Clyburn visit puts Ga. lawmaker in 'awkward' spot

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Barrow plans to be absent next week when the House's No. 3 Democrat visits his southern Georgia district to extol the health-care overhaul passed by Congress.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's planned stop at Paine College in Augusta on Tuesday puts Barrow, a fellow Democrat, in an awkward position.

Barrow voted against the health care law. He faces a Democratic opponent, who supports it, in the July primary. Challenger Regina Thomas says she'll travel to Augusta and try to drum up support during the event.

Barrow's spokeswoman, Jane Brodsky, said Friday that Barrow had no comment on Clyburn's visit.

Party officials in Barrow's 12th District say many core Democrats are angry with him. But organizers insist the Clyburn visit isn't a swipe at Barrow.

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