Barnes hits Atlanta airwaves with two-week buy

Former Gov. Roy Barnes will pepper Atlanta airwaves over the next two weeks with his first campaign ad in the state’s largest media market.

The AJC’s Jim Galloway brought you the ad first this morning. The ad, entitled “Chalkboard,” will appear on WSB-TV, WXIA, WAGA and WATL. Barnes’ campaign spent about $150,000 for airtime. It is Barnes’ third ad of his campaign to seek re-election to the post he lost in 2002. His first two spots, however, didn’t air in the Atlanta market.

Former Adjutant Gen. David Poythress is the only other Democratic gubernatorial candidate to run television ads, although his aired only in southern  parts of the state. Republican Eric Johnson, a former state senator, is the only GOP candidate to air an ad in the Atlanta market.

In the new spot, which focuses on the economy and jobs, Barnes promises to end teacher furloughs and restore a state-funded property tax relief grant that the Republican-controlled General Assembly eliminated.

According to public documents filed with WSB,  LUC Media of Marietta purchased the airtime on Barnes’ behalf.  LUC Media is owned by Bobby Kahn, a former top aide in Barnes’ administration.

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May 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

With Barnes, Geico, and Ken Nugent filling the airways, you had better keep the mute button on your remote nearby.


May 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

He had his turn and failed. Go away Roy.


May 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

And, of course, he is going to do all this WITHOUT a tax increase. Looks as if Roy thinks the people are as stupid as the first time he got elected. Typical politician – say what sounds good and hope no one will question it because after all he is going to “give” them something.

Tim Murphy

May 21st, 2010
4:11 pm

We need Roy Barnes back as Governor. Sonny Perdue and the GOP legislators have done nothing but spend our State into the ground these past 8 years.

west ga

May 21st, 2010
4:28 pm

Roy told me and everybody I knew that Bobby Kahn wasn’t working on his campaign this time while trying to get us to support him and donate – I guess that’s not true


May 21st, 2010
4:30 pm

Poythress’ ads have run in Atlanta. I’m almost positive that I’ve seen them.

Common Sense

May 21st, 2010
4:56 pm

Maybe Roy should learn how to spell “Foreclosure”… or edit his ads before they air….


May 21st, 2010
5:29 pm

Common Sense is right. Barnes should learn to spell “foreclosure”. Oh wait….it must be his teacher’s fault for not teaching him to spell. He blamed the teacher’s for everything else…..why not that, too?


May 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

He lost in 2002 over the racist ga flag. He should never have been voted out. We would have an outer perimeter by now and not be running a massive budget shortfall. Of course the first thing to be cut in Georgia is education, because people in this state can’t get any stupider then they are right now.


May 21st, 2010
5:59 pm


He can do it by eliminating tax BREAKS for all the buddies of the republicans who contributed to their campaigns. Eliminate the tax breaks for wealthy seniors (last I checked they still use roads and other government provided amenities). Eliminate all the corporate welfare the republicans have fostered the last 8 years…oh, and he could cancel that road widening by Sonny’s property in Houston Co….


May 21st, 2010
6:30 pm

@ Scott…

You mean tax breaks for companies that are employing Georgians? How many more would be unemployed if we were taxing Delta and Gulfstream to the hilt? West Point would still have a grassy field instead of 6,000 people working at the Kia plant. Ending “tax breaks” for corporations who create jobs just means less money to pay their Georgia employees. This is how he’s going to “Make Georgia work”?????


May 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


May 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

Wow this Roy Barnes guy sounds pretty good. I bet if this Barnes fellow were to be governor everything would be great.


May 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

end teacher furloughs?

Give teachers raises?

Now, what was that he said several years ago about not touching teacher tenure?


May 23rd, 2010
3:06 am

Barnes is a lying politician, we voted him out of office once and yes he changed the flag without a vote from us because he knows more than we do HA. I bet he won’t answer a question about the Arizona law.

Fire Eater

May 23rd, 2010
5:52 am

I can’t wait to see Nathan Deal’s ads tying Barnes and the Democrats to the “Buford Highway”/”Dekalb-Clayton” crowd of third world invaders to Georgia. Race will be the defining issue of this race probably more than any other.

T. Baker

May 23rd, 2010
6:53 pm

Who care about King Rat Roy.
He will NEVER be re-elected.
The teachers hate him.
The flaggers hate him.
He is history.

Gay Blade

May 23rd, 2010
6:55 pm

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Gay Blade

May 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

Ole Roy is a true Democrat.
He supports Obama.
He will turn water into wine and make Georgia shine.
Ole Roy supports cap and tax, Nationalizing health care, government take over of GM and the stimulus plan.
Roy is the man for Georgia.

Not Gay, Not Blade

May 24th, 2010
8:49 am

Roy can’t win?? Are you serious?? Well then, please tell everybody which Republican can beat Roy? How about Karen Handel? If you thought Sonny Perdue was great, you’ll love Karen. Or maybe its John Oxendine? I just checked the Vegas oddmakers and slick Johnny is 3 to 1 odds to be indicted before the primary. Well, how about Nathan Deal? Just checked, and he’s 5 to 1. Nobody else on the GOP side has the money, name recognition or the political machine to break 10%.
Maybe thats why 35% of Roy’s support is coming from Republicans. Look at his campaign disclosures.


May 24th, 2010
9:44 am

still waiting on bubba to release is church going schedule.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

May 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

The old school Democratic George Wallace machine is cranking up. Roy – where is your hood?

Reality Train

May 24th, 2010
9:19 pm

Who took the ad down from this column? If the Barnes campaign did it, I am mystified. Wouldn’t they want as much exposure as possible?


May 25th, 2010
3:28 pm

Once was to many georgia will stay in the third world with Barnes,

John Littleton

May 25th, 2010
4:01 pm

Roy Barnes was not a friend to teachers his first time in office and they voted him out of office. Now in one of his TV ads he states that he will give teachers a pay raise. If he does then he will have to raise taxes on everyone in Georgia. Then the those people who work for the state are going to want a raise. Here comes the increase in sales tax, property tax, state income tax. Thank you Roy you going to do it to us again.