The latest RGA ad: On the ‘iron fists’ of Roy Barnes and Barack Obama

The Republican Governor’s Association today cut loose a second TV ad against Roy Barnes – clearly a campaign to establish a Pavlovian relationship between the Democratic nominee for governor and President Barack Obama.

The RGA accuses both Obama and Barnes of ruling with “an iron fist.”

Not details have yet come from RGA, but we’re told that the 30-second spot will see a significant amount of play in metro Atlanta and beyond – through Thursday. And then will pick up again next Tuesday, after the Labor Day holiday.

Update: Nick Ayers, the former Sonny Perdue aide and RGA executive director, just sent a message indicating the new TV spot will stay up through the Labor Day weekend — the cash was sent yesterday — and has been joined by a 60-second radio ad, also playing statewide, on the same theme.

RGA TV Ad: Roy Barnes, Georgia “Iron Fist” from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.

The script:

“One man ruled with an iron fist, giving us politics and laws we did not want, and did not support. When challenged, he was thin-skinned and arrogant, putting the blame on others.

“Think we’re talking about Barack Obama? We’re not. We’re talking about former Gov. Roy Barnes. Roy Barnes ruled Georgia for four years, and the results were disastrous. Can Georgia really afford more of the same?”

The RGA does not specify the disasters it alleges accompanied the Barnes administration. But its ad does use an ending nearly identical to the latest Barnes ad. Take a listen:

So the question becomes, who’s more of what “same”?

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63 comments Add your comment

Jill Thompson

August 31st, 2010
2:04 pm

Isn’t that guy the same voice from the “King Rat” ad?

Chief Wiggum

August 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

I’ll be honest, I don’t like either of these two guys. Neither has given me a reason to vote FOR them. I moved to Georgia after Perdue took office, so I only know of stories of the Barnes administration. I do know that he angered teachers, and has felt very sorry…which makes me think he’ll be indebted to the teachers unions if he were to win. Deal just feels sleazy to me, with the primary he ran against Handel, and the obvious ethics issues he’s been facing.

Which is worse

August 31st, 2010
2:20 pm

Someone has to say it: which is worse – an iron fist or a greased palm? The Republicans have had carte blanch for several years, squandered it, and sold out to lobbyists. I’ll take Roy Barnes to give a sanity check to this lousy legislature.


August 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

If if weren’t for the “Red” tidal wave that is going to wash out the Dems nationwide, Barnes might have a chance to squeak out a tiny victory in a 3 person race.


August 31st, 2010
2:41 pm

barnes would be the disaster that obama is.

The truth

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

“Iron Fist” kung foo movie right?


August 31st, 2010
2:54 pm

Nathan Deal is a piece of crap. I mean, unethical, corrupt, real crap.

We would be better off electing any randomly chosen person. This guy abused his power for his own financial gain.

He openly says the hardest part of being governor will be saying “No” to his friends. Well, it shouldn’t be hard Nathan! You are scum.

“DEAL: We got all the complaints of the ghetto grandmothers who didn’t have birth certificates and all that. We wrote some very liberal language as to how you can verify it. My mother was born in 1906 and she didn’t have a birth certificate. They didn’t give birth certificates back then. But we got her one, because you can do it under the proper procedures of your state.”


August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

When will Deal and the RGA give me a reason to vote FOR them?

Mad Dog

August 31st, 2010
2:58 pm

Only someone who has not been paying attention for the last eight years attribute the disaster in statewide politics to Roy instead the Republicans who have driven us into a ditch.


August 31st, 2010
2:59 pm

Both can go to hell for all I care.


August 31st, 2010
3:00 pm

I cant wait till these idiots go out and vote Repulicans in so this country can be destroyed again, Anny body that goes out and follow a uneducated man like Glen Beck deserve everything we are in for.


August 31st, 2010
3:05 pm

We need checks and balances. The Republicans will continue to rule the legislature, so maybe with a Democrat governor they can check each other’s potential for mischief.


August 31st, 2010
3:28 pm

Over the past decades of living in Georgia, I thought the Dems were corrupt and overbearing. Until the Republicans gained control. The Republicans didn’t even make an effort to desguise their greed, arrogance and self-dealing during the past eight years. They strutted around like bantam roosters in the halls of power and devoted most of their time to lining each other’s pockets and passing stupid, redundant and pointless laws–to pander to their lowest common denominator-type constituents, who didn’t realize that they were being bamboozled by smoke and mirrors. Georgia is already fast becoming a third world outpost. Electing Deal will insure that we go nowhere fast, much like what has been the rule during the past eight years. He will spend all his time and energy working for the fat cats who will continue to prosper, at the expense of the rest of us who used to be middle class but are now the working poor.


August 31st, 2010
3:32 pm

Using PresidenT OBAMA in his ads is done in BAD TASTE and I believe the REPS will suffer at the poles, isn’t their a better way without looking so desperate.


August 31st, 2010
3:33 pm

Corrcet me if I’m wrong, but the last time checked Mr. Obama is not on the ballot for any office come November. What gives?


August 31st, 2010
3:36 pm

Is Mr. Obama Mr. Barnes’s running mate?

Georgia Republicans for Roy Barnes

August 31st, 2010
3:37 pm

I am switching my vote for Roy Barnes, what do Prez Obama got to do with Georgia gov election.

DJ Sniper

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

Seriously, this is the best that the GOP can come up with? Between this ad and the one trying to link Barnes and Obama, the Deal campaign isn’t up to snuff at the moment. Barnes is by no means a perfect candidate, but I would much rather have him in office instead of Deal. Deal seems like the type of person who, if elected governor, will do some of the same stuff Perdue did. Stuff like focus his attention on rural Georgia at the expense of metro Atlanta(this has never made a lick of sense) and bending to the will of Christian conservatives on certain issues(he already backtracked on the casino issue and I bet my last dollar he would oppose Sunday alcohol sales if they told him to). Nah, I will pass on Nathan Deal.


August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

Funny to see all of these “newbies” to Georgia complaining about the GA Republicans. Please tell me again about your wonderful politicians in Michigan, New York, Illinois, Ohio, California, etc.

Barnes will go down in flames. The liberals banking on a proven loser who wants to melt the gold on the dome to pay his best buddies – the teachers. Classic stuff.


August 31st, 2010
3:43 pm

DemoRats complaining about tying in Barnes to Obama??? The same Obama who is blaming his miserable presidency on Bush.

Funny to see Barnes polling well in some of the least educated areas in the state. Barnes = The candidate for the stupid people of Georgia


August 31st, 2010
3:53 pm

Native Georgian here. How about someone out there let us in on all the great Republican accomplishments from the past 8 years. I’ll start….

Classic stuff:

Bank failures, Lobby takeover, Glenn Richardson, Georgia Power give-away, Pray For Rain, Sonny land deals, Sonny tax breaks, water woes, transportation woes, microchip protection, corporate tax breaks, non existent ethics, school budget slashed, state homeowners exemption wiped out, overturned payday lender laws, national laughingstock…

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
3:58 pm


Using Obama in ads is bad? Did you feel that way about the Dems using Bush in ads in 08 or still blaming the nations problems on Bush? Heck it hasn’t been long the Dems have quit using Hoover as an example of the Rep party. Come on now, be fair, both sides do what you are “offended” about.

DJ Sniper

August 31st, 2010
3:59 pm

MiltonMan, I haven’t seen any evidence of Obama himself blaming Bush for anything. I have heard a lot of people blaming the current state of this country on Bush though.

Mr. KnowitAll

August 31st, 2010
3:59 pm

Look…last time…Roy was kicked out of office after only 4 years because he stunk so bad, the voters elected a Republican for the 1st time since reclamation (more than 100 years). Along with democRat Tom Murphy, created a good-ole-boy system unparalleled in modern politics.
It stunk so bad…voters kicked them BOTH out. That’s how bad he was.
Also, he’s a trial lawyer–just like John Edwards (the out-&out looser he backed) and John Kerry (oh my God!).

Barnes: Sleazebag. Pure and simple.

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

Now get to the really bad stuff that happened while the Dems were in office from the 1870’s to 2002. Think your list might be a tad be longer?

Just askin.

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
4:04 pm

bit, hate those typo’s


August 31st, 2010
4:09 pm

Just wow! We have a Republican candidate for governor that has two themes, anti-gay rhetoric and anti-Obama rhetoric.

Take a close look at Deals record. He voted FOR 2 wars that weren’t funded. He voted for unfunded Medicare Part D. He voted for 100 billion dollar farm subsidies. He voted for massive tax cuts at the same time supported massive new spending. He voted for the new big government and unfunded Dept of Homeland Security, he voted for Headstart and he voted for NCLB, yep unfunded. On top of that he is an ethics disaster!

Instead of blaming Obama for all our problems, Deal should point the finger at himself.

Of course the big bad Tea Party phonies will only point fingers and hide.


August 31st, 2010
4:24 pm

Don’t ya just love it. Ads in support of Deal that are funded by the Republican Governor’s Association.

The RGA has received big bucks donations from “Fair and Balanced” Fox News. Of course Fox News is owned by a foreigner, Robert Murdoch, and of course his Saudi terrorist friend who owns 7% of News Corp.

What a Deal!


August 31st, 2010
4:36 pm

The Republican Party in Georgia started when the Democrats seated the Julian Bond Delegates instead of the Official Segregationist Delegates at the 1968 Convention. The Chair of the ousted delegation got on the intercom on the flight from Chicago and said, “Well boys, I guess we just became Republicans”. So all you imported carpetbaggers up in Roswell need not claim ignorance of the white trash you have associated yourselves with.

Nick might want to ask some of his Mama and Daddy’s neighbor’s about Roy Barnes. He would hear a different story than he is spewing. But then he has to do as told by Rupert who is paying the bills. Sold out would be the best description for this South Cobb youngster. But then that what Republican politics is all about isn’t it? Since Nick was so enamored with Sonny, why not give the details of his rise to the national spotlight? Nick’s not so squeaky himself.

Tax Returns would do the Republicans more good. How about 25 years worth, on the Internet for all to see.

Now that’s the deal… Tax Returns!

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
4:44 pm

Lesson number one is know your history. The Republican Party first came to power during Reconstruction, not 1968. Then spent many years in the wilderness. Now you can’t stand it, goodness, that’s how I felt all those years under the Dems. Live with it.


August 31st, 2010
4:45 pm

I guess the idea is to scare the folks of Georgia. That is all too bad. The President has nothing to do with what has gone on in this state the last 8 years. If the morons believe it then they need to elect Deal and when he continues the same efforts as Sonny which is no efforts then they will be satisfied. The most important thing is education which we are so far down on the list we may be ahead of Mississippi. Thanks Sonny

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
4:46 pm

Mike- And where was eduction under Barnes? Better? I think not.


August 31st, 2010
4:52 pm

I’d take Barnes 4-yr record over Perdue/GOP 8-yr record. GOP loses this comparison all day long. They better hope they can tag Roy to Obama cause it’s the only thing they can run on.

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
4:55 pm


You might take Barnes over Perdue, but Georgia didn’t. Perdue beats Barnes, Perdue win re-election. Guess you are out of the mainstream. Deal will win, 53%-45%.

Oh Well

August 31st, 2010
4:59 pm

Other than vague statements…exactly what is Deal going to do as governor?

Instead of allowing this group to take his campaign hostage…his team needs to control his “mantra”. I mean, I thought Deal was running for governor of Georgia…not POTUS!

But – isn’t that the political rulebook?! Both parties pander to fears of the voting public to keep them in line while the politicians get all the perks and kickbacks that they so readily keep from everyone else…NO MATTER THE PARTY AFFILIATION.

Instead of spouting party line soundbites – how about everyone think for themselves…or is that too hard?

Robert H.

August 31st, 2010
5:02 pm

No, you can’t see my tax returns.
No, I don’t want to have a face to face debate.
No, I will not answer questions about my ethics probes.
No, I don’t have any positive campaign ads.

N. Deal (NO DEAL), a real party (PARTY OF NO!!!) man!


August 31st, 2010
5:08 pm

Education under Republicans?????? LMAO

State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko (Republican) is still in prison doing time for stealing money targeted for deaf students to fund a face lift. A much needed face lift that was necessary for her run for Governor. The next Super (also a Republican,) pulled a Palin and quit. Then our current Governor accepted a $400 million gift from the US taxpayers.

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
5:17 pm


Come on now, you miss the debated point, intentionally I think. The post said eduction attainment was higher under Barnes than Perdue. Prove it. We can compare crooks in both parties till the cows come home, but education did not do well under Barnes, period.


August 31st, 2010
5:19 pm

Deal thinks you’re stupid. In an earlier ad:

Kids: “Grandpa, why do you want to be Governor?”
Deal: “Because the folks in Washington DC are spending too much money, and I want to fight back!”

He’s not running this ad anymore. Did somebody explain to him that his influence on spending in Washington came with the job he left, and not the job as the Governor of an individual state? Did someone explain the ACTUAL duties of Chief Executive Officer of an American STATE? Keeping the masses whipped up in a frenzy of fear over the “marxist muslim” in the White House is Michale Steele’s job, not the Governor of Georgia.

Retired Soldier

August 31st, 2010
5:26 pm

If Deal thinks we are stupid, what does Barnes think we are when he wants us to believe he has “changed”? Just askin.


August 31st, 2010
5:38 pm

Calling all Tea Party members. Calling all Tea Party members.

Here’s your chance to prove you are not a partisan Republican mouthpiece. Here’s your chance to take stand.

Here’s your chance at a little creditability.

If there is a movement here’s your chance. Send the big spending, big government, ethically challenged career politician (Nathan Deal) home.


August 31st, 2010
6:00 pm

I don’t doubt anything about Barnes. He may even come out of the closet any minute. The guy talks and walks like one.

Road Scholar

August 31st, 2010
6:04 pm

And here I thought Deal had the iron fist…not being able to submit/sign his last year’s tax returns! Did he miss the deadline? Or he thought that graft wasn’t taxable?


August 31st, 2010
6:04 pm

Maybe Roy can send all of those who dare disagree with King Roy to reeducation camps like Czar Sebelius suggests for those who don’t like Obamacare.


August 31st, 2010
6:41 pm

RGA sure is spending a bunch of money to make sure Obama isn’t elected Governor in November. Apparently Nick Ayers is still sipping on the bottle. Wonder if he is still drinking out of a sippy cup. Hope he doesn’t get behind the wheel.

And it is really funny how republicans on this blog claim that Roy is catering to the dumbed down electorate when the RGA is pandering votes on fear messages. Deal has been running for Governor for nearly a year. Where does HE stand on the issues?

southern boy

August 31st, 2010
6:42 pm

the perdue admin ten times more iron fisted. no tolerance for dissent, or for the most part, thought. state govt is in worse shape than it has even been in, and that is how the sonnys of this world want it.


August 31st, 2010
6:44 pm

Retired Soldier, your comparison is hardly a comparison since Mr. Barnes is not bringing up Mr. Bush. I do agree that other Democrats who invoke Mr. Bush are lazy campaigners. By the way, for those who keep saying that Mr. Obama is blaming Mr. Bush are dead wrong. Mr. Obama attempts to provide a little perspective on what he inherited which are factual. What other president in recent history inherited two unfunded wars, a mounting deficit, a housing crisis, a Wall Street financial meltdown, an economy which lost over 13 trillion dollars, huge job losses, two bankrupt auto makers, a worldwide war on terror, luke warm respect for the U.S. by our allies, a major American city still tattered by Katrina and state and local governments screaming for revenue lifelines.

Lone Star

August 31st, 2010
6:51 pm

Corey: “Mr. Obama attempts to provide a little perspective on what he inherited which are factual.”

Is that what he is doing? I am so relieved! And all this time I thought he was one of the “blame Bush” guys! Now, if he will just accept responsibility for his actions and do something to resolve the problems we face, he will have something to brag about, won’t he? I ain’t holding my breath . . .


August 31st, 2010
6:53 pm

The people who say that Nathan Deal is unethical are the same people that seemed to be ok with Bill Clinton’s moral issues. The fact that Clinton was a sleazebag didn’t seem to effect his ability to run the country. Billy Graham ain’t runnin’ folks, choose your poison

Mr. Grumpy

August 31st, 2010
6:54 pm

Hey, Milton Man and Retired Soldier — I hope Deal gets elected just so he can get his 4 to 8 years of stealing just like Perdue has done. You guys are real boneheads to pick a corrupt politician over a gubernatorial candidate who has NEVER been accused of corruption by anyone. This country’s going to Hell in a hand cart and it’s Republicans like you who’ve put us there. This country’s lost its moral compass because it’s been led by good family value Christians like Glenn Richardson, Casey Cagle, Preston Smith and other womanizers, and thieves like Nathan Deal.