Watching the Roy Barnes campaign roll out his African-American support in the Democratic contest for governor is something like watching a python put the squeeze on its chosen victim.
It’s done quietly, respectfully, and with a minimum of fuss. But the progress is relentless, coil by coil, day by day.
This morning at the state Capitol, Burrell Ellis, CEO of DeKalb County – home to Attorney General Thurbert Baker – endorsed Barnes. As did Richard Oden, chairman of the Rockdale County Commission, and Eldrin Bell, chairman of the Clayton County Commission.
Also on a long list of Barnes supporters was state Rep. Calvin Smyre of Columbus, who as chairman of the House Democratic caucus has worked closely with one of Barnes’ rivals, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter. That had to hurt.
In the Republican race for attorney general, Sam Olens – the former chairman of the Cobb County Commission – announced endorsements from two of the most plugged-in Republicans in Georgia.
See today’s piece on Sarah Palin for more information on Randy Evans, the former general counsel for the state GOP.
Also endorsing Olens was Robert Highsmith, former counsel to Gov. Sonny Perdue – and a former law firm associate of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. If you’re a Republican in trouble, Highsmith is the guy you call.
On the Democratic side of the race for attorney general, Mark Taylor, the former lieutenant governor and 2006 nominee for governor, made a rare public endorsement of hometown boy Ken Hodges. Both share Dougherty County roots — Hodges as a former district attorney.
These two paragraphs in Taylor’s written praise caught the eye:
Ken is ready for the very important job of attorney general. In this role he will often be seen as a spokesman for and a defender of our state’s values and culture. The eyes of the state and nation will often be on him. Our state will be judged based on his performance. Like he did in Albany I know he will make Georgia proud.
On Tuesday, a hard fought campaign will come to an end. My beloved Georgia must choose between two talented young men who I know well and who I greatly admire. Their futures are unlimited and I thank them both for their previous public service and for their willingness to put themselves in the brutal, thankless arena of a statewide campaign.