Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes picks up where Karen Handel left off this afternoon, with a double-barreled TV attack on Republican rival Nathan Deal for alleged ethical shortcomings.
And we’re still 10 days away from Labor Day.
The toughest ad – call it “Fresh Start” – is so close to the public musings of former Handel spokesman Dan McLagan (now working for the state GOP) that royalties might be in order:
Male voiceover: It’s time for a fresh start in Georgia. But not with Nathan Deal, whose ethics are under investigation. We can’t afford a governor who might spend months in court trying to save himself rather than working every day to save Georgia.
Our choice is between the proven experience and competence of Roy Barnes or ethical questions about Nathan Deal.
Can we afford to gamble? Nathan Deal. Just more of the same.
The second ad is a shorter, and focuses on Deal’s failure – so far – to release income tax records. (Deal campaigners say they’re working on it.) But in 15 seconds, the “padlock” ad also manages to mention – twice – Deal’s Washington background:
Male voiceover: Shhh. Congressman Deal is hiding something. We think it’s in his income tax records. But they’re locked up tight. Congressman Deal. Just more of the same old ethics.
The Republican Governors Association has already put up a TV ad (and a radio version as well) attempting to tie Barnes to President Barack Obama.
So we’ve got a race to see who can pin the D.C. label on the other guy first.