Roy Barnes as a 12-point buck — worthy of a John Oxendine attack

First the fun stuff.

David Poythress, the former National Guard commander and Democratic candidate for governor, has limited cash. His standings in the polls are threadbare.

But he’s got chutzpah. His campaign on Monday unveiled a new website, called, and this video that anyone who watches Saturday afternoon TV would recognize:

The money quote: “Democrats, we got to bag Barnes before Republicans get a chance to in the fall.”

On a similar note, we told you earlier this month that John Oxendine’s Republican campaign for governor had adopted a frontrunner tone – quieter, more disciplined, with restrained responses to attacks by competitors.

But only, it seems, if they’re Republican. This from the Associated Press:

Republican John Oxendine on Monday bypassed his six GOP opponents in the race for governor in Georgia and took aim instead at Roy Barnes, linking the Democrat to President Barack Obama and the new federal health care law.

The skirmish comes with the state primary still five weeks away and both candidates facing considerable opposition from within their own parties.

Barnes, Oxendine said, is “so eager to come to the aid and defend his buddy Barack Obama.”

“And that is going to be big government and taking away individual liberties,” Oxendine [said].

Oxendine’s attack provides a preview of what a general election matchup would look like: saddle Barnes with the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington, who back an agenda sometimes out of step with Georgia’s more conservative views.

Barnes opened the door on Thursday when at a news conference in Decatur he called Oxendine’s refusal to participate in the first phase of federal health care reform “one of the most foolish things I’ve ever seen.”

Earlier this year, Oxendine, the state’s insurance commissioner, declined to set up a state insurance pool for high-risk Georgians who have been uninsured for at least six months. The plan is backed by $5 billion in federal money, but Oxendine argued the state could be on the hook for unknown additional costs down the road.

Barnes said Thursday he’ll make the state participate if he’s elected governor.

His campaign manager Chris Carpenter on Monday didn’t address Oxendine’s charges directly but said it was “outrageous” that the commissioner effectively denied health insurance coverage to Georgians with pre-existing conditions.

“He clearly does not care about the thousands of Georgians who cannot get health insurance because of a previous illness or injury,” Carpenter said.

Federal health officials said they will run a coverage program in the state if Georgia doesn’t take part.

Asked why he was taking aim at Barnes when he still needs to make it through a crowded GOP primary, Oxendine quoted “Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment.”
“I’m not going to go out there and attack my fellow Republicans,” he said.

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29 comments Add your comment


June 14th, 2010
7:28 pm

That “commercial” hurts my head it’s so stupid. Is Poorthress making fun of hunters in GA? Nice touch.

That's Great

June 14th, 2010
7:32 pm

I’m glad Poythress is telling the truth and going after Roy Barnes. I wish Thurbert Baker or DuBose Porter had half the guts to do the same.

Go Poythress!

And he’s right… no way Barnes can win in November… we need to take him out in July!


June 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

Roy Barnes is a flag bearer to defeat.


June 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

If Poorthress makes a stupid commercial in the forest, but doesn’t have the money for anyone to hear it (except Galloway’s free press blog), does it make a sound?

No Longer Republican

June 14th, 2010
7:40 pm

Awesome commercial! I wish Poythress had the funs to run that spot a million times between now and July 20th!


June 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

Leroy Barnes is a 0 purnt lame duck!

wtf? Genius

June 14th, 2010
8:23 pm

It’s called the internet… and if you think it’s just on Galloway, you’re wrong… I saw it earlier today on Politico.

All of King Roy’s money and all of King Roy’s men can’t keep us Democrats silent again.


June 14th, 2010
9:07 pm

WOW! This is wonderful! Not as good as King Rat, but the message is clear. King HypocROY can’t win against the Republicans. Poythress is definitely the only Democrat who can get cross-over. Dubose would be my next choice.


June 14th, 2010
9:16 pm

I like that, U-have-my-attention! King HypocRoy has a nice and fitting ring to it.


June 14th, 2010
9:31 pm

I laughed out loud when I saw the bagbarnes video.


June 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

Roy Barnes, HypocRAT!


June 14th, 2010
9:43 pm

Did they buy the hunting outfits from Roy’s family? How did they get Oxendine to star in that commercial? Boot Barnes – Bag Barnes – Beat Barnes go team go!!! haha

The Yankees really shake in their spikes when they even think about the Orioles. Just wanted to keep the sports thing going.

Conservative Democrat

June 14th, 2010
9:50 pm

The only reason anyone knows what stocks Roy owns is because he was good enough to disclose his personal tax returns going back 25 years. This is a cheap and silly ad. It is beyond stupid to attach culpability for the supposed sins of a company to those who own stock in it. I owned stock in Citigroup (lost money). Am I guilty of “hypocrisy”? What this really is is a dig at Roy Barnes for being successful. Poythress is a sore loser who just does not realize it yet.


June 14th, 2010
10:03 pm

Conservative Democrat, it appears as though you only know half of the story. No one is blamimg King HypocRAT for investing, but to pretend to care so much about the same individuals you and the banks exploited is beyond hypocritical. Its down-right dishonest! Poythress is not a sore loser for for holding King HypocRat to his record and his lies!


June 14th, 2010
10:36 pm

I thought Poythress had more honor and class than this. I lost respect with this.


June 15th, 2010
1:48 am

This just makes me want to VOTE FOR GOVERNOR ROY BARNES even more!!!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 15th, 2010
3:50 am

Would any but his fellow vain, draft-dodging, Mammon worshipping pansies vote for Barnes?

In lieu of personality this video is great for Poythress.

Let’s hope the Porters can come up with something even stronger, for the Gay Old Pervert party doesn’t “play,” as Democrat Etheridge in NC discovered.

Barnes is fronting for fascist plutocracy, as is the “Republican” party.

The People of Georgia must do right and reject “Babylon’s” minions at the polls. “Annuit Coeptis” depends on it.

Seek Righteousness Dubose, as Poythress’ ad suggests, and Grace will guide the People to your cause. Get to work!


June 15th, 2010
7:30 am

Funny, last time I checked-in with the Poythresses seemed no rednecks need apply around the Potythress Plantation. I suspect gross pandering. Heck, Ms. P. could write the wives’ manual on how Deport and Dress on the Gubernatorial Campaign Trail:


June 15th, 2010
10:01 am

My son has Crohn’s disease and will be unable to purchase coverage that would not exclude it once he is no longer covered under my policy. In this economy, his prospect of finding a job that provides benefits in the near future is limited. John Oxendine could be giving my son a death sentence, or giving me a ticket to bankruptcy court if my son has a flareup.

Thanks, John.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 15th, 2010
10:23 am

Check out Carol Porter’s introductory video for her campaign to be our lt. gov.
…a great reason to make DuBose Porter our governor as well.

Very impressive. Real. Intelligent. Accurate. Poised. Georgia’s Finest.

Wounded Warrior

June 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

Great commercial. King Roy draft dodger being hunted by a 2 star general. Roy is a doe, not a 12 pt buck.

Bobby Anthony

June 15th, 2010
2:46 pm

David you can count on my vote.

I wonder

June 15th, 2010
3:48 pm

I wonder how many people on this particular post are on campaign payrolls.


June 15th, 2010
3:58 pm

Guess who appointed Poythress to serve as Adjutant General over the National Guard?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 15th, 2010
5:12 pm

Poythress’ condoning the unconstitutional, and highly ironic – given Bush’s Vietnam dodge by getting cheated into the then combat-free Guard, use of the National Guard in an undeclared war excludes him as an honored servant of the Public Trust.

DuBose Porter is the way for Georgia.

[...] Dem-Gov: General David Poythress (D) has created a new website,, in his campaign against former Governor Roy Barnes (D) for the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination. [...]

Conservative Democrat

June 16th, 2010
6:20 am

To “U have my attention,” I would like to say that it is you, not I, who does not have the facts. If you knew anything about efforts to reform banks in GA, you would know that in 2002, a certain Roy Barnes introduced a subprime lending reform bill. It was a radical departure that brought Moody’s and their lobbyists in swarms down to GA to defeat. Roy pushed for responsible banking practices BEFORE IT WAS COOL to talk about subprime lending as opposed to morons like you and Poythress who do it now IN A CHEAP AD.

No Thurbert

June 16th, 2010
8:55 am

Rural white Georgians are not going to support Thurbert Baker for Governor. And, neither are African-American voters, who are disgusted by Thurbert Baker’s snubbing of their support over the years, as well as controversial rulings by Baker (such as in the Genarlow Wilson case). Looks like Roy Barnes will secure the Democratic Nomination.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 16th, 2010
10:14 am

Let’s hope we all wise up and make DuBose and Carol Porter our nominees, two people worthy of our children’s respect.