Obama Snubs Barrow; Endorses Abrams, Riggs-Amico and Two State House Challengers

Former President Barack Obama made his “first wave” of endorsements nationwide in the 2018 race. While four Georgia Democrats received his good news, John Barrow, a national co-chair of Obama’s “Vote for Change” initiative during the 2008 presidential race, did not.

Ouch.

A message was left for the Barrow campaign and I’ll update when I have a response.

The lucky Peachy Dems were: Stacey Abrams, Sarah Riggs-Amico and Matthew Wilson and Shelly Hutchison, running for HD 80 and HD 107 respectively.

President Obama said in a statement released by the Abrams campaign:

She’s not running a campaign built on division or distraction; she’s running to lead one Georgia where everybody has opportunity, and everybody’s voice is heard.  And she’s got the record of building consensus that shows she can deliver – with good jobs, great public education, expanded Medicaid, and secure, affordable health insurance for everyone.  In a time when too many folks are focused simply on how to win an election, Stacey’s somebody who cares about something more important: why we should. That’s the kind of politics we should practice.

 

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Caroline
Caroline

Does the endorsement or non-endorsement even matter?

Noway2016
Noway2016

It did for Kemp! 40 point win…thanks to….The Great Man!

Caroline
Caroline

You are clueless. Obama didn’t lose the state by 40 points.

Indypendant
Indypendant

44 obama aaron the coincidence!

Q is right!

Ellynn
Ellynn

It should also be noted the official release stated he will be endorsing additional candidates in the upcoming months. By your logic Obama snubbed John Lewis too.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Barrow is a blue dog Dem.

I’m sure he could have had the endorsement if he thought it would be helpful. Still the best choice for Secretary of State.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

At first I thought “well maybe he isn’t endorsing in down-ballot races like Sec of State.” Then I saw he’s made endorsements in three secretary of state races as well as a secretary of agriculture race. . Plus, given Obama and Holder’s focus on improving voting access, it would be weird to abstain from endorsing in races involving offices that oversee elections and voting access. . It may be a situation where Team Obama or Team Barrow thought the endorsement either wouldn’t move the needle or would be counter-productive. Or it might be a subtle “f— you” to a guy… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Or both.
Given Barrow’s history, it would be easy to believe that he doesn’t think it would be helpful.
It will be interesting to see the vote percentages for him and Abrams, i.e., the Obama effect.