I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the endorsement letter. Former Georgia Republican congressman Bob Barr wrote a glowing endorsement for Eric Holder for Attorney General.
Barr is running in one of the most conservative congressional districts in Georgia. It may be one of the most conservative districts in the United States.
It’s always been a conservative area. The 7th District seat was held by the most conservative member of Congress, Larry McDonald, until his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union in 1983.
Since then, the district has been carved up quite a bit, but the area is still conservative.
Bob Barr held a seat in the district from 1995-2003 until redistricting made it more difficult for him to win.
Over the years Barr has changed his positions on key issues. Soon after his congressional defeat, he teamed up with the ACLU. There are a number of areas where the ACLU and conservatives intersect, for example, on privacy rights. But was joining up with the ACLU on this issue Barr’s only option?
There’s enough wrong with the ACLU not to partner with the organization even if there are points of agreement.
Barr was the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nominee and received just 0.4% of the vote. He has switched back to the GOP or this year’s 11th District congressional race in Georgia.
He hopes to win on his past conservative voting record. Many people do not know how often Barr has switched positions on issues.
“Barr was the principal author of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996. In 2008 he told the Libertarian Party convention, DOMA ‘has been abused, misused and should be repealed, and I will work to repeal that.’ This year  he has switched positions again and says ‘marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman.’”
Here’s the clincher. In January 2009 he wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General. But now that he’s running as a Republican in a conservative district, Barr, of course, opposes Holder.
Here’s a copy of a portion of the letter that Barr wrote dated January 8, 2009 “regarding the nomination of Hon. Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States”:
There are much better candidates than Bob Barr running in Georgia’s 11th District.