Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bob Barr Leaves GOP

This guy was a real dick as a congressman. His staunch privacy advocacy after leaving office was a pleasant surprise. He later worked for the ACLU as a consultant.

Former Georgia congressman Robert L. Barr Jr. has quit the Republican Party to become a Libertarian, saying he is disillusioned with the GOP on issues such as government spending and privacy.

"It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," Barr, a lawyer and consultant in Atlanta, said of the GOP. "In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots . . . I've come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party."

Barr served eight years in the House before losing his seat in 2002 to fellow Republican John Linder.

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