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.
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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