Tue., March 30, 2010 3:07pm (EDT)

Barrow-Thomas Rematch Heats Up
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah Democrat John Barrow faces re-election challenges from both the left and the right.  (photo U.S. House of Representatives.)
Savannah Democrat John Barrow faces re-election challenges from both the left and the right. (photo U.S. House of Representatives.)
The Democratic primary for Georgia's 12th Congressional District is heating up, with a challenger saying the incumbent lied on health care.

Former State Senator Regina Thomas is using the strong word in her second attempt to unseat three-term Savannah Democrat John Barrow.

"When you do not do what you said you were going to do, you have lied," Thomas says. "I'm not going to take back that he lied because he, in actuality, did."

Thomas says, Barrow promised to help Barack Obama pass health care legislation.

The Congressman voted against it.

Barrow says, he's kept his word.

"I promised to do everything we can to extend coverage to those folks who need it and to help them in so far as we're able," Barrow says. "And I've already worked on keeping that promise."

Borrow points to a vote to extend a State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The health debate could dominate upcoming elections.

Congressional Democrats are using a two-week recess to canvass their districts explaining their health care votes.

Along with the primary challenge, Barrow faces at least five-Republicans in a centrist district.