Posted: 2:43 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Jim Galloway
With an email invitation to his biggest supporters, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, has raised the possibility that he’ll enter the 2014 contest to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Here’s how the message begins:
“The more things change, the more they stay the same – unfortunately. Despite this past November’s election, gridlock continues to grip Washington and working men and women in our country continue to pay the price. There are fewer and fewer moderates like me in Congress, and that makes it all the more important that we work together to keep our country moving forward.”
The Democratic congressman then invites the recipients to join him and “a small group of friends and supporters” for lunch at one of two Atlanta law firms on March 27 and 28, “for a candid conversation about the challenges that we face as a state and nation.”
"We’ll also discuss the political challenges that face us in the 12th District and Georgia. Some have suggested that I run for the United States Senate to replace the retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss, and I would appreciate your thoughts as I give this serious consideration.
"I’ve asked my top campaign advisors to present to you how we believe the next few years will unfold politically, and how we can meet the challenges ahead."
Barrow can usually be counted on to keep cards close to the vest. Without a doubt, this is the strongest expression of interest he’s offered so far.
One possible reason: Former state Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, just finished two days in D.C., being courted by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The 12th District was drawn in 2012 with the idea of luring him into a contest against Barrow.