The Republican Governors Association has inserted itself in a big way in the Georgia governor’s race, launching a television ad statewide Wednesday that hits hard at Democratic nominee Roy Barnes.
The 30-second spot aims to tie Barnes to Democratic President Barack Obama. Barnes faces Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds in November.
“Our president has traveled the globe apologizing for America,” a narrator intones as images of Obama fills the screen. “Our former governor Roy Barnes is traveling the state apologizing for his first term in office. Apologizing for his disastrous education results. Apologizing for his arrogance. Apologizing for ignoring the will of the people.
“Roy Barnes and Barack Obama need to know: Georgians don’t want apologies. They want results.”
“Only two liberal lawyers who have spent a lifetime in politics would believe that an apology tour, whether it’s in Cairo, Egypt or Cairo, Georgia, would lead voters to forget their lust for power and disastrous policies,” said RGA executive director Nick Ayers, a Georgia native who helped Republican Sonny Perdue topple Barnes’ re-election bid in 2002.
The RGA has also started a website, Roybama.com, to chronicle the “Obama-Barnes apology tour.” Visit the site to see the new ad.
The RGA also made news Tuesday when it was announced that the parent company of the Fox News Channel had donated $1 million to the RGA and helped the GOP group more than double its fundraising in the second quarter of the year.