Political operatives say Barr will announce he’s running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), given that Gingrey announced Wednesday he was running for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) when the senator retires next year.
Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart said Barr has represented the area before, when he served in the U.S. House as Georgia’s 7th district representative from 1995 to 2003.
“He’s got a lot of good people in there who are going to be running for it besides him, but he’s a scrapper, and he’s run before, and I think he’s got as good a chance as anybody has, because I don’t think anybody will hold it against him for the Libertarian part. But, I think he will have to answer a few questions,” Everhart said.
Everhart is referring to Barr’s 2008 candidacy for president as a Libertarian.
The GOP chairwoman recounted a conversation she recently had about Barr at the county convention with someone she respects highly.
“That person said, ‘I want to tell you what, Bob Barr always told me when I asked him a question the truth or the truth as well as it could be. And he never forgot who brung him to the dance, that he was very loyal to his supporters, and when he got in Washington, he didn’t go along to get along. So my family is going to be voting for Bob Barr if he runs,’” Everhart said.
Names of others said to be seriously considering the race to replace Gingrey in the U.S. House are Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development; Majority Whip and state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville).
“I really couldn’t pick a frontrunner on that, but I will say that out of the group, any of them would be able to do a good job, but they’re going to have to really work in this primary, they really are,” Everhart said.