Perdue aide: Showing humility might benefit Barnes

In TV ads aired earlier this month, the Republican Governors Association ridiculed Roy Barnes, the Democratic nominee for governor, for apologies he’s issued for moving too fast during his first term.

But at least one employee of Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks Barnes’ strategy has merit. From

Tommy Hills, the state’s chief financial officer and a top Perdue aide, thinks the overtures might be a smart move on Barnes’ part. “If he’s able to portray himself as a humble person, I would think it has more benefit than detriment to him, because I don’t think most voters who have some opinion of Governor Barnes would think he’s a very reticent or shy person,” Hills says. “Contrition may play in his favor.”

Barnes’ longtime friend [Buddy] Darden puts it this way: “Some people think it’s groveling, but you know, the world loves a reformed sinner. But he’s done that now, and as we go into the general election, you’ll see a little bit of a different campaign.”

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Roy Barnes

August 26th, 2010
1:43 pm

Republicans want to starve puppies, take away social security from the elderly and return African Americans to slavery.

I promise, under a Barnes administration, these things will never happen !

Roy Barnes

August 26th, 2010
2:14 pm

I also promise to give teachers the pay and respect they deserve.
I also promise to solve the transportation and water problems for metro Atlanta.
I also promise to cut taxes, restore local property tax breaks, and to walk on water.

Jerry Mandering

August 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

So it was humility that kept him away from President Obama? What a sacrifice! Ol’ Roy looks a lot like Boss Hogg in that light colored suit he’s wearing now.

Jayne M. Barker

August 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

Jim, if this is supposed to be some kind of a joke, I really don’t think it’s funny…
I request that you take both posts off immediately. Sincerely JMB

Nathan Deal

August 26th, 2010
3:22 pm

I promise to keep doing what Sonny has done for our state. If you like how things have gone for 8 years, elect me to do it even more — plus I’ll get to make a bunch of money off of the state.

Jerry Mandering

August 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

Roy has always been fond of the Manderings. He gerrymandered us right out of our district when he was in office before. We suspect he’ll be doing creative things like that again if elected.

Billy in Savannah

August 27th, 2010
5:52 am

Say what you may, former Governor Barnes was a brave and wise governor. Perdue got elected on the flag issue which should not have been an issue. I am a native born southerner with Confederate ancestors on all sides of my family. The blue flag that Barnes used was actually a close replica of the flag our Georgia home guard used in the vain attempt to defend our state from the invaders. I love my home state and miss the days when Georgia was viewed as the most progressive state in our Southern homeland. He will fairly govern all of us (white, black, straight, gay, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim) and not practice the despicable practice many (and not all) Republicans practice of “let’s hate somebody”. I urge all Georgians to proudly vote for Barnes in November and remember our wise state motto, “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation”. We may not agree with everything Barnes does, but his actions will not be done with self interest in mind. I believe he truly cares for Georgia and does what he believes his best. That is what we need. Then, when the time comes, debate the issue at hand. Do not call names and single out some group.