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Pressure mounts on Barrow to denounce super PAC ad

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John BarrowThe chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party on Tuesday pressured Rep. John Barrow to condemn a television advertisement by a Democratic super PAC attacking his GOP opponent.

Center Forward, a monied group boosting blue dog lawmakers locked in competitive reelect bids, unveiled last week a new spot in which it accuses Republican Lee Anderson of signing a “special interest pledge that keeps tax breaks for companies that ship out American jobs.”

But the charge, one used previously by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has been deemed baseless by independent fact checkers.

FactCheck.org, along with PolitiFact, rated the claim false more than two years ago when the DCCC ran a series of ads accusing GOP incumbents of supporting tax loopholes for outsourcers.

Georgia Republican chief Sue Everhart said Barrow’s refusal to condemn the already-debunked attack was proof he was “only concerned with one Georgia’s job – his own.”

“In refusing to distance himself from a patently false and disingenuous attack on Lee Anderson, Congressman Barrow is doing a disservice to his constituents in Georgia’s 12 District and to voters all across our state who deserve a campaign focused on the issues, not mudslinging and distortion,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

A Barrow aide said the campaign had no comment on the ad by Center Forward, which reserved nearly $400,000 in airtime last month in the Savannah and Augusta media markets.

The group’s executive director, Cori Smith, did not respond to a request for comment from Tipsheet.

- James Richardson

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