A new Roy Barnes’ TV ad: Nathan Deal is ‘slippery as a bag of snakes’

Maybe you don’t kick a man when he’s down – but in politics, you sure do stick your leg out if he’s stumbling.

The campaign of Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes is out this morning with a new, coffee-shop attack ad on Republican rival Nathan Deal.

We’re told that it’s intended as a parody of an anti-Barnes TV ad issued last week – to absolutely no fanfare – by the Republican Governors Association.

In his reply, Barnes doesn’t mention Deal’s personal finance problems, but – yet again – makes a large point of the former congressman’s Washington connections. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the ad is its target – Deal’s wheelhouse of white male voters.

The Barnes script:

Actor No. 1: You know, times was better when Roy Barnes was governor.

Actor No. 2: Yup. I had a job.

Actor No. 1: He brought in 235,000 jobs.

Actor No. 2: Yup. Made Georgia work.

Actor No. 1: Reduced class sizes.

Actor No. 2: Yup.

Actor No. 1: Shoot, he even lowered my property taxes.

Actor No. 2: So this Washington guy Deal is lying?

Actor No. 1: Slippery as a bag of snakes.

Actor No. 2: I guess we can call him a shady Deal.

Male voiceover: Nathan Deal. Too corrupt, even for Congress.

Here’s the RGA ad:

The script:

Actor No. 3: Remember Roy Barnes?

Actor No. 4: Yep.

Actor No. 3: Remember how arrogant Roy was back when he was governor?

Actor No. 4: Yeah.

Actor No. 3: And remember how he made Georgia last, dead last, in education?

Actor No. 4: Yeah.

Actor No. 3: And remember how Georgia led the nation in job losses?

Actor No. 4: Yeah.

Actor No. 3: And then he tried to blame everybody but himself.

Actor No. 4: I remember.

Actor No. 3: Then you remember King Roy.

Actor No. 4: I wish I could forget.

Male voiceover: Roy Barnes. Once was enough.

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125 comments Add your comment

Aquagirl

September 20th, 2010
10:41 am

This is an insult to snakes.

Bag Barnes

September 20th, 2010
10:43 am

I like this ad…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9BrGf1MgeA

Retired Soldier

September 20th, 2010
10:47 am

The last ultra negative campaign was Karen Handel’s. Where is she now? Just a bit of advice for Mr. Barnes.

Has anyone thought why Barnes can’t talk about himself and what he wants to do? Just wondering….

John K

September 20th, 2010
10:56 am

A Hee Haw style commercial. Should work well in Georgia.

greg best

September 20th, 2010
10:58 am

Deal needs to fess up now

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
10:59 am

I’m not quite as bad as my friend Bernie Madoff!

SpaceyG

September 20th, 2010
11:04 am

Now won’t that media be something all the Atlanta hipsters and metrosexuals share on their Facebooks?! So their vast network of toothless bubbas back down on the rural Georgia farm will be sure to see it. And send it out with their John Deere iPhone 4s and camo-covered iPads. Oh, and guffaw. I know I never share campaign media online in MY vast social network unless there’s a guffaw-factor. And chewing tobacco dribble.

Bubba

September 20th, 2010
11:09 am

Junior Samples is dead. This will have to do.

lmno

September 20th, 2010
11:10 am

Thats a terrible ad. Terrible.

gaindependent2010

September 20th, 2010
11:11 am

This is funny coming from Democrats. Its the same way those snakes passed Obamacare with backalley deals and complete lies regarding the cost to the American people. How about the backroom deals they made with Louisiana, Nebraska, and so many other snakes. Suddenly they are concerned with truth and ethics. What a crock!! Why doesn’t someone bring up the truth about how much Obamacare will cost taxpayers and the rationing of our healthcare. Wake up and check it out for yourselves. Hold Democrats accountable for passing Healthcare Reform for your childrens and grandchildren’s sake. Democrats calling anyone a snake is a JOKE!!!!!

Roybama Barnes

September 20th, 2010
11:16 am

The Barnes machine is rewriting history from every angle. It is important that we need to have a unified voice detailing why it is imperative that Nathan Deal is elected governor.

1. Reapportionment: Georgia is poised to gain 1 or 2 NEW congressional districts. If you recall the damage Barnes did the last go around had Georgia looking like and Barnes will certainly be accommodating to Democrats
2. Appointments: The governor makes Judicial Appointments as well as many other state government service appointments. A Barnes administration is going to take care of Barnes contributors and Democrats.
3. 2012 – We don’t need Georgia becoming a doormat for Obama.

JD

September 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Did anyone notice the entire motif of the ad is a poke at the RGA paid ads running against Barnes — 2 white guys, talking over coffee, talking about how things were under Barnes? Let politifacts check the statements of the two sets of good ole boys and see who is more truthful. Better yet, let’s have these guys engage in tag team wrasslin — that will raise the tenor of this election!

????

September 20th, 2010
11:18 am

gaindependent2010 what name were you using when you were calling Handel a liar on this board? Why don’t you walk down the hall & ask Deal if he is going to release his financials, so we can catch some more of his corruption.

It’s must be a great day to be working for Nathan Deal.

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:20 am

hey gaindependent2010, I resemble that remark. SNAKE

Goobers

September 20th, 2010
11:21 am

Too late for write-in or candidate substitution. Most likely, the pitch will be to elect Deal, then he resigns with a “generous severance package” and Lt Guv Casey Cagle, from the Glenn Richardson school of govt service, becomes the Goobernor.

JD

September 20th, 2010
11:25 am

Gainindependent2010 — so, why is it that the Republican Ethics Commission does not have a single recording of any meeting during 2007?

The Real Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:26 am

Nathan Deal has to be the most damaged candidate in political history. It’ll be a sad day for Georgia (and even the state GOP) if he wins.

Aquagirl

September 20th, 2010
11:29 am

Deal-dependent2010, There’s still hope. Maybe you can get a good job with Casey Cagle if he doesn’t get indicted.

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:30 am

When I get in office I will be out of debt in one month, then I will start work on Georgia’s problems.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 20th, 2010
11:31 am

—–Hey, Roybama Barnes—Do you know how many contributors $onny Perdue appointed to judgships and other posts in state government? More than you could shake a stick at. But I guess it’s okay when a Republican Governor does it.

It must really hurt you tio know tghat your candidatem Nathan Deal, is being shown fior what he really is. A snake. Roybama Barnes, you’re a sucker. Youi vote for snakles.

Bill

September 20th, 2010
11:32 am

If it takes a Democrap like Barnes to purge the Re-PUKE-ican Deal from “OUR” party – so be it!

The GA GOP is shamefully 100% to blame for putting up this disgusting Liberal Republican as a candidate for Governor. I say it’s time we REPEAL and REPLACE the GA GOP leadership.

Hall County Native

September 20th, 2010
11:32 am

Up here in Hall we call Cagle, Deal, Mills, Schofield, Oliver and their other cronies the Hall County Mafia.

Seems like the rest of the state is starting to understand why.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 20th, 2010
11:38 am

—–Hey, Bill, good luck replacing the Georgia GOP leadership. You must have a lot of money because that’s what it takes. It’s the same handful of little lap dogs being ordered around by the big money guys who call all the shots. If you can get to them, you might have a chance replacing them, but it’ll take a lot of money. Otherwise, fahgetaboutit!!!!

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:38 am

Deal me in boys, we can shake down this state like Bernie Madoff.

gaindependent2010

September 20th, 2010
11:38 am

??? I voted for Handel in the runoff so you are mistaken about me calling Handel a liar. I dont work for Deal but I do have a family that I am very concerned about how Obamacare will effect our lives. I am a grandmother to 2 and mother of 4. You can vote anyway you like but I am FED up with the way Dumocrats vote with Pelosi and Obama. You obviously drink the Obama Koolaid so drink up. I will send my message to every Democrat that I can from now on because I am sick of them ramming laws down our throats regardless of what we want. We put them in office; we can vote them out too. They tend to forget that once the election is over. If Deal does the same thing then I will be the first to send him the same message. I would much rather have Handel as the Republican candidate but that did not work out this time. I do not want the government controlling my healthcare and my family’s healthcare under any circumstances. I have not problem with helping people that could not afford healthcare and I am willing to pay more in taxes but that was not enough for the Democrats. They want to control our lives and healthcare is the way they will do it. I want someone to fight to repeal healthcare in anyway, shape, or form. That will not happen with Barnes as governor we know that from history. He will stick with his party regardless of what his constituents want.

UGA75

September 20th, 2010
11:43 am

Folks I have to agree that Nathan Deal has problems, shoot he might be a little dishonest, but if you think about it how many Honest politicians have you ever heard from. I doubt Deal would steal more than his fair share. Consider King Roy “don’t call me Obama” Barnes. He was rumored to be even more dishonest than Gov. Purdue, which is really bad. King Roy never saw a tax he didn’t favor, a road to be built by his cronies, or taking money from teachers to help his buddies, all are rumored to be true. Now you have to ask yourself why a man who spent 20 Million dollars to be defeated last time is spending 15 million more now. The Barnes family has as much money as any family in GA, he has a very rich law practice, yet he can not stand that the people of Georgia didn’t want a King 8 years ago, and they don’t want one today. If you don’t like Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes just hold your nose and vote for Deal. I expect him to cost the people of Georgia less, and he is the lesser of two evils.

Aquagirl

September 20th, 2010
11:45 am

So, Deal-dependant2010, did you pop your cork when G.W. Bush rammed Medicare part D down our throats?

Dick In Gainesville

September 20th, 2010
11:45 am

When is Nathan Deal going to reveal his full tax records and schedules?

What else is he hiding?

How does a man on 115k a year qualify for 5 million of loans?

Why does someone millions in debt quit a paying job in congress in the middle of the night?

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:46 am

That’s right I want steal that much

RED

September 20th, 2010
11:49 am

@UGA75 … The lessor of evils in John Monds not a Corrupt Washington Relic like Deal.

Nathan Deal

September 20th, 2010
11:49 am

I will let my son-inlaw handle the money for the state. Maybe my daughter could handle consumer affairs an such.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 20th, 2010
11:52 am

—-gaindependent2010—What does your hatred for Pelosi and Obama have to do with the election here in Georgia? You’re no visionary, I’m sure. You may suffer from halucinations, but not from visions.

It’s going to be nice to have Roy Barnes back in the Governor’s Office again. We know we’ll get more from him than the “Go Fish” program $onny gave us. We certainly know he’ll give us more than Deal would have given us. Deal would be spending most of his time figuring out who he could shakedown for cash.

I think Barnes’s new ad is just what’s needed. They do a satirical attack on that stupid, lie-filled ad by the RGA on Deal’s behalf. The RGA could run an ad right now telling us that Nathan Deal can walk on water and heal the blind; however, he has tanked. He’s finished.

As each day passes, more and more stuff will surface about Deal. He can’t seem to get all the bad news out at one time. It’s the Chinese water torture. Each day will bring one bad headline after another. Because the chickens are coming home to roost on the career of a man who has tried to enrich himself at our expense. He and we deserve this because we settled for an “R” next to a name rather than for “H” for “honesty.”

You must be so proud of your candidate, Deal.

Janice

September 20th, 2010
11:52 am

Nathan Deal is a joke and an Embarrasment to our state and the GOP.

Whats his excuse this week for hiding his tax schedules.

To vote for Deal over Barnes defies all common sense unless someone deliberately wants to harm our state.

gaindependent2010

September 20th, 2010
12:00 pm

I will also add that I will never vote for Newt if he chooses to run for president I will stay home first. I have no faith in his endorsements again since he is the reason that we are stuck with Deal. I have expressed my frustration with the GOP. I voted for Handel in the runoff and I was hoping that she would pull it out for the Republicans. I dont like the baggage that comes with Deal but I will vote for him because its the only way I can express my frustration with the Democrats that control every house in our government. I voted for Zell Miller for governor in the past and I voted for Gore in 2000. But after Obama and Pelosi’s disregard of what the majority of the American people want regarding the healthcare bill I will never trust Democrats ever again.

findog

September 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

RS @ 10:47
Could anyone get anyone have a more negative ad than Deal’s, “last straw?”
The campaign is now in the define your opponent phase, neither is going to run and ad on what they are going to do as it would just be a waste of money…

ZELL4PRES

September 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

It seriously frightens me that any of you actually have the right to vote. The fact that any of you believe any thing that’s in either these campaigns is very disturbing. All I know from Roy Barnes’ campaign is that he is not Nathan Deal. With Deal, at least he campaigns on the issues. Its unfortunate that Deal has had so many setbacks recently, but I guarantee that any single one of us would be very reluctant to open our financial records over the last 3 years to the public. So he made a bad investment??? In that case, anyone with a 401k should be ineligible for office for the same reasons. The dems sound like an echo of Barnes’ campaign, tools that they are. Can we get someone who will actually address the pressing issues that Georgia is facing?

YourDaddyWasRight

September 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

—–UGA75, you need to go back to Athens and turn in that diploma they gave you, because you didn’t get the brain that was supposed to go with it.

Let’s see what you say:
1. All politicians are dishonest.

2. Roy Barnes has a successful law practice and is finacially worth more than Deal.

3. Okay, Deal was a little dishonest; Roy would be more dishonest, you say.

4. Therefore, hold your nose and vote for Deal who won’t steal as much.

If that isn’t the most lame brained “logic” to justify voting for a politician, I don’t know what is.

Now, you are a true Georgia voter and citizen. This may come as a news flash for you, but there has NEVER been an allegation or ANY evidence of unethical or illegal behavior on the part of Roy Barnes. NEVER. IF YOU HAVE EVIDENCE, BRING IT OUT. Don’t just make it up as you go along. Just because you vote for and support crooked politicians doesn’t mean every politician is a crook. You just have to learn to keep better company than your apparently keep.

Many Arrows

September 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

Deal voted for Medicare D, the biggest social spending program in 40 years against GOP principles. He got nominated anyway.

GOP principles say government works best closest to the people. Deal voted for taking local control away and sending it to Washington DC with No Chuld Left Behind.

Deal voted to gut financial controls, allowing Wall Street fraudsters to loot the life savings of most Americans.

The # 1 problem facing America is job losses to other countries. Deal voted for NAFTA.

Do Deal supporters HATE AMERICA?

It seems that way.

Aquagirl

September 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

Hey, Deal-dependant—- once again, did you freak out when G.W. Bush (and the rest of the Republicans) shoved socialized medicine down our throats?

Really, it’s a simple question, which is best dodged if you’re being a hypocrite. So I get exactly why you and all these wingnuts totally avoid answering this question.

Apparently socialized medicine is only bad when it’s done by black guys.

Gm

September 20th, 2010
12:08 pm

Gain independent 2010, For as Obama healtchare tell the sick child who has been denied insurance, because of pre existence that you are against her living a full life. You tea bag klansman, will be the first one in line trying to get healtcare.
It easy to down healthcare untill someone in your family get sick and were layed off and have large amount of health bills.

Sean Hannity make 35 million so the three time college drop out care less about sickly and dying people who can not afford healcare, you conservertives and tea bag klansman are a buch of bigots especially in Hick ville Georgia

Janice

September 20th, 2010
12:15 pm

Actually Dealindepent2010 the majority of Americans do want a new heathcare system as its obvious to anyone outside of tea party idiots that are system sucks. I bet you have never even left our state let alone travelled and you get all your “facts” from Fox News.

Basically you are saying you are happy for a liar and thief to manage our states finances……………

findog

September 20th, 2010
12:15 pm

TE @ 11:16
Worried that Barnes might not stroke your north avenue ego enough to the detriment of the rest of the state’s university system?

UGA75 @11:43
Last honest politician was Carter, and we all saw how that turned out

GA-Indy @noon
To remain the slightest bit honest here I must publicly admit that Sarah Palin was right with her endorsement of Handle for Georgia.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 20th, 2010
12:16 pm

—–ZELL4PRES —You must be kin to UGA75. You use the same kind of illogic he/she does. If you’d been paying any attention the last 4 months or so, you’d have picked up on the fact that Barnes has been running on the issues. He certainly expressed those issues during the primary campaign, but after Republican Run-off, Deal disavowed a pledge not to get negative with Barnes, and started by letting his first ads get negative. What’s Barnes supposed to do? Sit back and not shoot back? What’s imoportabnt here is that Deal is the producer or generator of his own self-negative ads. Everyday there’s a new revelation about another “innocent oversigt” on Deal’s part: “Lordy, I juss don’t know what happened. I juss plumb forgot to list that last $2.85 Million in loans on my required disclosure statement. But it was was just a tiny, itzy bitzy oversight.”

Aren’t you embarassed supporting a man like Deal with such an immoral and unethical soul? Aren’t you even a little bit ashamed?

David A. Staples

September 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

There’s no way I could support Nathan Deal. I’m voting for John Monds – http://www.VoteMonds.com – the guy that the AJC hasn’t even added beside the other two on the Georgia Elections News page. They did publish a great article about him this past weekend… but why not add his name beside the others on the page? Hrmm…

doa

September 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

We don’t need another part time governor. Deal will be juggling creditors and trying to pay his bills with whatever money he can cop from the good ol’ boy system & us taxpayers.

Aquagirl

September 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

Deal-dependant2010 can’t answer–she went to visit her Medicare-paid doctor, who will write Medicare-paid prescriptions. Then she’ll be shopping with her Social Security check.

Spending all that taxpayer money takes time, y’know. It’s a shame she can’t spend her whole day complaining about Obama and big government.

Janice

September 20th, 2010
12:24 pm

All Nathan Deal cares about is who can shakedown next and his crooked family have learned well from the master.

If/when we see all his tax returns and schedules I bet there is a lot more proof of corruption.

NO DEAL

September 20th, 2010
12:30 pm

For all of the NODeal voters…..Would you even dare to let this man run YOUR household finances????? Are you stupid enought to let this IDIOT get his hands on Georgia’s STATE BUDGET???!!!!!!

GET REAL!!! NO DEAL!!!!

Retired Soldier

September 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

AQ-

Come on now be fair, Bush didn’t eam Medicare D down the throats of Congress. More Dems than Reps voted for it.

gaindependent2010

September 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

Currently, I have several people in my family now battling breast cancer, prostate and lung cancer. So the healthcare bill is very important to me since I face these problems on a daily basis. One person in my family has insurance to help her with her surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation expenses for her battle with breast cancer. I have seen the toll very close up and personal. I know the toll it takes on people and their families and the pain they endure with this battle. I also have one family member that does not have healthcare so we do everything we can to help. I have stated I have no problem with paying more taxes to help people without insurance. I have lost many close family members to cancer so I know the pain they have gone through on a first hand basis. But it is not fair for the government to decide who lives and who dies. People should be able to keep their insurance. Democrats want everyone to have no choice but the public option which is were we will end up. Vote for whoever you want but as a mother I do not think the government should make life and death decisions for others.