Looking at a Roy Barnes comeback

My AJC colleagues James Salzer and Jim Tharpe have produced this weekender:

More than six years after Gov. Roy Barnes’ defeat signaled the death of Democratic dominance at the statehouse, the 61-year-old Marietta lawyer appears primed for a comeback.

Should former Gov. Roy Barnes attempt a comeback in 2010?

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He’s making the rounds of speaking circuits, venting populist outrage over the perceived wrongs of the Republican-controlled Capitol. He’s been in touch with old political allies about the 2010 governor’s race, and he’s answered endless inquiries from the media wanting to know whether he, indeed, is going to run.

But his potential candidacy raises questions: Is the polarizing politician whose crushing defeat in 2002 ushered in the first Republican administration since Reconstruction the man to bring Democrats back? And is a state that has become used to electing Republicans open to change?

Backers argue that Barnes wouldn’t get into the race to succeed Gov. Sonny Perdue, the man who beat him in 2002, if he didn’t think the answer to the last question was yes. But he’s not ready to publicly commit just yet.

Which Republican candidate for governor would be the toughest for Roy Barnes in 2010?

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“I’ve never had trouble making decisions, but this is a tough one,” Barnes said during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m satisfied with where I’m at, but not where the state is.”

House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island), who considered running for governor in 2010 but decided against it, said Republicans should take the possibility of a Barnes candidacy seriously. “He’s shown he can raise money; he’s campaigned statewide and won. Those two things make you fairly credible.”

So here are two questions: Should Barnes attempt a comeback? And if he does, who’s the best Republican match against him?

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34 comments Add your comment

GoOx

March 28th, 2009
6:29 pm

After my man Ox wraps up the primary, he’s gonna roll right over who ever the Dem’s elect. Bring it on Roy.

Handel – welcome to the show. Now Ox has a credible candidate to beat.

georgia

March 28th, 2009
6:49 pm

Give me a break trying to remake Roy into some knight in shining armor is absolutely laughable.If this is all the Dems can do its sad.

The only thing that is more absurd than Barnes as Governor would be Oxindine as Governor.

Yellowdog Dem

March 28th, 2009
6:55 pm

If we hope to get back the Capitol,we better not put our destiny in a retread candidate like Barnes.This is the arogant a** that let a farmer from Bonaire beat him ,please!!!!!!

If Cagle wins the Republican Primary it doesnt matter who we put up the Republicans will win.If they have a bloody primary and somehow oxindine or Handel win we could beat them.

Buckhead

March 28th, 2009
7:09 pm

God I hope Roy runs!!!!! Cagle will toast him worse than Sonny did.

Will Jones

March 29th, 2009
9:03 am

Roy Barnes is a “Get to Law School = Dodge the Vietnam Draft” faker, just like the Flying Veterinarian Sonny Perdue, “football knee” Chambliss and the rest of their cohort of false Georgians going along with the false-elite now running Washington.

Obama was elected because he is a Man of The People – and sings The Song of America. Those who can’t hear him sing it don’t know what it is and support racist, fascist traitors like those in Georgia who went along with draft-dodgers Bush and Cheney’s committing 9/11 to send us to false war for oil, heroin and the Saudis.

Time to separate the wheat from the chaff. If Barnes wants my vote he’s going to have to make the same “allusions” Obama made in his “Audacity of Hope” book about what’s really going on in America. “They” still have the psychopath shooters so I don’t blame him for going along with the Wall Street/Fed fraud to stay alive. President Kennedy issued Executive Order 11,110, removing Rome’s bankers from our money supply, and look what happened to him in broad daylight!

Georgia needs to help restore America. In my opinion, having visited or lived in all but two of our Fifty, living here for nearly four decades has taught me that Atlanta and Georgia is Our Nation’s best, and its best hope.

No more fakers taking us down, stealing the People’s money. Honest living, true values, belief in the American Creed which made us great, and adherence to the first principles of The Constitution will restore The Republic and Individual Sovereignty…as it is each of us who must lay a hand on the Beast and personally, spiritually “cast it into the Pit.” Try ‘em and fry ‘em.

Who wants to be a slave to caesaropapism, false war, corrupt police, and lying politicians? “Annuit Coeptis” comes to us when Truth and Justice rule alone in our hearts and on our streets.

Barnes dodged Vietnam by going to law school, then got bought into banking while in the Georgia Legislature to make him “other” than We, the People. His wife is the man of his family…somebody has to be. Do you think she didn’t know he dodged the draft, yet didn’t fight for righteousness by bringing to justice the traitors who killed John and Martin to send us there? You think G-d doesn’t know? Where do we suppose Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation come from? The Devil? Why should we good of Georgia continue to be tricked into elevating fakers whose lives prove they don’t serve G-d?

We Georgians are the toughest, best, most loving, helpful, neighborly, good Americans there are, but we must be true to our blood as the best Americans and show the rest of America what it means to really live by the Creed.

The Baptists and Masons have kept Rome (called “an engine for enslaving mankind,” and “the real Anti-Christ,” by Our Founder, Author and Prophet Thomas Jefferson) tamped down here, but they are still coming on strong with their stratagem of illegal immigration and forcing support of the false money they foisted off on us through the Robber Barons at Jekyll Island in 1913.

The unconstitutional Federal Reserve “potion” Rome’s Fifth Column made us swallow must be seen as the “Mr. Hyde” it truly is. Just next door on St. Simons we did to them physically and biologically at Bloody Marsh what we must now do on our borders and state houses legally, politically and spiritually for America to flourish as the Land of Promise once more.

Our state must act as a “holographic” republic, of the injured American “whole,” to protect us from the Fifth Column/papist power which in Roman Catholic Orange County California launched Nixon and Reagan onto the national stage.

The past crimes of Nixon’s and Bush1’s assassination of JFK, by the hand of the Knight of Malta-led CIA, then Dr. King, to keep 58,000 of us dying for the pope in Vietnam must be adjudicated, just as Bush2’s committing 9/11 must be, and the IranContra treason by Reagan – whose line has been cut-off by G-d, America’s line must be extended by those who understand Life, not corrupted by those who protect pedophile priests, kill our leaders, and send us to false war.

Fake men make for fake politicians make for crisis and confusion in our land. Lies and injustice must be abolished in public policy for Truth and Justice to reign under Annuit Coeptis.

The Democratic Party of Georgia better come up with an infinitely better candidate for governor than Roy Barnes – for Handel is a transparent fraud, likely corrupt; and, lacking the manhood or judgment to handle emergency lights and a siren, Oxendine is a transparent fraud of a man brought into political power by other corrupt, fraudulent “men.”

Georgians do great work, raise good kids, love America, and now have the racist fascists backing up who support the Nazis in the Big Oil Vatican-banker Rockefeller Pyramid Roman Anti-Christ Fifth Column who cheated Bush into office to commit 9/11.

Let us all be “Dr. Jekyll” and rid America of “Mr. Hyde” once and for all. Barnes’ scam for getting rich as a banker after dodging the draft and not protesting or demanding justice for Vietnam tells us all we need know of his life and character.

Obama was a win for the Democratic Party in Georgia: they better build on it righteously.

Jeffersonian Exegesis http://theamericanfundament.blogspot.com

MOODY PE

March 29th, 2009
10:31 am

H-LL NO, I USED TO LOVE GEORGIA,THANKS FOR NOTHING BARNES ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT ALANTA AND THE COUNTYS AROUND ALanta,and see what is happing,so thanks barnes.

drewmanc

March 29th, 2009
10:37 am

Are you people kidding me? We’d be lucky to get Roy Barnes as our Governor. Lucky. Unless we want to run this state as if central and south georgia had any revenue. Which we do.

MOODY PE

March 29th, 2009
10:38 am

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HESCH

March 29th, 2009
10:41 am

I’ve never voted for a democrat in a national or state wide election but I regret my vote for Perdue over Barnes in 2002. I hope Barnes runs as he’s demonstrated a willingness to take a proactive stance on transportation and shows a desire to help Atlanta on an executive level something Perdue never has. Casey Cagle strikes me as Perdue reincarnate.

Tom B.

March 29th, 2009
10:48 am

Trot out the tired and the old liberal idealogs Roy Barnes was put out to pasture years ago. Its best that he remain there surely, surely the Democratic party has some younger more invogorating blood with some new ideas. Georgia can’t afford Barnes again, bring back Zell, but let Barnes wither away in his Marietta mansion

Barney Fife

March 29th, 2009
10:48 am

Hell NO were NOT fergettin…., so say the “Flaggers”!!!

Ready for round 2 Roy?

GA400 Driver

March 29th, 2009
10:57 am

Barnes has no business running for governor again. The stunt he pulled of taking more than 10 MILLION DOLLARS of GA400 toll money and using it to purchase land near Atlantic Station should have been illegal. Don’t believe me? Check this out: http://www.boycottcoke.org/Updates/Sept/barnes2.htm These dirty deals done behind the backs of Georgia citizens HAS TO STOP!

jap6205

March 29th, 2009
11:02 am

I am an educator. When Roy Barnes took tenure away from teachers in Georgia, he lost all of my respect. He can run in 2010, but he WILL NOT be the democrat I vote for.

Rocky

March 29th, 2009
11:04 am

The thought that this State will be in the hands of the people who have been our leaders over the last three terms (Barnes and Perdue) is sobering. This State needs a new candidate, not just Perdue, second verse, or Barnes, rehashed. There’s a rumor a judge in Gwinnett may be thinking of making a run. . . anybody else heard that?

David G.

March 29th, 2009
11:09 am

Ol Roy lived in my area and I remember him as a opportunist more than anything else. We had a serious local issue on a here in South Cobb a few years back. Before his run, he was behind us in opposing this particular project, but when elected he forgot us and listened the the powerful special interest group. No thanks Roy ,stay in Marietta, we needn’t make this mistake twice. Scalawags such as you should refrain from governing, we already have a two face deceiver as president we don’t need another as governor .

MOODY PE

March 29th, 2009
11:11 am

heck no,just look at ALANTA an the surrounding countys you will see what barnes has done,Iused to love Georgia so thanks to Barnes for what you have done.

American

March 29th, 2009
11:23 am

All I know is we need to the Sonny Pu-u-u-dew out of office. He has a dictatorship approach to gov’mt! He and that Lentz fella has rob the SHBP reserve and is out to do state retires in!!

Dennis

March 29th, 2009
11:37 am

Roy’s had his time. Let him earn his living as a lawyer, not on the backs of the Georgia taxpayers.

Andre

March 29th, 2009
11:38 am

If Casey “chicken” Cagle wins, we’re all up *** creek!! I don’t think Ox can do any better, but just sleep his way through his 4 years. David Poythress for Governor!

Bob Ichter

March 29th, 2009
12:12 pm

I’d like to hear where Barnes stands on Sunday sales of alcohol. I’m tired of our pea-brained politicians bowing to the religious right. I’d like to see a courageous politician [ oxymoron, I know ] Take a stand and say, “listen you religious idiots, if you don’t want to something, just because it happens to be Sunday, then don’t do it…but don’t tell me I can’t because of your superstitious beliefs”
All that being said, I would vote for ANYONE before I would vote for that puffed up fool Oxendine…..can you just see him pulling up to the capitol in his crown vic with the lights flashing to do a rain dance next time we have a drought. He makes Sonny Perdue look like a rocket scientist.

chris

March 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

You gotta be kidding. He royally screwed the teachers when he was in office. You think we’re dumb enough to let him do it again?

Bob

March 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

If he’d get the Norther Arc done I would vote for him and I am a Republican.

PappyHappy

March 29th, 2009
1:21 pm

Roy Barnes may be just what the doctor has ordered — and this old guy is speaking as a republican! He sure will not mess things up more than they are at present! We are probably in the midst of losing high tech jobs and industries that will never return to Atlanta and Georgia. Ask yourself how we have improved our public education system over the past eight years! Mr. Barnes has been in the seat before; knows what needs to be done; and hopefully, he will be able to provide some common sense to Georgia State government! In all candor, none of the republican candidates possess the self will and motivation to move this state in the right direction. Candidly, just think that the GOP in general has had their chance — AND BLOWN IT!

Delta

March 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

We got rid of King Roy once. We don’t what him back now. Roy Barnes was arrogant, out of touch with Georgia and a toady for liberal democrat special interest groups. His time is past.

michael

March 29th, 2009
2:27 pm

Yes to Roy…He might bring back the mass transit projects that our present Gov. killed.I asked why are all the schools losing money and laying off? BRING BACK BARNES

BPJ

March 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

You left out the strongest general election candidate the Republicans have: Cobb Co. Comm. chair Sam Olens.

Annie

March 29th, 2009
8:53 pm

Bad guy, bad record. Fact is many Democrats do not want him to run as they know what a rascal he is, but he probably will.

RatSmeller

March 30th, 2009
11:38 am

So all these teachers think Roy screwed them over? If that’s what they think he did, I’d be interested to see how they feel about what Sonny has done to them by cutting nearly $2 Billion from the education budget during his administration.

SISSY SAXBY

March 30th, 2009
1:05 pm

YEah but Sonny let the bad teachers keep their jobs.

John

March 30th, 2009
1:58 pm

I voted against Roy Barnes in 2002 because I thought he had been arrogant. Like many Georgians, I have regretted my vote ever since. He is the only person who can restore any sanity to state government.

Bobby

March 30th, 2009
9:03 pm

I’m a liberal Democrat who voted against Barnes over his Flag change and while I don’t like Perdue, there is no cirumstance in which I would vote for Barnes. Liberal Democrat I may be, but my Georgia ancestors all fought for the Confederacy and I will not insult them by putting that Scalawag back in office. And by the way I do prefer the current Georgia Flag over the 1956 flag. The Barnes Flag, however, represented the heights of arrogance and an insult to every Georgian whose ancestors fought for the South. I’ll probably pull for Oxendine simply because he has shown respect for the working Georgians as Insurance Commissioner. Casey and Handel don’t give me a lot of confidence for working class Georgians.

Chip Spradley

March 30th, 2009
11:35 pm

Barnes is totally against joint custody. He set up the bad child support law in 1989 which was replaced by Perdue to a system that does not enrich attorneys and that is fair. He was for attorneys and not the child.

Bobby Anthony

April 1st, 2009
4:56 pm

The educators in Georgia will never forgive him. I do not want to vote for a Republican, but I will again it Roy is in the race.

D.

April 4th, 2009
12:06 am

Call him King Roy, call him imperious, but Barnes put Georgia’s progress ahead of his own party and even his own reelection. Remember when office runners used to run on doing the most for Georgia’s progress rather than running on being the most “conservative?” What we have now is a head on race with Alabama and South Carolina to become the next Mississippi, just to prove our politician’s conservative credentials. What do we have to show since the partisan right took over? The state is a shambles. We are falling behind in every category: Education; transportation; employment, children’s health and so on. We used to compete with North Carolina to be the leading Core South state. But then we shut out Barnes cuz of the flag and a perceived slight against the teachers union. Wow, that was forward-looking, seeing as how we never got the confederate battle flag reattached to our state banner, and now vouchers (paid for out of education funds) are being pushed as the solution to our lackluster schools with the result that rich folks will get a discount on sending their kids to private schools that regular Georgians couldn’t afford with or without vouchers. Add to that the disaster privatization brought to Peachcare and other state services. Maybe we need to rewind a bit to a Barnes’ second term and get back to where we left off when we sold out our state’s future over what was an essentially an emblem of defeat.