Where’s the beef? Dispute broiling over Barnes’ cows

The cows now immortalized in Roy Barnes’ campaign for governor have become a political hot potato: Is that beef legal?

On his spread in Marietta, Barnes has two heifers, Molly and Polly, that were seen recently in a light-hearted campaign commercial. The Democratic former governor, seeking a return to the office in Tuesday’s general election, also had a campaign event last week to introduce the “new additions to their family:” newborn calves Tiger and Frisky.

Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Roy Barnes holds a press conference to prove that he owns cows Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in Marietta.  In a recent campaign ad, Barnes talked about people taking shots at him, and at the end of the ad, an arrow whizzes by, and he remarks, "I sure hope they don't hit one of my cows."  After that ad ran, people wanted to know if the former Georgia governor really owned cows.  According to Barnes, he owns 20 head, including calf Frisky, left, and Molly.  (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Roy Barnes holds a press conference to prove that he owns cows Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in Marietta. According to Barnes, he owns 20 head, including calf Frisky, left, and Molly. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

But now Barnes faces an inquiry with the city of Marietta as to whether those cows are legally grazing on his land. The dispute centers on city zoning laws, which says, in part, that “no livestock shall be kept on a lot containing less than 5 acres.” It’s unclear whether Barnes’ property is that large. City records show the lot his home is built on is only one acre, but Barnes owns other property in the area, too.

Barnes’ campaign manager Chris Carpenter said city zoning laws are confusing, but said if pressed, Barnes would fight “to the highest court in the land” to keep the cows.

City attorney Doug Haynie said the situation is being stripped to the bone in search of answers.

“The city is not concerned with any politics whatsoever,” Haynie said Thursday. “The city has received an inquiry as to whether or not the property is properly zoned for livestock and the city is reviewing that right now.”

Haynie said it will take several days of marinating before a an answer is ready.

Haynie said he could not answer further questions, so it’s unclear who filed the complaint. Barnes’ opponent, Republican Nathan Deal, said it wasn’t them.

Meanwhile, both Barnes and Deal, who hails from poultry country in Hall County, are trying to out-flank each other on the meaty issue.

“This puts Roy’s neighbors in a bind,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. “On the one hand, they don’t want a neighbor who thinks the zoning laws don’t apply to him. On the other hand, they don’t want him to move to the Governor’s Mansion. It’s a conundrum worthy of a philosophical debate.”

Not to be out-done, Barnes gave Deal something to chew on.

“For weeks, Nathan Deal and his Washington friends have been shooting at me, but they know that I can withstand their incoming,” Barnes said. ” So, now they’re taking aim at my cows. But this time he’s attacking my grandkids who adore their new baby calves, Tiger and Frisky.”

83 comments Add your comment

john

October 28th, 2010
11:41 am

This is outrageous, think about the acres!

David S

October 28th, 2010
11:50 am

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

These two clowns are the best evidence there is that the two major parties need to be abolished and send to the dustbin of history.

Vote John Monds.

Burroughston Broch

October 28th, 2010
11:58 am

Laws are meant for the little people, not Roy Barnes.

He wants you to understand, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say do.”

Ralph

October 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Since his grandkids like the calves so much, we should waive the zoning rules. Maybe that is part of the marination process.

You Asked

October 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

Don’t look now Roy but your nit is being picked!

I almost feel sorry for him. Nah.

Disigruntled Republican

October 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Roy worked for what he has, Deal was a DEMOCRATIC Congressman who stuffed his pockets and got caught.
Roy made $5 million and paid taxes of 50%, Deal claims he made $205,000 (who knows) and paid 1.7% in taxes.
Roy has worked and saved, Deal has stolen and borrowed.
Deal borrowed $2.8 million on a $180,000 salary, why don’t you try and see how far you get HAHA
You can invite Roy over for dinner and he will bring the wine, Deal might take the good silverware

EVERY INTELLIGENT REPUBLICAN I KNOW IS VOTING FOR ROY BARNES

Another Conservative Teacher's Husband

October 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

I wouldn’t vote for Roy if you paid me! Monds or Deal…Choose wisely. But don’t even consider Roy and his cows.

USMC DAWG

October 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

@Disgruntled Republican:

You forgot to add that Roy Barnes SUED our great state to SCRAP the voter ID law that was put in place to safeguard our election system.

He wanted ILLEGAL ALIENS and other unknowns to be able to vote in our elections.

He sided AGAINST Georgia when it came time to protect our voting system!

Roy Barnes is for ILLEGAL ALIENS, moron!

Mayor Still

October 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Hey disgruntled (aka Roy): you never were a conservative or a republican. You know damn well no republicans are voting for you. You had your chance and the voters sent you back to your “farm”.

thomas

October 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Is this supposed to be ha ha funny? Aaron, funny is not your long suit.

Social Moderate, Fiscal Conservative

October 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

I think cows would do nicely at the Governor’s Mansion. And we could eliminate mowing.

Paddy O

October 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

Roy should be able to tell you how many acres, connected together, he has. 5 acres is not that very big – if the City of Marietta can not tell you within a half hour if he is violating the zoning ordinance, their entire community development staff should probably be fired.

Bryan

October 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

The law is the law. I don’t care your age, race, sex, political views. If you have illegal livestock on property not zoned for them, take them off. Barnes is not any different from the rest of us. If he is found in violation, he should be punished like the rest of us would be. Would you want to live next door to a cow pasture? I did when I was a child and it is not pleasant.

Also, why is Barnes running again? Didn’t he do so poorly the first time that a Republican got elected for the first time in over 50 years when he was governor? And how did Deal win the Republican nod? He seems like a crock pot of bad decisions, poor policy, and awful ethics. Who else is running? Do they have problems too? Heck, I may write in Butch Davis or Big Boi for Governor and hope they do a better job than anyone else running.

Paddy O

October 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Bryan – you seem to be a real johnny come lately – if you don’t know the answers to your questions, you really are too ignorant to be posting something on this blog. How long have you lived in GA?

Where's the Brains

October 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Why is it a crime for Roy Barnes to be successful? As a republican, I think our party’s biggest fault right now is the fact we are championing losers and morons because college degrees and business success are signs of the “elite”. Deal appears ethically and monetarily bankrupt, but somehow he’s the best we could put forward. Maybe everyone with half a brain realized that politics is too scummy a game to play, but I sure would hate the thought of having a daughter that looked up to Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell.

urban redneck

October 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

anybody else want a steak now?

john l

October 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

monds is the best choice, barnes is a dummy, deal is a crook.

RJ

October 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

So, Barnes will sue Marietta to keep his cows even if he is in vilolation of City ordinance. So, he thinks just because he is a lawyer he can run rough shod over the laws of the city of Marietta.

Isn’t this the same lawyer who , after getting defeated for a second term for Governor?, turned around and sued the state of Georgia over it’s voter registration law? This guy is just out of touch and cost the state many millions to defend the votetr registration law. And , if i recall correctly he lost that lawsuit just like he lost the Governor’s mansion. Enough of Roy is enough!

partlycloudy

October 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

I do like Roy as I’ve known him since 1968 and he’s honest and nice but I don’t want him raising beef to eat, and those are beef cattle. Yikes.
So vote for Roy but make him promise to not eat (or breed again) anymore of those cows!

john l

October 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

either way were screwed on this election. dumb and dumber.

partlycloudy

October 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

If you vote for Monds you are actually voting for Deal because then he’ll win. Remember Nader ruining it for Al Gore?

Roy is smart and he’s honest.
I am shocked that people would vote for Deal who has bankrupted himself, over $5M in debt, but then this is the country who voted for Bush2 and he’d run both an oil company and the Texas Rangers baseball team into the ground before he ran up our national debt.
And no, I did not vote for Obama. I can flame both sides, LOL

kEditor

October 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

“Haynie said it will take several days of marinating before a an answer is ready.” Was your editor on break?

GA BOY

October 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Com’on guys, and get real… Its not the total collection of property you have, It is the plot that the livestock is pasturing on. If it is on his homestead of an acre, thats too small, even for one cow, (1 have 1.2, and I couldn’t properly graze a cow) and dis-adjointing properties don’t count, as even connection properties that have a barrier (fence).
King Roy needs to play by the same rules the rest of us do…

john l

October 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

HL

October 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

When do people start leaving these annoying CAPITALIZED words out of their comments. It is annoying and childish.

Thanks.

Back to the topic – it is embarrassing that people from the “land of the free” always hack on the “illegals” (as USMC Dawg did) and forget where their grandparents are from.
Roy Barnes did for sure not want illegal to vote for him (since it would be stupid for illegals to go and vote since they still need an ID).

@Burroghston Broch: Well, the cows might be illegally held, but I’d rather have a governor that brakes the law to feed some cows than a governor that not pays taxes and still goes bankrupt despite giving himself lots of money due to D.C. connections…..it is a different stage of corruptness.

But both are unelectable.

@disgruntled Republican: Very good. The republican party is gone. It is only a leftover of corrupt state sell out that have no idea about fiscal conservatism (neither moral conservatism when you follow all the recent scandals). The democrats are also pretty divided. It is time that MOR republicans and MOR democrats found a new party….

pb

October 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Disgruntled Republican:

If all your Republican friends are voting for Barnes, they are not really Republicans. I don’t really care that much about the “cow” issue, but we don’t need Barnes any more. Where is the proof Deal is a crook? If he was such a crook, he would not have owed money on the loan to his daughter and son-in-law. He would have stolen somewhere. I hope you Democrats learn your lesson on Nov. 2.

tr

October 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

NoBama, No Barnes, No Cows. Plus, Barnes has three cows if you count you know who.

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

wasnt deal one of the 15 most corrupt congressmen in the us? we want him as our governor??? vote monds the only one with any sense.

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

p.b. he resigned before the ethics charges were brought against him.

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

pb

October 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

John I:

A lot of people resign one office when they run for another office, not just because someone says they are crooked. And have you looked at that list of the 15 most corrupt politicians in Washington? A lot of the names on their are people, both Dem. and Repub., who have really done nothing criminal. And who made this list anyway? What is their background or bias?

tr

October 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Yes, vote Monds! Send these two into a runoff!

Barack Obama LOVES Larry Sinclair

October 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

Roy Barnes:

WRONG for Cobb County,

WRONG for Georgia.

He is Obese, too.

Mel

October 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

This is such a *MINOR* issue compared to the things Deal has done. And if the land isn’t zoned for farm animals, then it’s Roy’s responsibility to do something else with them. I’m no fan of Roy, but Deal is a joke of a politician. LANDED ON THE LIST OF MOST CORRUPT CONGRESSMEN in 2009!!!!! God help us if he’s elected.

pb

October 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

All I know for sure is if we elect Barnes, we will be sorry before the 4 years is up. So good luck, if you vote him in!

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

keep believing the hype pb. he just happend to resign the day before!!!! keep following the heard. sheep.

Mel

October 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

pb, wake up. I’m fine with Monds, but Deal is a disgrace.

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

crook and a dummy. ga is in trouble. vote monds the only one not owned by anyone.

USMC DAWG

October 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

@ HL: “it is embarrassing that people from the “land of the free” always hack on the “illegals” (as USMC Dawg did) and forget where their grandparents are from.”

Are your grandparents illegal aliens? Mine are not.

It is irresponsible, NAIVE idiots like you that are killing our great nation.

If you want to “cheapen” your citizenship, that’s your business, but don’t throw ours away because you don’t have the “stones” to admit the truth about ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and be responsible.

Yeah, let’s just let all of our enemies send their absentee ballots from Russia and China while we are at it, MORON.

Karl Marx

October 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

Sounds like a load of BS from both sides… DOH!

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

karl thats why monds makes so much sense. there is a another choice.

Mel

October 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

USMC DAWG, we were all illegal when this country was “discovered”. Ever think that Native Americans should have had a stricter immigration policy?

USMC DAWG

October 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

No Mel, we were not ILLEGAL ALIENS when this country was founded. You are flat wrong.

Every country in the history of the world was founded by the displacement of indiginous people.

There were very few indiginous people and they hadn’t even mastered the concept of the “wheel”.

If you hate this country, leave. Oh yeah, they won’t put up with your nonsense anywhere else. Go travel a bit and you will learn.

Madison

October 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

Mel, you are right. The Native American didn’t have a strict immigration policy and look what happened to them. Let’s be smart enough to not make the same mistake.

just look it up

October 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

Plats are available online to the public. He’s got 5.1 acres. City requires 5 acres. No law broken. Can we pls focus on something of importance such as our schools or how we are going to get more jobs into our great state? This is a truly desperate attempt to throw focus off the important issues.

john l

October 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

well much to do about nothing. imagine that.

USMC DAWG

October 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

@Madison:
“Mel, you are right. The Native American didn’t have a strict immigration policy and look what happened to them. Let’s be smart enough to not make the same mistake.”

Now, that was witty and right on.

Mel

October 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

USMC DAWG, methinks you have anger issues.

Old devil

October 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

I think voting for the lesser of evils is our only choice in this race. I will say that this has been the most negative campaign I have witnessed in recent memory. They should have another choice called “None of the above”.

Glock19

October 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hey Mel, USMC Dawg, actually all Americans were aliens. There are no true NATIVE Americans. The people we call Native Americans migrated here 30k years ago from Asia.