Barnes: I made mistakes, ready to move forward

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, in announcing his return to electoral politics, said Wednesday he made mistakes in his first term, but that he has learned from those days. 

Now, he said, he’s ready for another shot. 

“When I was governor before, I didn’t do enough listening,” Barnes said from a small stage in a packed meeting room at the Hilton conference center and hotel in Marietta. “I realize I was impatient and I had an aggressive agenda. I didn’t take time to explain why I thought certain issues were important or time-sensitive and critical to make a Georgia that could be instead of a Georgia that was.

“But, let me tell you, my momma told me I was the hardest-headed kid God put on the face of the Earth. And momma was always right. But I did learn from those experiences and from those mistakes and I learned also from my successes.”

Barnes said he called the three other Democrats already seeking the party’s nomination Wednesday morning. 

“They’re all good folks,” Barnes said. “This is who has the training and the experience and the vision to do what we need to do right now.”

Barnes said he believes the obstacles that blocked his path to re-election in 2002 have been, or will be, minimized. The teachers who were angry at him over his plans for increased accountability or loss of tenure have come to work and thrive in just those environments, thanks to federal and state programs like No Child Left Behind, Barnes said. 

And as for the battle over the state flag, where Confederate heritage supporters turned on him over his support for a compromise that included a reduced rebel emblem, Barnes said there are more important issues at hand. 

Barnes reached for the current Georgia flag, standing behind him. 

“This flag is fine with me,” Barnes said, and turned toward the U.S. flag. “But there’s one flag I like even better and it’s this one right here. And for all those who say we ought to secede from the Union and we ought to start our own nation, that’s about what drove me into this race.”

On the issues, Barnes said transportation and education top the list. First priority, he said, is to stop the bleeding in education but to immediately get to work on solving transportation. Water and the future of the resource for the growth of the region is also a top need. 

Barnes showed the fire that helped him go from country lawyer to state lawmaker to governor (and back to country lawyer). When told that some Republicans appear to lying in wait for him, ready to re-fight the battles of the 2002 campaign, Barnes came close to borrowing Republican Karen Handel’s new slogan: “Bring it on.”

“I’ve been cussed by experts for 30 years,” Barnes said. “And some of these folks are just rank amateurs.”

Barnes said he hopes the race is on a higher plane, that issues rule the day. But Handel’s campaign has already taken a shot at Barnes, referencing the “rat” video that helped sink him in 2002.

“Have we got to this, that we can’t talk about water and transportation and education?”  Barnes said Wednesday. “The only way you know to run a race is to call somebody names and dress them up in rat suits? Do you think the people of Georgia are so less informed that they don’t have enough sense? I believe they do.

“My mistake before was I should have called them on it. This is about the future. It’s not about that. If they want to rehash things, fine. I’ll talk about specific things to solve the problems that affect them every day.

“Let them do what they want to do on petty politics.”

185 comments Add your comment

EVL

June 3rd, 2009
2:52 pm

Welcome back Governor, Welcome back!!

CPP

June 3rd, 2009
3:02 pm

I agree wholeheartedly, Welcome back, Governer!!

Fergit, Hell!

June 3rd, 2009
3:05 pm

KKKaren don’t need no college degree! She’ll just call him a rat!

Mickey

June 3rd, 2009
3:07 pm

Lucy

June 3rd, 2009
3:07 pm

Ditto! Welcome back governor, welcome back!

Sheryl

June 3rd, 2009
3:08 pm

We missed you Roy!

Lucas

June 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

Barnes is good for business.

Cobb EMC Member

June 3rd, 2009
3:10 pm

How could Barnes possibly expect any Cobb EMC members to vote for him? He has chosen to represent none other than Cobb EMC CEO Dwight Brown in the criminal investigation of Brown by the Cobb Prosecuting Attorney. The fraud perpetrated by Brown and his cronies is pretty well know statewide. When money is more important than morals and priciples, voters tend to get turned off. Choosing to stand in support of Brown is a huge mistake that will cost dearly at the polls. Barnes will do worse in the Primary than Cobb’s Bill Byrne did when he ran for Governor. In Cobb County, Barnes may as well have defended OJ Simpson!

Reverie

June 3rd, 2009
3:11 pm

Like we really need ANOTHER lawyer in politics. Roy, we ran you out of office not because of the flag, but because you never met a liberal policy you didn’t support. The last thing we need in this state is another professional politician.

jt

June 3rd, 2009
3:12 pm

DanDawg

June 3rd, 2009
3:12 pm

The status quo has got to go! We need true leadership and problem-solving more than ever. The status quo has got to go!

12Gauge

June 3rd, 2009
3:13 pm

Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me…..

I’ve known you for many years in Cobb Co…even run into you when you go shopping with your wife…but the way you changed once in office tells me that I cannot support you in any political office. Good Luck but don’t expect a different outcome from that last election.

SB

Ab

June 3rd, 2009
3:13 pm

Run Roy Roy!!!!We need you.

Fred

June 3rd, 2009
3:13 pm

You would not listen then and you will not listen now. Trying to SAVE us from video poker machines,when gambling is legal as long as you do it with the state. How many jobs did that did that stupid law cost the state?

And since you brought up that flag let just say that it might not mean much to the people of Atlanta but it does to the rest of the state. The people that have ancesters in the ground fighting for that lost cause. Thats the people who’s vote you need. AND THEY DON’T FORGET.

Welcome back Governor my butt.

Reverie

June 3rd, 2009
3:14 pm

Cobb EMC Member, you are a gutless moron. Comparing Dwight Brown with OJ Simpson proves you are an idiot. The civil case was THROWN OUT OF COURT, not on a technicality but on it’s merits (or lack of). The greed of the nine people behind this lawsuit is well recognized and the desperation of those greedy and pompous blowhards was sickening to watch.

Turd Ferguson

June 3rd, 2009
3:15 pm

I salute you Roy with a Welcome back *POOT*

jdawg

June 3rd, 2009
3:17 pm

There were 22 votes in our family against Barnes, all teacher oriented and they will remain the same…I said many, many times..the silent voter north of the Macon line and south did not vote for him because the state flag was changed over a weekend in Atlanta…and he has a new home now…maybe he can enjoy the pictures that we saw a few weeks ago on the AJC….jdawg

Bill

June 3rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Come on folks be smarter than this.

Volgrad

June 3rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Who wrote this article? Read this …”On the issues, Barnes said transportation and education top the list. First priority, he said, is to stop the bleeding in education but to immediately get to work on solving transportation. Water and the future of the resource for the growth of the region is also a top need.” … then tell me if this is a series of complete thoughts. Good grief. I guess someone was in a rush to make a deadline or was worried about getting scooped.

Jack

June 3rd, 2009
3:21 pm

I will GLADLY vote for Roy Barnes for Governor . Georgia has the HIGHEST unemployment EVER right now after 8 years of these clowns. Georgia leads the nation in unemployment,crime and uneducated people.
Sonny Perdue and the other stooges have destroyed our beloved state in 8 short years.Time to go back to democrat voting.

Eric P.

June 3rd, 2009
3:21 pm

What we need is a leader with a vision for the future. Welcome back, Governor Barnes! Your policies are thoughtful, insightful and progressive. Make it happen! We support creative solutions.

brenda

June 3rd, 2009
3:21 pm

Happy to see you in the race Barnes. You will certainly get my vote!

DannyX

June 3rd, 2009
3:23 pm

What’s not to like? The past 6 years have been just peachy!

If you ignore the petty fighting between Richardson and Cagle. The financial shenanigans of “ethics reformer” Gov Sonny Perdue. The ridiculous refusal to tackle our transportation issues. The soap opera DOT. The complete lack of leadership from our Governor. The stupid Tennessee border dispute. The helicopter rides and flashing red lights. The Insurance payola. Pray for Rain. No Sunday alcohol sales. Georgia Power give away. End of homeowner exemption in exchange for corporate tax giveaways.

If Karen or any other Republican candidate think they can run solely on the rat issue I think they will find themselves caught in one big trap.

Gary C.

June 3rd, 2009
3:24 pm

You’re right, Roy. The flag is a non-issue, but only because Sonny Purdue had the guts to take a stand and do away with that atrocious, typical Democrat effort to please everyone that you brought us.
And, again, you’re right when you talk of the importance of education and the success of “No Child Left Behind”. Oh, don’t forget to tell the good people of Georgia (in your best country drawl) that it was the evil Bush administration that brought that program to the nation.

holly

June 3rd, 2009
3:25 pm

welcome back
hopefully we can put the good ole boys network to rest finally

Rule .303

June 3rd, 2009
3:25 pm

Country lawyer my ass! I was sued by the Barnes group. His client, was pumping gas and my Uhaul nicked the car’s bumper. He sued my insurer for head and neck injury even though he was not in the car and I wasn’t going more than 5mph. The case was later dropped…lol

Ms. Gwinnett

June 3rd, 2009
3:25 pm

I will vote for Barnes and work to get the Gwinnett vote out for him in strong numbers.

The Democrats must look for a strong candidate for the 2010 US Senate race against Johnny Issakson. Also, if Thurmond and Baker leave their statewide offices (Labor Commissioner and Attorney General) the Democrats must have strong replacement candidates and work on getting the Secretary of State office back in the Democratic column too.

There are enough young/new voters, people of color, and progressives to make Georgia a “BLUE” state in 2010 and in the 2012 presidential election. Gwinnett will also have its first Democratic Commissioner in 2010, too.

Bob

June 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

Great, another old white guy running for office.

Jones

June 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

Roy Barnes is an arrogant tool.

kidd huff

June 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

Don’t fear Roy, fear the other idiots under the “Gold Dome”

TIMinSUGARHILL

June 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

terrific……..now I have to go back to worrying whether or not the proposed outer perimeter is going to run through my backyard (literally)

History

June 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

Wasn’t it Barnes who said that “children die everyday” when he was trying to defend Jim Martin’s (and his) mishandling of DHR?

Gwinnett Parent

June 3rd, 2009
3:29 pm

MS. Gwinnett,
I am right behind you in Gwinnett. Add to that, a first Democrat on the school board. :)

Ron N' Mexico

June 3rd, 2009
3:29 pm

The flag flap will never be behind him in my eyes, this douche bag should stick to being what he does best, a lieing crook of a lawyer.

J.D.

June 3rd, 2009
3:31 pm

Sorry Roy… it doesn’t work that way. You don’t ignore the voters and then simply say you’ve learned your lesson and now you’re ready to come back. The proverbial ice-cube in Hades has a better chance at surviving than you being elected again.

Nomore Barnes

June 3rd, 2009
3:33 pm

Go away…..we already got rid of you once!! You had your chance and blew it, now your back again saying your a reformed man? Go back to being a Country Lawyer and leave the law making to the professionals!!

Mark

June 3rd, 2009
3:34 pm

Hmm. Water’s an important issue? What did you do about that the last time you were in office, Roy?

Rgs

June 3rd, 2009
3:34 pm

Roy the Boy!!! My wife is a retired teacher that runs a retired teacher organization and when she heard that “King Roy” was running, she has already begun campaigning against him. Good Luck with the teacher vote!!!

Stephen

June 3rd, 2009
3:37 pm

If it is not Roy Barnes, whoever is elected the next Governor of Georgia needs to be a FORWARD THINKING person that is prepared to lead and get things accomplished instead of just another GOOD ‘OL BOY occupying the title of Governor. We’ve been there and done that way too many times recently (Perdue/Cagle/Murphy), so I am hoping that the citizens of Georgia will move forward in the next elections.

The Georgia state legislature and the metro county elected officials need new progressive people who will put the needs of the people and the metro region above their own personal gains and quest for power. As an example, having all these separate county bus systems in the metro area is not effective and just outright stupid. It is a shame what happened during this last state legislative session in terms of what they ACTUALLY accomplished (not the spin that they spouted to the media when it ended).

PEOPLE..we can do better than the people that are currently in charge!!!!

Jeff

June 3rd, 2009
3:38 pm

Reverie–So Roy is a bit more liberal than is Perdue. So what? At least the state of Georgia was thriving back in the days of Barnes’ leadership. Look at what has happened during Perdue’s leadership. If ever there is a reason to call conservatives to the carpet for being pro-economy, just look at our state and country in present day 2009. Conservative rule has run our economy into the ground, while at the same time providing bailouts to the corporate cronies that helped get us into this mess in the first place, increasing unemployment and exploding welfare rolls. Most of these arguments are what conservatives have used against liberals for years (favor welfare, bad tax policy that creates a weak economy, blah, blah, blah). Those arguments are all crap, and conservatives know it. That doesn’t mean Georgia will re-elect a Democrat for Governor next year (Lord knows it takes GA a few extra years to wake up and see what is happening around them than it does most states…just look at the lack of ability to buy beer and wine on the “Lord’s Day”). How pathetic! At the end of the day, Georgia was much more prosperous during Barnes’ years than we could have ever hoped to be during Perdue’s. Will the people of Georgia realize it? We’ll see.

Sandy

June 3rd, 2009
3:38 pm

Roy your attitude as Kong Rat gave us the failure called Sonny and his crowd.You are doing the Dems a disservice by running. You couldn’t solve transportation or education the first time.

BehindEnemyLines

June 3rd, 2009
3:39 pm

Quite possibly the sorriest piece of human waste in the history of Georgia politics, and his treachery concerning the state flag will never be forgotten. He’s a perfect candidate for the Dems.

No more taxes

June 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

There is no way I want to go back to Roy Barns. He is for big money, big taxes and fits right in with all the other liberals. Hes against schools, and safety.

I am from Texas, state of no sales tax, low corporate taxes and less government intervention. They are not hurting in this recession. If it werent for my employer being here I would not be. I will not support a Roy Barns when we have another candidate that wants to govern like Texas Governs. If you elect Barns look for total back lash and nothing for you. Can you say more corporations will relocate to states like Texas where they have been going for the last 10 years? Yes you can.

I will go with Oxendine who wants to be like Texas and knows where to get the companies and how to relocate them here. He will also do away with state sales tax and lower property and corp taxes. Go John.

Rocky

June 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

I lived in Florida while Barnes was governor, but he was in our news constantly–as an example of what was wrong with Georgia in general and Democrats in particular. I can’t wait.

Bdawg

June 3rd, 2009
3:42 pm

I think Roy was a good governor, obviously made some mistakes, changing the flag wasn’t one of them. Roy had an agenda and plan for our state, more than I can say for Sonny. I hope the teachers can forgive Roy. Surely they wouldn’t support someone like Karen Handel. I’m telling you this woman will not be good for Georgia. Unfortunately our state is one of like three that is getting more and more Republican. I don’t know Roy’s chances. Hopefully at least Nathan Deal will be the GOP nominee, I think I can live with him.

Jessica

June 3rd, 2009
3:42 pm

What is wrong with everyone? It’s no wonder Georgia keeps getting worse and worse. Why would you vote for the same incompetent loser over and over again? Get rid of all of these moronic politians!!!

Stupid is as stupid does.

June 3rd, 2009
3:43 pm

Have you people who are excited about Barns forgot what he was about. Or did you even live in the state when he was governer. Roy Barns was not good for the people, only big money and his friends. He even took away our right to the Rebel flag. Forget about it being a part of what Georgia is. Good gosh, you really want to go back to that?

JESSICA

June 3rd, 2009
3:43 pm

I’ll support Roy.

JESSICA

June 3rd, 2009
3:44 pm

To stupid is as stupid does:
PERFECT NAME FOR YOU!

JESSICA

June 3rd, 2009
3:46 pm

Excuse me. I have friends who live in Texas (Dallas and Houston) and they are hurting during this economy. My friends have degrees and cannot find jobs. So, don’t tell me Texas isn’t hurting because it is!!!!

Zup

June 3rd, 2009
3:47 pm

Hey Roy,
I’ve been a Democrat for 22 years, and I voted against you in 2002–the first time I’ve ever voted for a Republican. Stop shoving teachers around and remember your base. You lost a lot of teachers’ votes.

EVL

June 3rd, 2009
3:47 pm

all of you teachers were lined up proudly at ERS to protest when the dear Gov. Perdue tried to stop your COLA’s. He still has one more session. You better hold on to your checkbook..that’s not all he will cut. And as far as the flag, Perdue didn’t have any plans to let you vote on the Confederate flag, now did he…How did that work for all of you teachers and flaggers? I don’t think you got what you wanted.

Zup

June 3rd, 2009
3:48 pm

P.S.: Good luck!

EVL

June 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

And I would bet to apply for 90% of the jobs at Sec of States office you must have some sort of college degree, just not to be the Secretary of State….what’s up with that?

Egbert

June 3rd, 2009
3:50 pm

Roy Barnes = Tom Murphy with hair (albeit really BAD hair), Eugene Talmadge without suspenders, and Joe Frank Harris with a law degree. For those of you new to Georgia, ol’Roy is the worst caricature of the good-old-boy 1950’s Georgia yellow-dog Democratic demagogue that you can imagine. He is a multi-millionaire who claims to be the friend of the working man. Plus, if his challenge to Georgia’s voter ID law had withstood legal scrutiny, how many illegals would have voted in our last statewide election?

Here’s hoping that the voters of this state rise up and crush King Roy’s kingly aspirations, as we did in 2002.

Zup

June 3rd, 2009
3:50 pm

EVL, you’re borderline illiterate.

EVL

June 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

and you know this how?

[...] – Well, Barnes does get some credit Via Aaron Gould Sheinin at the AJC – And as for the battle over the state flag, where Confederate heritage supporters turned on him [...]

Cobb EMC Member

June 3rd, 2009
3:53 pm

Reverie, nice to hear from a member of the Brown family. You are correct, my apologies to OJ.

EVL

June 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

I am certainly not illiterate, and everything I say is true. Your teacher wife must really need tenure!!

Jennifer

June 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Welcome back, Governor!!

Bryan

June 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Sonny Perdue’s 02 victory was a huge mistake, now let’s get Barnes back and get this state going in the right direction again!

ERS

June 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Hey Ms. Gwinnett….Take your DEMOCRAP arse back on up north to one of those “BLUE” states, oh yeah, Take Roy with you, we don’t want him.

Honesty

June 3rd, 2009
3:58 pm

What’s on your Sonny Do List?

Sp Ed Teacher

June 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

A lot of us teachers voted AGAINST Roy and it sure payed off. Just because we are finished for the 2008-2009 school year doesn’t mean we stop thinking about school. I was at that meeting when you bashed us and your wife sat on the stage behind you with tears on her cheeks. She retired as a teacher.

45-42

June 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Make Gwinnett blue? LOL. This is a Republican county, not to mention STATE. Good luck with that chick.

ERS

June 3rd, 2009
4:02 pm

Jessica, you asked “Why would you vote for the same incompetent loser” we didn’t, that is the reason King Roy was put out of office !!

County Commissioner Jim

June 3rd, 2009
4:03 pm

Guv’ner….Man, I thought I was done for when I bought all that “useless” property on the Northern Arc right of way and ol’ Perdue killed the road. Now that you might be coming back to momma’s house, how about starting that Northern Arc back so me and all my County Commissioner buddies can make a lot of money. You know, you scratch my back, and I’ll get your back (wink-wink)

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

June 3rd, 2009
4:04 pm

RoytheCrook gave 100 million medicaid dollars to his out of state lawyer pals for telling Ga medicaid how to cheat the feds on the state cost share. RoytheCrook gave Ga 400 Toll money to his fat cat developer cronies for Atlantic Station. Just say NO to crooks in the Guv’s mansion.

Dr. Craig Spinks /Evans

June 3rd, 2009
4:04 pm

“This is about the future!” Welcome back, Governor!

aps

June 3rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Does anyone remember the Outer Loop and how Barnes and his buddies were all going to benefit from having bought land that just happened to be in the Outer Loop path?

[...] says he’s learned the importance of humility since his defeat. For the state’s sake, I hope he has. It was his hubris that so much damage [...]

Captain

June 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

The King of Egos cannot stay away. Sir Roy absolutely MUST be involved in politics, we couldn’t do without him in his mind. His massive ego and arrogance got him beat last time and his association with various Democrat radical groups will bite him this go round. Many of us cannot forget nor understand why Barnes chose to challenge the Voter ID bill in Georgia. Maybe Roy can explain why it is asking too much of a voter to furnish the same identification to vote as that person used to buy their favorite adult beverage at the liquor store, what say you Roy? Some of us will not forget his re-appointment of Don Leebern to the Board of Regents and all the personal issues Leebern and his girlfriend brought along.

johnatl

June 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Welcome back, indeed! I have been PRAYING for this day for 8 LONG YEARS. It is time to join the 21st Century, and this is the man that can get us there.

There was a time not so long ago that this State was considered the progressive vanguard of the region. We can regain that status now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Roy for “coming home.”

I will be willing to go door to door for you!

Rusty

June 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

I think the “Obama buyer remorse” has killed any chance for a Democrat to get elected for anything,anywhere for a VERY long time. Thank God.

matt

June 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

2004 was a good year. We are able to vote against John Kerry AND gay marriage in the same election.
In 2010 we get another chance to vote against King Rooooy, thats almost as good …

deezanutz@hotmail.com

June 3rd, 2009
4:19 pm

HELL NAWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! STAY AT HOME

The Dogfighter Returns

June 3rd, 2009
4:20 pm

Geaorgia and forward do not belong together. Georgia and backwards is appropriate.

Walletman

June 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

I will now make a point to vote in the upcoming election, to make sure that I place my vote AGAINST Roy. Sorry, it ain’t happening, Roy, we saw what you really were about, which wasn’t the voice of the majority of voters in this state. Dream all you want, Libs, he ain’t coming back….

Carlotta Harrell

June 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Finally, Governor Barnes, you are back. We need you and I will support you in every effect possible. Governor Barnes as for those haters let them hate. If you stick to the issues and what change you will bring about that’s what people want to hear. The people of Georgia don’t want to hear all of the attacks like what Karen Handel is doing she just insure and insufficient and has absolutely no class. Roy Barnes for Governor 2010 time for a change.

tc

June 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

good luck Roy…..in this redneck state you are going to need it.

look at the general assembly eric johnson, casey cagle, romeo, tommy williams….good grief charlie brown

only repub worth a hoot is johnny i. and unfortunately, i think DC has changed him none for the better

then there is sonny (photo op) perdue what a waste….his wife should’ve been gov

between national and state repubs (bush/cheney and perdue) GA is in deep ….
roy can’t turn it around over nite, but his mind, vision and experience far exceeds any other gubnatorial candidate

Jeff

June 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

Rusty—”Obama Buyer Remorse”? What are you smoking? Have you seen his favorable ratings lately? Mid to high 60s. Thank God we have a president with a mind that can think and talk and act intelligently. He has more on his plate than “W” ever had at any one time, and he is managing it brilliantly. You may not agree with his policies, per se. I certainly don’t agree with all of them, but I am thrilled to have a leader in that office once again that has command of his responsibilities and is trying like hell to repair the damage from the previous 8 years. I give him an A- to date.

John

June 3rd, 2009
4:25 pm

If Georgians have any intelligence or care about our state at all, they will vote for and get behind Roy Barnes.

Jeff

June 3rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Matt—You’re still obsessing over John Kerry and gay marriage. The perfect example of “backwards”. You’re republican, right?

JJ

June 3rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Same Barnes that tried to sign a over a huge technology contract – admitting that is saved the state no money – to WORLDCOM (remember them everyone)????

I think not.

Keep you day job, Barnes.

the evil rich

June 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Can you say retread, or is that retard?

12Gauge

June 3rd, 2009
4:30 pm

Progressive….a fine word that’s been usurped by those that want to take what you have and give to those that don’t…..equal playing fields….not exactly……because those that need don’t always deserve to be given the sweat of other people’s hard work. Some people expect those that have to share everything and they insure you will by having the government dig deeper into the Have’s pockets and distributing it to everyone else. Roy & his cronies are just Socialists in Sheep’s clothing….just like the Demandocrats in Washington.

Americans are the largest donors of financial & food support for the needy anywhere in the world, but it’s all voluntary. With our “change” government in Washington and what is Roy is proposing will take away the “voluntary” and make it mandatory.

SB

Mike

June 3rd, 2009
4:30 pm

It is great to have a candidate with brains who cares about this state!
It will be great to see Curly, Perdue , the stooge go home. Or does he still have a home? Sounds like he has dug himself and this state in a deep hole!

Dave

June 3rd, 2009
4:31 pm

Anyone else noticed how Karen Handel has changed to SOS website to match her campaign colors? The template lettering used to be blue and red, but now it’s blue and green. Pitiful.

raymond

June 3rd, 2009
4:32 pm

[...] We’ll pick through Roy Barnes press conference later — my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin already has an extensive account up at Gold Dome Live. [...]

Saving Georgia from Roy Barnes

June 3rd, 2009
4:34 pm

Roy Barnes, -You were so awful as governor that the people of Georgia elected a joke like Sonny Perdue. You are a total loser sir. There are plenty of good people that could lead Georgia…and Georgia will good leadership to survive the wreckage that Robert Mugabe-lite up in the Whitehouse will leave behind.

County Commissioner Jim's Very Close Friend

June 3rd, 2009
4:35 pm

Woohoo…were in the money now…..http://assets.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2002/05/20/story3.html?q=%20northern%20arc%20%20ownership. YeeHaw!!

Dwayne Waddelton(DWade)

June 3rd, 2009
4:36 pm

Some of you are saying Roy got voted out because of the flag but Sonny got voted in because he said he would change it back and look what your republican go fish buddy did to all of you(Are you o k from picking your jaw up off of the ground after he slapped the taste out of your mouths)

Mark

June 3rd, 2009
4:38 pm

And why should we vote for him again? And what did he do the first term to deserve a second chance. He supported Obama/Biden ticket so no thanks Roy. His aristocratic attitude will come out again.

joe democrat

June 3rd, 2009
4:47 pm

Finally someone who may put back in place the austerity cuts that our current govenor dosent feel is important to run a school system. I sit on a board of education,our current govenor and the republican party have cut us over 3 million dollars in his term. They try to force us to tax our citizens with milage rate increases to make up for thier cuts in school funding. I guess they send thier children to rich private schools. I voted for sonny (shame on me) I will be for Roy THIS TIME!!!!

House Bill 277

June 3rd, 2009
4:49 pm

Heck Commissioner, you are late to the party….we dun got her started..http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/02/03/georgia_roads_bill.html..Now, all ol Barnes has to do is to grease the skids, and we’re all making money!!!

12Gauge

June 3rd, 2009
4:49 pm

Why is it that everyone concentrates on the Governor or President…the fact that there are successes or failures in Government rests equally with the General Assembly & Congress. The Governor & President either Signs or Vetoes the Bill passed by either group.

Since every politician is more worried about getting re-elected than actually looking out for their constituents, it really makes little difference in who gets elected, other than ‘most’ Repubs are a little Right to where most “Dumbs” are. Both Parties are actually further Left of Center than the Founding Fathers wanted any of our governments (Fed, State or Local) to be.

The government can NOT do everything or be everything. It is the People that must be responsible for their own actions, welfare & well-being. Expecting someone sitting in a desk 50 or 500 miles away to know what you need is unrealistic and foolish.

The Federal Government has already created different classes of people….if you are involved in Car Manufactering or Banking, you are now in a class all by yourself and you work for the Federal Government.

Ultimately, it’s all about Power & Money….the Power is supposed to rest in the hands of the People, but our current Federal Government is rapidly taking that Power for themselves. We have become Sheeple because of the Dumbing Down of America. Go ahead re-elect Roy & his Cronies, I promise, you will live to regret it.

SB

dave

June 3rd, 2009
4:52 pm

I would have thought you guys could have picked a new loser, but instead you want an older loser. Folks, Roy wasn’t smart enough to run the state, he let Bobby Kahn do it for him and they both got what they deserved.

jwilli120

June 3rd, 2009
4:55 pm

i will not vote for anyone who will not approve alcohol on sundays,
but they will have you go to a resturant or sports bar on sunday and
you end up getting a DUI, VERY GOOD GA GOVERNOR

BobDog

June 3rd, 2009
4:57 pm

Roy was a good governor. I’m glad to see someone with some sense and the courage to lead in the race. What did Sonny do? Not a darn thing of merit. I’ve voted for a lot of Republicans over the years, but I’m about done with voting for those fools.

James

June 3rd, 2009
4:58 pm

Personally, I’d rather vote for Poythress in the Dem. primary. But if Roy gets the nomination he’s got my vote in the general, especially over Karen Handel or Ox. Ugh. Those two are so corrupt it’s astounding.

JD

June 3rd, 2009
4:59 pm

Roy was voted out over the confederate flag. Repub. Gov. Perdue promised to bring it back. Now look which flag is flying now. More lies, yet this state is still Repub.

Randy

June 3rd, 2009
5:05 pm

Whether or not you favor the old flag is not the issue in my opinion. The issue is that this man repeatedly rammed things that we didn’t want down our throats when he was Governor. I don’t believe that King Roy has or ever will change. He will be embarrassed if he runs for re-election.

Chris K

June 3rd, 2009
5:09 pm

I hope you win Gov. Barnes. I miss the days you were in office. i will not say the same for that “thing” we have in office now! Anyway. thank you for changing the state flag too. What the idiots of this blog do not remember is that millions were threatning to not visit this great state if we kept that old confederate flag. So to the idiots who can’t get over the whole flag issue, be thankful that someone like Roy Barnes stood up and said, “Change it!” I am!

Lee

June 3rd, 2009
5:15 pm

I vote we leave the union again better that have Roy as gov.

rod

June 3rd, 2009
5:15 pm

Bubba, you werent man enough to put the flag up for a vote ( As a Atlanta native I didnt care one way or the other) but you bowed down to the whiners of the world and did a midnight end around with your own personal design. talk about egos? You are a liberal who supported this administration and its spending. You wer against voter ID. One last note, last time you ran you made it a point to attend a minority church every Sunday for three months. How many times have you gone since? Can you release your minority church schedule this week so we can be ready for it?

NO MORE BARNEY

June 3rd, 2009
5:22 pm

The dolt sounds like a yankee carpetbagger.

chirper

June 3rd, 2009
5:24 pm

Yuck. It just keeps getting worse by the day. Just what we need! Can’t Zell come back instead?!

Ray

June 3rd, 2009
5:27 pm

This country ought to jigsaw out the state of GA and fill the hole with water, being that the only thing worth a crap down here are the lakes.

The idiots of this state get the government they deserve. The South was much better before White Trash overtook Southern Hospitality.

Who’d want to be Governor of a bunch of uneducated, white trash, meth-head smokin’ idiots anyway?

Best bet is finding a way to get Perdue on the ticket again. Rednecks love the way Sonny bend ‘em over :)

chirper

June 3rd, 2009
5:31 pm

He’s a pompous windbag. Please tell me Georgians wouldn’t vote for this loser again. He’s an embarrassment.

Myra

June 3rd, 2009
5:32 pm

This is the best news I’ve seen in a long, long time! Run, Roy, Run!

Rusty

June 3rd, 2009
5:35 pm

Jeff,Didn’t you mean to say “Thank God we have a president with a mind that can read and read and read intelligently”? For a guy who was all but gonna gonna walk on water,he hasn’t done much.His numbers are behind Carters at this stage of his 1st term. Yes, I believe “buyers remorse” fits nicely.

Tom Brown

June 3rd, 2009
5:39 pm

I wouldn’t vote for Barnes if he gave me $1000.00 bucks. He will be crushed by the teachers and people who actually were born in Georgia. He has the pulse of Atlanta but no where else. He is an attourney and we all know the joke “what do you call a 1000 attorneys at the bottom of the sea?” Well it truly applies here.

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Tom Brown

June 3rd, 2009
5:41 pm

Yes you did Roy, Yes you did!

RICK

June 3rd, 2009
5:43 pm

Problem with this post is I’ll bet most of you wanting Barnes back in office must have moved here from Northern States. The same states you probably left because of high taxes and nothing in return. NOW YOU WANT TO COME TO MY GEORGIA AND INSTALL THE SAME KIND OF IDIOTS YOU MOVED AWAY FROM. Why don’t you move back Home instead of making Georgia look like those bankrupt States you came from. 85 heads NORTH and so does Delta!!!

MB

June 3rd, 2009
5:48 pm

Welcome back! We need someone as honest and sensible as you. Thank you for caring for Georgia. I’m ready to work in your campaign!

12Gauge

June 3rd, 2009
5:57 pm

You call us Rednecks like that’s a bad thing….it’s usually the Rednecks that actually get things done instead of all the yellow-talk-to-you-till-you’re-bored liberals.

I only need one thing to decide my vote…..does the AJC endorse a candidate for office?

If the answer is Yes, then my Vote is NO!!!

Don’t be fooled by touchy-feely politicians that promise you everything and deliver nothing!

SB

Vapfo

June 3rd, 2009
5:59 pm

It was the disrepect shown to teachers that may be hard to overcome, not the law enacted.

Southern Bella

June 3rd, 2009
6:00 pm

Sorry, boys, but I’m not impressed. It’s time this state was run by a woman!

Kris in Loganville

June 3rd, 2009
6:14 pm

Roy Barnes is a good man who has always strived to make Georgia a better place for all of its residents. He has spent a career fighting for every day people. He is a man of the people. He wisely and single-handedly pursued plans that would bring Georgia into the 21st century. The worst mistake ever made in this state was replacing this honorable man with that scoundrel Perdue.

You naysayers can complain all you want but I think I speak for many Georgians when I say that Roy Barnes is the man for Georgia in 2010, and I will proudly cast my ballot for him in the primary AND general election!

Go Roy 2010!

Mike Fairbanks

June 3rd, 2009
6:19 pm

Unlike most people here, I’m unafraid to use my real name. That said, I am a Democrat.

I’m also a teacher.

When Barnes ran the first time, I knew he was a snake, and I voted Libertarian for the first time in my life. I felt very satisfied that I did not vote for him, even though he was elected.

I will vote Libertarian again if he is at the top of the ticket.

Barnes was sneaking in the primary leading up to his win for his first (and only) term, and was sneaky while in office.

I’m a Democrat. I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life (except in the primaries…heh, heh, heh), and I will NOT be voting for Roy Barnes.

I’ll vote Libertarian………….again.

Thank you.

CM

June 3rd, 2009
6:20 pm

Welcome Barnes, next governor of the great state of Georgia!

Mike Fairbanks

June 3rd, 2009
6:23 pm

Roy pulled a slick move in the primaries his first time around (convincing the LEADER in the primaries to quit–a low move).

Then he pulled that flag stunt.

He also berated the state’s teachers for no reason. After the huge gains in education under Zell, Barnes came in and said, “It’s cute when a second grader looks up at you and says the dog ate his homework. It’s not cute coming from Georgia’s teachers.”

Sorry, Barnes: Georgia’s teachers will not be behind you, and I’ll be right there to remind every single one of them what you said about the dog and the homework.

I’ll tell them all.

Please reconsider. You simply are not the right person for the job.

CM

June 3rd, 2009
6:26 pm

So, Randy. You really think the Republicans haven’t rammed stuff down the throats of Georgians, too. But they’re also not willing to take on the serious problems … water, transportation. I’ll take any Democrat over Sunny but I’m sure glad to see Barnes in there.

RB

June 3rd, 2009
6:32 pm

Blurgh

June 3rd, 2009
6:35 pm

Blue state this, Red state that…you’re all blind. The two-party system works together to make sure the citizens have no REAL choice. Roy is rehashed garbage. Sonny was a Democrat until it wasn’t politically advantageous to be a Dem in GA. Wake up.

.

June 3rd, 2009
6:40 pm

Shame on Roy for showing his face.

I am a black schoolteacher, and this was the first person to EVER make anyone in my family vote Republican. Guess what – I’ll do it again.

Teachers forgive, but they don’t forget, and we’ll never forget YOU.

darren

June 3rd, 2009
6:44 pm

I’ll vote for Oprah Winfrey before I vote for another Republican. The Republicans have trashed our schools, roads, they have done a terrible job at bringing in business (something they CLAIM to know something about), and worse than all, they knelt in front of the fratboy Bush when he sent our youngmen over to Iraq, some of whom are now dead.

Heck, I’d vote for Mickey freaking Mouse before I voted for another Republican!

BILL

June 3rd, 2009
6:59 pm

Have any of you people gone to the openga.gov website and seen the salaries of the tearchers and employees in the local board of education????? They are getting paid very high salaries and our kids are still the dumbest in the nation!!!! Do any of you know that half of our senators and representatives are married to teachers??? I would love to elect a govornor that would give this bunch of sorry slackers a one way ticket to the umemployment line!!!!! GO ROY!!!!!!!

TW

June 3rd, 2009
7:14 pm

Barnes wins…or rather, the GOP lost when they embraced secession.

Morons :)

GhettObama

June 3rd, 2009
7:53 pm

Governor,

Rest be assured, the Atlanta Jokers Club (AJC) will do everything possible in its communistic abilities to get you elected.

ROHO

June 3rd, 2009
8:19 pm

I make and sell the ‘56 GA state flag. Thank you Roy!!!

Angry Educator

June 3rd, 2009
8:22 pm

Despite popular belief teachers do not just work 8am to 4pm. We are responsible for instructional time while at school and then we worry about the conditions that many of our students go home to at the end of the day; then add in the countless hours at home that go in to planning for everything that goes on the the classroom. Are you responsible for educating and providing safety for 100+ students in a classroom during the course of a day; and then the assuring the safety and well-being of the 200+ other kids that walk past your door going to classes on the hallway? Somehow “sorry slacker” and over paid doesn’t come to mind…This is the same disregard for teachers that cost Mr. Barnes his job a few years ago.
Please remember–Teachers do vote, and we don’t forget.

TOO BAD!

June 3rd, 2009
8:30 pm

Roy may have had his eyes fixed but he still has no vision or hindsight! He just lost the general election for D’s!

A+ Teacher

June 3rd, 2009
8:35 pm

Teachers and retired teachers are not stupid and will never forget! He will get beat worse this time.

Need Flags

June 3rd, 2009
8:38 pm

ROHO, I need to place an order for 6 boxes of flags.

King Roy II

June 3rd, 2009
8:50 pm

King Roy is listening to the same big business folks that are responsible for changing the flag and his small circle of friends that need a job. He should read the comments before it is too late! Pull out NOW!

Outhouse

June 3rd, 2009
9:00 pm

I have talked with a lot of teachers, I am yet to have one tell me that they will vote for a Republican in the Governor’s race. Sonny and the idiot Legislative leadership have turned them back to the Dems.

d

June 3rd, 2009
9:18 pm

We do have to do something about education and quick. Perdue said he funded education in his That’s what Sonny did campaign in 2006. How, then, does he explain the billions in education cuts since 2003? Do people forget that the current Georgia flag is IDENTICAL to the first Confederate flag with the Georgia Coat of arms in the middle of the stars? I think the teachers have learned from their mistake in supporting Perdue in 2002. Cut off their nose to spite their face, but the teachers do learn very quickly from their mistakes. Also, one thing I would personally like to see is the elimination of these multiple choice tests that don’t really show what students know. There needs to be a better way to show a student’s progress over the course of a year, and sitting down to a test when the kid is stressed out over the consequences is not the way to do it.

Abe Lincoln

June 3rd, 2009
9:23 pm

One word, Roy…. Integrity. You don’t have it. I’ve dealt with you at the courthouse. You simply don’t have it.

A fellow lawyer.

d

June 3rd, 2009
9:28 pm

Bill, what is your justification for saying Georgia students are “the dumbest in the nation?” SAT? That test doesn’t show what is learned by typical students. It measures aptitude, or the ability to learn. The reason Georgia’s scores are so low is we have too many kids taking that test that have no business taking that test. Go to places like North Dakota that have the highest scores, and only the top 5% of their students take SAT. While we don’t force everyone to, we seem to encourage kids to take it, even paying for kids to take PSAT in years that it won’t do them any good (9th and 10th grades, it doesn’t count at all). Also, what do you say to the teacher who is using four weeks of his summer break to get unpaid training to make the schools a better place? Don’t think teachers get “paid vacations.” They are paid for 190 days of work and that’s it. Spring break, Christmas break, Summer break, etc are all technically unpaid, but you will find teachers doing a lot during that time to make the educational experience better for the students in the classroom. Now, if Roy has learned his lesson and will treat the teachers like the professionals they are, and really make amends for his errors in his first term, then who knows, he may have a shot.

Jay

June 3rd, 2009
9:58 pm

Enough of 8 years of republican hypocricy:
Give aways for Georgia Power to tax us with higher bills!!
Failure to address transportation issues in Atlanta, setting us back 12 years!!
Birthday Vehicle taxes yet they claim to be against taxes!!
Good ole boy politics (appointments of cronies to state boards)!!!
Consistently last in national SAT scores!!!
State Gas tax when we are in a recession from anti-tax republicans!!!

Go Roy. Roy for Guvnor!!!!!!

Jim

June 3rd, 2009
10:12 pm

Roy Barnes was openly HOSTILE toward teachers and education. I breathed a sigh of relief when he left. Now I’m WORRIED. If his mother said he is the hardest headed kid in the world folks. Do you want that idiot as your Governor. For God’s sake. KEEP BARNES OUT OF OFFICE!

Jock Ewing

June 3rd, 2009
10:12 pm

Roy Barnes is not qualified to run for dog catcher. He has already proven that and he doesnt have a prayer in the race. In fact, he is not even competitive. Mark it down, you heard it hear first, this is a complete waste of his time and the AJC for even printing it and truthfully a waste of my time for even typing this message. But he is so SORRY, he deserves it.

James Wilson

June 3rd, 2009
10:32 pm

Let me remind readers of some things:

Barnes was the FIRST to take on the banks for their lending practices etc (6 years ago) and got rid of the pay day loans that has failed to pass. (Intelligence and foresight)

He was commended by G. W. Bush for improving education creating a system of no child left behind and made teachers judged on their ability. (leadership)

He was awarded the Profile of Courage Award – for consistently doing the right things to improve the State of GA instead of what is polically popular. (courage and character).

He got the GOP and Democratic in line and cracked a whip to do the right things – that’s not arrorgance its tenacity.

T

June 3rd, 2009
10:39 pm

So teachers – tell me what he did that was so bad except take away tenure. More reports – please – I work in construction. Before we start to work in the heat or the extreme cold – we have to fill out form afer for for OSHA, Insurance, etc (about 10 (1-4 pages) every morning) the do the same at the end of work whne are dead tired – and make everyone sign them). Boo hoo hoo teachers

Governor Barnes returns « Duality

June 3rd, 2009
11:40 pm

[...] Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes announced today that he will, for the fourth time, seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of the State of Georgia. According to the AJC’s Jim Galloway, Congressional Quarterly has now, for democrats, boosted the race from “Republican Favored” to “Leans Republican.” Even democratic officals on the national level are taking note, which could mean money and resources could be heading to Georgia. With his entry, we can safely assume he is the frontrunner and I would bet money that Governor Barnes will be 2010 Democratic nominee for governor. He brings name-recognition, gravitas, and an astounding ability to raise money. These traits are exactly what is needed to start pushing back on the Secessionist Republican Party machine in this state, I would encourage the other candidates to consider withdrawing and supporting Governor Barnes, who am I today endorsing. We need a united party now so that we do not repeat the suicidal cannibalism of 2006. [...]

MayRee

June 4th, 2009
12:20 am

You all haters, leave my bubba alone.

BurntToast

June 4th, 2009
12:25 am

Is this barnes a brother? We be needin a bro in da house. Bro be giving us some bama bucks.

Bowdon Rebel

June 4th, 2009
12:28 am

Roy, I know you and your family but how you lied about a Flag that represented my family who died fighting for economic injustice, it is not fair!!!! the Flag flew over the glory years of Atlanta and Georgia expansion. Be proud of your Southern heritage!!!!!!

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James Dotson

June 4th, 2009
8:01 am

I think Sonny has done a much better job.

Southern Girl

June 4th, 2009
8:59 am

You’re darned right I’m going to support and VOTE for Roy Barnes for Governor!

BILL

June 4th, 2009
9:26 am

Have any of you people gone to the openga.gov website and seen the salaries of the tearchers and employees in the local board of education????? They are getting paid very high salaries and our kids are still the dumbest in the nation!!!! Do any of you know that half of our senators and representatives are married to teachers??? I would love to elect a govornor that would give this bunch of sorry slackers a one way ticket to the umemployment line!!!!! GO ROY!!!!!!!

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d

June 4th, 2009
9:49 am

Bill, I ask again, dumbest kids in the nation based on what? SAT measures what you’re born with, not what you’re taught. Aptitude is the ability to learn, not acquired knowledge. Bill, do you work unpaid weekends and unpaid vacations? Until you do, you don’t know what a teacher really does. Bowdon Rebel, have you looked at that flag that is now flying over this state? If not, open your Confederate History book and take a look.

d

June 4th, 2009
9:50 am

Oh, and yes, I know Roy didn’t get us the flag we have now, but without the change he made in 2001, we wouldn’t have this flag now.

BILL

June 4th, 2009
10:25 am

D…everyone that has taken the SAT knows it is about what you are taught…not what you are born with for God sakes!! My school had “advanced math and english” classes available in 11th grade as electives to prepare one for the sat. It is a fact that Georgia consistantly ranks at or near the bottom of the charts on all tests..not just the SAT. Also the drop out rates are highest in the country!!!!! Now…lets talk about salaries. Did you go to the website and look at what your “teachers” are making??? Do you see the same thing that I see??? Dont ya love K-4 and K-5 teachers making $60,000!!!!!!! Teachers with less than 8 yrs tenure making above $60,000??? “Grant Specialist” making $90,000!!! THESE ARE TAX DOLLARS..THIS IS NOT PRIVATE ENTERPISE!!!

EVL

June 4th, 2009
10:26 am

Now all he needs is to convince former Sec. of State (with a college degree might I add) Cathy Cox to run as Lt. Gov. They would be a quite a pair under the Gold Dome.

And teachers did help get Sonny elected, and he is after your COLA, especially you retired teachers. He still has one more legislative session, don’t be praising him yet.

And Sonny did change the flag, but he didn’t give you the chance to vote on the flag you really wanted..

And as far as education, we need to get more technical programs in the local high schools, and fast! Everyone does not have the desire or funds to go to college. Maybe they are just not a book smart person. These are the kids that you see drop out before graduation. If they had the opportunity to take auto body, wood working,cabinetry, clerical training, etc. like we did in the 70’s and 80’s, maybe they would be interested and stay in school. And when they graduate, they could possibly get a job… That could turn things around for a lot of our young people in Georgia.

Informed Voter

June 4th, 2009
11:02 am

Bill–you really should do some research about how the education system works before making comments. First of all teachers’ salaries are based on their level of certification. When a teacher receives an additional degree such as a master’s degree, an Ed.S, Ed.L, or Ph.D, they move up a level of certification, therefore receiving a pay raise. (By the way, isn’t ok for other professions to offer raises to employees that are experts in their field of work?) Classroom teachers are the hard workers that make everything happen in schools.

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BILL

June 4th, 2009
11:55 am

Informed Voter…of course I know about the salary based on education issue, its a crock! No other state employee can receive huge pay raises for getting “online” degrees. These degrees are from “colleges” (and I say that work tongue in cheek) that no one has ever even heard of. I know several teachers that got master degrees online and they cant even balance a check book! Lets just stop arguing the fact that the education system in GA. is a joke, we have the dumbest kids, highest dropout rates, most criminals, and the taxpayers are footing the bill. This will continue until we elect politicians that arent literally in bed with the teachers.

rupert cheshire

June 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

Roy Barnes loves crooks! Crook #1 Charles “chaingang” Walker from Augusta who Barnes raised money for even thought he was indicted ! Crook #2 Diane Harvey “Gitmomoney” Johnson who Barnes helped secure lawyers even thought the FBI had to arrest her on the Senate floor! #3 Crooked Judge Brooks Blitch who he has defended even thought he has violated the oath of office for a Judge , malfesence in office, arson of a auto dealership and kickbacks for creating county jobs without authority. he had 2 parole board members taking bribes, had three senators who were impeached from office …wow is this what we need I think not!

Then there is Bobby Kahn the lowest of any COS the state has ever seen. Lowlife and bottom dweller! You will see him again and to the detriment of the state.

The Dogfighter Returns

June 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

hey why don’t we get our pitchforks and chase these goons out of atlanta? any volunteers.

let’s all meet at the dome and sic all these evil politicians.

A good politician is a dead politician. They are all traitors.

off with their heads off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

off with their heads off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

off with their heads off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

off with their heads off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you are all a bunch of cowards. you deserve bums like elmer fudd and king (porky) Roy

Change in Atlanta

June 4th, 2009
2:27 pm

We love Roy Barnes we are going to come out in numbers to get the vote out for Roy Barnes….Please dont vote for Handle she a racist.

Vote for Roy Barnes

Rhonda

June 4th, 2009
3:58 pm

Go away Roy! Teachers are not thriving under No Child. It is the worst debacle ever to hit education. Roy was defeated by the teachers because he increased class sizes, got rid of regular education paraprofessionals (special ed is federally mandated or he would have gotten rid of them too.), tried to destroy tenure, stole our raises, talked wrong about us in the media and created an atmosphere of disrespect. The reason Georgia has beter schools than most Southern states is because Roy was kicked out by the teachers. The flaggers were an embarrassing bedfellow, but they have rights too.

Ok, its time people. Find a GOOD Democrat, a godly Christian Moderate. A teacher would be a good choice so fake,accountability can be replaced with quality education. Roy has obviously not learned his lesson. He is about as obnoxious as Newtie.

12Gauge

June 4th, 2009
9:03 pm

…..and your proof that Handel is a racist??? Do you even know what a racist is ??? Barnes had his chance & he blew it…whether it was the flag issue, his mistreatment of the teachers….or the dozen or so other things that weren’t good for the people of Georgia. So let’s get some new faces to run for office and vote out all the old politicians no matter which side of the aisle they sit on….

SB

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Shirley

June 5th, 2009
8:18 am

To even considered voting for Roy Barnes for Governor is ridiculous. He lied to the voters of Georgia and the teachers. He tried to wipe a community of homeowners with his Northern Arc proposal and was an arrogant pompous A’hole. Roy, you failed us in the 2002 election. You allowed Bobby Khan to further destroy the Demoratic Party by alienating newcomers. You will win the nomination and be slaughtered in the General Election by Karen Handel, another ego maniac. The problem is with the Georgia Democratic Party is that its current and past leaders have been a group idiots and lacked the skillset to mobilize a group of kindergardners. A group of high school students could do a better job than Bobby Khan and Jane Kidd combined. Running Roy Barnes for any statewide race other than Attorney General is comical. And if Thurbert Baker is naive enough to think that he still has the support of the African American community he too is dillusion. I wish the Democratic Party would grow some balls and start to recruit, mentor, and nurture young candidates and retire the old has-beens that cannot recognize when their time has come and gone.

Onourbacks

June 5th, 2009
8:33 am

Teachers are not the only people alienated by Roy. State employees, thousands of them have had to bear the brunt of poor decision making and leadership. Without pay increases, while insurance goes up, filing the positions that have been let go while maintaining their own position. If you are a state employee and smoke, that will cost you an extra forty dollars a month to help support and fund “Peachcare”. Karen Handel is just as nasty as Purdue. She is cut from the same clothe. She made statements in the press regarding her employee’s, while she never got to know them or what they did. She does not believe in furloughs, she would rather let you go. She loves to throw fits. I have seen all of this first hand. I would not welcome Roy back as Governor; however, he is still better than Handle. Recommend that most Dem’s vote for Oxendine in the primary to kick her out of the possibility. Then perhaps, one of the Democratic candidates will have a strong platform to support. Just not more of the same please, it is heartbreaking to witness this republican spectacle. Try sitting in traffic for an hour listening to commercials from the Governer about ride share, and come down town and watch him fly in. More of do what I say, not what I get to do.

InformedCitizen

June 5th, 2009
3:14 pm

I don’t get all the wasteful noise over the flag issue. I know of no other civilization in the history of the world that put down a rebellion, and then allowed the symbol of that rebellion to fly 150 years after the fact. Any other discussion on the topic is stupid.

12Gauge

June 5th, 2009
4:56 pm

Actually Informed Citizen, you are quite wrong…..the Roman Empire took symbols & gods & many other things from the nations & regions they conquered and made them fit into their society.

The very point of freedom of speech & expression allows for We the People to express ourselves thru symbols. For many, the various Confederate flags are symbols of history, family affiliations & state’s rights; for others it is the symbol of rebellion against authority; and even others view them as the symbol of slavery & oppression.

To each it has it’s own meaning or non-meaning. Some people take a stance against it because it is politically expedient for them to do so, others because it is “expected” for them to do it.

Just as the Nazi swastika is a revolting symbol of oppression & death, it was subverted from a Hindu (I think) symbol of good fortune. Do you think Hindu’s believe it is still a symbol of good fortune or one of oppression & death?

The question still exists concerning the issue of State’s Rights. Will our Federal Government take over all aspects of ruling & oppressing the American People in direct violation of the US Constitution or will the citizenry & state & local governments stand up against the tyranny of the Federals?

Only you can decide……..I believe that Barnes would tow the Demo line to usurp the Constitution and make us all subsurvient to the Feds…..

SB

Sarah

June 6th, 2009
12:21 am

I am a Democrat and a teacher. If I am still able to live in the state (probably not since I cannot find a job after being laid off), I will vote for Barnes if he is the Democratic canidate. The older teachers act as if Roy made a great insult towards them. What about Perdue? Education has been at the bottom of his list since he came into office. While Perdue claims to hold teachers “accountable,” vital funding is being pulled from your children’s school everyday by the Republican controlled Georgia government. How is that going to help anyone???

12Gauge

June 6th, 2009
2:37 am

You want to trust a politician & lawyer that has already screwed over the people of Georgia…??? … and you’re a teacher!!!! Be a Democrat, but don’t be a Sheeple…..learn to think for yourself….research all the subjects that pique your interests and vote for the person that actually agrees with your positions….please, PLEASE don’t blindly follow the party line and vote for whomever they tell you to vote….we’ve had far too many years of foolish, blindly following voters that only vote party lines and refuse to look at all the other candidates that are running. Too often we are faced with the choice of the lesser of two evils…..we are losing our freedoms….we are losing the very foundation of our nation by those in power ignoring the Constitution or interpreting it to their own personal gain for power or money or both.

SB

Jesse

June 6th, 2009
6:44 am

Barnes is a 19 million dollar loser and a rat.

Give him another chance

June 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

In 1998 Governor Roy Barnes had a good transportation and economic plan that would have helped Atlanta and all of Georgia that included creating the GRTA and OneGeorgia state authorities. But unfortunately for all of us … party leadership and particularly his “handlers” Bobby Kahn and Joe Young undermined his good intentions to the detriment of all Georgians.

If Roy has truly caught the vision of what he and his former party leaders did wrong then this could be the opportunity of a life time to fix many of the problems Georgians face.

With Democrats in full control of the purse strings in Washington and setting the agenda including those on transportation, the economy, education and health care, why would any voter want a Republican standing in the way of progress for the next four years.

Give the man a chance to prove his character. He says he’s a Christian, let’s see if he acts like one and shows us a depth of character to ask for forgiveness and then acts with truth and justice to the benefit of all Georgians, friend and foe alike.

History Repeat

June 6th, 2009
2:57 pm

History is extremely important. Be vigilant to remember the history of The Old World, why our ancestors came to this new world and what they were trying to escape. Don’t build this nation to resemble the nations from which we fled. And, start now by not reelecting government officials who don’t stay true to our Constitution. Dont forget the history of Roy Barnes.

William A.

June 9th, 2009
1:12 am

Roy Barnes got beat because he was a domestic terrorist always threatening everyone who disagreed with him. Threatening your job, your business or your contract if you didn’t contribute big bucks to his campaign, your legislation if you questioned his legislation and anything else he could think of to threaten you if you did not toe the Barnes line. I doubt if he has changed. Power corrupts. He threatened enough people during his time as Governor that it caught up with him and they kicked him out of office even though he had millions in campaign cash – millions that were raised through threats and intimidation. Is he still a domestic terrorist?

IVoteRight

June 9th, 2009
6:45 am

Aaah, I see the incompetent citizens of Atlanta are out in force. Only they would be willing to vote for the has-been Roy Barnes.

12Gauge

June 9th, 2009
9:22 pm

Everyone has the right to their own opinion, unfortunately many are parrots for what others think & say. I call these types – Sheeple. They blindly believe anything that “their” people tell them, no matter how out of touch with reality it might be.

Roy Barnes is a pretty good attorney, but when he became Governor of Georgia, he just blew it. It’s almost as if he lost his mind. My thoughts are that he promised too much to those special interests that backed him in his election bid. With that being said, I’m sure that those same people are pushing his candidacy again. The leftist, unholy, liberal Democratic Party has not changed, in fact, they feel empowered by the Presidential Election. Roy may have said he got the message, but I’d say, the message he got was that he was going to run again to push thru the same old tired liberal forums that we the people of Georgia has fought against.

Democrats on the local level, like those in Cobb Co., have no thought of speaking to their own Constituents. One in particular, Stephen Thompson, is never heard from EXCEPT when it’s time for Re-election. Then he trots out the same ol’ tired campaign garbage that clogs your mailboxes. The Sheeple keep electing him as if he’s actually done anything for the 33rd Senate District of Georgia. Laughable at best, horrendous at it’s worse. Roy Barnes lived in this particular district. Do you think he’d do anything different than his own “homeboy” Thompson? I say no.

RK

June 20th, 2009
8:54 pm

move on dot Roy. you had your chance.

hosterzru

November 27th, 2009
4:35 am

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Hamilton Jones

December 7th, 2009
10:14 pm

Yes you were arrogant…you did not listen….your conveyed that you did not understand rural Georgia..one of the Atlanta crowd..owed the Atlanta power structure….did not realize the depth of concern over a two Georgia split…did very little to no reaching out to the Georgia beyound Atlanta…..more uppper class and not in touch with the working guy….yet I perceived you to be competent…very capable….the only one I can foresee straigthening up the mess…good ole Sonny leaves behind…so go Guv.