Roy Barnes’ snags support of DeKalb County’s top prosecutor

One of the more significant events of the Democratic contest for governor was engineered by Roy Barnes this morning – and we’re not talking about his ever-larger mea culpas to teachers.

Barnes went to the old courthouse in DeKalb County, home of his Democratic rival – Attorney General Thurbert Baker, to show off the local officials who have endorsed his candidacy.

Roy Barnes chats with DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader (left) and DeKalb County District Attorney GwenKeyes Fleming  on the steps of the old courthouse in Decatur. Bita Honarvar,

Roy Barnes chats with DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader (left) and DeKalb County District Attorney GwenKeyes Fleming on the steps of the old courthouse in Decatur. Bita Honarvar,

Topping the list was DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming, the only female African-American in Georgia currently holding such a position.

In other words, the state’s lead prosecutor does not have the support of his county’s lead prosecutor – not in his run for governor.

“Given Roy’s history, his background, his knowledge — he’s the best person that we as Democrats need right now to get us back on track. There are some very serious issues facing the state,” Fleming said this afternoon. “It was a tough decision for me.”

Fleming, first elected to the job in ‘04, said she had nothing bad to say about Baker, DuBose Porter or David Poythress. Electability was on her mind.

“For me, it does come down to — we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the strongest candidate possible, not knowing who the Republican nominee is,” she said.

Others on the list issued by the Barnes campaign:

DeKalb County Solicitor General Robert James

State Senator Gloria Butler

State Senator Steve Henson

State Senator Ron Ramsey

State Representative Simone Bell

State Representative Stephanie Stuckey Benfield

State Representative Karla Drenner

State Representative Michele Henson

State Representative Rahn Mayo

State Representative Earnest “Coach” Williams

DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader

DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton

DeKalb County School Board Member Jay Cunningham, Jr.

DeKalb County School Board Member Eugene P. Walker

DeKalb County School Board Member Zepora Roberts

DeKalb County School Board Member Sarah Copelin-Wood

City of Decatur School Board Chair Valarie Wilson

City of Decatur School Board Vice Chair Marc Wisniewski

City of Decatur School Board Member John Ahmann

City of Decatur School Board Member Bernadette Seals

Lithonia City Councilwoman Doreen Carter

Clarkston City Councilman Emanuel Ransom

Former DeKalb County CEO Liane Levetan

Former City of Decatur Mayor Elizabeth Wilson

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64 comments Add your comment

DeKalb County Teacher

June 10th, 2010
5:20 pm

Way to go Roy! And in Thurbert’s backyard too! I’m so thankful that you are running again, I know you can clean up the mess Sonny has made of education. DeKalb teachers are behind you!!!

Beginning of the end for Baker

June 10th, 2010
5:24 pm

Speaking of Thurbert, where is he these days? He’s never in rural GA, he’s never at County party events. What is he doing? Seeing the names on that list, he’s got to be embarrassed with DeKalb being his home county.


June 10th, 2010
5:28 pm

Roy is on a roll….


June 10th, 2010
6:26 pm

This merely shows that Roy can’t get any support outside of the metro Atlanta area. In fact, he may be one of the least electable Democrats in the field for Governor in the General. The ex-governor has zero cross appeal and is banking on the same old tired formula that got him beat in 02 and Taylor beat in 06. There is no way the people in rural Georgia are voting for Roy. He doesn’t respect them and they don’t respect him.

Bobby Anthony

June 10th, 2010
6:37 pm

Dekalb teacher if you want your pension to remain viable you better not vote for Roy. This McDuffie County teacher is voting for Poythress.

Roy's that desperate

June 10th, 2010
6:47 pm

Roy’s that desperate that he takes the endorsement of two DCSS board members while DCSS implodes under a series of RICO indictments LOL


June 10th, 2010
6:54 pm

All FLAGGERS should be prepared for King Roy. This issue will affect 5% of vote, which should make the difference.

No Roy

June 10th, 2010
6:58 pm

No Roy, the teachers do not forgive you. We can’t think of anyone who was meaner to teachers than you were. All of it so unnecessary too. I agree with Susan – Roy is not electable at all. He may seem like the man of experience, but Gwen Keyes is way wrong. Roy’s experience for teachers was all bad. You can run all the ads you want Roy, but it doesn’t make up for the way you and your officials treated teachers when you were governor.

The General

June 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

Eric Johnson may be the best choice from a very inadequate group presented by either party…


June 10th, 2010
7:01 pm

Huh? Roy isn’t electable in S. GA? I’m from Houston County, and I see him here all the time. People love Roy in middle GA, and he’s the one we see. I’m not wasting my vote on the rest of the Dems.

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
7:06 pm

How pathetic is Roy’s “apology” that he had to go get teachers who were in HIGH SCHOOL during his first term to forgive him?

not again

June 10th, 2010
7:14 pm

I will NEVER FORGET what Roy Boy did to the teachers. I was born and raised in GA, but in 2000 I moved all the way to the edge of the Pacific Ocean to get away from his politics. Now 10 years later I am back in GA…but I have not forgotten what you did to the moral of the teachers. Roy Boy is no different than Sonny Boy , just has a D rather than R after his name. Please Georgians do not be fooled by this “good ole boy” research the other Democratic candidates.

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
7:16 pm

Check out his “apology” not again; the fifth grade teacher who’s trying to convince the gullible that Roy had teachers’ backs was in HIGH SCHOOL when he first took office.

Does Roy think teachers are really that STUPID?


June 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

Not again – what exactly did Roy do to you? Did he furlough you? Lay you off? Allow unlimited class sizes? How is what Roy did (ie. Trying to reform our state’s ed system before NCLB came in and tore everything apart) worse than what is going on now?

Obama Your Moma

June 10th, 2010
7:35 pm

You have to be kidding.
The brothers will not vote for the King Rat!

Big Dog 98

June 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

No way no how will King Roy be able to win.
Vote for Poythress … he has ethics.

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
7:38 pm

What Roy did really is that he tried to demonize teachers as being the problem with Georgia education, so that he could parlay it into a spot on the Gore ticket.

He took away teacher’s right to due process, which only asks that an administrator have a documented reason for dismissing a teacher, which helped protect teachers from abuses such as being being fired for refusing to alter grades so a principal’s friend’s child could be promoted. Or if they principal tried to make sexual advances on a teacher, the teachers would have some real protection and not an almost impossible to prove he said, she said case. These and other abuses are why fair dismissal rights were granted in the first place.

Teachers have to make hard decisions in the interest of academic integrity, and when you take away due process you open the door to all kinds of academic abuses.

How bad do you think cheating would be for example if teachers didn’t have due process rights and weren’t empowered for example, to contact newspaper reporters with allegations that eventually lead to investigations?

Worse Roy lied about this; said teacher fair dismissal rights would not be touched, then turned around right after the election and went after them.

Do you really want a governor who will lie to the public’s face and then turn around and do the exact opposite, regardless of the issue?

Union and Big Government Supporter

June 10th, 2010
7:38 pm

King Roy is King Rat.
Vote for someone with ethics…anyone with some ethics…anybody but the King Rat Roy.

Logic 05

June 10th, 2010
7:40 pm

Roy Barnes is a total loser.
Vote for someone with ethics…Poythress is the man.

Voice of Reason

June 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

Roy has definitely got the backing of African Americans.


June 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

Wow the losers of Dekalb along with teachers are supporting Barnes. Here also is late breaking news: the earth is round. Why is it even news when the Demorats secure the main block of their voters. Are the DemoRats so pathetic in this state that they now celebrate “gimmes”?


June 10th, 2010
8:02 pm

Oh the Poythress bloggers are on it tonight! It still won’t matter, guys…he doesn’t have a prayer of even making it to a runoff. He should have run for the Senate seat in 08 when people actually wanted him in the race – now he’s nothing but a nuisance.


June 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

If teachers go on a fool’s errand—searching for a politician who never goes back on a promise, they’ll doom Georgia again to their Purgatory of Sulking. I’m so grateful they helped elect Sonny, who has of course kept every promise he made.


June 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

Wow, the usual democrat suspects are supporting King Roy. Bet he will deep six this list in the general election.


June 10th, 2010
8:14 pm

Anything is better than that ignorant country boy we got stuffing his fat face now.

GA Teacher

June 10th, 2010
8:15 pm

I met Roy several months ago during a forum in Putnam County. I’m so excited that he’s running again – I supported Sonny in 02 and it was a major mistake. I’m tired of the King Roy comments, that was 8 years ago, get over it!!

DeKalb Teacher

June 10th, 2010
8:21 pm

Oh…so there are DeKalb BOE members supporting this fool….

Given their track record as of late…this is just another nail in the coffin to why I will not support King Roy


June 10th, 2010
8:28 pm

You make a good point about the fool’s errand. Now there are two choices.

Hold Barnes to some promises that he simply cannot back out of, something I don’t see the wimpy GAE and PAGE having the guts to do.

Punish Barnes so that whatever fool the Republican put forth knows that teachers will stand up for themselves and punish, and punish forever, anyone who misuses their trust.

Those are the two lousy choices teachers and their supporters are faced with.

The problem with teachers as a whole is they are too forgiving, too compliant. Maybe what they really need is a Republican governor who will take 30 days of furlough and make it so they will finally start standing up for themselves.

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
8:30 pm

King Rat is banking on endorsements of two BOE members who kept Pat Pope and Crawford “Hi Octane” Lewis on the payroll knowing all the while RICO indictments were about to come down?

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
8:32 pm

GA Teacher, aka Roy’s lackey, if you are really tired of the King Roy comments, suggest your candidate enroll in some ethics courses and put what is taught into practice.


June 10th, 2010
8:39 pm

Put a hat on old Roy and he looks like Boss Hogg! Give it up! You lost in 2002 and you will lose again this November. Even Obama can’t save you.

King Roy still King Rat

June 10th, 2010
8:40 pm

Here’s another great endorsement from DeKalb: State Senator Ron Ramsey. If Jim were half the insider he claims he is, he’d know about the allegations that Ramsey violated state law and illegally shut down a teachers grievance hearing, right as that teacher was about to testify about widespread cheating.

Ask Jim why the AJC won’t look into it even though there are people who are willing to go on the record about it, if you want to know something about the politics the AJC still plays with its readers.

Still Angry!!!!

June 10th, 2010
9:30 pm

Barnes – NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!


June 10th, 2010
10:05 pm

@ me 8:28, the temper tantrum which gave us Sonny really helped Georgia’s students and teachers, huh? I see far too many postings like yours about teaching Roy Barnes a lesson, etc. Maybe students can’t control themselves because they’re following the example of their teachers.


June 10th, 2010
10:27 pm

If students learn from their teachers the lesson of going to the polls and standing up for themselves it would be a good lesson to learn.

What Sonny did or did not do doesn’t matter as far as the election, because Sonny isn’t running.

If teachers endorse Roy, we teach all politicians that teachers are gullible, and pliable, and are willing to endure any type of abuse we heap upon them as long as they apologize.

What evidence do you have that Roy will tell the truth this time? What’s to stop him from saying “Sorry about the furloughs suckers?”


June 10th, 2010
10:38 pm

King Roy..No..No..No… there has to be some one better..No no no…


June 10th, 2010
11:27 pm

Isn’t the Georgia Teacher’s choice for governor still serving her prison time? Didn’t I just recently read about teachers changing answers on the CRCT (or whatever letters) test? Are the limits Roy put in place on class size no longer supported by the Non-renewal teachers? Wasn’t the local school boards, who hire teachers, supposed to take over the firing process as well (that seems to working fine now, at the least the firing part)? I’m not sure that teachers did themselves any favors by block voting against Roy. Thought Georgia didn’t have a teacher’s union. Maybe you bloggers need to explain what you do stand for because from you comments it’s not clear at all.

African American Male School Teacher

June 11th, 2010
12:06 am

I voted early and it was for you King Roy. I love you and know that you were a good governor then and will be a better governor come January 2011. For those that think Roy Barnes was so bad and supported Sonny, how do you feel, not receiving a pay raise, job cuts, larger classrooms, just to name a few. The King didn’t do that to us. He tried to bring accountability to the profession and you Sonny defectors booted him out of office. How do you feel now? You confederate flaggers, we needed that thing changed. The King did put a small emblem on the bottom of the blue flag, remember? What did Sonny do? He told yall he was going to bring it back, eight years later, where is it? How do you feel now? And you outer perimeter protesters, where is the transportation solution? Sonny just sign some bill for the voters to decided if they want to be taxed an extra penny in 2012. What kind of stunt is that? Watch, when it come up for a vote, long after Sonny is gone, many will be against a tax increase. TAX INCREASE: REPUBLICANS!!! UNHEARD OF? OR IS IT? Yeah, I say King Roy, because he was and will be a strong leader, not a do nothing wait til the last minute and throw a tax increase at us and say you decide. Think about it GEORGIANS!!!! Roy Barnes, Governor January 1999-January 2003 and January 2011-January 2019! Bring the pride back to all of Georgia!

@African American teacher

June 11th, 2010
12:10 am

Ok African American teacher, explain to use how taking away a teachers due process rights, so that an administrator does not have to give a legitimate reason for firing a teacher, brings “accountability” to school administrators.

Get it straight WAW

June 11th, 2010
12:33 am

WAW you read reports of school ADMINISTRATORS cheating, not teachers.

Thanks for taking a moment to bash teachers though.

john d

June 11th, 2010
3:45 am

Please Ga. voters don’t return this sneaky ambulance chaser back to the governors office!!!

The Ghost of Gene Talmadge

June 11th, 2010
6:37 am

First off, the initial posting here, the so-called “Dekalb County Teacher” is probably Bobby Kahn, who can’t wait to get back into power. Sure is strange how everytime King Roy has ‘news’ on the AJC, some little weasel immediately comes in first with a positive posting.

Second off, Ms. Keyes obviously wants a judgeship or something, and she figures that King Roy will give her one. So, a black female supports a politician with a past history of providing judgeships to black power brokers in metro-atlanta – have we learned anything new today class? I think not.


June 11th, 2010
7:02 am

The teachers on this board are truly ignorant; no wonder the education in this state is among the worse. Rat Roy threw you guys to the curb but you still support this clown???

Also, to the teacher complaining about pay: You volunteered to teach. I always here you guys do it for “the love of the kids” but when I see you clowns on TV, message boards, etc. you always complain about lack of pay. Your major in college in perhaps the easiest one could come by. You should consider yourself lucky that you get paid well for a crappy education.


June 11th, 2010
7:23 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

No King Roy again

June 11th, 2010
7:42 am

Wow….it’s DeKalb County. What do you expect. Sure as hell don’t want the rest of Georgia to be another DeKalb County. Where’s his next “endoresement”, Clayton County?


June 11th, 2010
7:50 am

remember this question? “Are you better off now?” look at the state’s numbers for 2002 vs. 2010.


June 11th, 2010
7:59 am

“I’m not sure that teachers did themselves any favors by block voting against Roy.”

They got to act out their anger, which is surely better that actually getting anything done. Ask any child in the middle of a tantrum.

we have not forgot,what you did.barnes

June 11th, 2010
8:38 am



June 11th, 2010
9:21 am

(Roy has always got his mouth open). Big surprise here – Politicians endorsing Politicians.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 11th, 2010
9:24 am

White and Black Georgians didn’t understand that the Cross of St. Andrew on the CBF stands for “Protestantism Overseas” and that the Roman Catholic-run and backed Union Army (whose veterans, once in Congress, nailed Rome’s symbol, the Fasces – the diametric opposite of the Creed’s whig ideals and founding principles of America, on to the front wall of the House of Representatives (understandably now led by a Roman Catholic Mafia “princess” and a Roman Catholic “chaplain” OK with Bush’s and Cheney’s having committed 9/11), was catspaw for Rome’s “Black Aristocracy” – the descendants of caesars and popes living in the same castles with the same coats-of-arms, on the same hills of Europe, for two and three thousands years – the heart of the Ancien Regime (The Old Sectarian Order of king and pope) to conquer Our New Secular Order (Novus Ordo Seclorem, founded in covenant with G-d as the prophesied Promised Land where each individual, from all nations of the world, can live in peace – the Blessed Community – ruled only by Truth and Justice, the People sovereign, the state (”caesar”), the People’s servant.

That Roman Anti-Christ used Hitler as a catspaw to commit the Holocaust, emulating the Roman soldiers’ slaughter of Jews in 70CE Jerusalem, extolled in the Catholic catechism used by Hitler’s generation as a reading primer, just as it used us to support its false-elite in Vietnam after its minions in the CIA, led by Bush1 and Nixon, assassinated President Kennedy for ordering us out and taking Rome’s bankers of the Fed off our money, and later Dr. King.

We must now understand that the weak-eyed, Vietnam draft-dodging pansy, Roy Barnes, enriched himself as a servant of Babylon’s fiat money franchise – the “Wall Street of slavery” for 2,000 years – as the People’s sovereignty and wealth has been usurped by Rome’s “Fifth Column.” What has he done to help the People as this multi-generational abomination and treason has unfolded but worship Mammon more effectively and sell his bank to Canadians after overseeing Georgia’s banking industry, to its collapse, in the Legislature?

DuBose Porter is the Georgian, the man, we must choose as governor this time. He isn’t a member of the Gay Old Pervert party of hypocrites, draft-dodgers, traitors and closet-queens, and G-d has blessed him with a Proverbs 31 true “Georgia Peach”…a sign of grace undeniable to any with eyes to see…who, as Lt. Gov. will bring blessings to Our State, the greatest of the fifty. Let’s give America something great to talk about: Georgia husband-and-wife team in the Governor’s Mansion and under the Gold Dome!

Let us reject hypocrisy and unrighteousness and follow Grace instead. We have the best place in the world. May we give thanks and use our brains that divine Providence prosper us all again by making Elect those G-d has blessed and not Mammon.