Yesterday, Jim Galloway at the AJC does a quick piece on Roy Barnes’ recent statements about Sunday sales:
“Yes. It ought to be a local decision. I believe in local control. It ought to be a local referendum, just like we do any of the others. I don’t know why we get cranked up about this, to be frank. That’s something that people ought to have to regulate themselves.”
Barnes goes as far as saying that he would sign the measure into law, given that the legislature acts to put it on his desk.
I’ve said it to many state politicians and I’ll say it here again: if there is one issue that seems to resonate with the average voter, it’s Sunday sales. I am aware of the sensitivity of the issue in many rural parts of the state, but the fact that we have put this issue on the table several times in the past few years, and cannot get it moved forward, is incredulous to vast majorities of the people that will be pushing the button for you in the Fall.
With politicians from President to dogcatcher trying to claim the populist crown, it’s a smart move on Barnes’ part to reclaim his seat.