On crime and Thurbert Baker’s relationship with the African-American community

By every number, Attorney General Thurbert Baker should already have the edge in the 2010 Democratic race for governor.

He’s put 12 years into his current job as the state’s top lawyer. He’s survived three statewide elections.

Thurbert Baker, attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor/AJC

Thurbert Baker, attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor/AJC

Nearly 50 percent of the voters in Democratic primaries are now African-American, as is Baker. A centrist philosophy that emphasizes opposition to both crime and taxes should — at least on paper — allow Baker to build biracial and bipartisan support.

But with his formal candidacy more than a month old, Georgia’s attorney general finds himself in the curious position of having to justify himself.

There is, of course, the shadow of former Gov. Roy Barnes, who may or may not attempt a comeback. But the coolness that should worry Baker comes from within the African-American community.

Some black leaders have balked at the causes Baker has defended. They include Republican-generated legislation to require photo ID at the ballot box — which many African-Americans regarded as a voter-suppression effort.

More volatile was the case of Genarlow Wilson, who was sentenced to a mandatory 10 years in prison for consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl — an act that occurred when the young black man was 17. At one point, Baker’s office appealed a judge’s ruling that ordered Wilson’s release.

Wilson was freed in 2007, but many African-Americans saw the incident as another example of a criminal system unfairly focused on the imprisonment of black men.

“My job is to enforce the laws of the state of Georgia, as passed by the General Assembly,” Baker said. The vast majority of Georgians — whether black or white — understand that he’s not allowed to pick and choose his agenda, the attorney general said.

Baker acknowledges the need to improve both education and the economy. The startling increase in home mortgage foreclosures has yet to be addressed in Georgia, the attorney general pointed out in an interview.

As a commuter from Stone Mountain, Baker said he shares the cost that families pay for metro Atlanta’s traffic congestion. But when asked if he would support a sales tax to raise more cash for rail and road-building, as has been discussed in the last two sessions of the Legislature, the attorney general said no.

“The last thing we want to do is add to the burden of taxpayers,” he said.

Yet when Baker first announced for governor, the issue at the top of his agenda was not education, the economy or transportation. It was crime. “I don’t think that ever gets too far away from people’s minds,” he said.

Baker is a strong defender of capital punishment, though he thinks the state has been only penny-wise in its refusal to fund a system that offers defendants an adequate legal defense.

The attorney general also lists on his resume the role he played — as Gov. Zell Miller’s floor leader in the House — in passage of the state’s tough “two strikes and you’re out” law, which hands out life sentences to repeat criminals.

It is fair to say that, within certain segments of the African-American community, neither the death penalty nor mandatory sentences generate great popularity.

Last Thursday, Baker made time for lunch with state Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. This week, Baker is scheduled to break bread with the Rev. Joseph Lowery, the venerated civil rights leader.

In last year’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Jones and Lowery helped steer black votes away from DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, who is African-American, and toward Jim Martin, a white Atlanta attorney. Vernon Jones lost the primary in a runoff.

Emanuel Jones, who was deeply involved in the Wilson case, said he left his lunch with Baker “with mixed feelings.”

“I think the attorney general is banking on the African-American community supporting him because he’s an African-American. And I told him, don’t take that for granted,” the senator said. “You have to think of the civil rights community as a big part of our constituency, and I think there’s a big concern in the civil rights community.”

Baker has agreed to a discussion session with African-American state lawmakers later this month. The same courtesy will be offered to two other Democratic candidates currently in the race, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter and former state labor commissioner David Poythress.

Emanuel Jones said Baker hasn’t been ruled out. But neither has he been ruled in.

“We’re going to support the candidate that we feel has the best chance of winning in November. We’re not talking about a primary election. We’ve got to look past that,” the Decatur senator said.

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69 comments Add your comment

dharding

May 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

Yeah, right. So called self-appointed “leaders” of the African American community are going to tell us how to vote, and had to make sure we know not to support Vernon Jones. Like we couldn’t figure that out on our own after suffering through his time as “Mr. C.E.O.”

This African American woman doesn’t know who she’s going to vote for yet, but I don’t need Emanuel Jones or anybody else to tell me what to do. And if I don’t vote for Thurburt Baker, it won’t be because he thinks criminals ought to be in jail.

RJ

May 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

This is why I’m not a Democrat anymore and became a Republican. You got one of their senators attacking the attorney general for being a prosecutor. They probably also wish he’s raise everyone but their taxes. Good thing for us Republicans that they don’t want to run a candidate who’s against crime and tax hikes!

jt

May 3rd, 2009
3:51 pm

A member of the Georgia Bar= a crook.

jt

May 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

In what year did the Georgia Supreme Court become de-segregated?

Sam From Georgia

May 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

This article by Mr. Galloway is consistent with other non-sense that keeps getting published in the AJC and other newspapers in the South. Will he interview white leaders, Hispanic leaders, Asian leaders, Jewish leaders, Indian Leaders so forth and so on to tell their community who they should vote for in the next election. Of course not.

Let’s get it straight once and for all, African-Americans can and do think for themselves.

Please vote for the candidate who will support your position.

Thurbert doesn&Will is an IDIOT

May 3rd, 2009
4:43 pm

Enter your comments here

Thurbert doesn't stand a chance & Will is still an IDIOT

May 3rd, 2009
4:45 pm

Thurbert is a straight shooter who will not kiss the rings of the con men from the so called
“civil rights” community. They don’t what is best for the state nor the country while men like
Mr Baker do!

Save Georgia

May 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm

Forget it Thurbert Baker! African-Americans will never vote for Thurbert Baker for governor. He’s done a horrible job as Attorney General. And we won’t forget the “Anti-Black” positions, he’s held while serving as AG just because he is “darkly-pigmented”. Now when he needs the black vote to win, he begins the process of “flip-flopping”. Typical politician – out for self-preservation. Clarence “The Tom” Thomas is bad enough on the Supreme Court. We don’t need this “Tom” as governor of Georgia.

CJKatl

May 3rd, 2009
5:29 pm

I know the AJC and some local TV stations have a love affair with the notion of Barnes running again, but the people of GA voted him out for many reasons. He’s a loser.

The second he announces he’s running, people will remember how he and his buddies who headed the State Senate and House conspired to steal our goverment from us be creating multi-member districts which diluted the vote of people the cobol didn’t think mattered. Every court that heard the case said what Barnes and his buddies did was illegal. It cost the state millions to defend the indefensible.

Barnes was disliked by the teachers. Barnes was the only sitting Gov. of GA who lost re-election in how many years? The only Dem nominee for Gov to lose in how many years?

He’s not a good campaigner. He has to real issue to run on other than the fact he wants to be governor. If memory serves, he tried to make an issue out of the fake notion that Purdue might get rid of the lottery. Barnes had no reason for us to vote for him, so he created a fake issue that didn’t jive with the people of our State. They saw right through him before and still see through him.

Are the GA Dems so adrift that they think rolling out losers from the past is the best they can do? If so, they should just sit out the election.

Thurbert Baker would be a much better choice that Barnes. Then again, a toy poodle would be a better choice.

catlady

May 3rd, 2009
5:59 pm

Is Baker anti-black or is he anti-crime, anti-thuglifestyle? Can he represent the needs of ALL decent folks in a constitutional way?

Montana

May 3rd, 2009
6:14 pm

Here’s one: Thurbert Baker is always at Chinese community official thingeys (like diplomatic visits) that require a member of the executive branch. I don’t know if it’s because he digs it or because the invitations get passed down the ladder from Sonny to Casey on down till they hit Thurbert.

David

May 3rd, 2009
6:22 pm

What of the allegations that Mr. Baker’s office has been asleep at the switch when “crime” equals “corruption”, as made by Mr. Whitt in _Behind the Hedges_?

J. T. the Citizen

May 3rd, 2009
11:36 pm

The Gridiron Group wants Baker. So what? Who is this group but a bunch of wannabes? Old farts who never really accomplished anything. Nathan Deal. He’s your next governor. Barnes? Forget it. He had his chance. Dubose? Get a life. The man is too ugly, too boring, and has a funny sounding name. Governor Deal. You heard it here first. I have never met the guy, but I am good at picking the winners.

D. West

May 3rd, 2009
11:39 pm

I can’t stand him and I’m black. He won’t get my vote and he caters to whatever can get him in the spotlight. Let’s not forget he didn’t want to change Georgia’s antiquated child support laws a few years ago. I’ll be voting for his opponent.

just wondering

May 3rd, 2009
11:41 pm

So, let me get this right. Blacks, yeah I said Blacks, only vote for other Blacks. I guess that means that Caucasians will only vote for another Caucasian. Sounds stupid? Thought so, but it is funny that I never see an article with that type of headline, Caucasians Vote Only For Other Caucasians!! Or does it mean, a Caucasian interviewer will always hire the Caucasian over the Black person. I could go on forever with this.

Seeing Through the BS

May 3rd, 2009
11:47 pm

I knew back when Baker was trying to keep Genarlow Wilson in jail that he was only attempting to appease the more conservative people in an attempt to run for governor laer. People have been wispering about it since then. And no. WE. WILL. NOT. FORGET. GENARLOW. WILSON.

Get Real

May 4th, 2009
12:06 am

I believe this is a fairly flawed article. Blacks have been voting for whites for generations! What do you think our parents and grandparents did when there weren’t any black candidates to vote for? Voted for the best candidate, thats what. To think that we vote for someone simply because of their race is completely incorrect. Blacks won’t vote for Baker simply on the merits of his performace as AG. Bring Roy back and blacks will vote for him, but this Baker dude isn’t cutting it.

Tyrone

May 4th, 2009
12:16 am

T. Baker doesn’t speak for the African-American community. He’s just another Uncle Tom doing what the white power brokers in Atlanta and Georgia tell him to do. Georgia needs a governor that will promote the causes of the African American community. Governors like perdue and barnes do what they can to keep the black man down in this state—we need someone like Obama to run for governor!

dws in Powder Springs

May 4th, 2009
12:32 am

You Barnes people don’t even do a good job hiding your pimping. That’s probably his kids on here pretending they’re Black. I can’t say whether Black people will vote for Baker, but if you all think we are sitting around waiting for our savior the Great Roy to come back, you need to get a clue fast.

Sincerely,
The husband of a (Black) Cobb Teacher.

Cornelius Cooper

May 4th, 2009
12:38 am

So let me get this straight. T. Baker wants the “black” vote so he decides to talk to two people (Jones and Lowery) to get it?

Mr. Baker, how about talking directly to the people you want to vote for you. Here’s a hint… start with Genarlow Wilson. And make some appearances at some churches (but clap on beat or they will call you a “Tom”).

And get a decent hair cut… it’s never gonna be straight.

Are we really seen as being this simple? I’m insulted. Who the hell do these people (Baker, Jones, and Lowery) think they are?

Kris in Loganville

May 4th, 2009
2:16 am

Mr. Baker should have known the Genarlow Wilson case was a landmine waiting to explode. What do you get when you combine a criminal case based on consensual sex between minors, unclear, murky laws governing the charges, an eager press, an outraged African American community, and the face of a poor teenage African American male in prison for twenty years for doing something that more teenagers than anyone can count do every day? You get a case that looked like a Southern railroading, and who enthusiastically became the face of that train track? Mr. Thurbert Baker himself. Not a smart move for ANY Democrat, especially an African American one who should normally be able to rely on strong support from within that community. One might say Genarlow Wilson could be the kiss of death for the Baker gubernatorial campaign.

Contrast all of that with Roy Barnes, a man very popular in the minority community for his brave decision to take down the Confederate flag, a move that held massive symbolic value to Black Georgians.

In summary, Baker would be better off running as a Republican but he could still get the primary if he plays his cards carefully. But its telling when Black ministers are even reluctant to back you.

On the other hand, if the ever-popular Barnes enters the contest, Baker can kiss his primary hopes goodbye.

Jessica

May 4th, 2009
8:00 am

Mr. Baker nailed his own coffin closed in the African American community with the Genarlow Wilson case. Yes, he’s elected to uphold the law but check this out, when the law is “stupid” he should stand up and say so. Why let a smart, young, black man who made a bad judgement spend 10 years in prison for consensual sex. The law is STUPID. It took a white, female attorney, black radio hosts, the community and lots of prayer, to stand up for Genarlow to get him out of jail. Baker was willing to see this young man go to prison and have his life ruined. Now, he’s wanting the black community’s support. NOT!

melvinowens

May 4th, 2009
8:28 am

this man mishandled the genarlow wilson case, and should not get the vote of blacks in the state of georgia. he touts “upholding the law”, but forgets that, “an unjust law is no law at all”.

KA

May 4th, 2009
8:43 am

I am a centrist Republican and I would vote for Mr. Baker. As Attorney General he has upheld the laws and Constitution of the State of Georgia, despite the public from the governor to drop a lawsuit and despite pressure from emotional, self-righteous supporters of Genarlow Wilson. He followed the law and represented all citizens of Georgia in his work. As top lawyer in our state he has served us very well these past 12 years, and I voted for him each time. I would like a governor who is forward thinking, follows the letter of the law, represents ALL citizens of Georgia, and who can lead without the stamp of approval of any particular group of people. I would support and work for the election of Thurbert Baker.

Stephen

May 4th, 2009
8:48 am

Newsflash: It really doesn’t matter since the State of Georgia overall WILL NOT PERMIT a Black man to be elected governor. Even though Baker has won statewide elections in the past, it was not in the key position for the State (Governor). The voter percentages for Georgia in the last Presidential election predict the outcome if Baker is the Democratic candidate.

Also when will the writers and editors at the AJC realize that these types of articles only serve to inflame and polarize the potential voters.

SOUTHERN ATL

May 4th, 2009
8:59 am

I think that Attorney General Baker handled the Genarlow Wilson case poorly.When Genarlow was notified that he was about to be released, moments later Attorney General Thurbert Baker faxed the celebrating family of Genarlow that he was appealing the verdict. Govenor Perdue should have removed Baker and District Attorney David McDade from the case.

Simon

May 4th, 2009
9:13 am

Why does the AJC link to this blog from State and Local Headlines? Galloway is a dependable democrat voice. Does the AJC really think his political musings are news and not opinion? I thought the AJC was trying to draw bright lines between news and opinion. What gives?

itamazesme

May 4th, 2009
9:21 am

I am a black woman who will also NOT be supporting Atty Baker.

To KA – No disagreement he upheld the law – but almost EVERYONE of all nationalities knew that the law he upheld in the Genarlow case was unjust. I want a Governor who is for everyone. Not someone who does something and then when he see it backfiring tries to clear it up. Not only that – he can talk to whomever he pleases – yet those people can’t persuade those who have minds of their own and can think for themselves.
I was truly disappointed when he didn’t stand up for that young man. I thought about all young men of all races and how the act itself is committed on almost a daily basis, and how the jails would be overcrowded if they arrested every male that did it. Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right -no matter what you think is the cost. For example – former Gov. Barnes – he stood up to take down the confederate flag and it was a major nail in his coffin. Miss California stood up for her believe in traditional marraige and it cost her the Miss USA crown. Its people like this that endure and gain in the long run.

Atty. Baker needs to learn from others.

BTW – To Cornelius Cooper – in reference to his hair -it isn’t his – it is a toupee

itamazesme

May 4th, 2009
9:23 am

I apologize that should be belief and marriage.

CJKatl

May 4th, 2009
9:28 am

itamazesme -

Barnes’ losing had nothing to do with the flag. The small minority of people who cared about the flag were people who would never have voted for Barnes anyway.

Barnes lost because he could present no compelling reason to the people of Georgia why he should be governor. Nothing has changed on that front. The man chose to run ads that fearmongers a non-existent lottery issue because he couldn’t point to a single thing he did or was planning to do that warranted a second term.

As someone who wants to vote Dem for Gov in the next election, Barnes as the nominee would make that impossible. See my earlier post about how Barnes tried to steal the Georgia government from the people and tell me there is any way you could put Barnes back in elective office.

TCB

May 4th, 2009
9:30 am

Remember the Genarlow Wilson case he will not get my vote I am a independent and I don’t like the republican “no tolerence” party anymore I voted republican in the past. I am black america & native Georgian not for Baker. T.Barnes for Roy Barnes.

Ray

May 4th, 2009
9:32 am

I would never vote for that uncle ___.

Georgia 1st

May 4th, 2009
9:41 am

I won’t vote for Thurgood BAker meerly because we need a governor to handle transporation and he sounds like he’s going to follow the status quo.

Decatur

May 4th, 2009
9:44 am

Mr. Baker shot himself in the foot when he sent Mr. Wilson back to prison. There is nothing emotional about supporting what is right. Contrary to the popular belief, Blacks seldom vote on emotions,where as we’ve seen in the Presidential elections, most whites did because they were convince emotionally that President Obama was a Muslim of which they have no evidence but were convinced anyway. Everybody, black and white knows that was too hash a sentence for the crime. Now he wants to double back and try to make amends when he is viewed by most self appointed black leaders as a traitor. Besides, he will not be getting any votes outside of 285 anyway. He has to know nobody outside of Atlanta will have a BLACK MAN running GA.

TANSTAAFL

May 4th, 2009
10:05 am

An interesting discussion on the state of Mr Baker’s attempt to become the next Governor of the great state of Georgia. Lots of pros, lots of cons, lot of speculation. Lets not forget that there is another candidate in the race, John Monds will be the Libertarian contender for Governor of Georgia, here’s a direct quote from his Facebook page:

“We must be competitive in the 21st Century. We must have meaningful tax reforms that allow businesses and individuals to thrive, a transportation system that eases congestion without raising taxes, an education system that gives more choices and returns control to the local level and we need to stop wasting the taxpayer’s money with mandated long term incarceration of individuals for non-violent victimless infractions of the law”

Victimless infraction pretty much sums up the odyssey endured by Genarlo Wilson. Perhaps 2010 is the year for change, find out more about the Libertarian Party in Georgia and John Monds in particular at http://www.votemonds.com

Lower Taxes
More Freedom

Morehouse Guy

May 4th, 2009
10:06 am

I could care less about Genarlow or his stance on Voter ID. He was doing his job. This state has much more daunting challenges than crime, and he’s not giving me what I’d need to hear on transportation. You’re going to have to raise the funds to reduce congestion, period. What does he plan on doing? Public education? Nothing. He sounds status quo oriented, and that will keep me from supporting him. Still disappointed that Olens is running for AG instead of governor. Thurbert has no vision. Too busy pandering to South Georgians.

itamazesme

May 4th, 2009
10:12 am

CJKatl – if you notice i said it was a nail in his coffin – I didn’t say that it was the main reason – i only used Barnes and his issue with the flag as an example as when a person should stand up for what they believe in. I wasn’t stating that Barnes should once again run. Please re read my post. Thanks

The Oddball

May 4th, 2009
10:19 am

I am sure that none of the people calling Thurbert Baker an “Uncle Tom” have ever read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to see what that character was really like. Contrary to the popular misconception, the real character of “Uncle Tom” did not fawn over white people or seek their approval or mindlessly follow their orders. He was a very strong and quiet believer in the truth, never compromised his Christian principles, and was beaten to death for refusing to whip a fellow black slave.

REGINAintheATL

May 4th, 2009
10:24 am

As an African-American, I am OUTRAGED by this article. Mr. Galloway, you think that people tell us how to vote, that somehow we are different from other people because we need to be told what to do. Sir – we can MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS. Nobody – including Reverend Lowery or anybody else is going to tell us what to do.

Even more offensive than what you wrote about that is your thinking that we are against holding people who break the law to account. Why? Because WE ARE ALL CRIMINALS? Because our children ARE ALL HOODLUMS?

When I see something like this, I know why this paper is going out of business. Your readers ought to be the successful and EDUCATED African-Americans of Atlanta, but instead you write this GARBAGE.

REGINAintheATL

May 4th, 2009
10:31 am

And one other thing while I’m MAD – to everybody who thinks Genarlow Wilson is some sort of hero – as an African-American WOMAN, there was an AFRICAN-AMERICAN young WOMAN that he HURT. You all like to act like he was making out with someone in the back seat of his mother’s car.

One sure way for Mr. Baker to LOSE my vote would be to do what Cornelius Cooper says and go apologize for thinking that it’s not okay to treat an AFRICAN-AMERICAN woman like trash!

KA

May 4th, 2009
10:45 am

Regarding comments about the Genarlow Wilson case. Mr. Baker appealed on a procedual issue, not a substantive issue. Changing a law is the legislature’s duty, not the privilege of the Attorney General. The media and you outraged folks misrepresented the facts of Mr. Baker’s actions in this matter. Stop the immature name calling, educate yourselves on the facts of the case, and try just one time to keep race out of your discussions. Thurbert Baker is an intelligent, honest, hard working man to be respected and to be taken seriously. He is not part of divisive motives and speech. Challenge yourselves to act as honorably as our Attorney General has.

BPJ

May 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Only one person, “Morehouse Guy”, seems to have noticed the major news nugget in the aticle: if elected Governor, Baker would continue the Republican policy of doing NOTHING on TRANSPORTATION! Baker just blew any chance of getting my vote in the primary.

Metro Atlanta needs its own sales tax for transportation, so we can move forward on needed transit projects without interference from the rest of the state, which does not understand the metro area’s needs. We can either pay 1% more in sales tax (that means visitors pay as well), or we can pay an increasing “time tax”. What is the “time tax”? Glad you asked. It’s the ever-mounting time we spend stuck in traffic. It costs us dollars, and it cost us in lost time with family and friends. Baker apparently is clueless on this issue.

As for the Wilson case, no one is saying that what Wilson did was “okay”. The issue was the appropriate punishment; 10 years was clearly disproportionate.

Lee

May 4th, 2009
10:51 am

The African american leadership can be had for spending change, that all they really care about anyway. joe lowery still knows how to buck dance when the price is right.They are pitiful, the blind leads the blind and they both fall into the ditch.At least T. Baker stands for practicing obeying the laws and punishing those who donot. That more than I can say about j lowery and the pennyannie gang.

Daniel Burse

May 4th, 2009
11:33 am

Every voter should be a free thinker and check out the candidates and vote for whom they believe is the best person. But people like Rev. Lowery have earned voter’s ear and will rightfully have influence on their votes. I will certainly be interested in whom he supports and while I may not vote for his candidate, they will look better in my eyes.

David A. Staples

May 4th, 2009
11:49 am

If African Americans want to vote for another African American, they should check out John Monds – http://www.VoteMonds.com. As quoted above….

“We must be competitive in the 21st Century. We must have meaningful tax reforms that allow businesses and individuals to thrive, a transportation system that eases congestion without raising taxes, an education system that gives more choices and returns control to the local level and we need to stop wasting the taxpayer’s money with mandated long term incarceration of individuals for non-violent victimless infractions of the law”

Victimless infraction pretty much sums up the odyssey endured by Genarlo Wilson. Perhaps 2010 is the year for change, find out more about the Libertarian Party in Georgia and John Monds in particular at http://www.votemonds.com

Lower Taxes
More Freedom

Joseff Narumbe

May 4th, 2009
11:50 am

I’m voting for John Monds. He’s the real leader our state needs!

CJKatl

May 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

itamazes me – if someone stood up and stated child molestation was good, should be applaud the person? Slavery? Killing animals slowly and painfully?

You seem to confuse standing up for a cause and being just. Miss California is feeling the consequence of having an opinion that many find abhorrent, not because she stood up. She and her grandmother have acted like trailer trash, screaming to the press that the stance cost her the crown. They illustrate that those holding that opinion are often the lowest wrungs of society. If you actually heard her say the answer, you were probably cringing at her inability to string together a sentence, let alone a thought. The fact it’s beyond her that the eventual winner might have won on her own merit shows a lack of character. The winner, to her credit, has held her head high as Miss California has thrown everything she learned in the trailer park in Miss USA’s direction.

Luckily, within a generation, the same sex marriage debate will be looked at the way civil rights is looked at now. Miss California will be looked at the way we look back at George Wallace now. She will be a thought of as a bigot.

The Georgia flag flap had NOTHING to do with Barnes losing. It’s wasn’t so much as a thumb tack in the coffin. Most people thought the flag should be changed and those that did not weren’t voting for Barnes, anyway. Propping Barnes up for that is just a way to say something nice about a man who really did very little for our state but tried to steal democracy from us. Really. A flag. Something so minor. Nobody was talking about the flag issue more than a day after the flag was changed, let alone on election day.

BPJ

May 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

“…a transportation system that eases congestion without raising taxes…” That’s an excellent summary of why I wouldn’t vote for the libertarian. We can’t do what needs to be done in transportation without a dedicated sales tax (in metro Atlanta). The gas taxes we have now do not provide enough for road maintenance or expansion, much less for commuter rail, intercity rail, or urban transit. But the libertarians have their faith, and facts can’t get in the way of faith.

Nick

May 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

He’ll never get elected with that hair! Get some hair plugs or something!

Adeyemi

May 4th, 2009
1:38 pm

No way Baker gets elected with all the white racists in this state! Georgia will never elect an African-American governor–they are still living in the 1950s around here. I’m getting tired of all this racism and may move back to Newark, New Jersey next year if I don’t find a good job soon.