Apparently Roy Barnes and his allies are quietly putting the screws to his opponents trying to get them to drop out. Barnes’ people are squeezing Thurbert Baker to run for Lt. Governor which of course would mess up Michael Thurmond’s rumored plan to jump into that race. Thurmond could instead run for US Senate against Isakson, but then again so could Baker.
Barnes’ people are also trying to convince DuBose Porter to return to the House. They claim that Barnes as Governor would make Porter the Minority Leader a very powerful man and a part of a team that could run the House. Of course if Porter chose to remain the House it would stop Calvin Smyre’s ascent to the Minority Leader position.
African-American politicians are now under intense pressure to support Barnes, even if they’re already signed on with other campaigns.
This is going to be a very interesting year and a half for political junkies.