The Georgia Democratic Party refused on Friday to denounce antagonistic comments the recently-elected chairman of its convention delegation made regarding U.S. Rep. John Barrow.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was just last week unanimously elected chairman of the state party’s convention delegation, said Barrow had betrayed his party by green lighting a Republican-championed effort to charge U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt, the first instance in which federal lawmakers had imposed the sanction on a member of any presidential cabinet.

“You are a Republican hiding in Democrat’s clothing,” Lowery said of Barrow. “He doesn’t count in the Democratic column. He might as well go on and be a Republican.”

For the state’s most vulnerable incumbent pol, it was an unusually strong reprimand from a party-endorsed voice.

But when asked if Lowery’s comments would complicate his role as delegation chief to this year’s nominating convention, for which Barrow is a super delegate under the national party’s bylaws, a DPG spokesman told Tipsheet on Friday the party had no comment on the feud.

Locked between the man recognized as the dean of the civil rights movement and the deep south’s lone white Congressional Democrat, Georgia Democrats are remaining awkwardly mum.

– James Richardson