Six Republican candidates for governor gathered down the street and around the corner from Roy Barnes’ house on Friday, for a forum before the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.
It was an outdoor affair, on the edge of a golf course with a spectacular view.
Former state Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah declared that he’s the only one who can beat the former Democratic governor seeking to regain the seat he lost in 2002. State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine poached on Johnson’s issue of school vouchers.
Former secretary of state Karen Handel declared that her five rivals have already had their chance to fix things in the state Capitol.
Yours truly was the moderator, so here’s a slice of Jon Gillooly’s piece in today’s Marietta Daily Journal:
In an apparent dig at other candidates whose questionable ethical engagements have been duly noted by the media, state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) said he’s welcomed the press to look into his history and any ethical issues surrounding his actions.
“We’re yet to get that story. I’ve been looking for the front page on Austin Scott and unfortunately if you’re ethical I don’t think you get that,” Scott said.
Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of Gainesville has been receiving media attention, which he took issue with.
“Want to know who can beat Roy Barnes? Look at the front page of the (Atlanta newspaper) and see who they think has got the most chance of beating Roy Barnes. Yeah, I’ve been on the front page of the (Atlanta newspaper). I’ll tell you why. Because they know I’m the one who’s most likely to beat him and they’d like to tarnish my reputation at every chance that they can do so. You know when you got folks like George Soros and crew after you, you must be doing something right,” Deal said.
State Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) said it’s great to spout Republican principles, but useless if you’re not going to follow them.
“It’s the character of the governor I think that matters,” Chapman said.
“You know, when a large utility company can walk into the state capitol and bypass the Public Service Commission and put million dollars of rate increases on Georgia, we’re clearly in trouble.
We have to confess that the (Atlanta newspaper) not mentioned above is in fact the Journal-Constitution.
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