David Poythress aims a first TV ad at south Georgia

David Poythress, the former National Guard commander, intends to become the first Democratic candidate for governor up on television with the ad below, which starts Friday.

Here’s the script:

“People all over Georgia are hurting, and the politicians in Atlanta aren’t listening. They don’t seem to realize that this week’s paycheck won’t cover next week’s bills.

“My plan will help small businesses start hiring again and put folks back to work. And to prove I’m serious about getting results … I won’t accept a paycheck as governor until we get unemployment below 7 percent.

Georgians needs a fighter. As a three-star general, that’s what I do.”

The Poythress campaign is putting the size of the ad buy at “six figures,” and says it will air in a large part of Georgia below I-20: Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon.

Says campaign manager Wendy Davis:

We’ve been saying for months that we’re the little campaign that can do big things. We’re up on TV when most people thought we’d recess into the shadows.

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April 29th, 2010
5:07 pm

General Poythress is a class act.

This ad however left me kind of lukewarm. It is the same generic stuff about “the incumbants are bad… I am for change… people back to work… getting results…”

Tell me how you plan to do that and I might be more interested.

By the way (or as my 14 year old says B-T-Dubs) I wish I were in a financial position that would allow me to donate my salary back to the state. Right now I’m just donating 5% through furloughs and another 3-9% through salary freezes the last 3 years.


April 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

Daisy Duke

April 29th, 2010
6:20 pm

It seems to me if his salary is on the line, he means what he says. I liked the ad. It would be very refreshing if we had a General as Governor rather than the same ole, same ole, worn out politicians.


April 29th, 2010
6:35 pm

Not fond of the “Politicians in Atlanta” comment. More of that redneck us-vs-them-city-slicker attitude. Atlanta provides for the rest of the state, not the other way around.


April 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

Pirate, where would you prefer him to say the politicians are? Isn’t the State Capitol building in Atlanta? Duh, that’s where the politicians are!

It’d be stupid to say “the politicians in Valdosta.”


April 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

Finally, someone for whom I can vote, and who can beat the republicans! I like Barnes, but he is DOA in outside of Atlanta. The General actually has “that” appeal. Can he raise the money? Barnes has the money but no appeal; the General has the appeal but little money.


April 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

Easy for General Poythress to say all this…HE IS DRAWING 2 PENSIONS!!!…let’s see if he will give them back. Then I might believe in him, but I suspect he is just another pandering politician.


April 29th, 2010
10:27 pm

I liked the ad. I think he is getting a good bit of press on top of the ad and that he needs to get his name ID up – so smart move.


April 29th, 2010
11:49 pm

Kinda picking nits here, but where the big subtitle flies in as General David Poythress it should properly read General David Poythress, Retired.


April 30th, 2010
2:33 am

After he retired from the National Guard, he was the CEO of a bank. It failed and the feds shut it down. If he can’t manage a bank, how can he manage the state.

State Employee

April 30th, 2010
7:09 am


As a furloughed state employee, I appreciate the General being willing to give up his salary as Governor until unemployment is lower. He did, after all earn those two pensions. Our current Governor is a millionaire and he has not once offered this.


April 30th, 2010
8:03 am

Durango, John Kay (I think) said “There is a difference between repeatedly engaging in actions you believe will make you popular, and demonstrating the qualities of leadership that prompt people to vote for you.” From what I’ve read, Poythress has demonstrated qualities of leadership throughout his career.


April 30th, 2010
2:58 pm

I think we Democrats have 4 good candidates running (Poythress, Porter, Barnes, and Baker), but Poythress strikes me as the one must likely to win a general election this year. The voters who are up for grabs – true independents – will be drawn to him. Also, he goes down well outside Atlanta (Porter does too, but his voting record in the legislature would be used against him – a la Karl Rove – in a campaign).


May 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Poythress should have run as a Republican. Not many vets in the Dem primary anymore.


May 10th, 2010
8:31 pm

If elected, Poythress will be the most capable administrator as Governor that Georgia has seen in some time!