Democrat nominee for governor Roy Barnes has picked up where he left off before Labor Day, hitting Nathan Deal hard this morning with a TV ad accusing his Republican rival of holding back the details from his income tax returns.
Deal, a former congressman, released cover pages for 28 years’ worth of taxes last week.
Just as the GOP is attempting to tie Barnes to President Barack Obama, Barnes seeks to wed Deal to popular discontent with Congress:
Male voiceover: “In a desperate attempt to fool the voters, Congressman Deal released only the cover pages of his taxes. His secrets are hidden in the details.
“Secrets about his income from a no-bid salvage deal with the state. Secrets about the building he rented to the state’s Pardon and Paroles Board when he was a [state] senator.
“What else is hidden? That’s why he resigned from Congress — at midnight. Nathan Deal. Too corrupt, even for Congress.”
Last week, Barnes hinted at the tough language above, when he said Deal’s use of his office to protect his business interests should disqualify the Republican as a candidate.
Eight years ago, strategists for the Barnes campaign were criticized for its failure to define, on their own terms, a little-known state senator from Houston County named Sonny Perdue. It doesn’t look like they intend to make the same mistake twice.
Update: On the lease of the building to the state agency, the Deal campaign noted that the Deal owned half of a building. The co-owner, now deceased, negotiated the lease. The ownership of the property was disclosed when he was a state senator and during his congressional years. Deal sold his interest in the building in 2003, but the campaign says that state still leases that property for the same purpose.