11:10 am September 28, 2010, by Christopher Seward
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes canceled a fund-raiser with Bishop Eddie Long last week after news broke that the popular DeKalb minister faced several sexual coercion lawsuits filed by male parishoners.
Now comes word from WSB-TV reporter Lori Geary that Barnes plans to hold on to thousands of dollars in campaign contributions the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor has donated.
Geary spoke exclusively with Democratic nominee Roy Barnes about his political relationship with Long that spans two decades. Barnes said he has no plans to return Long’s $5,000 in contributions.
“The allegations are troubling but there’s not been one deposition taken, not one thing. Let’s let the legal process work,” said Barnes.
Last week Barnes canceled a scheduled fundraiser with Long. Barnes told Geary the decision was mutual.
“I haven’t talked to him. I sent messages back and forth. Of course we knew the press would be there and we didn’t want to take away from our fundraiser. In any regard, we just thought it was appropriate. It was jointly reached by staff,” said Barnes.
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