Republicans for Roy, the gun dude from Alabama, and other matters

The campaign of Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes has announced the formation of a steering committee of “Republicans for Roy.”

There have been clues that this was coming.

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One hint was this Barnes ad on the web site of National Review, a popular Internet watering hole for conservatives:

In announcing his “Republicans for Roy” committee and its web site, Barnes made specific reference to Tom Perdue, the enfant terrible of the Georgia Republican party – and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s former campaign manager.

Perdue this week called on Republican nominee Nathan Deal to withdraw – citing the candidate’s failure to reveal his dicey financial situation.

The members of “Republicans for Roy.”

– Curtis B. Avery, Jr., a retired cattle farmer in Harris County;

– Gale Buchanan, former U.S. undersecretary of agriculture, a resident of Cook County;

– Carlton E. Joyce, a Chatham County attorney;

– State Rep. Bob Lane of Statesboro, who retires this year after 30 years in the Legislature. Chairman of the House Game, Fish and Parks Committee, Lane gave Barnes $1,000 last December;

– Martin Nesmith, an Evans County businessman and Barnes appointee to the state Board of Regents;

– Berrien County Commissioner Steve Roberts;

– Former Houston County commissioner Larry Snellgrove;

– Charles B. “Charlie” Tanksley, a former Cobb County state senator and a longtime Barnes ally;

– Lisa Underwood of Lee County, the former co-chair of the Republican caucus within the Georgia Association of Educators;

– and Jeff Wainwright of Taylor County, past president of the Georgia Peach Council.

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But Republicans – supporting other Republicans – may have made the most entertaining news of the day. Dale Peterson, the rifle-slinging candidate for agriculture commissioner in Alabama, has pushed out a YouTube attack on Roy Barnes – very similar to the one that made him an Internet sensation this summer:

Chris Schrimpf, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, says his group is paying the bills on this one.

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Gary Scott Holt, creator of a new Georgia political blog called The Scott Papers, says he’s filed an ethics complaint against Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes, for Barnes’ alleged failure to disclose expenditures as a lobbyist in 2007, while representing the Atlanta Beltline.

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101 comments Add your comment

realitycheck

September 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Charles B. “Charlie” Tanksley is more than a Barnes ally, he is Barnes’ law partner and good friend as evidenced by Barnes putting Tanklsley’s wife on the Cobb County State Court bench at the same time as King Roy was moving hisfurniture out of the Governor’s Mansion in 2002.

I can see Russia from my house

September 23rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Dale, you should come on up to Alaska and go Russian hunting with me.

You betcha!

Political Mongrel

September 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

“Dale Peterson says . . .” repeated over and over. Sorry Dale, but nobody in Georgia gives a rip about your out of state opinions or your obviously rampaging ego. Foul up the state of Alabama all you want, but leave Georgia alone.

NoDealGeorgia

September 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

The RGA is shouldering the financial Burden for that Gun totin’ Alabama Mr. Galloway – it says so on “his” website.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

I loved the ad! It was truthful and delightful to watch. I’m sure King Roy will enjoy it, too!

nick ayers drives drunk

September 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

From the content of Dale “Didn’t Make the Run-off” Peterson’s add, it’s pretty clear the RGA and it’s stale script are behind the add…

Fed Up with this Rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Who give a crap what they think in Alabama. The state of Alabama is known worldwide for ignorance.

whiterabbit

September 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

That pig ignorant Alabama white trash will help the democrats with that ad. What an own goal.

NoDealGeorgia

September 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm

What’s Deal scared off? He refuses to be open and honest with the citizens of Georgia, and he’s having to rely on out of state, well, losers (he lost his election) to try and sway us? Why should Alabama be interfering with OUR election? I thought the Ga GOP was all about state’s rights and the 10th amendment argument, but they want national political groups and politicians from other states to interfere with our election.

Haas Maverick

September 23rd, 2010
4:22 pm

I’m Haas Maverick and I’m here to take back the Republican Party.
I support small business and small government. I support letting the courts rule on the law and letting the elected officials make the laws. I think of myself as a Christian and I try to act with sincere virtue, but I don’t go around trying to have my way all the time because I think God is on my side. I doubt I’ve ever done anything to earn that distinction.
I support any candidate who has solid credentials and for whom it is obvious that ethics always matter.
I do not support any of these so-called “Tea Parties.” These people are a bigger threat to the Republican Party than GWB or the Iraq War. Government at any level is serious business, and there is nothing clever or cute about supporting wildcard candidates with polarizing rhetoric and no sense of political decorum.
The Republican Party was wounded in 2008, and this Tea Party business is just more filth that prevents the wound from healing. Blaming John McCain for all of our problems solves nothing and gets us nowhere. The Tea Party is nothing more than a collection of individuals who stand against everything upon which McCain is willing to compromise, and that attitude will never gain anything sustainable.
This fiasco with Nathan Deal shows that the Tea Party supports unvetted and unscrupulous candidates.
I’m not happy about doing it, but I’m voting for Roy Barnes.

Brent

September 23rd, 2010
4:22 pm

It should read “Republicans for Roy because Nathan really screwed up this time and we will still need favors from the Governer’s office so jump on the bandwagon”. Politicians make me ill.

Geek

September 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

Jim — They aren’t advertising on National Review per se. They are advertising through Google’s ad network of which National Review is an affiliate. They display a “window” that is actually served up from Google’s server (and uses their user determination logic). With Google Ad Sense, you can geographically target users (i.e. Georgians) on whatever site they use that is also an affiliate. The affiliate and the advertiser rarely knows (or cares) who advertises or where the advert runs … who the eyeballs are connected to is all that matters.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Haas-

If you are a real person and who you say you are, then you are uninformed at best or not truthful at the worst. The Tea Party had absolutely nothing to do with the nomination of Deal. If you have proof to the contary, please share with us. McCain is not and has not been the mainstream of the Rep. party, at least the Rep party in Ga. Ga Rep’s as a whole are much more conservative than McCain. Remember the results of the 2008 Rep presidential primary?

No republican would call honest, hard working folks that have turned out for the Tea Parties “filth”. Your cover is blown their sir. Please do vote for Barnes and if he wins your be happy to have a hack like Kahn running the state again. Good Grief.

The Centrist

September 23rd, 2010
4:57 pm

WIth his track record, if Dale Peterson is against you, you must be O.K.

Think B4 U Vote

September 23rd, 2010
5:00 pm

John Monds is clearly the only real choice voters in Georgia have. Barnes has already been fired from this position once, and Deal has been more issues to address personally than he has time for.

John Monds, Libertarian Candidate for Governor.

You could choose more of the same, but you’ll only have yourself to blame.

Georgia unemployment continues to rise above the national average. Think Roy has the ability to attack that issue while he is also pandering to the teachers and unions?

Think again.

Ralph Norton

September 23rd, 2010
5:08 pm

There is no such thing as a “retired soldier.” You are either a soldier or you are retired; you cannot be both. Please stopusing that term. It is a disgrace to able-bdied men and women in uniform everywhere.
The Tea Party is the cancer that is killing the Republican Party, and Nathan Deal is a swollen lymph node full of that cancer.
I realize that Georgia Republicans do not need the Tea Party to make them look bad. They have been doing a fine job of being self-righteous, dim-witted, sheep for a long time without any help.

Think B4 U Vote

September 23rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Haas,

Compromise is what you do when you do not truly believe in your positions.

And you failed to mention following the Constitution at all. Had government followed the Constitution, their jobs would not be as half as tough as it is now. The Constitution would have kept them out of the messes that we are in.

Ralph Norton

September 23rd, 2010
5:15 pm

Think B4 U Vote:
Do you have any idea what an idiot you look like when you type “blah blah Constitution?”
The U.S. Constitution is a sacred document, and it derives its power from the U.S. Supreme Court decisions interpreting it. You seriously have no clue what you are talking about. I bet you can’t even explain to me how the 14th Amendment works.
Compromise is the essence of Constitutional Democracy. If this is third grade, you FAILED.

Ralph Norton

September 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

With all the extra stupidity floating around this state, how did Georgia not produce some flashy white-trash deer-hunting neo-con outsider 2nd amendment crying anti-immigration energy-drink-pounding candidate through the Republican primary? Nathan Deal is just run-of-the-mill dumb. Any idiot can co-sign loans for their stupid kids.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
5:21 pm

Ralph-

I sent a career as a soldier and damn proud of it. You could have also if you had so chosen. Just like the rank I held, I never lose it, just a (R) is placed behind it. I’m sure I’m not a disgrace to those still in uniform.

Hate all you want, you seem consumed with it. I don’t hate democrats or liberals (is there a difference), I just disagree with them. Remember Ralph, I served so you could be wrong. Have a nice day.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
5:24 pm

Ralph-

There you go again, take a pill, lie down and rest. We don’t want you testing the new benefits you have with Obamacare yet. The hospital may not have gotten the memo.

Think B4 U Vote

September 23rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Ralph,

You do not compromise away individual rights. It’s people like yourself, that wonder how they lost all of their freedoms, that will never look in the mirror.

I have no reason to explain the 14th amendment, when the entire document is something you would choose not to follow.

One does not compromise for the sake of compromise.

My rights are non-negotiable. That’s why it is a Constitutional Republic. To prohibit the majority from enslaving the minority. Remember: Certain Inalienable Rights—-even at the hands of the majority.

td

September 23rd, 2010
5:36 pm

Ralph Norton, If you think this state is so bad:” Georgia not produce some flashy white-trash deer-hunting neo-con outsider 2nd amendment crying anti-immigration energy-drink-pounding candidate through the Republican primary?”, then why do you hang around? This state is currently conservative, has been conservative in the past and will be in the future. If you can not handle that and need the liberal way of life, then might I suggest NY, MASS or NJ. We promise we will not be mad when you leave.

Real Tea Party

September 23rd, 2010
5:37 pm

If we had a viable Tea Party in Georgia, I would be voting for Karen Handel not John Monds.

David S

September 23rd, 2010
5:39 pm

John Monds for Governor is the only obvious choice.

itpdude

September 23rd, 2010
5:42 pm

Isn’t this a vid on Funny or Die?

But seriously, Peterson’s first ad was pretty damn funny. Now he’s pumping out ads simply because of his notoriety. Is he getting paid for these ads? If so, how much?

BTW, Deal will lose come November. He’s already losing too many rank and file Republicans in a conservative state.

Conservative Voice

September 23rd, 2010
5:43 pm

I am with you Dale Peterson!

td

September 23rd, 2010
5:55 pm

itpdude, Deal will be the next Governor of this state and it has nothing to do with what he has or has not done (which is being taken way out of proportion by the Barnes campaign and their media outlets). He will win because the vast majority of voters in this state want to send a powerful message to Obama and the national Democratic party. These voters are going to come out in force and vote against anyone with a D beside their name to tell Obama that they are angry and he had better change his way or else it will be him in 2012. Mark my words on this one.

Ralph Norton

September 23rd, 2010
6:06 pm

Think B4 you type:
Seriously, stop talking about the Constitution if you don’t even understand what it means.
Typing buzzwords and writing “my rights are non-negotiable” is just cowardly and empty rhetoric. It doesn’t mean anything. If you are really interested in the Constitution, read a book about it.
Google “lanmark court cases interpreting the first amendment” for example. Just because the voice coming out of the radio tells you that you have to act like an idiot doesn’t mean it’s true. It;s never too late to actually gain substantive command of a new subject.

Diehard

September 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

Bob Lane is a GREAT lesson for Real Republicans and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate. When you allow people to switch parties and keep their Committee chairs after being loyal subjects to King Roy, there is no legitimate place for you in the Real Republican Party. Time for the Speaker and Lt. Gov to take note. Charlie Tankersley is paid shill for Roy who ran against Paul Coverdell. Enough said?

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
6:11 pm

Rakph Norton:

“Compromise is the essence of Constitutional Democracy”

That is, – if – we lived in one. I fo believe we live in a constitutional representative republic. I care not to live in anyone’s ‘democracy’. Of course, if you listen to some office holders and some candidates running for office, they would use the term “democracy”, but they would use it only in ignorance.

Diehard

September 23rd, 2010
6:14 pm

And Tom Perdue has NEVER been a Republican. He just liked their money. So when no one hires him, he starts cursing them again like he did in the 80s. He was a jerk as a Dem, then as a lets pretend Republican, and now as a cynical old man. Good riddance. Saxby take note.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

td:

Don’t waste your time on “Ralph Norton”, td. He’s a light-weight.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
6:17 pm

Diehard:

You’ve got Tom Perdue nailed, and a leopard doesn’t change his spots!

Sandra

September 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

So the Republicans (the so-called Values Party) will vote for Nathan Deal who is about as crooked as they come! No wonder I truly believe you are all hypocrites of the worst order. You should vote for a candidate based on their credentials and NOT their party affiliation. You are just flat out nuts!

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
6:24 pm

Sandra:

Are you a democrat?

bart

September 23rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Anybody who has any sense at all will not vote for Deal. He cannot manage his own finances; how can he manage the state’s? Plus, he’s a proven crook. Our state deserves better. It is stupid to risk the future of this state because we want to “send a message to Obama.” Obama knows that GA will never vote for him no matter what. He doesn’t care what we think or do. We need to elect a a governor who will do the best job for GA. Who cares about Obama? Nobody in his or her right mind can possibly think that Deal is the best person to lead our state.,

earl

September 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

So interesting.. Bob Lane, former state representative also made a rather large donation to Nathan Deal. His wife made a seperate donation to Deal. His son made a donation and is Nathan Deal ’s campaign chairman in Bulloch County. And don’t forget…Roy Barnes is the governor that appointrd Martin Nessmith of Evans County to the Board Of Regents. See a Pattern developing here. It’s called good ole “King Roy” politics. You scratch my back and i’ll scratch your back.

td

September 23rd, 2010
6:29 pm

Sandra, Do you not think Roy Barnes is not crooked? He is a lawyer and that by definition means not trust worthy. He has already proven himself when the voters of this state gave him a chance and he lied to the teachers. Is this not a sign? If these are not signs then what are you looking at?

td

September 23rd, 2010
6:34 pm

bart, Same question to you as I had for Sandra? You may be able to try to claim that his financial situation could disqualify Deal from governor but the continuous crooked comments just do not pass the smell test and means you are a lib and would not vote for Deal under any circumstance. Barnes is a proven liar, does this also disqualify him?

Democrats for Deal

September 23rd, 2010
6:40 pm

The last Rasmussen poll shows that 50% of Georgians dislike Roy Barnes, where 29% really dislike him. You have to have been a terrible governor to have these numbers, and Roy was.

red hill

September 23rd, 2010
6:43 pm

If they are for King Roy then they are NOT Republicans. This slime ball will stoop to any level to regain power. Barnes is a liar and his previous gubernatorial turn was a shame and a disgrace.

bart

September 23rd, 2010
6:49 pm

Well, td, just because someone is an attorney does not mean he’s a crook. Deal is a proven crook. I am a Handel supporter, and you are correct. I will not vote for Deal under any circumstances. Our great state deserves better. Frankly, I wish Handel would run as a wrire in candidate. I think she could win.

The Snark

September 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

Think B4 You Vote says “Compromise is what you do when you do not truly believe in your positions.” Last time I heard that said seriously was South Carolina in April 1961. That one didn’t turn out too well, did it?

The Snark

September 23rd, 2010
7:00 pm

Ooops, I meant 1861. But it works either way.

The Snark

September 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

Some of the Republicans running around denouncing everyone who disagrees with them as RINOs are starting to remind me of Communists. You know, the ones that shot their comrades if they didn’t tow the Party Line. The Party Knows Best! All hail the glorious Tea Party Revolution!

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Bart-
Like so many I have asked, what is Deal convicted of? He is nor a proven crook. Unlike you you have proven you don’t know how to use the english language.

Ted Striker

September 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Dale Peterson looks pretty foolish in that advertisement. And even more foolish since he doesn’t even live in the state of Georgia.

skydog

September 23rd, 2010
7:11 pm

td,
You act like YOU are the King of GA. If we don`t agree with you, we should move.
59 years in Allbeeny and not going anywhere. Quit being a talking points sheep. You waste too much time.

Ralph

September 23rd, 2010
7:14 pm

I voted for Handel, by far the most honest of the three. Deal has so much baggage he couldn’t pay the airfare for them, in order to fly. I’ll vote King Roy. I look at it this way, if I had voted for King Roy the first time I could actually drive from Suwanee to Marietta on the northern arc.