Bill Clinton endorses Thurbert Baker

Thurbert Baker is hoping for a boost in the Democratic Party primary for Governor from this endorsement by President Bill Clinton:

One of the best things about America is our ability to produce great leaders at critical moments. Facing massive education budget cuts and the highest unemployment rate in its history, Georgia faces one of those critical moments right now.

The good news is that there’s a man made for this moment.

That man is Thurbert Baker.

And his whole life has prepared him for it.

Thurbert didn’t have much money growing up, but what he did have was worth more than gold: the love of a strong mother who taught him the values of faith and hard work and made him believe that tomorrow would always be better than today.

Well, Thurbert went to work …for people… first as floor leader to Governor Miller and then as Georgia’s Attorney General, an office he’s been elected to three times by record margins.

Without much notice, Thurbert amassed a record of accomplishment that would be the envy of any elected official in America. He passed the largest jobs program in Georgia’s history and the largest tax cuts. And Thurbert Baker sponsored Georgia’s education lottery and the HOPE scholarships. Today, over a million Georgia kids have gone to college because of Thurbert’s leadership, many of whom would never have had the chance.

To date, Thurbert has outlined more detailed plans for Georgia’s future than all other candidates for Governor combined, in both parties. His economic initiatives would create 100,000 new Georgia jobs in advanced fields such as biotechnology and information services. Now he’s proposed the BEST Initiative, which would fundamentally transform education in Georgia, bringing its school year to the average in the industrialized world and increasing teacher compensation to the very top in the nation. Best of all, he’s told people how he’d pay for all of it, including by adding bingo to Georgia’s landmark lottery.

Thurbert is a rare and special man with a life story that could only happen in America.

Born with next to nothing, Thurbert Baker never forgot where he came from and spent his whole life quietly but firmly opening the doors of opportunity for millions of Georgians, opportunities he never had.

If you give him the chance and elect Thurbert Baker your Governor, he will open those doors for millions more. You can count on that because he’s already done it.

I am so proud to endorse Thurbert Baker for Governor of Georgia.

Please join me.

The time is now.


  1. Andre says:

    More likely that Clinton is rewarding Baker for sticking with his wife while other Democrats were deserting her before every state had a chance to hold a primary and/or caucus in the epic 2008 presidential nominating contest.

  2. Chris says:

    The First Black President endorses Georgia’s First Black Governor1

    1) Assuming the GOP nominates Deal or Oxendine

  3. polisavvy says:

    I guess Bill is still angry at Barnes for endorsing Obama instead of Hillary. He has been known to hold grudges.

  4. Glen Ross says:

    This is about the only thing that could get Baker into a runoff. We’ll see if it works.

  5. iamnotasocialist says:

    Does anyone else realize that this is extremely old news? Thurbert endorsed Hillary in 08, and B&H held a fundraiser in NYC for Baker earlier in the year. Noone else pick up on that?

  6. kolt473 says:

    So, Bobba Fett aka $lick Willie endorses Thurbert Baker Bobba’s endorsement usually has the kiss of death all over it. Ray Lewis murder investigation Super Bowl 2000 may have been local level, but I have strong suspicions Baker may have been allegedly involved with it, with the help of the Governors office.

  7. Lady Thinker says:

    I hope Baker doesn’t take on Clinton’s lack of personal ethics and morals. At least Clinton balanced the budget though and he did some good things as president, even if he is a Democrat. But his personal life was in shambles.

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