One day after a statewide poll showed Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s lead contracting, his campaign and an ally organization leveled three TV broadsides at Democrat Roy Barnes.
The 30-second spots by the Deal campaign and the Republican Governors Association focus on Democrat Roy Barnes’ occupation as a successful lawyer, and attempt to pair him with President Barack Obama.
Ironically, this first ad – from the Deal campaign – accuses the Democrat of using “scorched earth” tactics in his attacks on the Republican. The photograph, you’ll note, resembles the “wheat fields of despair” ad the Deal campaign lobbed at Republican rival Karen Handel in the August runoff:
In the child molester case mentioned above, Barnes represented the individual at a single bond hearing – not the trial – and was paid by the man’s employer.
The following RGA spot develops the Deal charge that Barnes and his law firm appeared before judges appointed by Barnes while governor.
This third ad, by the RGA, accuses both Obama and Barnes of wanting to give drivers licences to illegal immigrants. The idea was once considered by Barnes as governor – but quickly dismissed. The ad also slams Barnes for challenging in court aspects of the Republican-backed voter ID law:
U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the man most likely to be the next U.S. House speaker, was in Albany on Wednesday morning to raise money for Mike Keown, who is running against U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.
What did Boehner say? Dunno. From the Albany Herald:
Keown was hosting a $500-a-plate fundraiser headlined by U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, at Doublegate Country Club Wednesday morning when reporters covering the event were told by campaign staff and federal and local authorities to leave the premises shortly after Keown’s arrival.
There are rumors that Boehner railed against the Obama health care tax on tanning beds. But we have no proof, and the witnesses ain’t talkin’.
Democratic political strategist Paul Begala, who once helped Zell Miller to the governorship, told liberals to “man up” during a speech in Athens on Wednesday. From Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald:
Obama has been stung by high expectations voters had for him and that he set for himself, in contrast to Bush, who took pride in being “misunderestimated,” Begala said. He joked that Congress’ original health care plan was, “If we but touch the hem of his garment, we shall be healed.”
A willingness to go to jail is a fairly reliable sign of voter intensity. From the Gainesville Times:
A man who was arrested after carrying a Roy Barnes gubernatorial campaign sign during Mule Camp in downtown Gainesville is now calling for his First Amendment rights.
Larry Gibson was arrested and charged with criminal trespass around 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 8 after several members of the Gainesville Jaycees and Gainesville Police Department asked him to carry the sign outside of the event barricades.
Under the city’s special event ordinance, event organizers can ask a person to leave if he or she “interferes with the orderly conduct” of the event. The Jaycees, who had the permit for the event, wanted to hold a non-political event and asked Gibson to leave, said Assistant City Manager Angela Sheppard.
“Another person, a Republican, campaigned for (state Rep.) Carl Rogers on Saturday, but he left when they asked him not to campaign in the area,” she said. “It wasn’t the Barnes sign. They just didn’t want politics to be a part of it at all.”
Ken Hodges, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, is out with his first TV ad — and takes a direct shot at Republican rival Sam Olens.
The key lines: “You’re going to run for Georgia’s top prosecutor, you’d better have prosecuted somebody before….Sam Olens is a career politician who has never prosecuted a single case.”
Earlier this month, state Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, a died-in-the-wool Democrat, was spotted at a fund-raiser for Republican Gary Black. Irvin predicted that Black would replace him.
Irvin is apparently making amends with this TV spot from J.B. Powell, the Democratic nominee. Irvin promises to vote for the entire Democratic ticket:
Mary Squires, the Democratic nominee for insurance commissioner, has sent out this invitation to a fund-raiser for Republican rival Ralph Hudgens. Topping the list of hosts is state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, whose GOP run for governor was doomed by the Ox’s links to the people he regulated.
”While Ralph is downing shrimp cocktails with John Oxendine, traveling the country to attend football games, eating at five star restaurants, and staying in swanky hotels, I’ll continue to talk to the people of Georgia about protecting their families and their pocketbooks. When you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.”
Finally, Tom Crawford of Georgia Reports says former state lawmaker Charles Thomas, D-Temple, was spotted at a drivers license exam office, handing out clipboards. In a prison uniform.