Smyrna mayor cites values in backing Bob Barr
by Megan Thornton
June 23, 2013 12:15 AM | 4294 views | 2 2 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon stands with his mother, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Moseley Bacon, and congressional candidate Bob Barr during a Confederate Memorial Day celebration in Marietta in April. Bacon recently accepted an offer to lead Barr’s campaign in Cobb.
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon stands with his mother, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Moseley Bacon, and congressional candidate Bob Barr during a Confederate Memorial Day celebration in Marietta in April. Bacon recently accepted an offer to lead Barr’s campaign in Cobb.
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon cited former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr’s dedication to the Constitution and high moral fiber as the main reasons he’s signed on to serve as Cobb County chairman for Barr’s congressional campaign.

Barr is running for the 11th District seat now held by Phil Gingrey, who has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Bacon, who has served as Smyrna’s mayor since 1985 and recently retired after a 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, said he’s known Barr for about 20 years and believes Barr shares the same values as many Americans.

“He’s always made himself accessible to the public and always been very good to work with,” Bacon said. “I’ve always known him to be a very good man with high values. He’s very much a Constitution man.”

Bacon said his role on the campaign trail will involve raising money and helping to get out Barr’s message, which has recently focused intensely on fiscal conservatism.

Fundraising and spreading the word were some of the challenges Bacon said might come up, which he noted are usually the biggest obstacles in most modern campaigns.

“It just takes a lot of money in this day and time for anybody to run for office,” Bacon said. “I don’t know if it’s a challenge, but it is what it is. Its so different — when I ran (for mayor) 30-something years ago, it was about getting stuff mailed out. Now there’s new social media. It’s just entirely different now… but (Barr) is going to get his message out through whatever means necessary.”

Barr, who spent Monday in both Bartow County and Atlanta already hot on the campaign trail, said he was impressed with Bacon’s civic commitment and knowledge of Cobb.

A Smyrna resident himself, Barr said he felt Bacon’s selection shows his campaign places a high value on Cobb voters.

“I could think of no better person to head up Cobb than Max,” Barr said.

Barr, who was previously a Libertarian party leader, said he felt Bacon’s political views matched well with his own.

“I worked with Max while in Congress previously on issues regarding federal funding, federal grants, federal regulations and we always found ourselves to be on the same wavelength,” Barr said. “He is a fiscal conservative. He knows what works and knows how to efficiently run a local government.”

Bacon joins former state Rep. Tom Wilder (R-east Cobb), who will serve as Barr’s overall district wide campaign chair, and metro Atlanta county leaders including Bartow County commission chair Mike Powell, Cherokee County’s county manager Jerry Cooper, restaurant owner Dante Stephensen of Dante’s Down the Hatch in Fulton County and Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, who will serve as finance chair.

“I think he’s assembled a great group of folks, except for me,” Bacon joked.

Barr served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. The primary to choose a Republican nominee is still about a year away.

Others who have jumped into the race to date include Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and Tricia Pridemore, a Marietta businesswoman.

Barr’s campaign will take to Adventure Outdoors on South Cobb Drive on Thursday for a fundraiser barbecue and auction beginning at 6 p.m.

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High Moral Fiber?
June 24, 2013
Both Bacon and Barr are open borders supporters to court the favor of developers and contractors.

Barry Loudermilk is the best for the job - he will protect jobs and citizens financially and physically from the drug cartels and many other undesirables who flow in with the so-called "workers".
June 24, 2013
Have always thought alot of Barr and stood behind him in all his polictical endeavers. that is

up until NOW. How he can aline himself with the likes of M.Bacon, well, lets just say it leaves me doubting my opinion of this man.

Bacon has held 0ne(1) townhall meeting for the City of Smyrna in twenty (20) years, does this sound like a mayor who has the best interest of "the people" in his heart. One thing is for sure, Pres. Ronald Reagan need not worry about Bacon taking the title of "the great communicator" from him.

p.s. Bacon's political views are far, far more DEMOCRAT than republican.
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