Over at Georgia Elections Central, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin posted the following this afternoon:
Many of the Republicans and Democrats who want to be the next governor of Georgia are at this moment discussing the state’s future at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
But what is said there is apparently a secret as the Chamber has denied requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other outlets to cover the panel discussion at the Ritz-Carlton along Lake Oconee.
The closing of the forum to the media has prompted protests from the AJC and other publications that are part of the Georgia Newspaper Partnership. Thirteen daily newspapers from around the state have joined together to cover this year’s elections.
The newspaper outburst resulted in this immediate letter of contrition from the Democratic campaign of former Gov. Roy Barnes, who is in the midst of crafting a populist message:
Interesting tidbit: The spokeswoman for the Georgia Chamber is Joselyn Baker, Barnes’ former press secretary.
She said a Fulton County Daily Report reporter was allowed to cover Wednesday’s session, only because his paper’s editor served as moderator.
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