Candidate Barlow explains bankruptcies

There has been an attack on my integrity, character and values. To help dispel any half truths I offer the attachment as a brief narrative.

Cherie and I have spoken before many groups and shared our testimony. Many marriages have been saved and many folks received Christ as their Lord and Savior. Praise God for what He has done through us.

In 1985 my wife and I went through a contentious divorce. My attorney advised me to file bankruptcy, which I did.

October 17, 1987, I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ. During the next two years my ex-wife and I reconciled and we remarried December 16, 1989 and Christ restored our family.

My precious daughters and 5 grandchildren are an important part of our live now and in part the reason we moved to Tyrone, Georgia. We no longer recognize December 16, 1989 but instead celebrate October 8, 1966, our original wedding date, as our anniversary. We give Christ all honor and glory because without Him, our reconciliation would not have occurred.

In 1994 I turned my employer into IRS for tax evasion. Also, during this time, I innocently learned that Richard, an associate, had received a $600,000 advance of an anticipated $6,000,000 grant from the Agriculture Department.

I was encouraged by Richard’s pastor to go to the FBI, so I did. The two men teamed up and sued me. I went to court without an attorney because I did not have the $25,000 upfront payment the attorney’s requested.

Also, the morning of the trial, Richard’s pastor, who had asked me to turn Richard into the government, died. Pastor Henderson was 41 years old. His wife told me that Pastor Henderson died from the stress.

His earlier support and endorsement of Richard proved fatal to himself and to many small churches that had trusted Richard with their finances. Richard ultimately served 39 months in federal prison for multiple securities violations.

After several weeks of constant attacks on my character, integrity and work ethic the judge allowed me the opportunity to make a statement over the objections of the plaintiff. She said, “Mr. Barlow has been listening to you for weeks. I will give him the opportunity to make a statement.”

I stated for the record, “This is a court of law and not a court of justice. On the day the Lord Jesus Christ returns we will be held accountable for every idle word and deed and I am ready for Him to return today and judge us all.”

The Judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff. They jumped for joy and asked for $12 million punitive damages because of double indemnity. You see the FBI blocked the $6 million grant, and $75,000 legal fees. The judge took a recess and retired to her chambers to determine my fate. She returned in approximately one hour and awarded the plaintiff ZERO legal fees and ZERO punitive damages.

Within days I was again bombarded with lawsuits from the plaintiffs and an attorney friend advised me to file bankruptcy to halt the attacks.

I will gladly discuss any of the foregoing information with anyone who desires to meet with me and discuss my past.

Also, there is not nor have been any foreclosure proceedings against my property.

David L. Barlow, CLVS

www.electbarlow.com

Tyrone, Ga.

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Fine, fine, fine Mr. Barlow. Now let me ask you something

Congrats on getting into the finals of the election. Like you, I was surprised Huddleston did so well and Smith did so poorly. I was expecting a runoff between Smith and one of you. But the voters have spoken and are about to speak again. Seems to me they are looking for new leadership as they may have been dissatisfied with the old leadership. So, with all that in mind, here's my question-

Seconds after you are sworn in as a Fayette County Commissioner in January, you may have the opportunity to nominate one of the county commissioners to serve as Commission Chair for the year. If you do get to nominate someone - who will it be?

Of course someone else could be doing the nominating and then you will have an obligation to vote yes or no on that person. So, how will you vote if one of the following is nominated?

Brown
Oddo
Hearn
yourself

Please don't say you don't know because that means you are not prepared and that loses votes. Everybody knows this is the first thing a newly-elected commissioner has to do, so how about letting us know what you will do?

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The Practice of Christianity

What a touching testimony of your Christian conversion and change in lifestyle and ethics after being saved. It must have been a great blessing to your creditors as well when they saw salvation come to your house. Even though you were under no legal obligation, I recognize that you answer to a much Higher Power. Did you merely repay the creditors what you shorted them, or did you follow Zacchaeus’ example (Luke 19) and multiply your default repayments four-fold? Please tell us the rest of the story!

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Stranger...

He provided his phone number, why not call him?

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Hi Citizen Bob

I could call, but I believe that many others are interested in the answer as well. The question has been out to Mr. Barlow now for 2 weeks, and he refuses to reply publicly. Mr. Barlow's faith wouldn't be at issue here had not he injected it as a defense of his fiscal mismanagement.

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That sounds like a cop out

Call candidate: 5 minutes
Post your report for others: 12 minutes

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A very bad call

Contacting Mr. Barlow privately, and subsequently disclosing what he said is a very poor strategy. Mr. Barlow will mount a persecution defense and criticize any unfavorable aspect of a narrative that another might present as a biased attack. He raised this issue publicly. His direct response can be unambiguous. In the mean time, his silence is deafening.

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Here here Bob...

while we don't agree on some topics, you're spot on here. Doesn't take a minute or two for someone to report a conversation they had. Heck, he could get an audio recorder and record the conversation and post it if he wanted. I don't see Mr. Barlow as hiding anything (and if he is, the bankruptcy proceedings are probably public records, so go digging!)

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Gene

God does not like a cheerful lobbyist ;)

And I do not think He likes that 30% penalty for voting your conscience either.

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Talk to Legislators

I didn't write the bill, the legislature did. In fact, I pushed for an increase in the gas tax but, as you know, that is not a perfect solution either.

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Mr. Drake - You didn't

write the bill and we should talk to our legislators? Surely you're joking?

The capital is rotten with lobbyists. Talking to our legislators is a waste of time, Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Chance activity supported it. We need to clean things up down there on the hill. The last time an audit was taken on gifts given by lobbyists was 2007/8. More than 650 government employees accepted gifts from "vendors" to the state. This clearly violated state ethics laws and the last time a penalty was issued on a vendor was 1999.

Georgia's legislature cut the ethics commission's budget under our current governor. One can assume it was due to its investigation into Governor Deal's campaign funding. No staff, no investigation. If Governor Deal and other legislators wanted to change things they would, they don't.

Georgia ranks as one of the lowest in scoring on public integrity, getting an "F" from The Center for Public Integrity.

Until we start getting some control over the type of people we elect to state offices, we will continue to have millions of dollars pouring into the Golden Dome for things like the TSPLOST law proposal.

However, I am sure you know all about this don't you Mr. Drake?

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Careful Stranger

Don't anger Mr. Barlow or he will have you answer to God as he told me I would have to do for supporting the TSPLOST.

I've probably got a few things I'm going to have to answer for but the TSPLOST isn't one of them.

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Mr. Drake - You will

have to answer to your group of crony capitalist friends for failing to get the TSPLOST passed by unsuspecting voters.

If you want to sell some concrete legitimately why don't you start a little company paving driveways? That way you can stay out of our pockets.

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Hey ELF Drake, how about

doing a good deed here. Seems the FCBOE has authorized Mike Satterfield (or some substitute) to waste school tax dollars (you know, the ones that are just so easy to come by) and have hired some firm out of Fulton County (hire local, check, create jobs, check) to go to the school parking lot and lay down asphalt sealer. Now I know that's not exactly your line of work, but I'm sure you have some knowledge of this, with your superior intellect and all.

Spraying that black goo all over lots that have huge (3-4 feet in diameter and 3-6 inches down) potholes. Spraying that black goo all over crumbled pavement that you can pick up in chunks the size of basketballs and throw it. Spraying black goo all over the crushed stone and dust base that is exposed under that cracked asphalt. Now, I'm not expert like you, (I mean, there never will be another, right?) but can we all agree this is a waste of tax dollars?

At lest before they pretty-ed this up, you could see the hole you were going to sprain your ankle in when you stepped in it. Now, it's all hidden and nice and shiny and black and invisible.

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MLC & School Parking Lots

If you drive around the county,you see patchwork quilt roadwork allaround--done by county workers,I'msure. So why can't they patch school parking lots? An asphalt patch is much different than just spraying sealer! Wonder who's making those kind of decisions that involve expenditures of scarce funds?

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MLC - You're right!

You're right MLC, Mr. Drake will make certain that we spend money on the complete re-work of that lot, with our money, in concrete! Twice, just to make sure it holds up.

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Thank you Mr. Barlow!

One can always count on dug up skeletons when one is running for any elective office! It’s always amusing, yet saddening to me when reading, and hearing precepts in judgment, analogies, and opinions over these skeletons from the varieties of personalities there are, and ones who have ulterior motives. David Barlow is a moral and ethical man who is guided by his faith in being a Christian. He continues to live by faith during this critical campaign. I certainly look for these characteristics in all candidates who have morals,integrity and ethics guided by Christian faith. Mr. Barlow lives by his Christian faith to the best of his human capabilities. Does this mean that one can’t make mistakes along the journey of life? This was his personal story in which he made public. He lived through the ordeal honorably. He is leading a positive and productive life with his wife Cherie. It would be a tragedy not to give Mr. David Barlow the chance to become the next County Board of Commissioner Post 2.

C. Werginz
What’s up Fayette!

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What's up Fayette, Barlow & "the chance"

Having qualified, Mr. Barlow has the same "chance" to get elected as the other candidates!

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Oh, poor David Barlow and his whine
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There has been an attack on my integrity, character and values.

Uh no, drama queen. What goofball Eric Maxwell wrote about was your two bankruptcies within 8 years(FACT). His pontificating about how that makes you a very poor candidate to be an overseer of an 80mil/yr county budget was OPINION, an opinion that you may disagree with but one that is actually backed up by at least some FACTS.

As far as the attacks on your "integrity?" I guess I missed anyone calling you dishonest and this is just your victim-hood whining. Character or values attacks? I haven't seen that either, unless you are referring to Terry Garlock, MajorMike or myself and a couple of others questioning your very public Bible-thumping and demanding to know everyone's religious beliefs in order to try and curry a few more votes. You are like the FC Taliban.

You showed up in FC a few short years ago and were instantly a total whiner then and still are. Congrats for arriving at a time when there are plenty of poor elected officials and something to always gripe about, but, you sir, aren't the answer whatsoever.

Also, the 2nd half of your story sounds like a lot of BS and serious omission of details. Sorry if you perceive that as a character or integrity attack, but it sounds like a lot is missing there and is quite questionable.

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NUK...

Barlow provided a telephone number, call him with your concerns about suspected omissions and let us know what you discover (pro or con, whether you support him or not).

Seems like the significant omissions were by attorney Maxwell for failing to provide any of the very relevant context of the two reports. I don't know if that was deliberate, or just more sloppy research.

The matter does raise a question to ponder: Would you prefer a candidate who looked the other way to avoid personal attacks and possible bankruptcy when his boss was committing a federal crime, or someone who had the character to address such serious matters head on, at significant personal risk to his career, reputation, and financial solvency?

Per the Independent Prosecutor's letter to the Vice President of the U.S., this wasn't just a whistleblower turning in someone for not reporting tips. A federal jury convicted Blackmore of conspiracy, 11 counts of aiding and abetting misapplication of bank funds, and five counts of aiding and abetting false entries on bank records. In addition to over four years of jail time, Blackmore was ordered to repay over $800k.

I expect elected officials to govern based on the rule of law, regardless of their personal faith. That said, I'm also encouraged that young Barlow had the conviction & courage to go up against someone like that. He took a hit for it, but I'm just not seeing a link between Maxwell's reported 18-year old event and the candidate's management ability in 2012.

We'll see what the rest of Fayette voters think on the 21st, no?

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Citizen Bob

If David Barlow and all of his past drama and now current drama he created by himself is the best that FC has to offer, then I weep for my county. The good news is that he has quality opposition in Huddleston who is a much better choice.

FC voters made some great choices last week and I hope they continue that by electing Ognio and Huddleston on the 21st. The world won't end if Hearn or Barlow or both win, but it would be really nice if neither did.