Roy Barnes: Pay no attention to those poll numbers

We told you this afternoon how Republican Karen Handel is spinning yesterday’s Rasmussen poll that declared Democrat Roy Barnes vulnerable to any of four GOP candidates.

Now here’s what the former governor has told his supporters, in a similar fund-raising letter:

You might have seen some press stories this week – folks like to play the horse race game when it comes to elections, but frankly, it’s far too early in this campaign to be talking about winners and losers. There is much work to be done before we cross the finish line in either the primary election or the general election, and we cannot grow complacent.

In the upcoming months, there will be countless stories written in the press about poll numbers and personal attacks and political rhetoric in this race. We will not be able to control what is printed in the paper or published online, but we can and must stay focused on the goal of our campaign – making Georgia work.

While we are pleased and encouraged by the response that our campaign, Roy 2010, has been receiving from all across Georgia so far, I can tell you from personal experience that several months is an eternity in politics – we have a long way to go!

When I was defeated in 2002, I learned a valuable political lesson: nothing can be taken for granted. This primary race is only going to get more competitive as we get closer to Election Day – and with five candidates vying for the primary nomination, we must keep in mind that it is going to be very difficult to avoid a primary runoff.

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Abigail P. Watson

February 23rd, 2010
6:32 pm

I would never want to be compared to Goliath! Give me David any day!

Change in Georgia

February 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

Forget the polls…..Roy Barnes you got my vote and my friends, family votes. The republicans have destroy Georgia and Ox you need to be lock up in jail for your son shooting someone with a hunting gun.

Wounded Warrior

February 23rd, 2010
6:42 pm



February 23rd, 2010
7:06 pm

Change in Georgia – Better find a new handle, voting King Roy back in ain’t.

Ox doesn’t need to be locked up in jail for his son’s accident. Free hunting privileges from the owner of a regulated company, abuse of power, and campaign contributions solicited from those he regulates would be more appropriate but somehow those are considered legal.


February 23rd, 2010
7:10 pm

There is clearly a long way to go. Roy remains the candidate to beat in the Democratic primary, but that doesn’t mean that it is a ‘gimme’. There are several candidates who are bright and worthy of a good look, including Dubose, Thurbert, and Gen. Poythress. I would look out for Eric Johnson in the Republican primary. Ox, Deal, and Handel are going to have some strong support, but Johnson might be the best bet for that slate. Eric might be perceived as having less to exploit in a General Election matchup with Roy. Georgia could use a good competitive race for Governor.

Bill Orvis White

February 23rd, 2010
7:19 pm

Fat and lazy King Roy–phoning it in since 1998. Go home, King Roy.


February 23rd, 2010
7:53 pm

In a race between Ox and Roy, it’s gonna be easy.

All Hail King Roy!


February 23rd, 2010
7:59 pm

Barnes is arrogant. Oxendine is arrogant and completely over the top. Handel is arrogant and haughty. Baker is a milquetoast who wouldn’t rock any boat anywhere anyhow. Johnson tried to give rich developers friends Jekyll Island. Chapman tried to keep Jekyll Island from being given away. Deal is a crook. Scott may be ok. Porter could’ve shown more gumption against the crazed Republican leadership, but seems honest. Poythress has said and done the right things all along but can’t get face time because he’s not a lunatic. The others are as yet barely radar blips.


February 23rd, 2010
8:12 pm

I am 100% agreement with you CN. I wish more people could see your post.


February 23rd, 2010
8:41 pm

Austin Scott is probably the best of the lot, but his name recognition is so poor, he may not have a chance.


February 23rd, 2010
8:49 pm

Austin (Robot Ken Doll) Scott can’t even make a point without taking a jab at someone else. He should keep in mind that throwing dirt only causes you to loose ground.

The General

February 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

Please God, anyone but Assendine, even Barnes!

Home School Drop Out

February 23rd, 2010
9:04 pm

What numbers has the UNBIASED Matt Towery SLUG poll showed?


February 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

Well, a capable person who was once overthrown by his own arrogance is no less capable for it, and may be humbled enough by the experience to do him and the state some good. Barnes will be 66 at the end of the next governor’s first term. It is doubtful that he has political ambitions beyond the state. He could, if he has learned the right lessons, run, win, and govern above party politics. And if ever the state needed pragmatic, non-partisan government, it’s now.
Now I don’t dislike Sonny Perdue – he has probably been a good caretaker – but he has not exhibited much vision. For eight years he has dawdled on metro transportation, even though the authority existed for state government to rationalize, fund, expand, and regulate transit in the Atlanta region. And who proposed and won legislative approval for this authority? Roy Barnes, that’s who.

not your regular cup of joe

February 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Assendine and Burnes – BOOOOOOOO

Eugene Talmadge

February 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Sonny has been a poor governor. No vision, no energy,a few platitudes, that’s all.

A+ Teacher

February 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Roy’s money did not work last election and will not this time!!! No repeat!


February 23rd, 2010
10:35 pm

I still say Roy Barnes was the best Republican Governor this has ever had. Of course the Republican Party of Georgia doesn’t think so, but then they weren’t Republicans when Lester Maddox was handing out axe handles. Save yore Confederate money boys, the South’s gonna rise agin!

Political Mongrel

February 23rd, 2010
11:51 pm

Have you people forgotten what a horror Barnes’ administration was? He didn’t think he was elected, he thought he was directly anointed. He was a tyrant, abused and vilified his opponents, alienated the vast majority of teachers in the state, and played the dirtiest of power politics. We need him back like we need return to direct rule of the English king.

Winfield J. Abbe

February 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

For over 15 years thousands of property owners in Clarke County have been forced, under the threats of fines, jail time and confiscation of their property, to pay for public bus service that has never been provided to them. But neither King Roy nor that good for nothing politically correct so-called Attorney General did anything to correct this criminal conduct by the Unified Government of Athens Clarke County in patent violation of the equal protection clause of the Georgia Constitution and other laws. Do not vote for either one of these good for nothing non representatives regardless of their party affiliation. They have also not lifted a finger to investigate the corrupt investigation into a murder of a former UGA student almost 18 years ago by the secret police department in Athens.
Georgia is a corrupt state. Do not vote for these good for nothing politicians. Many other issues of neglect of duty and cowardice by them could also be mentioned. A good high school student could do a better job than these so and so’s.

wild one

February 24th, 2010
12:09 am

No thank you King Roy, your services are not needed by the hard working tax payers of Georgia.

Anonymous Jones

February 24th, 2010
12:16 am

The next Governor will be whoever can corral the teacher’s votes. Teachers have never been more united, and what is united is making up the deficit by risking the futures of Georgia’s children. Some lessons need to be learned by looking at states where deficits are not affecting education as much. The candidate who can deliver a state budget that does not require schools to shut down for weeks; relieved teachers of inane paperwork that reduces effectivesness; and vows to end Georgia’s participation in the GOP ploy to damage public schools with NCLB since the voters won’t buy their vouchers to further undermine the education of 75% of Georgia’s children, will get enough teachers votes to win. It could be Barnes, but he’s got a lot of trust to regain. Not likely to be a Republican since every day more folks are catching onto their anti-public school agenda.

Oh Please

February 24th, 2010
12:23 am

With choices like these, Georgia hasn’t got a chance.


February 24th, 2010
12:30 am

How about pay NO attention to FATSO King Roy

Dr. John Trotter

February 24th, 2010
12:55 am

Folks, it will be John Oxendine (R) versus Roy Barnes (D). If Oxendine can tap into the teacher frustration and rally them, he will be the next governor of Georgia. Quite frankly, I don’t think that Georgia teachers will ever forget and forgive what Roy Barnes did to them in 2000. All of the other dramatic fuss is just Little Theater. Ox versus Roy. I am sure that Deal and Baker and Porter and others would make fine governors, but this is a year when political money will be very slim. I don’t think that these guys’ personages and/or messages will break through the communications clutter which engulfs us. The average person in Golden Corral could not tell you who the heck the latter three are, much less the lesser lights.

Been There

February 24th, 2010
12:57 am

I believe Gov. Barnes learned from his mistakes and his vision for Georgia is great and he will do a great job. The balance between a republican legislature and a democratic Gov. will be benificial to GA, just as it would be between the President and Congress on the national level.


February 24th, 2010
2:17 am

The last two Governors of GA, King Roy and Corrupt Sonny have managed to reduce GA to almost Mississippi levels. Frankly I’d rather see a Muppet Character as Governor than any of the so called leading candidates. The problem in America and in GA is that our choices always comes down to the lesser of two evils. What you are left with is still evil. Our Government choices are like being given the choice between living in the Chicken House and an out house. Which type of poop do you prefer to smell all the time. To be fair, just like his hero Sonny has not taken more than his fair share, but surely someone will look into a Governor whose net worth increased so dramatically during his time in office and with the economy in shambles. We can hope!

Confused Voter

February 24th, 2010
4:25 am

Roy Barnes has been there. Give someone else a chance to serve Georgia as governor. Its way too
early for me to decide who is the best candidate. I will try to NOT vote by what the polls show. The candidate who talks the most about what the can do to improve Georgia`s economy,schools,etc. rather than mudslinging the other candidates will get my vote.

Unconfused Voter

February 24th, 2010
5:28 am

Roy Barnes had is faults, but the State of Georgia wasn’t in the financial condition its in now. They’re talking about cuting law enforcement officers, school days, more furloughs for State employees, etc. Sonny isn’t cutting anything around his household. I.m tired of higher taxes, because of mismangement of our money. Bring back Gov. Barnes


February 24th, 2010
5:39 am

For the help of all humanity….forget about these has-been self-serving bureaucrats and bring back ZELL


February 24th, 2010
5:56 am

Retreads are not always the best. Roy, go home….


February 24th, 2010
6:06 am

amen david….zell sounds pretty good now.


February 24th, 2010
6:25 am

Roy tasted power and we know he is big eater and only reason he is back. Ox ain’t much and I know knew him and college & later. Hope someone else wins GOP nomination otherwise Ox will be governor. Democrats are dead statewide for sometime to come.

Since fat boy Mark Taylor rubbed republicans nose in his power his democrats will have a long painful period as the minority party. And in the words of Mark Taylor as he ridiculed republicans it is time for democrats to “cry me a river”.


February 24th, 2010
7:38 am

I wouldn’t vote for Oxendine, Handel, or Baker – they may say they are from different parties, but they all have the stink of corruption on them. As a state employee, I have seen first-hand their laziness, abuse of power, and refusal to work on behalf of GA’s citizens. Furthermore, I wouldn’t vote for Barnes, because he’s an opportunist. King Roy as the champion of the little man? He sure doesn’t have a problem representing the big man in court against the little man. GA voters would have a better chance writing in this year’s American Idol winner on the ballot.

Mr. Grumpy

February 24th, 2010
7:42 am

Anybody who votes for another Republican governor for this state needs to be admitted into a mental institution.


February 24th, 2010
7:56 am

Change for Georgia wants the father arrested for the sins of the son? That may be change you believe in, but it scares the devil out of me.

woodshed guy

February 24th, 2010
8:01 am

I just don’t see the GEA group going with the ox. (note little case); but then I see their finished products and wonder.

Lanier Peach

February 24th, 2010
8:03 am

I wish Tom Graves were running for Governor. Oh well.

woodshed guy

February 24th, 2010
8:16 am

I have been told the many reasons why we the people can’t vote for the best of the best instead of voting for the least of the worst.The snarling at the dome is worse than a pit bull fight. To the victor goes the spoils? Oh boy! Where is Lewis Grizzard when we need him real bad. New brooms for sale! New brooms for sale. Step right up to the podium please.


February 24th, 2010
8:23 am

Go Oxendine! His stance on the issues is very much in tune with the majority of Georgia. Barnes is silly to think he actually has a chance. Once you have lost a major election in politics, you pretty much have the aura of loser from thereon. Unless voters have severe amnesia, no one is going to vote for him except yellow-dogs .

The Cynical White Boy

February 24th, 2010
8:25 am

I’ll give Roy 2.0 a chance….but

I ain’t willin’ to give BOBBY KAHN 2.0 a chance.

You gonna tell me Bobby Kahn ain’t hiding behind the curtain, waiting until after the election to come out? I ain’t drinking that Kool-Aid, Roy.

woodshed guy

February 24th, 2010
8:31 am

What happened at the private hunting preserve was the collateral damage caused by a very stupid and negligent parent who let a 13 year old handle a gun without first being properly trained in its use. Parental abuse and neglect? I think that will stick to the wall.


February 24th, 2010
8:34 am

ain’t it amazing, in paulding they vote for a guy that had affair with his mother in law! was the other guy a child molester? these goobers never fail to amaze me. heck, tiger ought to run for governor in ga if his golf gig falters.

No more greedy politicians

February 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Oxendine has been in the pocket of insurance companies since he took office. There have been repeated reports of this and nobody seems to notice! And Roy Barnes previous record speaks for itself – just another greedy politician out to make a buck for himself! If we are going to vote out those criminal politicians already in office, we don’t need to replace them with more! Look for the records of who you vote for!

woodshed guy

February 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Tiger has the balls for it. When caught he didn’t blame anyone else and he has confessed with beaucoup mea culpas. What a breath of fresh air he would bring to the stink in the dome. NOOX…Go Tiger.


February 24th, 2010
9:16 am

The party that can easily win the governor’s race is the party that does not nominate Ox or Roy.

Rafe Hollister

February 24th, 2010
9:23 am

I am a hard right conservative, (who woulda thunk it), who usually votes for the Reps as the lesser of the two evils. However, this time I will vote my conscience and support David Poythress in the Dem primary. Having observed him over the years I think he is honest, hard working, dedicated to the state, and obviously very qualified. I think he could work with the Reps to get the state moving again. I know that realistically he doesn’t have a chance, as he will not be able to raise enough money and does not possess the charisma necessary to get elected. That seems to be par for the course as fall as elections go, the best person for the job usually is eliminated in the primaries and we are left with an Obama/Mccain, pick against the worst loser situation.


February 24th, 2010
9:28 am

In the most recent Presidential race, the Dems realized Hillary Clinton brought too much negative to the race. As much as Dems may have liked her, they realized she could not win in a general election. The result was they nominated someone who could.

The GA Dem Party, or what’s left of it, should learn the same lesson and get Roy to sit out this ego trip. He has no chance, as the poll showed.

BTW, gotta love how Roy’s political consultants had him put “polls” and “personal attacks” and “political rhetoric” in the same sentence. Does he really think the voters in GA are stupid enough to think those are the same things? He is so condescending that he actually thinks the voters will buy a “Change” slogan from a man who has been part of the problem for decades.

When one talks about their being so much time between now and the primary, the reference is that the candidates have time to introduce themselves and let everyone know where they stand. We already know Roy and his arrogance. Nothing Roy says can change that negative perception. The maximum number of people who would vote for Roy is not enough to get him elected. Fact. End of story.

Notice that his statement is all about Roy and not about the people of Georgia. It’s not about the election, Roy, it’s about doing what the people of Georgia want done. Really, Roy, you need better consultants!


February 24th, 2010
9:30 am

Roy, it’s too late. Toto has pulled back the emerald curtain and we can all see the real Roy. Trying to pull the curtain back around you won’t change the fact that we’ve all already seen the truth.

Road Scholar

February 24th, 2010
9:31 am

Some above have implied that the teachers will determine the next governoras they had selected Perdue in 2002. While this is partialy true, so did/will the state employees. They voted in mass, as well as their relatives, against Barnes in 2002. They now see the error of their ways in electing someone unprepared to run the state, someone w/o vision, and a party that still can’t lead and manage the state.

Oh, by the way, where is the ethics inquiry concerning those who new of Richardson’s affair and did nothing? Oops, they did do something ….they swept it under the rug!