So You Think Aaron Barlow Cared About TSPLOST?

Aaron Barlow, candidate for State Senate in North Fulton and Cherokee Counties, has made most of his campaign feeding off negatives for those that have actively tried to solve Georgia’s and North Metro Atlanta’s congestion problems.  He even had a mailer/flyer that was criticizing Brandon Beach’s sponsorship of TSPLOST on Facebook (despite the fact that Beach wasn’t a Senator when TSPLOST legislation was passed) which has now gone strangely missing.  Barlow had been working hard to demonstrate how much he was against the TSPLOST.

Funny thing about his opposition.  I can’t find any evidence Barlow voted in the July 2012 primary, when T-SPLOST was on the ballot.  Given the problems with both Fulton County and the Secretary of State’s election and voter file management issues, I can’t and won’t say conclusively he didn’t vote.  But y’all should ask him if he did.  Or, was he at his condo in Chicago, not really caring about transportation in Atlanta at the time.

I’m incredibly wary of candidates that can find fault with every solution that is offered, but have no real solutions of their own beyond platitudes. Even empty platitudes have consequences.  My concerns grow stronger when a candidate doesn’t have a record to back up their concern.  On transportation, either the record is missing or Barlow was.

Be wary of candidates who only care after the fact, and only care when motivated by opportunity.

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John Konop
John Konop

Charlie, Not sure you saw this? But you obviously had the story way before the newspapers! Great reporting! BTW Tribune had similar article on what you wrote about a week ago! Once again ahead of the curve…. ……….So let’s look at his word. Barlow tells us he is the real conservative in this race. But to try to brand Brandon Beach as a liberal is way over the top. Compare Beach’s voting record and that of just about any other bona fide conservative in the Senate and you won’t find much daylight. OK, so a little hyperbole in a campaign… Read more »

LTWill
LTWill

I’d consider voting for Satan if he offered transportation solutions that included more than just double-decker highways and idiotic pay lanes. Suburban aversion to mass transit is stupefying.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Actually the toll lanes being constructed are a major step to mass transit in the form of bus lanes that will actually move. You cannot judge HOT lanes based on the worse than half-assed conversion of the former HOV lanes on I-85. The ‘burbs simply do not have the population density to justify everybody’s darling in heavy rail. The alphabet soup of MARTA, GRTA, CCT, GCT, etc. bus systems will eventually need to be combined to achieve anything resembling efficiency but one step at a time. Heavy rail has its place as does light rail but if your implementation of… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

All good points!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Barlow ought to have Cherokee Tea Party support. They can’t stand that their tax dollars are paying for MARTA.

J Kaine
J Kaine

Why doesn’t GeorgiaPol just come out and do an endorsement for Beach?

J Kaine
J Kaine

Completely agree with you Charlie. I think you’ve always done a good job staying neutral and have presented all sides to any issue. Just think you haven’t covered both ends on this one. For example, the false endorsement story. If Barlow had done it, you would have been all over it. Also, investigating conflicts of interest involving senator Beach, the chamber of commerce, and the CID in regards to “pay to play” politics would make an interesting article.

John Konop
John Konop

JKaine, I am just a small businessman, who puts his own capital at risk. Now according to you and Barlow, anyone affiliated with local chamber is part of a tin foil conspiracy. 85 percent of the membership is local business people like me. I have a secrete for you, people join the local chamber to network, to help grow their business. Barlow who was part of corporate America, owns a business in China, nobody really knows him, from all the people I know, for any real time in our community ( I guess Barlow was living in Chicago), somehow thinks… Read more »