Roy Barnes is looking a run for governor. DuBose Porter, examining the same race, would prefer him as a wing man.
Not every bit of an interview can make it into a news story. And one exchange between two possible Democratic candidates was left out of a Sunday article by my AJC colleagues James Salzer and Jim Tharpe, who examined the possibility of a Barnes comeback.
Until late last year, when the former governor began sizing up a return to office, Porter — the House minority leader and a newspaper publisher from Dublin — was a much-discussed favorite.
“I’ve talked with Roy a couple of a times,” Porter said in an interview with Tharpe. “We need Roy as a senior statesman.
“I’m not sure how committed Roy is. Either way we are putting things in place so that after the session we can move forward in the race.
“Roy has a lot to contribute. When I saw Bill Clinton reinforcing the message for Obama, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be great to have in Georgia.”‘
Barnes howled at the idea of an emeritus position.
“Senior statesman? I’m not all that much older than DuBose,” Barnes said.
Barnes is 61, Porter 55. Clinton, by the by, is 62.
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