For the last two months, GOP nominee for governor has let the well-funded Republican Governors Association serve as his pitbull when it comes to making attacks on Democratic nominee Roy Barnes.
That changed today, with this 30-second spot funded by Deal’s own campaign, an attempt to dismantle the gains made by Barnes with his abject apologies to teachers:
Female voiceover: “When SAT scores fell to 50th in the nation under Roy Barnes, our children’s futures were in jeopardy. Barnes unfairly blamed teachers.”
Deal: As the son of public school teachers, it’s a wrong I intend to right, with more teachers of science, technology, engineering and math, greater flexibility for all teachers in the classroom and accelerated learning — so our children are qualified for the jobs they deserve.
Some points worth noting:
– The female narrator tells us that Deal is targeting women with this 30-second spot;
– Notice how Deal speaks as if Barnes – not Sonny Perdue – were the current governor, and thus the incumbent. “It’s a wrong I intend to right,” Deal says. That was Perdue’s line in his 2002 campaign against Barnes. One wonders what Perdue has left undone that Deal needs to right.
– That Deal has chosen to go on the attack could be a sign of fiscal confidence – we’ll know that in the next few days when financial disclosures are due. But it could also mean the Deal is more secure about his lead. Negative advertising always takes a toll on the deliverer of bad news.
From the Barnes campaign:
Roy Barnes’ record on education speaks for itself; as Governor, Roy increased teacher salaries by 16 percent and lowered class sizes — all without furloughing a single teacher. On the contrary, Congressman Deal supports vouchers that would starve our public education system and he won’t promise to end teacher furloughs.