Roy Barnes pulls trigger on a double-barreled TV attack on Nathan Deal

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:

The script:

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:

The script:

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.

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31 comments Add your comment

T-Bone

August 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Deal’s gonna have to come up with something better than “Barnes is a Democrat just like Obama,” if he wants to win.

Hmmmmmmm

August 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Mickey

August 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

All Nathan has to do is tell the truth, is that so hard?

TRUTH

August 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

nATHAN dEAL, THE REAL STEAL.

Commonsenseagitator

August 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

“Nathan” is a republican, they can’t tell the truth, it’s against their religion of worshiping money.

Oh my

August 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

Fellow republicans how did we get ourselves stuck with Nathan Deal.I can’t even hold my nose and vote for him.The stinch is to strong.

BlkMOD

August 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

I will be voting Libertarian this time around, no way in HELL.. I’m voting for Nathan Deal — his corruption and arrogance stinks from here to DC. BTW, in a 20-year career what has he done, anyone??

JPM

August 27th, 2010
2:02 pm

It’s a shame that Barnes was forced to go negative so early after the RGA released the Obama/Barnes ad. Should be an interesting fall….

catlady

August 27th, 2010
2:10 pm

Good for him!

Bobby Anthony

August 27th, 2010
2:11 pm

Our choice is between the proven betrayal and lncompetence of Roy Barnes or ethical questions about Nathan Deal.

BlkMOD

August 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

@ BobbyAnthony — Hardly a choice at all. But your right, I hope that they open the debate to all 3-candidates, Barnes, Deal, and Modds. Should be interesting, but we need a governor who is INVOLVED.. Sonny just looked out for S.Georgia and said screw-MetroATL, look at increasing gridlock and traffic congestion.

fildawg

August 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

Commonsenseagitator

August 27th, 2010
2:18 pm

Barnes didn’t betray me, where Deal betrayed me the minute he switched partys. You can’t trust him, period

Just Peachy

August 27th, 2010
3:01 pm

This is going to be interesting… It’s 2008 presidential election all over again which pile of S*&$(# smells the least?

Ga Dem

August 27th, 2010
3:17 pm

I agree with one of the posts that the Republican Gov Assoc went too negative, too soon. Looks like Roy took a page from Karen Handel’s playbook and said, “BRING IT ON.” The RGA ad was an engraved invitation for Roy to pound Nathan’s ethics for seven days a week until November.

Grin

August 27th, 2010
3:57 pm

You just keep pounding on Deal to release his taxes, Roy. When they are released, you won’t have anything left to talk about except for a trumped up ethics charge, for alledgedly breaking House Rules. When it comes out that the allegations have been dropped and the DOJ was not investigating Nathan Deal, you are going to look pretty dumb.

catlady

August 27th, 2010
5:14 pm

There will be more revelations of Deal’s perfidy in many areas. Get ready! I am hoping he will end up in jail after this is all over. And no, I detest Roy Barnes, too.

Commonsenseagitator

August 27th, 2010
5:35 pm

God, the stupidty of Georgians never ceases to amaze me.

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Commonsenseagitator: I agree. After all, they allowed you to live. I just pray that you haven’t reproduced!

Georgia Republicans for Roy Barnes

August 28th, 2010
8:57 am

Deal we dont need a crook for our Governor I am switching my vote to Roy Barnes…Deal you remind me of Sonny

Josh

August 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Many people around the Gainesville area know about some of the illegal things that took place at the “car inspection station” business. I can’t wait until more of the dirt comes out in the open. If the first case does not put him behind bars, the federal investigation related to “the business” will surely put Deal and others behind bars.
I’m not a Barnes fan, but I can’t vote a known crook into office.

Commonsenseagitator

August 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Lonestar, I have children; the trick is keeping them away from the facists of the far right so they won’t be polluted with hate and racism.

[...] H/T: Jim Galloway [...]

Democrat for Deal

August 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

I don’t know Nathan Deal – but two very ethical, successful Gainesville people who have known Deal personally for years, tell me that his honesty and integrity are his top qualities. They are discerning people, and I trust what they tell me.

Jayne M. Barker

August 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

Politicans talking out of both corners of their mouths…Some people
call it a hypocrit…some say anything to get elected. Don’t believe everything you read or hear and sometimes what you see. “Birds of a feather, do flock together”. Never have been a buzzard flying with an
eagle…Have you??? How are you going to choose???

Commonsenseagitator

August 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Democrat for Deal, you get what you deserve. He violated my trust and my vote, betrayed everything I stood for the minute he joined the gop. The man cannot and should not be trusted.

John Galt

August 29th, 2010
10:36 am

The supposed “ethics” complaints against Nathan Deal never have been anything but a typical scheme from George “Sonny” Perdue’s alleged “Revenue Commissioner” Black Bart to get Ms. Luv Handles elected Guvna so that he, Black Bart, could keep his phoney baloney job. Now that Bart will soon be joining the ranks of the long term unemployed- any one of the three choices for Guvna are certain to fire him- the alleged complaint will fade away. The Federal Grand Jury is probably investigating Black Bart himself.

That’s how Bart works- smearing and lying. “If you could buy Bart for what he’s really worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you’d have it made.”

Fire Eater

August 30th, 2010
3:24 am

Deal needs to come out in favor of “Whitney’s Law” which will prevent minority jurors from sparing mad killers the death penalty. This is opposed by liberals, black legislators and I suspect ROY BARNES.

Peachy

August 30th, 2010
9:18 am

The only thing Bart did was ask for open bids for the work that Deal has been getting paid for by the state of Georgia for years and years. There was not a fair bidding process in the past, and Bart was opening that process up. Next thing you know, Deal’s croonies from Washington were down here messing around in the states business. That is how it Bart ended up in the news mixed up with Deal. This info was curtosy of the open records law.

ANGRY AS HELL

August 30th, 2010
10:19 am

John Galt — Time for you to get a brain. It’s a simple fact that as soon as Deal got word that Graham was going to put the vehicle salvage out for statewide bids, Deal realized the gravy train was coming to an end. Graham ratted out Deal because he was part of some conspiracy to get Handel elected? Oh, come on now!! That’s the stuff of someone who’s been watching too much FOX news. You and other Deal supporters don’t care who is elected Governor as long as they have an “R” next to their name. That’s a hell of a qualification to be Governor. Here’s what you and the Deal supporters are saying: “I’d rather have any Republican in office — even one with a track record of corruption — as the next Governor than a Democrat who has never been accused of corruption.” Think about what you and your friends are asking for. You’d settle for another 4 years of corruption and no action like we got from our first Republican Governor who spent his time taking care of his friends and himself. You’re brilliant!!!

Tracy

August 31st, 2010
7:59 pm

Deal is a criminal who used taxpayer money to line his own pockets.

FACT.