Business Group Endorses Three in House Races

Posted July 2, 2008 at 11:17am

The Business-Industry Political Action Committee on Wednesday unveiled endorsements in three highly competitive House races, siding with one incumbent and two top-tier challengers.

BIPAC has endorsed two-term Rep. John Barrow (D) in Georgia’s 12th district. Barrow, the first incumbent the business group has gotten behind this election cycle, faces a tough Democratic primary challenge on July 15 from state Sen. Regina Thomas. Assuming he gets through the primary, his general election race could also be difficult.

“In the highly polarized July 15 primary, he is the clear choice when it comes to economic issues,” said Greg Casey, BIPAC’s president and CEO in a statement. “Congressman Barrow has demonstrated a willingness to work across party lines to get things done.”

Meanwhile, in Kentucky’s 3rd district, BIPAC wants former Rep. Anne Northup (R) to get her old job back. She is in a rematch with Rep. John Yarmuth (D), who ousted her from office in 2006.

“While in Congress, Northup was a key ally of the principles of free enterprise which are the cornerstone of job creation in Kentucky and all across the nation,” Casey said.

The Louisville-based district leans Democratic in presidential elections, but Northup thrived there for 10 years before losing last time.

In Pennsylvania’s 10th district, the group has endorsed Republican Chris Hackett in his bid to oust freshman Rep. Christopher Carney (D). Hackett owns a temporary staffing business in northeastern Pennsylvania, “and as a result will bring a keen awareness of business concerns to Congress,” Casey said.

The district is conservative; Carney prevailed in 2006 in part due to a scandal involving the incumbent he defeated, then-Rep. Don Sherwood (R).