Bob Barr was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2008 and is still, to the party’s knowledge, a member. However, he has recently been connected with a run, as a Republican, for a congressional seat in Georgia. Some conservative political action committees are not too happy about the idea and have made their opinions known.
This week, one after another, four prominent, national conservative groups issued a rare series of public warnings to a private citizen considering a run for Congress.
Don’t do it, they told Bob Barr. We will bury you.
The first organization was the most important – the anti-tax Club for Growth, whose members are a deep source of Republican campaign contributions. Then came Concerned Women, a Beverly LaHaye group, followed by Eagle Forum led by Phyllis Schlafly.
On Friday, the influential Family Research Council joined the pack.
Each group – or, officially, their political action committees – endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, the tea party favorite and Republican incumbent who replaced Nathan Deal, now governor, in Washington.
But each one also gave specific mention to Barr, the former congressman and 2008 Libertarian candidate for president. Once a favorite of the conservative movement, who helped lead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the four groups denounced Barr as a traitor to the cause. Gay marriage topped their lists.
The article also cites Bill Crane as a strategist in the pre-campaign phase. He says polling in the district is “pretty favorable” towards Barr. The article cites Bob Barr’s run for President as a Libertarian as an issue that will probably play a central role in the campaign should Barr run.