UPDATE: In a statement circulated Monday morning on Facebook, Barrow confirmed that he was leaving the twelfth district to be closer to his family.
“When our district lines were redrawn multiple times, I made a commitment to live within the 12th District if I intended to continue serving you in Congress,” he said. “That, and the commute to Washington, has kept me away from my family for extended periods of time. With this chapter of my life coming to a close, I’ve decided to relocate to my hometown to be closer to my family. While I won’t be in the district regularly, I won’t be going far.”
Original post follows.
Georgia Rep. John Barrow, who finally succumbed last week to Republicans’ decade-long targeting, is selling the Augusta home into which he moved after his district was redrawn in 2011.
Barrow, who moved twice in the span of six years after Republicans in the state capitol repeatedly reconfigured his district to include more rural, conservative voters, listed the property with a local brokerage shortly after he lost reelection Tuesday, the Augusta Chronicle—whose conservative editorial board, we expect, will be there to help the Democrat pack—reported Sunday.
The congressman’s aides were not willing to comment on the sale, but it is widely believed he will return to his ancestral home in Athens, where his two children live.
In other Barrow news, Tipsheet editor James Richardson had a Sunday story in the Daily Beast probing the reasons why it took Republicans so long to finally unseat the blue dog. A sampling:
For a time, it seemed he had struck the perfect balance of folksy moderation to appease his conservative constituents while still not severely depressing his Democratic base. Even as Mitt Romney carried the district by 12 points in the last presidential contest, he coasted to an easy 8-point victory over then-state Rep. Lee Anderson. In Republican election committees on the Hill, “Barrow” had become a dirty word said only in hushed tones.
But after a decade of GOP incompetence and massive recruitment blunders—think nominees who tripped over their words as often as their own laces—the map and the math finally bite Barrow in the ass this week.
A spectacularly disciplined candidate, he offered up no awkward for-whom-did-you-vote gaffes in the manner of other southern Democrats, and repeated attempts by his GOP rival to manufacture controversy consistently fizzled.
Everything was going right, at least outwardly. Money was pouring in. Powerhouse Washington lobbies that ordinarily supported Republicans, like the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, were lending their support and imprimatur. And his GOP opponent’s campaign appeared adrift.