WASHINGTON -- Bob Barr is running for Congress in Georgia's 11th district, but befitting a man who once ran for president he has assembled a campaign team that is national in scope and -- like Barr himself -- known for courting controversy.
His ad-maker is Fred Davis, who said Barr was one of his first clients in the mid-1990s. The Californian is perhaps best known for the truly bizarre "Demon Sheep" ad during the 2010 California Senate race and the "Celebrity" ad hitting Barack Obama in 2008, but he has plenty of Georgia experience. He did Sonny Perdue's "King Rat" attack on then-Gov. Roy Barnes in 2002.
Kellyanne Conway will be Barr's pollster. Conway, a regular on the cable TV circuit, was a top adviser to Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign last year.
Barr's campaign manager and chief strategist is Jeff Breedlove, a Georgian who was chief strategist for John Oxendine's gubernatorial bid in 2010 and worked for Barr during his Congressional days.
In a phone interview Friday, Davis said Barr has been planning this campaign for some time as it became clear U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey would run for Senate. "He has a pretty good jump-start on the race," Davis said.
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