Head games: Roy Barnes sits in on a GOP debate for governor

Jekyll Island – The Republican debate among the Republican candidates for governor, sponsored by the Georgia Press Association, has begun.

No great news has been made yet, but an interesting head game may be occurring.

Georgia Governor

Just before the five candidates sat down – Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry, and John Oxendine – former Gov. Roy Barnes entered the room and began shaking hands with top-ranking editors and publishers throughout the state.

The Democratic debate doesn’t start until 2:30 p.m. Barnes has arrived 90 minutes early – a large chunk of time in campaign terms.

Barnes is now sitting in the sixth row, listening to the candidates.

(Update: “It was a little dry, to be quite frank with you,” Barnes said afterwards.)

Other points:

– Chapman, a Brunswick state senator, says Georgia has more illegal immigrants than Arizona. All agreed that we need to see legislation like that state has introduced;

– Johnson has said the state needs an immediate injection of $1 billion for road-building, to “buy time” until 2012, when a transportation sales tax could pick up the slack;

– Oxendine paraphrased a line from Gov. Gene Talmadge of the ’30s and ’40s. You may not agree with me, Oxendine said, “but I’ll never surprise you.”

– Both Oxendine and Deal were asked about Sunday sales of alcohol by grocery and convenience stores. Oxendine said he personally opposes it, but that communities have the right to decide for themselves. Deal said he also favored local control – but he didn’t see why alcohol purchases couldn’t be made on other days of the week.

– Missing from the debate was Karen Handel, who has refused to appear on the same stage with McBerry – because of a relationship McBerry had with a 16-year-old girl while he was a public high school teacher.

McBerry went with flow when it came time to introduce himself: “I’m Ray McBerry and I’m going to be standing in for Karen Handel,” he said.

– When asked about what cuts to the state budget he’d endorse next year, Oxendine wasn’t specific, and Walter Jones called him on it. “It’s my privilege to answer the question the way I want to,” he said.

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60 comments Add your comment

can't take the heat? stay out of kitchen

June 17th, 2010
2:10 pm

Karen Handel looks like a fool every time she is forced to speak in public. Rumors have been floating that she is considering dropping out of the race.

Rob Vinson

June 17th, 2010
2:11 pm

The Ox…privileged indeed…

????

June 17th, 2010
2:13 pm

” Deal said he also favored local control – but he didn’t see why alcohol purchases could be made on other days of the week.”

Looks like Raw Deal is opposed to ALL alcohol sales, if he is Governor I’ll for 1 take up drinking.

Danny O

June 17th, 2010
2:27 pm

I reckon that the above-referenced quote of Mr. Deal on alcohol sales contains a typo. I presume that “could” should be replaced “couldn’t” in that line.

Deal Real Steal

June 17th, 2010
2:36 pm

???? – That’s a DC insider speaking, that way Deal Real Steal can say he’s against Sunday sales when he speaks to religious groups, and for Sunday sales when he speaks to everyone else.

I wonder if Million Dollar Man Johnson or Deal Real Steal will mention that they want to take water from coastal Georgia, and pipe it up to Atlanta. They were both against the idea, until they spoke to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where they said they were for the idea. Guess they thought it would get them votes in the Metro area, and they didn’t think the rest of the state would hear about their flip-flop. Career politicians like Million Dollar Man Johnson, Deal, Real, Steal, Shakedown Artist Ox just need to go home.

????

June 17th, 2010
2:37 pm

Which of Jamie Reynold’s properties is Linger Longer Johnson going to run roads to? Easy to see why the Reynolds wants their sock puppet to be Governor.

lmno

June 17th, 2010
2:39 pm

Ray McBerry seems even more creepy after that quote.

And Oxendine loves drinking whiskey and hunting. What a hypocritical piece of crap he is. Never met a bribe he didn’t take.

[...] Amy Morton on Jun 17, 2010 at 2:39 PMFrom our good friend Jim Galloway, we learn that while Karen Handel did not show up for the Republican gubernatorial debate, Roy [...]

Jim Galloway

June 17th, 2010
2:39 pm

Thanks for catching the typos. They’re fixed now. I think.

lmno

June 17th, 2010
2:40 pm

Oh, and thats a pretty smooth move by Barnes I have to admit.

Personally, I will be voting for Poythress, but I do find it very cool of Barnes to sit there and watch.

????

June 17th, 2010
2:43 pm

So is the Raw Deal for Sunday sales or against them?

Raquel Morris

June 17th, 2010
2:46 pm

I’m sure Barnes intimidated those sorry Republicans to no end. Gangsta move, Roy!

lmno

June 17th, 2010
2:49 pm

“So is the Raw Deal for Sunday sales or against them?”

Well, that depends on who is asking the question. If the person asking is for it, he is too. If they are against it, so is he.

LW

June 17th, 2010
2:49 pm

Your article stated, “Missing from the debate was Karen Handel, who has refused to appear on the same stage with McBerry – because of a relationship McBerry had with a 16-year-old girl while he was a public high school teacher. This was an alledged relationship. You need to correct this. If it were anyone else you would have said alledged. Remember, a person in this country is innocent until proven guilty.. There were no charges as bad as some people would like to portray there were. Thanks for your fairness and time.

WAW

June 17th, 2010
2:50 pm

Did any of them acknowledge Barnes’ be in their face?

lmno

June 17th, 2010
2:55 pm

LW, it is not alleged. Both he and the girl admit that they knew each other and spent time together. Thats a relationship. If it had said inappropriate relationship or sexual relationship then “Alleged” might need to be included.

Sometimes I walk out and greet my mail man. I say, “Hey, its a hot one today, huh?” and he says, “Oh yeah!”. Once I brought him a bottle of water. You can classify this as a relationship.

atlpaddy

June 17th, 2010
2:59 pm

I wonder how many brain cells those in attendance lost while listening to these jokers. Huffing glue would probably be better for you.

LW

June 17th, 2010
3:08 pm

@Imno, have you been attacked for your relationship with the mailman? What if people went around saying you had sex with the mailman? Different scenario entirely, huh?

Cutty

June 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

$1 billion more for roads to nowhere!?!? Does this dude have a clue, on how much we’ve cut from education in the last year? Across every demographich from Cherokee to Henry and beyond, education is taking a hit and this fool wants a billy for roads. Lovely.

bubba3

June 17th, 2010
3:46 pm

Roy Barnes appears at the “Amateur Hour” shaking hands. That is too much!

Aquagirl

June 17th, 2010
3:46 pm

Oh, it’s the McBerry Brigade. Ick.

If lmno was furtively meeting the mailman on a secluded dirt road, complaining about speculation.would be insane. Oh, play that victim card!

lmno

June 17th, 2010
3:48 pm

If people said I had sex with the mail man, the scenario would be different. It also wouldnt be the scenario that McBerry faces. Now, if the mailman himself said we had sex, then that would be McBerry’s situation.

Its not “people” alleging the affair. Its a girl saying that she slept with the guy.

And frankly, there are many reasons why McBerry shouldn’t be the governor that have nothing to do with whether or not he slept with that girl.

The GOP candidates are really bad this time around. Oxendine is corrupt. Deal is also. Handel is uneducated. All 3 of them will say anything and change any position to be elected.

I guess I don’t really have any specific issues with Johnson. I just disagree with him on the direction he wants the state to go.

Joyce M.

June 17th, 2010
3:58 pm

Nathan Deal is a class act. If you blogging fools on here would read a report instead of type your sockpuppet crap once in a while, you’d know Deal didn’t do a dang thing wrong.

Aquagirl

June 17th, 2010
4:01 pm

Don’t forget Johnson is on the Jekyll Island Authority, which tried to sell the place out to Linger Longer. (Which now wants the gas line built to their fancy lodge at taxpayer expense.) I’m sure Eric Johnson would make sure Linger Longer gets plenty of perks.

lmno

June 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

Joyce, are you saying that the following information is false?

“Ethics
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) lists Deal as one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress, for trying to influence officials for personal gain.[4] According to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal “personally intervened with Georgia leaders to preserve an obscure state program that earns his company nearly $300,000 a year.” The state funded DOR salvage inspection program is paid for with $1.7 million taxpayer dollars annually. This program makes use of two salvaged vehicle storage facilities (one in Gainesville and one in Hazelhurst) in which Deal is part owner. The state pays a $100 fee to Deal’s businesses per car inspected at their site, this fee is the highest in the state.[5]

[edit] Office of Congressional Ethics report
Nathan Deal exceeded congressional limits on outside income and used his U.S. House office and staff to protect money coming from a no-bid state business deal.[6] On March 29, 2010, the Office of Congressional Ethics released a report concluding that Mr. Deal improperly used his office staff to pressure Georgia officials to continue the state vehicle inspection program that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for his family’s auto salvage business.[7]“

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

June 17th, 2010
4:13 pm

Joyce M.

June 17th, 2010
3:58 pm

????

June 17th, 2010
4:18 pm

Joyce M, you are absolutely clueless

15 MOST CORRUPT

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/

Baby's Daddy

June 17th, 2010
4:34 pm

This the worst political field of governor wannabes I ever seen.
Cradle Robber. No show woman wid no degrees. Curley haired frat boy who can’t shoot straight with tongue or gun. Grumpy ol’ white man and a DC pol-cat who’d take a bribe from Freddy Kruger. What dis state comin’ to?

Trey

June 17th, 2010
4:39 pm

Nathan Deal led the fight in Congress to end birthright citizenship for those born to parents
in this country illegally, and he authored the law requiring citizenship verification for
government health benefits. As governor, Nathan Deal will protect Georgia taxpayers by
fighting for an Arizona-like immigration law.

????

June 17th, 2010
4:43 pm

Trey 4:39 pm

I understand Raw Deal has cash flow problems, get paid in cash or be the first to the bank to cash your check.

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson, Noooo King Roy

June 17th, 2010
4:46 pm

Trey

June 17th, 2010
4:39 pm

The only fight that Deal led in congress was to line his pockets.

DollarDawg43

June 17th, 2010
4:53 pm

I am a conservative voter and I honestly don’t know how I will treat this gubernatorial race. The Republican slate is severely lacking; it is truly amazing that a better candidate is not available. The Democratic choice is no better; just stale, warmed over ideas better left in the past. I really never thought we would find ourself in this position. Wow…

Rhonda Atlanta

June 17th, 2010
4:55 pm

Everyone wants to talk about “THIS” group of Republicans . Well yes, a few crooks in the lot. A few that use to be DEMOCRATS. And the Democrat side of the ticket, is that like suppose to be up town? Our saving grace? The simple fact they admit their democrats is a deduct.
Line them all up. The best and most honest guy is Chapman. Can”t be bought, never been bought.

ssprings

June 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

For once I agree with Daddy’s Baby.

Dick in Gainsville

June 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

Trey , if Deal is so anti immigrant why is Hall County full of them.. Deal may be anti illegal to the voter but he sure takes care of of the chicken industry bosses with all the illegals they want.

Sam I am

June 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

Rhonda nailed it. If you are a confused voter at this point you haven’t done the research . Chapman was point man on saving that very Island this event was held at. On the other hand Johnson was point man to selling it off to the very man on his election campaign. Mr. Reynolds. We the people of this state own Chapman. He fought the good fight. He is a honest and good man. That man be his biggest problem.

MD

June 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

Roy Barnes wanted to see who will be the next GA.

MD

June 17th, 2010
5:05 pm

DJ Sniper

June 17th, 2010
5:06 pm

John Oxendine earned a point from my by saying that he believes that people should be able to vote on Sunday alcohol sales, even though he is personally opposed to it. I still won’t vote for him though.

Nathan Deal sounds almost like Sonny Perdue on this issue. When will these morons understand that this issue is about choice? Imposing your beliefs on others is not the way to go.

Rhonda Atlanta

June 17th, 2010
5:09 pm

Can”t see why Jimmy had to make the focus on Roy. Roy is just like another loser, Jimmy Carter. Who wont go away either.

Fuzzy Wuzzy

June 17th, 2010
5:10 pm

Tired of Johnson’s personal agenda deals.

17 years of Johnson is enough.

Rhonda Atlanta

June 17th, 2010
5:14 pm

We are all going to hell and DJ is worried about getting hammered on Sunday. LOL

DJ…this may be too difficult for you to wrap your mind around on this issue that means nothing to me right now, but voting IS imposing your beliefs on others. Duh

Pickin' Cotton

June 17th, 2010
5:15 pm

Ha Ha Roy doesn’t look intimidating.

He looks like an old, tired “former” Governor.

DJ Sniper

June 17th, 2010
5:19 pm

It amazes me how people like Rhonda seem to have this idea that those of us who are in favor of Sunday alcohol sales only care about getting drunk on Sundays. Once again, it’s about personal choice. We should be able to choose whether or not we are able to purchase alcohol on Sundays. Personally, I’m tired of the religious right trying to convince us that this is a bad idea.

M. Reeves

June 17th, 2010
5:24 pm

Show your Ass Roy that’s what Democrats do,change the flag back Roy~~”Hell No We Ain’t Forgettin’”

Scott

June 17th, 2010
5:51 pm

I wish they would take John Murtha out of the most corrupt list…the man is dead (and its creepy to have dead people on the list…plus it makes way for someone new! choices choices)

Pickin' Cotton

June 17th, 2010
5:55 pm

Anythoughts about the GOP line-up?

First to Last? Ox, Chapman, Deal, Johnson, Berry, Handel?

ABAD

June 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Ol’ Roy was just confused. The only problem is that he wants to inflict his confusion upon the whole state. The one thing he is not confused about is his desire for power and his need to feed his ego!

R Atlanta

June 17th, 2010
6:21 pm

It amazes me DJ that you worry about this. And I am not religious. We have huge problems in this state and you are hung up on blue laws. I mean get the picture. You are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic with the nose pointed down.

Pickin' Cotton

June 17th, 2010
6:37 pm

Dear Jim,

Would you consider Jones an “unbiased” panel member?

How detailed can you get less than 90 seconds?