As intrepid reporter Becky Holland drooled over Barnes’ “laid-back demeanor” and “well thought answers and genuine smile,” she made sure to transcribe all his thoughts concerning his “new perspective about the state of the State and how things should operate.”
For starters, Barnes thinks that a “large portion” of state elected officials are clueless about Georgia geography and population centers:
“We seem to think nothing below, really, Griffin, needs to be concentrated on as far as marketing and economic development. I think every member of the legislature should take a tour of the state of Georgia. I believe there are some members who are not aware that there is more to the state then the metro areas.”
“Georgia is the largest state geographically east of the Mississippi. We have challenges to make sure that we spread growth throughout the state, instead of concentrating it in one part of the state,” Barnes said.
“You have to remember that 57% of the population in the state is concentrated in and around Atlanta. I believe a large portion of the elected officials, state elected officials, probably have never heard of Americus, Dawson, Blakely or Ellaville.”
Vapid and ignorant rhetoric like this shows that the arrogance of King Roy hasn’t left…it has just been repackaged. And for someone who professes such superior knowledge about Georgia and its place as the “largest state geographically east of the Mississippi,” it is amusing he seems unaware that Michigan actually is the largest state geographically (including water within its borders) east of the Mississippi with 97,990 square miles. Georgia is only 59,425 square miles in size, water included.