Don’t look for Roy Barnes to emphasize his Democratic label in next year’s 2010 contest for governor.
The Gwinnett Post noted this tall talk from the former governor on Wednesday, in a county where he attracted just over a third of the vote in 2002:
“This is not an election about Democrats and Republicans as it was last time,” he said. (Perdue’s win made him the first Republican since Reconstruction to move into the governor’s mansion.) “It’s about leadership or no leadership. We’ve got to get this ox out of the ditch.”
Barnes is the most high-profile among a large field of Democrats, which includes Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Republicans vying for the office include Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who lives in Duluth, Secretary of State Karen Handel and Congressman Nathan Deal, among others.
To the crowd of community and business leaders, Barnes said he would focus on three issues as governor: water, education and transportation. But he also talked about politics under the Gold Dome.
“I’m fed up with both the Democrats and the Republicans,” he said. “I’d be a Bull Moose or a Whig if they still had a party.”
He said he would be able to work with the Legislature, even if it remains in Republican control.
“I believe I’d have a lot better relationship with a Republican legislature than Gov. Perdue does,” he said. “What we do is, we need to focus on common problems.”
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