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14 June 2010

Barrow Finding Fundraising Difficult Among House Colleagues

Over the past few weeks, a narrative has emerged in Georgia's 12th congressional district.

From the state AFL-CIO endorsing three-term Democrat John Barrow (despite his vote against the union-backed health care bill, and him being one of two Georgia Democrats not to co-sponsor the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009) over the objections of local labor leaders to the edict from Georgia state Democratic Party chair Jane Kidd that local Party leaders refrain from criticizing Barrow or resign, the narrative appears to be that the establishment is propping up the Savannah Democrat with little reason to do so.

Now comes word that Congressman Barrow is finding fewer friends among his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill.

Far fewer of Barrow's colleagues in the House have contributed to the Georgia Democrat's reelection campaign this cycle than they did in previous years. Barrow attracted widespread criticism from the left after voting no on the final health reform bill earlier this year. That vote has been a focal point of his primary challenger's campaign.

Only five lawmakers [...] have given money from their personal campaign funds to Barrow in the 2010 cycle.

Five other elected Dems gave money to Barrow through their leadership political action committees . . .

That is in stark contrast to Barrow’s support at this time in the 2006 and 2008 cycles. In 2006, 53 Democratic lawmakers had contributed to his war chest. In 2008, the figure was 22.

Hooper, Molly K & Stiffman, Eden (2010-6-13). Dems not showing Barrow the money after his vote on healthcare. The Hill. Retrieved on 2010-6-14.

Don't let the news fool you though. 

Barrow is awash in campaign cash from the health care industry.  Research by Open shows that the health sector gave over $160,000 to Barrow this election cycle. 

So maybe the Congressman from the 12th district of Georgia can afford to dismiss his waning support from members of the House Democratic Caucus.  After all, he has establishment support and more than $800,000 in the bank.  What does Barrow have to be afraid of?

Still, one can't help but wonder if this steady drip. . .drip. . .drip of not-so-good news for John Barrow means that his days in Congress are numbered.