Barr, an Ardent Clinton Foe, Loses Seat in Primary

Barr, an Ardent Clinton Foe, Loses Seat in Primary
Posted by CN Staff on August 20, 2002 at 21:03:56 PT
By Steven A. Holmes
Source: New York Times 
He may have lacked his opponent's flamboyance and national reputation, but Representative John Linder cruised to an easy victory yesterday in the Republican primary in Georgia's Seventh Congressional District.With 57 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Linder, a five-term House member, had 72 percent, compared with 28 percent for Representative Bob Barr, a well-known and vocal conservative who was a leader four years ago in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Although tallies from several pro-Barr precincts were still out, The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Linder.
Mr. Linder, 59, a former dentist and business executive whose phlegmatic style was a sharp contrast to Mr. Barr's sizzle, had, at times, made his steady demeanor an issue in the campaign. During one debate, Mr. Linder said to his opponent, "I will remind you that I am the one who has been married for 39 years to the same woman," a subtle criticism of Mr. Barr, 53, who is in his third marriage.The race between Mr. Linder and Mr. Barr, two incumbents running in a district reconfigured by redistricting, was one of the two highlights of the Georgia primary. In the Fourth Congressional District, Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, a vocal and very liberal Democratic incumbent, was locked in a fierce fight with Denise Majette, a Yale-educated former judge.Early returns indicated the turnout to be heavy and the race too close to call. Reports indicated a strong turnout of Republican voters casting ballots in the Democratic primary, presumably in a bid to defeat Ms. McKinney. As of Tuesday, state officials were investigating the source of telephone calls made to voters in heavily Republican areas telling them, "It is a violation of state and federal law to attempt to vote in a Democratic primary without proper documentation."Republican leaders charged that the phone calls originated with the McKinney campaign as an attempt to tamp down Republican crossover voting. A spokesman for Ms. McKinney denied the accusation.In other races, Representative Saxby Chambliss, who ran with the strong backing of the White House, easily won the Republican primary for the Senate. He will take on Senator Max Cleland, the freshman incumbent who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.In the other important statewide race, former state Senator Sonny Perdue battled state schools superintendent Linda Schrenko and former Cobb County Commissioner Bill Byrne in the Republican gubernatorial primary for the right to face incumbent Democrat Roy Barnes. If none of the three gets more than half of the vote, the top two finishers will face off Sept. 10.Mr. Linder and Mr. Barr, who has served four terms, ran against each other in the redrawn Seventh District, which cuts across Atlanta's northern suburbs.Complete Title: Rep. Barr, an Ardent Clinton Foe, Loses Seat in PrimarySource: New York Times (NY)Author: Steven A. HolmesPublished: August 21, 2002Copyright: 2002 The New York Times Company Contact: letters Website: Related Articles:Barr Trails Fellow Congressman Warriors in a Dead Heat vs. Linder: Great Republican Train Wreck 
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on August 21, 2002 at 16:45:58 PT
Would He appreciate Us sending Him Our 
Urine?    He should be prepared for when He hears that great sucking sound Ross Perot was talking about...
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Comment #12 posted by Gary Storck on August 21, 2002 at 11:38:07 PT
Great news!
A lot of folks certainly had their reasons to vote against Barr, but I know that Cheryl Miller played a big role with the commercial she appeared in.Bye-bye, Bob Barr. Now patients can walk and roll the halls of congressional office buildings without Barr having Capitol Police unreasonably detain them, as Barr did to me, Jacki, and Jim & Cheryl in April 2001. "Why did you do that to us, Bob?"I'd like to go drop off some boxes to help him with his upcoming move!
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
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Comment #11 posted by p4me on August 21, 2002 at 09:40:48 PT
Now I see why good is often in front of bye
I am glad to mark off another incumbent that was in Congress when Tom and Rollie were killed. The national embarrassment is out of his prized office that he was never worthy of to start with.Goodbye Bob. 1,2
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Comment #10 posted by VitaminT on August 21, 2002 at 08:21:12 PT
Well maybe . . . 
since Ashcroft has provided a never ending stream of embarassment to the Bush-league administration, Does Bush really want another far right extremist kook to "help" him?Of course w/ Bush Jr's low level of intelligence anything is possible! Yikes!
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Comment #9 posted by Michael Segesta on August 21, 2002 at 08:18:44 PT:
Fabulous....Absolutely fabulous....this is huge:)We've drawn blood.
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Comment #8 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on August 21, 2002 at 08:09:18 PT
Yay... but...
  I have to agree with Dr. Russo. Just because the public didn't vote for Barr, doesn't mean we won't get stuck with him in some appointed post. Remember, Ashcroft lost his senate bid to a CORPSE. Now that he's A.G., I almost wish he was just a senator...  Still, it is gratifying to see him LOSE by a LANDSLIDE. 
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Comment #7 posted by 2Spooky on August 21, 2002 at 07:44:23 PT
One down, a few hundred to go
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Comment #6 posted by VitaminT on August 21, 2002 at 07:22:32 PT
What really happened?
I'd say we have a symbolic victory, after all - were trading one extremist wierdo for another but I guess they were both incumbents! Hopefully Cherly Miller and the Libertarians will get some props in the media for helping make it happen!
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Comment #5 posted by Ethan Russo MD on August 21, 2002 at 06:56:31 PT:
New Job
The scary thing now is that Bob may qualify to be AG or assume another position where his fascist views will be a danger to the public at large.
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Comment #4 posted by TroutMask on August 21, 2002 at 06:55:35 PT
Thank Goodness!
I just heard the news. Finally I can uncross my fingers. One of the most evil men in American history is now...history! Goodbye and good riddance bob barr, you friggin rat!-TMp.s. sorry, but i really didn't like this guy.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on August 21, 2002 at 06:50:03 PT:
This is ONE turkey I won't miss carving
Good bye, Bob, you freakin' fascist! If you'd been more pro-freedom, this might not have happened. But denying DC voters their rights on top of your MMJ stance has slit your political throat.And Mr. Linder had best watch out...a precedent has been set. No pol is safe, now.
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Comment #2 posted by goneposthole on August 21, 2002 at 05:33:58 PT
Invincible Republicans
have a chink in their armor.Vote. Vote for a change.
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo MD on August 21, 2002 at 03:57:50 PT:
To Cheryl Miller, for helping to defeat this gun-mishandling, mean-spirited enemy of cognitive and medical freedom.
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