Barnes, Deal miss face-to-face with business group

When Central Atlanta Progress called political figures, academics and business leaders together last week to brainstorm about ways to improve Georgia’s position in the Southeast, organizers were disappointed the two top gubernatorial candidates phoned in rather than drove down.

CAP’s GeorgiaForward Forum was held at Macon State College. Organizers told the Macon Telegraph they tried their best to get Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican Nathan Deal to show up in person.  A Barnes aided said the former governor was at a political event. Deal’s camp said he had meetings and that he had to serve on a National Federation of Independent Businesses panel. This is from the  Telegraph’s repor:

Both candidates were invited to attend but ended up being interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting anchor Rickey Bevington, who asked each candidate the same set of questions. By not being present, however, none of the attendees were able to follow up on comments either candidate made.

Deal, for example, said the toughest thing about being governor would be to turn down the requests of his friends, something that might have been interesting for media to follow up with considering he was facing possible ethics charges before resigning from Congress earlier this year.

Both candidates also brought unintentional moments of humor. Deal, the Republican, called the teleconference back a few minutes after his session, not recognizing the number on caller ID and asking the room full of attendees who had just called him.

Barnes, the Democrat, talking on his cell phone while on the road, couldn’t hear Bevington correctly when she asked him how he would define leadership. Barnes heard the question as how he would “find” leadership.

16 comments Add your comment

Roy Barnes

August 30th, 2010
3:01 pm

Corporations and business are the enemy ! They want to make profits off the backs of the oppressed workers and take advantage of the poor, simple-minded and feeble!

Only government can create jobs and prosperity !


August 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

Pray tell how can the party of tax and spend (ie Democrats) attract businesses and manufacturing jobs to Georgia without giving tax breaks and other incentives to the “evil” corporations? It’s not happening.

Barnes is out promising raises to teachers and “good paying jobs” and has no idea where the money will come from or who will be creating these jobs.

We need fewer lawyers running our government, and more everyday peoople, not lifetime government hacks or those who profit off government like Roy Barnes !

David Staples

August 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

GA VOTER – Republicans aren’t much different… being the party of spend it anyways… (just don’t tax us to pay for it). John Monds is talking about cutting spending *and* taxes. He has my vote.

ex State employee

August 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

In case your not so well informed commentator don’t realize it, both Barnes and Deal are attorneys


August 30th, 2010
6:12 pm

who cares? sounds like a bunch of crooks wanting some corporate welfare in the near future.

The Ghost of Gene Talmadge

August 30th, 2010
11:45 pm

Everytime too many bloggers type bad things about King Roy, the AJC shuts down the story and lists a new headline.

That Bobby Kahn gets around.

Concerned Citizen

August 31st, 2010
12:34 am

I believe Roy Barnes did say that in order to recoup the money to give teachers pay raises and not furlough them that he would CUT special interest tax breaks making the state more money to give back to teachers


August 31st, 2010
6:59 am

Cutting special interest tax breaks will not “recoup” the money to give teachers’ their raises.

You must have gone to public school !

If Barnes somehow gets elected he’ll be dealing with a Republican legislature, not the Tom Murphy-led gangsters of generations past.

Billy in Savannah

August 31st, 2010
7:47 am

You Republicans are really entertaining to read. You do not want government meddling, but yet I would bet you would not turn in your SS check or Medicare for your parents. Give the Dems a break, where would SS recipients be now if privatization of the SS system had been allowed to go through during the Bush years. On another note, say all you want about Barnes. He has never been accused of not being ethical. He is guilty of poor communications during his term. I say give him another shot as this state is in a mess and it will take someone of his intelligence and abilities to help get us out of it.

Jason T

August 31st, 2010
7:58 am

Billy in Savannah

August 31st, 2010
7:47 am
“You Republicans are really entertaining to read. You do not want government meddling, but yet I would bet you would not turn in your SS check or Medicare for your parents…”

And why should their SS and Medicare be “turned in” as you say? Was it an OPTION for them to PAY INTO the system? Did they have a CHOICE?
Hell no, they were FORCED by the Imperial Federal Government to pay. You Dems are hilarious. You always use this BS line, like it was some kind of “multiple choice” to pay SS and Medicare taxes. Just more Dem thinking—-the clowns in Washington know how to spend your money than you do. What a joke.


August 31st, 2010
8:40 am

Democrats, through high taxes and regulation, are friendly to the business community, the creator of jobs in the private sector. If you believe this, you are an uneducated imbecile.

Georgia needs more private sector jobs, not non-producing government jobs that Barnes and the other lawyers want to legislate into existence.

Travis McGee

August 31st, 2010
9:10 am

It’s un-freakin’-believeable that out of a population of almost 10,000,000 million residents in Georgia, Deal and Barnes are the best we can come up with for governor.

Travis McGee

August 31st, 2010
9:12 am

Unregulated business will not produce the utopia conservatives promise.

Jason T

August 31st, 2010
9:16 am

Unrestrained Government does not produce the Utopia liberals promise.

Working Georgian

August 31st, 2010
9:25 am

Without tax incentives (breaks for the dreaded wealthy) to attract employers, how exactly will Barnes and the Democrats create jobs?

Barnes is talking more GOVERNMENT jobs !

Taxed Enough

August 31st, 2010
10:45 am

Barnes and the Democrats whine about Georgia’s inept public education and how its been mismanaged by the Republicans since 2003.

It wasn’t any better before 2003. Its been an ongoing disaster in Georgia and most of the South.

Every teacher could get paid an annual $125,000 salary and your child’s education would not improve one iota.

Could the problem be a little deeper than teacher salaries?

Could it be generational? If the parents didn’t place any importance on the value of their own education, how apt are their offspring to do so?

Tune out the drivel being dished out by the teacher unions and the politicians pandering for their vote.