Former Congressman “Assisting” Baby Doc Duvalier

This one has me more than just a little puzzled:

A former U.S. congressman was among a group of American attorneys accompanying former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier as he spoke in the country’s capital Friday.

Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr said he is not serving as Duvalier’s attorney, but is in Port-au-Prince to consult, assist and be Duvalier’s voice to the international community.

Barr represented Georgia’s 7th District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, and was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2008. He currently practices law and runs a consulting firm based in Atlanta.

“We have been asked by the former president and his family to assist him in his efforts,” Barr told reporters in Port-au-Prince.

He is representing Duvalier along with two other Georgia attorneys — Ed Marger and Mike Puglise — according to a statement on Barr’s website.

“This is really more of a personal trip helping Duvalier and his family,” Barr told CNN affiliate WXIA before leaving for Port-au-Prince.

Considering that it’s hard to believe that Duvalier is in Haiti for anything other than personal, possibly, nefarious, motives, I can’t say I understand why Barr would represent this guy.

And, yes, I did vote for Barr in 2008. And. no, I still don’t regret that.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Chad S says:

    I guess Baby Doc’s check cleared…

  2. Steve Plunk says:

    I doubt Barr was a loony back when you voted for him but WTH happened? He’s just pure kooky these days.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    I met Barr a few time while I was living in Charleston. He always struck me as a decent guy. This decision is baffling and more than a bit disgusting.

  4. Sirkowski says:

    You voted for Barr…? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! oh wow

  5. I voted for Bob Barr in 2008. He is free to work for whoever pays him.

  6. In 2008, I held my nose and voted for Barr as the least bad candidate on the ticket. This isn’t the first time since then I’ve subsequently regretted it.