A Tweet came in this morning, pointing recipients to two weekend pieces concerning former Gov. Roy Barnes, the big dog in a Democratic primary now only 15 days away.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes travels the state slamming special-interest tax breaks and saying they need to be eliminated to fund education.
But for Barnes, the front-runner among Democrats in this year’s governor’s race, that’s a big change of heart.
While serving in the General Assembly, Barnes voted for more than two-dozen sales tax exemptions, according to a review of legislative records.
He supported exemptions for everything from the sale of solar panels and crab bait to aircraft parts and Girl Scout cookies. As governor from 1999 to 2003, he signed at least 13 more exemptions that are still in effect.
The other was this Larry Peterson piece in the Savannah Morning News:
Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes’ promises could cost more than $2 billion a year, but he hasn’t said how he’ll pay for most of it.
The origin of the Tweet, from the Republican Governors Association, was just as important as the message. And it won’t be the last time we see RGA involvement.
Gov. Sonny Perdue is a former chairman of the organization, and his former aide, Nick Ayers, still runs it. Ayers, incidentally, also served as campaign manager for Karen Handel in her 2003 bid for Fulton County commission chairman.