Barnes Meeting to Plot Run

I’m told reliably that Governor Barnes is plotting to run for Governor again. In fact, I’m told the Democrats are working to push an entire ticket. In effect, they’d be putting up a united front with no or little primary competition to harness their fundraising abilities while the Republicans are slugging it out.

46 comments

  1. Romegaguy says:

    Is this the same source that said it is official Nancy Schaeffer is definitely running for PSC ?

  2. StevePerkins says:

    Seeing as how the Dems in Washington have been able to convince folks that lack of Fannie and Freddie regulation is the GOP’s fault… Barnes might as well run on a platform of bringing back the Confederate flag.

  3. Chris says:

    Roy could easily win on a simple “Are you better off now that you were eight years ago?” campaign.

    Now, admittedly, that’s not fair to Sonny – few of the major problems we face (energy prices, collapse of the stock market, falling dollar) that make people worse off are his fault or even under the pervue of state government.

    It would still be a very strong campaign.

  4. jsm says:

    “We DO need a Northern Arc, actually…”

    Not one that costs $13 per full trip, not including gasoline.

  5. Three Jack says:

    actually chris, i think there is plenty of evidence to support barnes if he used that line.

    what has sonny done for economic development? one of his first acts was to pander to a small group of zealots by killing the northern arc. it would have provided the northside with a major boost to business growth.

    he has done almost nothing to attract bio-tech industry to georgia.

    education is as bad or worse now than under roy which is quite an accomplishment.

    the state budget has grown significantly from about $16B when sonny took office to around $22B now.

    roy would be wise to ask that question.

  6. StevePerkins says:

    I agree with Bill Simon on the Northern Arc. Granted, when that debate going on I had just moved back to Atlanta from south Georgia, and was traveling 100% for work… so I wasn’t paying much attention to the issue and don’t know much about the specifics. I don’t know if there was financial rottenness going on, or if it was just rich a-holes in Alpharetta doing the NIMBY thing.

    Back to the present though, Atlanta has GOT to do something about east-west connectivity on the northside. My wife and I live in Duluth… I currently work near Buckhead, she works in north Fulton. It takes me 20-25 minutes to get into town on a bad day, whereas it takes her well over an hour on a good day. There are only three or four east-west arteries in the suburbs (Jimmy Carter, Pleasant Hill, Sugarloaf, etc)… all of which are clogged as hell and have a red light every 10 feet.

    The connectivity between Cobb and north Fulton isn’t much better. Meanwhile, much the good new finance and technology jobs seemed to be created in north Fulton. The white-collar types filling these jobs tend to live in Gwinnett or Cobb where it’s cheaper. Something’s just got to give on the east-west connectivity, yet all we ever talk about is how to run empty trains from Greenville S.C. to Emory’s campus.

    Built an Arc or a Brain Train from Lawrenceville to Kennesaw, and even I’ll be happy to SPLOST the thing these days.

  7. Chris says:

    yet all we ever talk about is how to run empty trains from Greenville S.C. to Emory’s campus.

    And past the other Emory’s real estate holdings.

  8. Chris says:

    Top end east-west connectivity is a major issue. I don’t even entertain job leads from any company on the other side of the river.

    That said, the northern arc was never the answer. It was proposed and designed by the same DOT that Abrams-Evans is trying to clean up. The right-of-way acquisition was a political boondoggle. Sonny was right to kill that project.

  9. MediaGuyAtl says:

    The democrats call it a united front. If you read between the lines it really means we don’t have anyone but Barnes, who could actually run a successful campaign for Governor. Is the Big Guy coming back for Lt. Governor?
    Hey Gov. Barnes how’s that lawsuit in DeKalb going? Have you sent a bill to Vernon yet? You know that reminds me, could Vernon announce a campaign for Governor? He was so successful with his state-wide campaign for Senator. Just wondering.
    The Arc is a great idea. However, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper folks might not be too happy about it.

  10. ChuckEaton says:

    I think it’s a nice idea to talk in terms of a united ticket, but someone forgot to send Poythress the memo.

    Not that it would be impossible, but you’ve got to reel Poythress back into the gate – not an easy task. Especially since you have an ex-governor, who outspent his opponent 10 – 1 as an incumbent and then turned the Governor’s mansion over to the first Republican in over 100 years. If I’m Poythress, I’d probably want to take my chances.

  11. fishtail says:

    The State of Georgia is definitely worse off with the do-nothing Sonny Perdue administration. I believe Roy has been humbled and learned a lot from some political miscalculations, as right as he was on his actions. The Confederate flag change was courageous but doomed his re-election. And asking Georgia’s teachers to be accountable was the nail in the coffin. But I am absolutely convinced that Roy Barnes would be a terrific and wise Governor to lead Georgia after we are done with Perdue. I doubt he could be convinced to do it, however.

  12. atlantaman says:

    If Roy is going to blame his campaign loss on a bunch of idiot flaggers then he hasn’t been humbled enough.

  13. North Ga Indy says:

    I say that there is going to be a very crowded Democratic field with Mark Taylor, Cathy Cox, Tim Golden, Roy Barnes, Greg Hecht, Max Cleland, Jim Martin, Darryl Hicks, Gail Buckner, Mike Glanton, Wade Starr, Mike Thurmond, Thurbert Baker, Vernon Jones, and Jim Powell with Cleland winning.

  14. North Ga Indy says:

    He has done a good job as Insurance Commissioner, voted for him in 2006, and he is very right on the issues.

  15. Bill Simon says:

    North Ga,

    Some of us in this state judge leaders based on things they do, say, or believe.

    The Ox should stick with what he’s good at as Insurance Commissh because, so far, he has had nothing but spectacular episodes of “How To Look Like An Idiot In Public”.

    That letter Ox sent out regarding using the Georgia State Patrol to monitor gas stations will be the most delicious fodder by any opponent of his.

  16. North Ga Indy says:

    Bill Simon // Oct 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm
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    North Ga,

    Some of us in this state judge leaders based on things they do, say, or believe.

    The Ox should stick with what he’s good at as Insurance Commissh because, so far, he has had nothing but spectacular episodes of “How To Look Like An Idiot In Public”.

    That letter Ox sent out regarding using the Georgia State Patrol to monitor gas stations will be the most delicious fodder by any opponent of his.

    So, that is the best you can come up with against Oxendine. Cagle is not much better, the only reason he is Lt. Governor is because of Ralph Reed(Jack Abramoff) and a bitter Democratic primary won by Jim Martin(Tax and Spend Liberal).

  17. bowersville says:

    I think what the Ox meant was have the State Patrol at the gas stations writing citations for violation of the odd/even requirements and using the fine money revenue to fund Trauma Centers.

    You know, pay here, pay now, affordable trauma care.

  18. North Ga Indy says:

    I don’t care what you think, I support Oxendine. There is something in the Constitution called free speech that I am so sure you have heard of, I hope.

  19. Three Jack says:

    chuck wrote — “Especially since you have an ex-governor, who outspent his opponent 10 – 1 as an incumbent and then turned the Governor’s mansion over to the first Republican in over 100 years.

    really???? sonny is a republican?

  20. Chris says:

    3J –

    Thats the sham that is our political system. A liberal can put an R after their name and be called a Republican. A socialist can put a D after their name and be called a Democrat. Even a crackpot who lives in their parent’s basement and believes UFOs made Dick Cheney push the button to detonate WTC7 can put an L after their name and get on the ballot as a Libertarian.

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