Congressman Barr faces angry crowd at event in Mount Sterling

02/22/2017 02:33 PM

MOUNT STERLING – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr faced an overwhelmingly hostile crowd in Mt. Sterling on Wednesday during his Coffee with a Congressman event.

A standing room only crowd of approximately 100 constituents, many from Lexington and Frankfort, were in attendance at the event often booing and shouting at the 6th district Congressman as he spoke about a number of issues and answered numerous questions.

The tone was set early on as Barr was thanking a few people at the start of the event when he was interrupted by Debbie Winslow, of Lexington, who was upset that Barr had not been in Lexington to talk to voters there.

“Sir, you’ve only given us an hour and we’ve got lots of questions for you,” Winslow said. “We haven’t been able to see you in town halls. You’re not coming to Lexington and Frankfort.”

Barr took the first question asking if he supports independent investigations into President Trump’s alleged connections with Russia.

“Of course we would want to have any independent investigation into any issue which would compromise national security,” Barr said. “Not a single intelligence official has provided evidence yet that there were any improper contacts between the Trump campaign and the intelligence community.”

The biggest issue with those in attendance was repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

As Barr explained his position, he was often shouted at by many in the crowd.

“Four point seven million Americans have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare,” Barr said. “Another fact, the Obamacare exchanges are collapsing right now. Seventy percent of the counties in the United States six years after Obamacare passed have two or fewer insurance choices.”

Barr wants to replace the current health care law with a system that allows people to deduct health insurance costs from their taxes and save money in tax-free health savings accounts as well as keep the current provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

While Barr knows that many in attendance weren’t in agreement with him, he appreciated them being there to express their opinions.

“I think it’s fabulous, I think it’s great that people are exchanged and expressing their First Amendment freedom and this makes America better, not worse.”

Barr promised the crowd that he would have future events for people to express their opinions and ask him questions.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at



  • Charlie wrote on February 22, 2017 04:14 PM :

    Congressman Barr has a great staff in his Lexington office. Debbie Winslow and others should try contacting them instead of interrupting the meeting. I have seen the Congressman several times and he always listens to every constituents with respect. We may disagree on some topics but he has always listened to my side and explained his.

  • Cicero wrote on February 22, 2017 04:23 PM :

    This is beyond ridiculous. Sorry your astroturf faux “organic” protest movement had to drive an entire 25 minutes or so from Lexington to heckle your Congressman on irrelevant Huffington Post grievances. Where are the Trump investigations! The only ones outside of the mainstream here are the sad, bitter hecklers. If memory serves Andy Barr won by what, 22 points? Is it any surprise that he opposes Obamacare and that Trump opposes Obamacare? Was this not on anyone’s campaign website and commercials we all saw 4 months ago? Here’s some free advice oh aggrieved liberals of Frankfort and Lexington. A: Your ideas aren’t in the mainstream of Central KY B: Instead of wasting time harassing your Congressman with phony staged outrage/ PR stunts, go REGISTER people and motivate them to VOTE and convince them of your ideas. C: Put forward a candidate who can actually win and puts those ideas into practice with a coherent message that resonates in Central KY. D: If all of this sounds too hard, move to Louisville since you don’t have the gumption to move to NYC, San Fran, Austin, Boston, or wherever you think is really Shangri-La.

  • Bill Adkins wrote on February 22, 2017 06:53 PM :

    Across the nation Republicans are being called on the carpet for their failures. No answers. No plan. 60 votes to repeal over the last 6 years, and now they’re revealed as all noise and flash but no substance. It’s tough to govern. Here’s the reality – Republicans have the ball and I have every confidence they will fumble it. It’s what Republicans do.

  • RW wrote on February 22, 2017 08:32 PM :

    LOL – Mt. Sterling (Montgomery County). They want us to believe this is a bastion of liberalism where suddenly they support liberal policies where Trump got 69% of the vote and Andy Barr himself got 71% of the vote just a few months ago.

    What a joke. There is nothing genuine about any of these “angry crowds.” It is all staged.

  • RW wrote on February 22, 2017 08:47 PM :

    “Sir, you’ve only given us an hour and we’ve got lots of questions for you,” Winslow said. “We haven’t been able to see you in town halls. You’re not coming to Lexington and Frankfort.”

    Why would she specifically know or care he hadn’t been to Frankfort if she is from Lexington? You want to tell me this isn’t phony and staged supposed “outrage”?

  • CounterPoint wrote on February 22, 2017 08:54 PM :

    Who the heck does this rude Debbie Winslow think she is interrupting and demanding that Barr open the meeting to questions right off the bat when he was acknowledging people that likely helped make the event possible? This is a ginned up faux crowd trying to look like they represent most Kentuckians (they don’t), who are thought Hillary had it locked up and are now mad she lost. Don’t be bullied and stay the course GOP congress. This tactic will drive the middle of the roaders more toward Trump. People don’t like sore losers. Deal with it.

  • oatka wrote on February 22, 2017 10:33 PM :

    “A standing room only crowd of approximately 100 constituents, many from Lexington and Frankfort.”

    As in “Herman Many of Lexington” and “Mary Many from Frankfort”.

    The rest were Soros’ stooges, no doubt.

  • Geoff Young wrote on February 23, 2017 08:09 AM :

    I ran against Mr. Barr in 2014 & 2016 but couldn’t get past the Establishment Democratic candidate either time. I’m running again in 2018. At the very top of Mr. Barr’s official, taxpayer-funded web site, it says, “Serving All the People of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.” That has been his motto since he went to Washington 4 years ago. It has always been a lie. Mr. Barr has always represented only the most powerful & richest 1% of the people of the 6th District. He also represents the largest Wall Street financial institutions and the Israeli Lobby – AIPAC and the fundamentalist Christian Zionist political movement (CUFI). I suspect his deepest desire is to become the next Mitch McConnell and rule the national Republican Party. He also supports terrorists in Syria because they’re trying to overthrow the Assad government. I guess the 1% want to overthrow Assad, so Andy Barr says, “Me too.” He doesn’t care that he’s supporting al Qaeda, the terrorist group that attacked us on 9-11-2001.

  • Dave wrote on February 23, 2017 08:29 AM :

    The astroturf rent a mob crowd just cannot get over the election results.

  • Dee wrote on February 23, 2017 08:38 AM :

    I am appreciative of Congressman Barr and his staff. I have always found them to be polite, helpful, and accessible. Glad he is representing the 6TH Congressional district.

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