Waiting for Roy Barnes

We’ve been told by several relatively well-informed people that former Gov. Roy Barnes has settled on Wednesday as the day he’ll fish or cut bait in the 2010 race.

So far, no one feels comfortable enough to predict which way the Democrat will jump — whether he’ll attempt the first comeback by an ousted Georgia governor since Gene Talmadge. (Several — including Lester Maddox and Carl Sanders — have attempted returns after constitutionally limited terms.)

An unnamed party has reserved space Thursday in the state Capitol for a “campaign” event, but we’re informed this is not the venue or the day Barnes will use.

We checked, but no one has reserved the Marietta Square — a few blocks from Barnes’ new home — for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Yet.

Also, the former governor is now scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Cobb County Democratic fund-raiser on June 19.

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6-1-09 Mortgage Defaults and Late Payments are up, thanks for the stimulus!

June 1st, 2009
6:21 pm

I mean scamulus.
Roy boy, keep your senses and keep practicing law.

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June 1st, 2009
7:17 pm

He CAN WIN too!!!

josef nix

June 1st, 2009
7:26 pm

Does he really thing 65% of Georgia’s voters have forgotten the flag? Really. Does he?

Road Scholar

June 1st, 2009
8:00 pm

j nix: Can they remember how Sonny promised to change it and didn’t?
Can they see that the repubs can’t manage squat?

Curly Girly-man

June 1st, 2009
9:02 pm

I love the rebel flag. My crotchless panties have the Confederate Battle Flag over my butt.

Like most Republicans, I wish I lived in the Confederate States of America.

If only we weren’t a bunch of losers.

[...] hearing rumors over at the AJC:We’ve been told by several relatively well-informed people that former Gov. Roy [...]

juanita driggs

June 2nd, 2009
7:27 am

I could certainly understand if Mr. Barnes took a pass. But I also realize it would be a great opportunity for many Georgians to correct the bad judgement they exercised several years ago by not returning him to office. If anyone could set a precedent and return after being turned out, Roy Barnes would be that man. He’s got a first rate mind. I just wonder if most of the voters can handle that. I would hope so because we desperately need someone of his calibre at the helm now.

The REAL GodHatesTrash

June 2nd, 2009
7:59 am

Good point, Juanita. Georgia loves to elect the bottom of the barrel, Barnes is too smart and too decent for the majority of Georgia voters.


June 2nd, 2009
8:03 am

“too decent for the majority of Georgia voters.”

That is not possible as a member of the Georgia Bar.
And he wears too much lipstick.

Fanny B Tender

June 2nd, 2009
8:38 am

I fear Roy has something in the closet…a male impersonating a female that is impersonating a male. Butt that should play well inside the perimeter.

Curly Girly-man

June 2nd, 2009
8:42 am

Fanny, does Barnes swing our way?

Like most GOPers, I’d love to have Mr. Barnes make me squeal like a piggy.


June 2nd, 2009
10:21 am

Barnes for Governor 2010!

Get Real

June 2nd, 2009
11:29 am

Josef Nix, you should be asking Sonny if HE forgot about the flag. That was his calling card to get elected right? Picture that, people voting not on the real issues that affect their daily lives, but an old confederate flag. You can’t make this stuff up.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

June 2nd, 2009
11:43 am

Real, it is impossible to misunderestimate the stupidity of a neo-kkkonfederate.


June 2nd, 2009
10:04 pm

Anybody with a brain in this state knows that Roy Barnes is the only hope for restoring sanity to the Governor’s Office and to state government in Georgia. Karen Handel, John Oxendine and Eric Johnson are just more of the same thing that has brought this state to near ruin since Sonny Perdue was elected.

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 2nd, 2009
11:22 pm

Life is a battle and winning countries need “horses” that run TO the guns, not away from them like Barnes did during Vietnam. Were he a righteous, wise man other than that and knew for a fact at the time that Vietnam was a crime and treason, why has he remained silent on the subject ever since?

As it turns out his allowing himself to be made rich as a “banker” while overseeing the banking industry in the Georgia Assembly proves he is of bad character so likely was merely a physical coward during Vietnam and not a man of conscience.

Max Cleland is a real man for Georgia. When we were fighting and dying he threw his fate in with us and now in wisdom he quit the 9/11 Commission and said it was a fraud.

How much leadership should Georgians require to see the Light G-d wants for us?

Cleland is the only man of integrity we have for the governorship in Georgia to help Obama bring the Roman Anti-Christ ot justice.

Awake Georgia! The Beast isn’t going to cast itself into the Pit. Let’s get off our duffs and do some casting, NOW!

Cleland for Governor or Georgia ain’t got a prayer.