Nathan Deal levels a first attack on Roy Barnes

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:

The script:

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.

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121 comments Add your comment

Perimeter Progressive

October 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Deal wants to allow students to get promoted to the next grade.

Thats one of those ideas that sounds interesting in theory but would be a nightmare to implement. As if we don’t ask enough of our overworked teachers – how the heck would they be able to juggle classes with kids coming and going throughout the year? It’d be a disaster for our classrooms and a disaster for our teachers.

Lucy

October 5th, 2010
1:12 pm

If Georgian’s elect Nathan Deal for Governor, then they need to be prepared to get what they ask for–a man without a clue.

Perimeter Progressive

October 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

And it could also mean the Deal campaign is worried – they know they’ve got a deeply flawed candidate, and are doing everything they can to make the campaign about anything other than their Shady Deal.

Ric

October 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

“the jobs they deserve”???
What makes them entitled to a job?

Susan

October 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

I don’t see the controversy here. More STEM teachers, more individualized instruction. All of the players in the field of education recommend these strategies for improving classroom instruction. This is good educational practice.

Paul

October 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

Good old Raw Deal is ready to lie cheat and steal his way into office, destroying the already iffy integrity remaining in the Republican party. I was an undecided until the Deal Desperation began showing.

Billy in Savannah

October 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

This candidate doesn’t have any idea what he is talking about. Perdue has been governor. He speaks as it has been Barnes who has not been governor in 8 years. Georgians vote Barnes! At least he is experienced. Maybe, he has learned some communication skills since his last term. He was actually a very good governor in my view, that came across to forceful. Of course, look at Perdue and his tax favors for himself and the fish pond in Houston County.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

There is no desperation in Governor, uh, Mr. Deal’s camp. From where I sit, Ol’ Roy must be feeling quite desperate by now. Most of the voters haven’t forgotten his term as governor and he is saddled with this Obama thing: you know, where Barnes admitted to having supported Obama? He’s behind in the polls and all his apologizing has gotten him nowhere. Twenty-seven days until election day and that fat lady is warming up! I don’t think it’s too late for you naysayers. If you change your tune now, you might be able to get into the Deal victory celebration.

Michael Moore

October 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

Unbelievable to me that people think the last eight years has been the Democrat’s fault and that O’Bama has had any influence on Perdue’s dismantling of public and post secondary education.

Backroom Deal

October 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

Deal will finish the job Perdue started – taking Georgia from being the most prosperous state in the South back to the bottom of the heap.

Douglas

October 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

“One wonders what Perdue has left undone that Deal needs to right.” Oh come on, Jim! Your left wing is showing! As if Deal wsa going to break the 11th comandment during this campaign! Obviously, Barnes needs to couple Deal to Sonny’d dismal record — I’d like to see him talk about how both Sonny and Deal are re-treads; that is former Dems who became Repubs. So wouldn’t that make Roy the…um…real deal? Oh, never mind.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

Yep, those nasty Republicans hate old people and children, too. They kick dogs and push little old ladies’ wheelchairs into traffic. On top of that, they even expect people to be more self-reliant! Why, we ought to take a horse whip to the whole lot of them! The next thing you know, they will be freeing slaves and fighting states that attempt to leave the Union. Oh, mercy me!

Melb

October 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

I know Republicans who have already voted who said that they just couldn’t stomach it to vote for Deal and voted for Barnes.

lmno

October 5th, 2010
2:27 pm

What is interesting to me is that this new film “Waiting for Superman” apparently advocates for ending Tenure for teachers. This film is being heralded as a great piece of work.

You know who had the idea for ending Tenure for teachers? Roy Barnes. He tried it and thats why the teachers hated him.

Now, he won’t try to end it again. Which I think is unfortunate.

The best two things about Roy Barnes are the two things that cost him a second term. Getting rid of that redneck flag and trying to end teacher tenure.

Cotton-Pickin' Pundit

October 5th, 2010
2:32 pm

Well, that’s a laugh!

Ol’ Nathan Deal’s gonna hire back a few of the thousands of teachers his good buddy Sonny Perdue and all those Republican lawmakers under the Gold Dome done fired the last couple of years while they were giving tax breaks to big corporations. And somehow he’s gonna do it while cutting taxes even more and with that ol’ Stimulus funding he hates that helped Perdue balance this year’s budget going away next year.

Looks like under Nathan’s new math 2 – 4 somehow equals 5. Instead of the Governor’s mansion, Nathan needs to be sent to nice little one-room schoolhouse to spend some time with those math teachers himself!

td

October 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

This is a mild attack ad and is put out first to remind teachers what Barnes did to them because they usually vote early. About two weeks or the week before the election, the Deal campaign will release an add tying Barnes to Obama for the elderly to get angry and go vote early. The weekend before the election the campaign will send out a flyer to the base showing with the headline that reads something like “Barnes tried to take away your vote”. This will show Barnes in the courtroom and a shadowy picture of an illegal entering the voting booth in the background. After these ads run, and if there is not some huge revelation about Deal, Deal will win the state with vote totals over 54%.

The Barnes camp will continue to run ads questioning Deals capacity to lead and will run something or robo calls late in all the urban areas trying to call Deal a racist.

Very predictable.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
2:38 pm

Y’all can keep on “whistling by the graveyard” but this is a done deal. Deal will win and Barnes will go back to chasing ambulances and filing suits against the state. Maybe he will be able to get the voter ID law set aside or find another pedophile to represent. Any of y’all need a lawyer, Roy’s your man! He won’t be doing anything else for the next four years.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

td:

Glad you’re back! This bunch of liberals were after me like a herd of chihuahuas last night! I almost stepped on several of them.

Deal Supporter

October 5th, 2010
2:50 pm

For those of us who have known Nathan for 50 years, it’s hard to read many of the comments being made. He and Sandra are 2 of the finest people I’ve ever met and known. He’s a great role model and extraordinarily well respected by those who know him best. His constituents have cinsistently returned him to Congress by very wide margins. He’s not just a “Good Deal” for Georgia, he’s a “Great Deal”.

td

October 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

Last Man Standing, LMBO:-) All we are doing is trying to covert them from the dark side of the force and bring them back to the light but some of them must be the clone soldiers and are hopeless.

Mike

October 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

Perdue has done nothing to improve education (or water or transportation – his 2012 bill is cop-out so he can avoid the problem and pass it on to someone else), and Deal will do nothing. Barnes was trying to do something, but apparently in Georgia, if you try to change things or try to come up with solutions to our problems, you will get kicked out of office as soon as possible and vilified (especially if you are a Democrat… if you’re a Republican you can get away with anything in this state).

Colonel Cornpone

October 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

Now Listen Heah!! We know that our man, the Honorable Nathan Bedford Forrest Deal, will be the Governor of our fair state. After the election, Both gentleman will star in non-profit stage performances of some old holiday favorites.

Gov-elect Deal will star in the Gainesville Theater production of “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas”.

The dastardly amulance chasing lawyer Barnes will star in the Mable House production of “The Harold Stassen Story”.

Colonel Cornpone

October 5th, 2010
2:59 pm

You heard it here first!

Albany Traveller

October 5th, 2010
3:05 pm

How is this an “attack”? Is Mr. Deal not allowed to speak his opponent’s name without every media outlet wringing their figurative hands?

Well. If the Barnes camp is so fragile as to be sent into a tizzy at the mere mention of his name, imagine the collective hissy fit they’d have when faced with an actual one.

Wake Up Georgia

October 5th, 2010
3:06 pm

Perdue wanted to be the Gov so he could build up Perry and the surrounding area. He got his fishing hole and now he will get his highway to heaven so he can truck goods to Savannah to ship them to Cuba and beyond. And you can say that GA will benefit from that all you want but Sonny will be the one grinnig all the way to the bank on the backs of Georgians.

And Shaky Deal will finish the job that the Grinning Idiot started. First he will have the banks forgive his and his family’s debts, even the ones that he forgot after he forgot the first ones. Then with all of the under the table money Deals he will make, he will end up with so much (even thought he will forget about most of it) that Roy will apply for Medicaid.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Deal Supporter:

I sympathize with you, but you need to know this. The majority of people who write on this blog are liberal democrats. Their purpose is to destroy anyone holding an opposing viewpoint. This forum is sponsored by the AJC whose focus has been to support Barnes in this election. Most of these democrat bloggers have swallowed the party line – along with the hook and sinker.

Since the onset of the gubernatorial campaign, I don’t believe that the AJC has had a single positive report on Congressman (soon to be Governor) Deal. Deal will be elected and will serve Georgia and Georgians with distinction.

findog

October 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

Congressman Deal,
How are you going to get more (qualified) science, technology, engineering and math teachers; AND cut taxes?

Gary Scott Holt

October 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

I’d say this was an attack on Barnes’ performance as Governor and not a personal attack, such as Barnes’ accusing Deal of paying 1% income tax, which is false. Jim Galloway described Barnes’ attacks this way, “Roy Barnes, his Democratic rival, had been painting of Deal — in TV ad after TV ad — as an ethically challenged, political cliche”. I hardly think Deal’s few second mention of the education crisis that prevailed under Barnes’ leadership can be classified as a ‘personal’ attack. It’s issue oriented and a fact that draws a distinct line between the two campaigns on Georgia’s education issues. http://www.thescottpapers.wordpress.com

Billy Hill

October 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

Last Man Standing – I’m a Republican, but with a conscience , so I can’t vote for Deal. Deal scolds Barnes for living off the State and the taxpayers when in fact that’s exactly what he has done all of his career. Has Jawga ever had a sitting Governor indicted before???

td

October 5th, 2010
3:11 pm

Wake Up Georgia, And Zell did not build up the mountain area and Joe Frank Harris the Cartersville area? Barnes did very little for South Cobb but he sure did help the trail lawyers by passing all those new consumer laws didn’t he?

Let us be honest and realistic.

Lynn

October 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

As a Tax Paying Citizen in the US I am upset by the fact that Deal ran Ads against Gay youth programs. When in the last 2 weeks 5 youths have killed themselves over bullying because of their sexual orientation that is supported by ignorant comments that politicians make. I understand everyone does not believe HOmosexuality is right but bullying a person because of their sexual orientation is flat out wrong. And people like Deal support these actions through their campaigns. Something I dont understand yet about Rethuglicans- If they want less government in our lives then why are they so against Freedom of Choice and Gay Marriage Gay?That would be less government stop regulating when and where I can get an abortion and who I can marry!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Onto the subject at hand – Neither one of these Clowns can fix a system that is broke from within the anals of government. When we start spending more on Education and less on fundraisers, lobbyist etc. Then maybe Everyone will start taking education more seriously.

Write in a Vote for Governer come this November.

Tired of BS

October 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes are cut from the same cloth. It will be interesting to sit and watch all the democrats lie and make excuses why Roy should win, then sit and watch all the republicans make excuses why Nathan should win.

Other than their names and the letter beside their name, they are no different.

This is like watching rats running on their wheel trying to get somewhere, but there’s no where for them to go.

Marlboro Man

October 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

A vote for Deal is an admission of dumb.

Wake Up Georgia

October 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

Deal Supporter …… My Great Dane does a “Great Deal” to when I let him out in the back yard. But that does not mean he would be a “Good Deal” for Georgia. And the rest of the state can’t help it if all of his constituents aren’t willing to face facts. After all he did get the “Honor” of being in the Top 20 Corrupt Politicians in Washington. Now that is something to brag about.

Steve

October 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

Say “No Deal”, if Ga votes this unethical & evil man into the Governor’s mansion, I am moving out of the state as soon as I can. I was born here 50 years ago but heaven help the state if he gets his hands on the governorhsip. I’ll take my chances on another Perdue but this time the female verison in NC.

td

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

Billy Hill, Are you going to vote for Barnes?

Steve

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

You are right on Lynn…

Ugatiger

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

IMNO- You wrote: “The best two things about Roy Barnes are the two things that cost him a second term. Getting rid of that redneck flag and trying to end teacher tenure”. Why does it have to be a redneck flag, that flag is my heritage, and “I” am not a redneck. I do live outside I-285 and I fly that flag but that does not place me as a redneck! You scumbag!

Doc Cheney

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

If Georgia teachers are not upset with you, you’re doing it wrong.
Great teachers in this state are the exception, not the rule.
Of course they want tenure and complete autonomy over the class room. Who doesn’t want that in a job?
Good teachers know the system is broken and they are dissatisfied and demanding change. Good teachers are confident in their job skills and work ethic. They have nothing to fear from Gov. Barnes’ ideas for improving education in Georgia.
Of course, slimy Nathan “Backroom” Deal is doing more of what he does best: pandering to dummies.
Yawn . . . more of the same.

fil

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

Billy Hill

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

I can’t vote for Barnes…I said I had a conscience. I’ll leave that one blank

Walt

October 5th, 2010
3:19 pm

Folks: Don’t be fooled. There are hired minions who job is to come here and post negative things about Deal. Even those who say they are Republicans but cannot vote for him are imposters. It is hilarious that it will not work. Deal will win. Bank on it.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

Steve:

Got boxes? Need some help packing? If you do, call a democrat! Good luck to you in your new state – wherever that might be. Goodbye.

findog

October 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Susan,
How do you deliver what is promised AND cut taxes? Congressman Deal is counting on Georgia’s poor math skills to believe he will increase education services without paying for them.
Georgia’s education problem can be summed up whenever a new school is opened: brand new football stadium with Astroturf practice fields but no money for books to put in the library.

IronBard

October 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

The only person I see attacking is you, Mr Galloway. How consistent it is of you to constantly attack Republicans. I am grateful however, that you did ask the Barnes for a comment on this ad. “Congressman Deal supports vouchers that would starve our public education system …” Every person I know in this State supports vouchers; except Barnes. If Deal is for vouchers than I am for Deal.

Doc Cheney

October 5th, 2010
3:27 pm

Dear Ugatiger:

Seriously dude. The flag? Really? Hang on, let me pull up my calendar. Yep, it’s still 2010 where I am.
If you really are flying the St. Andrews cross in public and not just trolling, calling you a “redneck” would be something of a compliment.
I am a fifth generation Georgian. And I have voted Republican in certain instances. And I took history class in a Georgia public school. In my class we learned that the South lost the Civil War, and we learned that Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and forced intergration were a sad, painful and embarassing legacy for Southerners. If that is the “heritage” you savor, then you can take your flag and wave it up your sister-wife’s tailpipe all you want, but keep it to yourself, dummy.

Bubba

October 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

A fly on the wall at the GOP victory dinner last night could have witnessed a lot of disenchanted folks trying to look cheerful.

Last Man Standing

October 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

Yep, Ol’ Roy said that he supported Obama. Now, that might get him some votes somewhere, but it won’t play well here. The economic problems we experience now had its’ roots in home construction. In 2003, President Bush attempted to address this problem. Barney Frank, whose boyfriend/girlfriend (I can’t figure the roles) holds a high position in Fannie Mae, accompanied by Chris Dodd stymied those efforts. Now, Obama owns this economy, has borrowed trillions on a failed recovery effort and has nothing to show for it except more indebtedness.

Barnes = democrat = Obama = recession = unemployment

Deal = Governor

thrash223

October 5th, 2010
3:37 pm

Barnes and Deal are both poor choices… Vote for John Monds

sam the sham

October 5th, 2010
3:38 pm

Ric is right. Teachers don’t deserve jobs, they’ve EARNED them. What they deserve is the support of the State to teach our children to be intelligent and successful adults. And what the heck is a trail lawyer? Does he walk a trail and look for clients or do you people mean trial? Several bloggers here are failures of the education system.