Wed., June 27, 2012 11:50am (EDT)

Barrow Joins Democrats Skipping Convention
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta will skip the Democratic National Convention in September.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta will skip the Democratic National Convention in September.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta will skip the Democratic National Convention in September.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Barrow joins a growing list of Democrats distancing themselves from the Sept. 3-6 event in Charlotte, N.C.

Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo said Tuesday that Barrow won't attend because he's planning events in Georgia during that time. Carbo said he couldn't give an exact schedule because the events have not been finalized.

Barrow, who is in his fourth term, faces a difficult re-election in a district newly redrawn to lean Republican. He moved from Savannah to Augusta this year to remain in the reshaped 12th District.

Other Democrats who won't attend the convention include U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.