Who is Ray Boyd, and why would he spend $2 million to be governor?

Ray Boyd, a wealthy businessman from Morgan County, has joined the Republican race for governor in a large way – by putting in $2 million of his own money.

That’s as much cash as John Oxendine, the current GOP front-runner, reported on hand this week.

Boyd brings the number of Republican candidates to eight. See his campaign disclosure report here. It’s very simple – a two followed by six zeroes.


This picture of him was shot as he submitted his campaign finance report last week.

Boyd picked up his own phone when we called. “I’m in this race to be governor of Georgia. I think I’m better qualified than anybody in the race. I think that the ones that are running – they’re so ethically challenged, it amazes me they would even have the gall to put their name in the hat,” he said.

“I’m appalled at Georgia. They had an ethics meltdown, and the new speaker was going to do something about that – well, they do the same damn thing that they do every time. They know the public’s attention [span] is about 10 minutes long, so they waited from December, he waits til the end of this legislative session, and he puts in a milk-toast change,” Boyd said.

The 67-year-old real estate executive has never run for office before. His campaign contributions have been limited – about $4,250 to national Republican causes since 2000. In November, he wrote a $6,100 check to Sam Olens, the former Cobb County commission chairman who’s now running for attorney general.

“He’s real,” Olens said this evening. “He’s a very conservative businessman, and he’s very disgusted with Congress and very disgusted with our president.”

Boyd, who owns Ray Boyd Properties, intends to accept no campaign contributions, and said the $2 million on his campaign disclosure “is not for show.”

“I’m going to try to be a we-the-people candidate. In normal times, a person like me would get ground up, but this is not normal times,” he said. “I’m running as a Ronald Reagan Republican, but I’m going to have both sides attacking me, because I’m for term limits.”

He intends to run on an anti-incumbent platform that will appeal to the tea party movement in Georgia.

“The tea party people do not endorse candidates, but if they wanted to endorse somebody, it would be somebody like me,” he said. “I’m very ticked off at people in our own government trying to castigate them as if they were some right wing, home-grown terrorist. That’s sickening and disgusting.”

Boyd said he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees while in the military – he left the U.S. Air Force as a captain.

“I’ve been flying below the radar my whole life. I came from very meager beginnings. I picked cotton as a little boy. I made a penny a pound,” he said.
Boyd continued:

“I’m also a person who is just appalled at some other wealthy people in Atlanta in the same kind of development business, who have been through as many ups and downs in the economy as I [have], and they assume that it wouldn’t happen again. I’m standing here today with no debt.

“I went down and listened to a group the other day crying like babies cause they can’t get financing, when they leveraged – they’ve been through four ups and downs. And so why in the hell, when the things were good, didn’t they take care of business?”

The Republican race for governor may have just gotten much, much more interesting.

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Here we go!

April 6th, 2010
6:55 pm

Things just got interesting… I’m going to pop some popcorn and settle in. Can’t wait to hear what else this guy has to say, especially since he doesn’t have to worry about contributors. Which reminds me… how much of his own money did Guy Milner spend? $2 million probably won’t be enough to win, but he can sure change the conversation…

Some Guy

April 6th, 2010
7:09 pm

Interesting……………………………..There is no way in heck I would vote for Oxendine. Oxendine is OK as insurance commissioner as long as he is occupied with his fake cop car as his official vehicle so he act important. Lord only knows how Oxendine would act once he actually becomes important if he was voted Governor.

Nunya Business

April 6th, 2010
7:17 pm

GO ROY! Barnes that is. THAT’S ENOUGH SAID. Hey Ray, thanks for putting some of your money in circulation. The next time you want to waste TWO MILLION dollars, PLEASE give it to me.


April 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

Some Guy… Ox would put a blue light on Sonny’s helicopter.

He's got my vote

April 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

Georgia Yellow Dawg

April 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

He got his education in the military and he is debt free. Wow, what a man…sucking up to the Tea-Haters like Sarah PALEin , the same people who hurled the N word at John Lewis …He’s “very upset” at our President …I’m sure its because he dares to fight to guarantee decent health care to all Americans , even those without Ray’s ability to buy it at any cost… and that it has nothing to do with the color of the President’s skin…You can’t buy the office Ray. Call Guy Milner .

General Sherman

April 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

How do you contact Mister Boyd? I would like to hear some of his ideas/plans.

General Sherman

April 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

Yellow Dog…Why do insert race into this blog. Were you at the scene when the N words was supposely said,No one heard except Lewis and his party.Do you have proof it was said other than a person like Lewis?


April 6th, 2010
8:08 pm

Where’s the video or audio dog. This candidate is real, not another freakin’ lawyer.

Bill Carroll

April 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

Great new canidate for governor of GA! He’s ethical and real. A hard worker. He has my vote.

Pissed Off Patriot

April 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

This Ray Boyd needs to know this seat is NOT FOR SALE. I don’t give a hoot in hell if he gave Sam Olens 6 cents. Who cares? My money is on MAX WOOD for Attorney General. He is the real leader.

The circle h

April 6th, 2010
8:18 pm

What’s his position on Gambling? Another puppet for the racist religious right or is he a true small government republican?


April 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

Term Limits coming from someone other than a politician would sound right but from a candidate for Governor, I just don’t know. Ethics reform is nothing but a joke, slap the voter in the face!

Jack from Sandy Springs

April 6th, 2010
9:08 pm

So he’s not a career politician, won’t shake people down for money, and won’t cry that his humble background prevented him from pursuing a college degree……A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!


April 6th, 2010
9:13 pm

Watch all the republican political operatives run toward the money. ox, handel, johnson, scott, etc. will all have to switch gears when the campaign staff starts running to a no name candidate. however, just because he has the money doesn’t mean he will spend it. I believe the guy has honed in on the apathetic voter and the republicans that don’t want to vote for more corruption. we’ll see what happens. Mayor Bloomberg was successful as a self-funder. However, bloomberg sunk millions into the race to become new york’s mayor. Boyd will have to use more of his piggy bank to win. just to win the primary he’ll have to use most of the moolah.

Bama Bill

April 6th, 2010
9:30 pm

Interesting development ! Soon we will learn more about Candidate Boyd – but a heck of solid start and I am clearly listening ? He got our attention ! The new speaker leaves me speechless on his rape of the ethics bill.

Stan from Augusta

April 6th, 2010
9:50 pm

Welcome Ray Boyd, we have been waiting on someone like you, you sure have my vote. Don’t worry about some of these negative comments, they mean nothing….


April 6th, 2010
10:01 pm

Sure would be nice if this pans out.


April 6th, 2010
10:41 pm

I want to know more about Mr. Boyd. So far, he sounds like the candidate I have been seeking. This turn of events definitely has my attention!


April 6th, 2010
10:53 pm

Who is running for Lt. Gov?

Audrey in Georgia

April 6th, 2010
11:07 pm

The government paid for his education. I bet Boyd does not want the government to pay for education
for anyone else. Affordable health care? The government took care of that for him too.


April 6th, 2010
11:19 pm

I used to be a Republican and then I chose to be an Independent and now I’m a member of the democratic party. The Republicans have not paid for spending in the last 30 plus years. The Prescription plan for seniors is a huge boondoogle imo. I would love to vote for a true fiscal conservative but I’m not sure that Boyd is. Maybe he is and hopefully we will find out.
One thing I am not is a Libertarian. Public education helped my children achieve the American dream, Social Security and Medicare helped my parents. I like driving on neighborhood streets that I don’t have to pay tolls and I’m happy to know that we have the best military in the world. Maybe he’ll run on trying to get rid of the subsidy for farmers.


April 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

Why did the Republican party become more concerned with who I sleep with then governing? That is why I left the party.

Bobby Ray

April 6th, 2010
11:45 pm

Sounds interesting to me. Anyone who has not spent his life in politics is refreshing. Will watch with interest. I like that he was picking cotton when the rest were picking their nose.

Home School Drop Out

April 6th, 2010
11:50 pm

He is in for a very hard lesson. Any FOOL knows that in politics; it is not my way or the Highway.
Jimmy Carter tried that. You had BEST be able to get down in the MOSH PIT with them to get anything done.


April 7th, 2010
5:35 am

Yes, and the mosh pit is the problem now. I believe people are ready for some common sense governing. Not more of the same.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 7th, 2010
5:37 am

Who remembers the real estate man/sometime-actor named Boyd…Jim(?) always running for office around Atlanta and Georgia? Is Raymond Otto his son trying to up his late father?

Hope this isn’t a desperation move to avoid some aspect of the Bush Economy he, no doubt, helped to create by dumbly supporting fascist plutocracy in the guise of 9/11-committing closet-queen George W. Bush.

The good and decent People of Georgia must make the Gay Old Pervert party pay through the nose for what they’ve done to Our Nation (though Roy Barnes certainly isn’t the answer – How’s DuBose Porter & wife doing?).

Having some “comb-over” buying in after years of successfully worshipping Mammon – feeding off Atlanta’s goodness then denying the covenant reassurance that is Barack Obama’s election – as part of the same treasonous sectarian faction whose leadership committed 9/11, doesn’t look like progress…and getting degrees as an Air Force Officer isn’t exactly “military” experience.


April 7th, 2010
5:43 am

If Boyd wants the tea party vote, he’s giving up on me right off the start.

No OX, Noo DEAL, NOOO Johnson

April 7th, 2010
6:33 am

Interesting, he could easily have my vote.

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April 7th, 2010
7:05 am

Before you know it he’ll be tea-baggin’ his fellow Republican opponents.

Georgian’s, like most Americans are angry. We’re bogged down in two wars. Employment is way down (in the last year of Bush’s term, net employment dropped every month). Any politician worth his weight in tea-bags would figure out how to exploit this anger.

Here’s his problem, he doesn’t stand for anything. What policies would he persue?

woodshed guy

April 7th, 2010
7:14 am

Boyd has got my attention. Best dang news I’ve heard lately. Fresh air, I hope. Ya”ll have a truly good day.

bring back Roy

April 7th, 2010
7:21 am

I googled Mr. Boyd and found his campaign website, complete with links to some (very) long website videos in which Mr. Boyd drones on and on. My first reaction? Boyd is a simple guy who is earnestly dissatisfied with the government’s solution to today’s problems but who seems to lack any real grasp of those problems other than “term limits” blather. While he may have a successful business, he does not strike me as sophisticated, or even as particularly smart. Basically, the guy is Sarah Palin, but less pleasant to look at.


April 7th, 2010
7:46 am

A Patriot

April 7th, 2010
8:14 am

I am sure that this will be an interesting campaign! I am also glad that someone has entered this race whom has no political ties! As far as Roy for Gov., forget it. Been there before! To Mr. Boyd, Go for it! We need someone whom will stand for this State/Country with a backbone that will not cave in and rebell against this Socialist agenda being spouted by “the anointed One”.

Angie Frey

April 7th, 2010
8:19 am

To Georgia Yellow Dawg and Audrey in Georgia: Just so you know, no benefits are GIVEN to military members. Benefits are not FREE – they are earned every minute of every day and every night of a tour. They are part of a contract for which the military member pays in every sense of the word.

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April 7th, 2010
9:50 am

Angie Frey: You are so right!!!! Many times comments like Yellow Dawg and Audrey come from people who have not sacrificed by serving in the military. Thank You, Jesus, for our brave men and women who serve to give us our freedom, even if some use it to criticize.

Ira in East Lake

April 7th, 2010
10:02 am

Angie & Noggin: suckling at the public teat is suckling at the public teat no matter how you slice it.

The military does NOT serve to give us our freedom and Jesus doesn’t give a rat’s behind about your politics.


April 7th, 2010
10:40 am

Will Jones = Hank Johnson Voter


April 7th, 2010
10:45 am

What good news. A qualified individual with no prior political office held. A qualified individual with common sense and an acute accounting sense. What an election year it will be. The professional politicians need to go home. Our state as well as our nation needs qualified leaders to take us UP the ladder not down it. We need all the help we can get.

Been Around-Done That

April 7th, 2010
11:31 am

Boyd claims to be a “Reagan Republican”. Gosh..I sure hope so! If he actually is he will pick up some disgusted conservative Democrats just like Reagan did. My family and I (all disgusted Republicans) haven’t seen anyone worth voting for in either party in the Governor’s race so far. Been thinking about write ins for Mickey Mouse. At least Mickey is an authentic member of the “RAT” family. Boyd is right when he says the current crop of candidates are ethically challanged! Just another bunch of “stick it to the voters” politicians. I sure hope this guy is for real and not just another smoke blower like the rest.


April 7th, 2010
1:11 pm

“My family and I (all disgusted Republicans) haven’t seen anyone worth voting for in either party in the Governor’s race so far.”

Man, me too. Sadly, I’m not sure this guy is it either; I just can’t get comfortable with anyone with those means buying any elected seat. Something about that always makes me uncomfortable; it was the very reason I never voted for Guy Milner. The one question I have never gotten a satisfactory answer to is, “Why would anyone spend that much money for a job that pays just a fraction of their investment?”

I can’t help but believe there is something else in it for someone like this; something we won’t realize or know about until it is too late. This guy didn’t attain his level of wealth by making investments or financial decisions with such a diminishing return. The match just doesn’t work here.


April 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

Oops- The math just doesn’t work here.


April 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

might have my vote. he may not be that crazy. 31% undecided….


April 7th, 2010
1:54 pm

For anyone who thinks Ray a simpleton, his IQ has to be at least twice Sonny’s. Of course 2 times 0 is still 0, but I think Sonny’s IQ is a little higher than 0.


April 7th, 2010
4:13 pm

There just might be a battle of the Ray’s in the Governor’s race. Mr. Boyd will have to provide more specifics on his positions on the issues for anyone to take him seriously. I read his platform and is very general in nature. I wonder how well he knows our U.S. Constitution and the 9th, 10th and 16th & 17th Amendments. He needs to bone up on those for sure.

Bobby Anthony

April 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

Anyone but an incumbent gets my vote.


April 8th, 2010
10:20 am

this guy is a clown. get real

Brenda Herrin

April 10th, 2010
1:36 am

To Audrey in Georgia….Are you such an idiot that you don’t realize this man was protecting your sorry butt from communism and thus he got his education which is more than most people would take advantage of. This is a right that servicemen and women have nowadays or didn’t you know any of this??