We’re less than two months away from the coronation of Roy Barnes as the DPGA’s candidate for Governor. My question is a simple one but perhaps excessively blunt: are you serious?
There are three candidates outside of Barnes in this primary who all would be a better choice than Roy Barnes. Maybe you missed the memo, but the Republican primary is a mess. Half of the candidates have had questions raised regarding their ethics and most of them are suffering in fundraising – so tell me why you are allowing this to be a coronation?
Here is a little secret. I am not like the rest of the contributors here; I’m an anomaly as it were. I’m from South Georgia. We’re different from people above the gnat line. There isn’t a county courthouse down here that is not packed on election night. There are many conservative people down here who are not happy with the current field of candidates we have been given. There are many conservatives down here who vote Democratic or vote for Democrats in local elections, because that is how they were raised. They remember Governor Barnes, and they do not like Governor Barnes. When faced with the prospect of a Republican they do not like and Governor Barnes, there is no telling which way they will go. And Ray Boyd is out there floating around on the U.S.S. 2MIL just waiting to cause even more problems.
With all due respect to Attorney General Baker, Rep. Porter, and Mr. Poythress –why are you not going for blood? Are you afraid of King Roy? I understand funds are limited, but at this point, if you dumped all your funds in an all out attack on Barnes you would likely recoup money from earned media or from people finally noticing you. The time is here to play hardball – either start playing to win or face the fact that you have allowed the man who lost the Governor’s seat to reclaim it. Let me make note of something, Barnes is joining the ranks with the likes of Ellis Arnall, Lester Maddox, and Eugene Talmadge as those who attempted to run for Governor with gaps between the terms they served. This is not a common occurrence, but it seems like everyone is just lining up to let it happen.
Is that what Carol Porter, Michael Thurmond, Terry Coleman, and others are there for? To help create a ticket to draw more votes in for a man who lost his office? Against certain GOP candidates, anyone but Barnes is a nightmare scenario for the state Republican Party. My party has become lax in their governance. We have let ourselves get into ethical trouble, we have squandered our majority, and we have sat idly by and let things that should not have happened transpire. And never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned a day when the Democrats in Georgia would simply not put up a fight. Where are the challengers for all these uncontested legislative seats? You do realize for over a hundred years winning the Democratic primary was tantamount to winning an election in Georgia.
I don’t want to see Roy Barnes back in charge. I think there are some Democrats who could likely give some candidates a better run for their money come November. So, Attorney General Baker, Rep. Porter, and Mr. Poythress – are you running for Governor or are you running to simply pat Roy’s ego on the back?