On Sunday The Libertarian Party picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr as its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting. Barr, a former Georgia congressman whose old district included Floyd and surrounding counties, endorsed Wayne Allyn Root, who was eliminated in the fifth round, to be his vice-presidential nominee. Barr beat research scientist Mary Ruwart, who was the party’s presidential nominee in 1983 and vice presidential candidate in 1992. Barr represented Chattooga County and most of Northwest Georgia in the U.S. Congress as a Republican. Barr left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration.