Barnes slams Deal over tax returns

September 7, 2010 12:17 pm

by Jason · 29 comments

Roy Barnes has released another ad slamming Nathan Deal, this one touching on his opponent’s lack of disclosure in his tax returns. Deal did release his returns, but not the returns for a business that was the source of an ethics investigation.

bgsmallz September 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

“Deal did release his returns”…incorrect… He released the cover pages of 28 years of returns, not the returns.

ZazaPachulia September 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

“Too corrupt, even for Congress”

That’s a zinger. I fully intend to vote for Roy, who I see as the lesser of two evils… But I still don’t think a Democrat can win in Georgia this fall. Instead we’ll get corrupt former Democrats from Hall County in BOTH of the top two statewide offices.

Andre September 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

This strategy by Barnes appears very similar to the one used by Mark Taylor four years ago.

Ethics all day, all the time.

Talking about ethics is fine, but when are we going to talk about jobs, education and transportation; the key issues in Georgia this year.

macho September 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Great point Andre. I’ve got a feeling that Roy is saving the positive stuff- all the raises he plans to give to government employees, transportation, etc…, until the end of the campaign. Until then, more Deal bashing.

ZazaPachulia September 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

And can we get an open thread? Or will somebody just post a link to the story about Echols’ financial disclosure currently up on Atlanta Unfiltered?

You want to talk about corrupt, self-serving political quacks…

macho September 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Just out of curiosity, I took a look. Maybe I’m missing something, but what is the problem?

ZazaPachulia September 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Dude is getting rich off of his non-profit, which he unethically uses to campaign for him and his friends…

ACCmoderate September 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Woah Zaza… I don’t know how things work in your Georgia, but Mr. Echols is doing a great service by turning out legions of socially awkward, brainwashed, and utterly creepy children to knock on doors in support of the candidates willing to fight for the America that Jesus founded.

Progressive Dem September 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

“Too corrupt for Congress”

That’s going to leave a mark.

Doug Grammer September 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Coming from a trial lawyer? I doubt it. It’s sort of like a vulture criticizing someone else’s flying and eating habits.

David Staples September 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Right… because all trial lawyers are bad.

Furthermore… didn’t I read somewhere recently that Nathan Deal was a trial lawyer before he became a politician? I guess he must fit into that same “vulture” mold as Barnes then right?

Doug Grammer September 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

He also used to be a Dem, but he’s flying right now….

David Staples September 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

“He also used to be a Dem”

But of course being a Republican certainly didn’t keep him from voting for a bigger government. That’s a GOP ideal these days, right? “Bigger = Better”?

Chris September 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Quantity has a quality all its own.

Chris Huttman September 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

And a great personality.

ACCmoderate September 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Doug, just admit that you got pwned on that one.

You can’t criticize Barnes for being a trial lawyer when Deal was also a trial lawyer before becoming a politician (I don’t know which one is “sleazier”)

I’d love for you to explain one thing for me: what is so bad about “trial lawyers”?

John Konop September 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

They say many people hate lawyers until they need one!

Doug Grammer September 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Nope, not admitting anything. But do you know why sharks don’t eat trial lawyers? Professional courtesy!

ACCmoderate September 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Answer the question big boy. What is so bad about trial lawyers?

Doug Grammer September 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

No, little kid. Figure it out for yourself. I don’t jump through your hoops on your command. I’m not an animal in a circus act that does tricks. If I were, I doubt you’d want to be locked in a cage with me.

ACCmoderate September 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Let’s be upfront about this. You’re refusing to answer me because you don’t have an answer. Answering such a simple question about your beliefs would cause you to examine those beliefs and posssibly expose them to criticism. As they say, ignorance is bliss.

I asked you to answer a simple question and the best you could muster was an ad hominem attack. Maybe you should follow up on those Tea Party speeches, you seem like a natural GOP candidate.

Doug Grammer September 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

To be upfront about this, I don’t debate on command and I don’t have to answer to you. When or if I feel like debating with you, I’ll let you know. It seems to me like you are doing most of the attacking. I was just being snarky.

AnyoneElse2010 September 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but I have heard that if he releases the tax returns of the business it would also be releasing the tax returns of his partners which is illegal in itself. I don’t know if there is any validity in this argument, but this is what I have heard.

Anywho after just watching the first Wall Street who cares, Greed is Good!!! Just kidding…sort of.

jamesr57 September 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

What if he redacts the partners information?

Erick's Mortal Enemy September 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Yeah, see, there ya go. Not an excuse.

polisavvy September 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Perhaps someone knows the answer to this one. Did Roy release his personal and business taxes? Just curious.

David Staples September 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I haven’t looked through them yet, but I did see where he released over 1500 pages… a good bit more than Deal has released.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/barnes-says-deals-release-605898.html

“For example, Deal released five pages of his 2009 tax return; Barnes released 141 pages — his full tax return — for that year.”

polisavvy September 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Thanks, David. I was just wondering. Also, when running for office, is it customary to submit copies of all returns (personal and business), and for how many years? Once again, just curious.

David Staples September 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

No problem… like I said, I don’t know if those 141 pages from 2009 include his business or not… I haven’t looked through them. They probably point to how he has his business set up though… whether he’s filing a schedule C or if he files a separate return for a business or whatever. I can’t imagine that 141 pages would be leaving out his law business. Our return last year including all the schedules was probably only 50 to 60 pages.

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