The choice is easy in the primary race for 6th District Republicans: incumbent Rep. Andy Barr is the better candidate in an election year likely to produce a strong Democratic challenger.
Barr’s challenger, self-described outsider Chuck Eddy, says “renegade Republicans have hijacked the party” away from its roots. He disagrees deeply with Barr on almost everything, including health care, taxes and gun control. His message may be welcome by those seeking to protest the priorities of President Donald Trump. But Eddy, a call-center employee, has no political experience, funding or name recognition.
Barr, who has not attended any forums with his primary challenger, had a $2.2 million war chest at the end of March. The three-term incumbent is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and chairs the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee.
Barr, known for thorough constituent services, has supported the Trump agenda and pushed especially hard for deregulation of the financial industry.
He is co-sponsoring legislation with a Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Democrat to protect the Thoroughbred breeding industry by imposing uniform anti-doping standards on horse racing and is pushing to make Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park a national monument.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Thursday.