Posted: 6:14 pm Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

A Yu turn for a long-shot Senate candidate 

By Greg Bluestein

Eugene Yu, the Korean American businessman who joined the crowded race for U.S. Senate, said Saturday he would instead challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow.

Yu always faced long odds in the race to replace Saxby Chambliss, with three sitting congressmen and two other prominent Republicans in the mix on the GOP side. The Augusta businessman may have decided he had a better shot challenging Barrow, one of the most targeted Democrats in the House, than maintaining an expensive statewide bid.

Barrow, seen as one of the most vulnerable moderate Democrats in the nation, faces heated competition every two years. This election is no different. Yu now joins businessman Rick Allen, long-time GOP aide John Stone and state Rep. Delvis Dutton in the GOP contest to unseat Barrow, who was first elected in 2004.

From Yu’s release:

Many have tried and failed, but I know I will bring the 12th Congressional seat back into Republican hands. The people of our district deserve a true conservative representing them, and with a servant’s heart I will be that person.

With my campaign team running on all cylinders and with the strength of our supporters across the state, I will be the hardest working candidate during this election, focusing my attention on the needs of the people of the 12th Congressional district.

Candidate Eugene Yu talks with the AJC's Jim Gallloway at a Jan. 27 event.

Candidate Eugene Yu talks with the AJC’s Jim Gallloway at a Jan. 27 event.

33 comments
LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

I will say this, Mr. Yu looks quite dapper in the photograph compared to Mr. Galloway.

Why do print reporters insist upon dressing like they just delivered a box of groceries to the back door?

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

short primary sprint

summer of midterm noise

suddenly it's christmas

honested
honested

At least this withdrawal returns the therm '7 Dwarves' to accuracy.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

I recall seeing that John Barrow's father fought in the Korean War, so that folks like Mr Ku could be free from tyranny. So Mr Yu and his fellow GA Republicans repay the Barrow family by knocking off John from his Congressional seat. I hope they are not successful.

Enoch19
Enoch19

Bernie's racism is in full flower this morning.  He seems to spew his hateful, racist rhetoric showing his sad, bitter bigotry freely at the AJC.  

While Bernie might just be nuts, his hatred is the food on which the Democrats in Georgi feed.


LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

Pretty sure this dilettante would run as a Democrat in the GA 5th if John Lewis decided not to run again.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Yu kin fer git it...come back in a about 20 Generations....Bubba & The Goobers should just be about Done by then.

uh...huh.

Bernie31
Bernie31

YU these Republicans Lied to YOU..They will NEVER VOTE for YU! They only SEE YU as a Prop for the cameras to git yer brothers Vote. They want YU in the corner and Quiet. Seen, but not Heard!

Yu git it?

Uh...huh.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Yu kin fer git it...come back in a about 20 Generations....Bubba & The Goobers should just be about Done by then.

uh...huh.

DS
DS

The people of our district deserve a true conservative... ---Yu

Yikes! Nobody deserves that.

No mention of, you know, his ideas about improving things in the 12th district.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Republicans seem intent upon bringing the South back into the nineteenth century.

honested
honested

Only one thing to say......yu got to be kidding!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

More cheerleading for Republicans  from this conservative blog....

honested
honested

@LookbeforeIleap  

Maybe because they are doing their job, they are not marketing overpriced clothing and they are under no illusion that wasting money on clothes changes who they are?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Enoch19 -  I would say I learned well...You Republicans will NEVER VOTE for an ASIAN anything in Georgia. On a one way Ticket OUT....A record breaker!

Kamchak
Kamchak

While Bernie might just be nuts, his hatred is the food on which the Democrats in Georgi[sic] feed.


Birthers say, "What?"

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Oh boo hoo... he used the term goober and that offended your poor lil' virgin ears?

Oh the horror of it all...

Good grief.

Look -  Bernie's a little over the top for me sometimes too.  But after reading the daily smears that you and your fellow travelers toss around about our first black president, or the black leadership in Atlanta, you're lucky that 'goober' is the worst term he uses for you.

And hes right about Mr. Yu.  The 98% white GOP in Georgia wouldn't let him clean their homes except for the fact that it makes them look 'diverse'.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@SPaulT  Unlike the psalm-singing, selfless Democrats who are only focused on what they perceive as the public good. 

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@DS  

Yu (Who?) will be too busy degrading the Republicans.  He doesn't have to do anything to improve the 12th. district - only to laugh, criticize and berate Republicans all day.

Boy am I glad that the DJC is now firmly bent  to the right!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@NWGAL  

Why do that and ruin your fun.  If they did that you would only have the option of playing with yourself.  Poor creature!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@CherokeeCounty  

I was about to mention the same thing Indian Fellow.  hate to see the DJC go back to being a democrat shill, but...

Kamchak
Kamchak

... psalm-singing, selfless Democrats who are only focused on what they perceive as the public good. 


Put forth by no one here but you.

Just sayin'.

honested
honested

@BurroughstonBroch @SPaulT 

Take a moment and tell us what the repug perception of public good has actually rendered in terms of public good?

Ten years in charge with nothing to show.

Kamchak
Kamchak

I do hope you still maintain your day job. 


Which one, sport?

Just askin'.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Actually, I'm not particularly poor and my concept of fun is more sophisticated.

NWGAL
NWGAL

I tried deleting. No go. Think my IPad is on the verge of obsolescence.

Kamchak
Kamchak

What happened to the edit function?


Good question. My advice, copy your original post, delete it, then paste it in the comment box and correct your mistakes.


NWGAL
NWGAL

What happened to the edit function? IPads are horrible about correcting spelling even if you spell the word correctly in the first place.

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