The National Republican Congressional Committee spent nearly $1.7 million trying to oust Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., in 2012, so what's another $814?
The committee is taking advantage of President Obama's stop in Atlanta Thursday, reserving a plane ticket for Barrow to join him in Georgia for the event, where Obama will attempt to sell some of the policies he proposed in Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Barrow won reelection last year with just under 54 percent of the vote, beating Republican state legislator Lee Anderson by seven points. The NRCC has already listed Barrow among its top targets for 2014 as well. The committee would desperately love to tie Barrow to Obama, who is deeply unpopular in the state and garnered just 43.6 percent of the vote in Barrow's Augusta-based district in 2012, and maybe add a joint appearance to an oppo file that includes a radio ad Obama recorded for Barrow in 2008.
But Barrow's office says he won't be leaving on a jet plane any time soon. Spokesman Richard Carbo said that the congressman will remain in D.C. because the House is in session.
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who also faces a tough reelection, skipped Obama's Wednesday event in her home state as well. Her office said that she was in Washington, as the Senate is also in session.