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Barrow Spokesman Can't Comment
Wednesday, 27 October 2010

October 27--  A spokesperson for Democrat Congressman John Barrow says she can't comment on a Savannah newspaper story which claims Congressman Barrow is sending different messages to different demographic groups in the 12th Congressional District.

The story says Barrow sent direct mail to Democrats saying he is working "hand-in-hand" with President Obama and running radio ads on hip-hop radio stations in Savannah with an endorsement from Obama.

On the other hand, the Savannah Morning News story by Larry Peterson says Barrow sent mail to others in the district claiming he is not a rubber stamp and has stood up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in Washington.

We asked Barrow spokesperson Jane Brodsky to comment on the story and she said, "I cannot comment on Congressman Barrow's campaign strategy anymore than Bobby Cox could comment on how he put together his lineups for the Braves prior to game time. 

"Larry Peterson's story used quotes from Mr. McKinney's staff on Congressman Barrow's campaign activities that they could not possibly back up with actual knowledge.  The last time we checked, no one from Mr. McKinney's staff was ever privy to information about what we send out and who it goes to, so that information is inherently untrustworthy. 

"I chose not to comment on Mr. Peterson's question regarding the materials, which he chose to portray as a non-denial, which I suppose is technically accurate, but I can assure you that all information that the campaign is required to disclose is or will be in the FEC report at the end of this cycle."

The story quoted University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock as saying Barrow's approach could be risky.  Bullock says "It lets the Republicans portray him as two-faced."

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