Roy Barnes, the once and potentially future Democratic Georgia governor, made his first major public foray into the 2010 race on Friday with the launch of Roy2010, the campaign’s official Web site.
The site features updated photos and a video from Barnes, who lost his bid for re-election in 2002 to now Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Barnes announced in June that he would join the race for the Democratic nomination, but did not officially begin his campaign until this week.
The new site is still fairly bare bones, with little in the way of the new tools that have come to define 21st century campaigns. While the video on the site is via YouTube.com, Barnes has yet to launch official Facebook or Twitter accounts, but campaign aides said Friday all those toys are coming soon.
In the video, Barnes says he doesn’t have computers or telephones yet, or even a campaign office, but the enthusiasm to seek his former job.
Barnes’ entry to the race makes it a four-way primary for Democrats. Also running are Attorney General Thurbert Baker, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin) and former Adjutant Gen. David Poythress.
Anyone wanting to compare Barnes’ site to the others, here are links to all four: