read: "tossed her fabulous hat into the ring..." I hope it doesn't get dirty!

Joking aside, this is great news. Go Senator Thomas!

At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad to see what happened to John Barrow when he got to the House. He'd been my county commissioner in Athens, and was reliably liberal (though not always creative, which is why we ended up with a no-more-than-2-unrelated-people-per-house ordinance to control the large groups of undergrad renters in the neighborhood without thinking through the others who would be affected).

But he was a good guy, a liberal guy, an old family name guy (the sorts of things that matter in a small town). When the district was gerrymandered by the newly GOP Georgia government, he had to compete in an area where people didn't know him, and that's when he took this big slide. I was stunned when I saw he endorsed Obama; I expected Clinton, but wouldn't have been surprised at McCain.

At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It hasn't received much press, but she does have a campaign website. Spread this around:

She needs your help!


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