Your morning jolt: Republican tag-team levels three TV broadsides at Roy Barnes

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:

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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’.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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:

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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.

Says Squires:

”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.”

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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.

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119 comments Add your comment

AngryVoter

October 21st, 2010
10:13 am

Jim, why is it when Barnes makes up dialogue on an ad to make it appear that Nathan Deal is avoiding an avalanche of questions you don’t use the term “broadsided” but when Reps do something similar to Barnes you use the term?

Blue Baron

October 21st, 2010
10:17 am

So, the Ox is heading a fundraiser for Hudgens. Looks like the Insurance Commissioner’s office is going to continue to be a hotbed of corruption.

Best for Georgia

October 21st, 2010
10:31 am

Did not take long for the Nathan Deal we know from the primary to resurface. Funny that Karen Handle will probably endorse this crook tomorrow.

professional skeptic

October 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Real Deal Steal… grasping at straws.

BrendaSue

October 21st, 2010
10:37 am

After Barnes recent ads he has forfeited any right or crediblity to object to tough campaigning. He wil be known forever as Roy Sleeze.

out of work

October 21st, 2010
10:38 am

Sir it is obvious that you are not a journalist just another opinion broadcaster like me. It was not “his campaign and an ally organization leveled three TV broadsides” it was his campaign that bought and paid for 3 new commercials. Have you thought about writing your opinion on MUD Slinging? That is all these two do and have ever done neither one of them are good for Georgia. It is getting harder and harder to decide which is the lesser of two evils, and you are part of the problem not the solution.

SallyJohanna

October 21st, 2010
10:42 am

Forget about Deal for a moment. Lesser of two evils. Barnes brilliant idea to create jobs is to retro fit all the government buildings. Do the workers who get those jobs realize their paychecks will be paid by their own tax dollars to themselves. That is if they are legals!!!

PP

October 21st, 2010
10:47 am

Lesser of two evils. Barnes may not be the best candidate we could possibly hope for, but he’s not as crooked as Deal. Even Deal’s contributers have mud on them: http://perimeterprogressive.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/deal-is-shady-but-so-are-his-contributors/

khc

October 21st, 2010
10:51 am

so, and depending on payback, operating costs are reduced thus producing potential savings and their may be multiplier effects though shortlived

SallyJohanna

October 21st, 2010
10:54 am

PP you are not getting it. Barnes is an idiot. I want Georgia to become one of the strongest states in the union. Using all our resources to the fullest and cutting out our weakness. I want to tell the Federal Govt. to go pound sand. Stop looking a personality we need some one smart!!!

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
10:56 am

PP:

Still peddling your website, I see . . .

lmno

October 21st, 2010
10:59 am

I am ready for this thing to be over. I figure, as corrupt and inept as Nathan Deal is, he can’t do any worse than Purdue has done. I don’t expect him to do much better either.

I will vote for Barnes, but he will lose.

McGill

October 21st, 2010
11:04 am

What a disgusting campaign; nether man is worthy of any voter’s consideration, yet we’re stuck. What a mess. This is what we have come to: two men acting like uneducated fools fighting in the red dust of a Georgia summer afternoon. Pitiful.

The Goobernator

October 21st, 2010
11:06 am

Attack ads (from all candidates) that continue to LIE, turn off voters. Why can’t politicians tell us positively what they will do for our state? Why do they insist on smear tactics? I am disgusted by them all and don’t want any of them in office. This is the worst lot I’ve seen in years, the entire slate is embarrassing!

john

October 21st, 2010
11:08 am

What a way to lose… You’d think Nathan Deal would want to save face.

Tommy Gunn

October 21st, 2010
11:16 am

I find it ironic this newspaper portrays Deal’s “attack ads” as a broadside, and seeks to lessen their accuracy, but go into detail to “prove” the King Roy ads are fact based. That’s why I don’t spend any money buying this paper!

UGA 1954

October 21st, 2010
11:41 am

@Tommy — there is no irony with anything the AJC says or does. They are so in the tank for the Democrats — all of them — that they cannot be objective or fair with anything! They have been this way for years. Sad, but true!

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
11:59 am

john:

Yeah, you’d really think Ol’ Roy would try to save face. Maybe he could just forfeit the election before he gets beat? He’d be doing the state a favor in doing so. Governor Deal will serve the state and all Georgians well.

ROBOCOP

October 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

SallyJohanna @ 10:54am

Hey, brain surgeon, what’s so smart about Nathan Deal? He doesn’t get things right the first time….like his financial disclosure statements. He’s not just a crook, but he’s an ignorant one at that. I’ll give him one thing, though. He’s smarter than the people voting for him.

john

October 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

Nathan Deal should have done us all a favor and retired after he resigned Congress at the break of night.

yuzeyurbrane

October 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

It strikes me as desperation by the Deal camp. The latest public poll shows a significant narrowing and certainly the trend is clearly in Barnes’s favor. I suspect the private tracking polls are worrying Deal even more. I think the significant number is that Deal can’t seem to go beyond 50%; this indicates a campaign that’s dead in the water and has no direction to go but down.

SallyJohanna

October 21st, 2010
12:33 pm

Robocop. Does that stand for robot? Unfortunately we only have these two choices. I voted for Handel. Roy Barnes was already governor and he did nothing then. zero. So lets all be real smart and vote him back in.

Alabama Communist

October 21st, 2010
12:38 pm

Meanwhile! Former Tea Party Leader John Paul Jones sail into Lake Hartwell and unloaded 14 TV Ads against Roy Barnes rental rowboat claiming his ” Don’t Tread On Me” Flag was copyrighted and stolen by Barnes lawfirm………..

Really Red

October 21st, 2010
12:39 pm

Even more question of how Deal only paid a few thousand in tax in 2006 when he had this windfall in 2005.
http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2010/10/21/flawed-bid-process-hiked-income-for-deals-business-by-415k/

DJester

October 21st, 2010
12:43 pm

Well everything bad coming out from the left and right… I am almost decided to take the 3rd choice – but you know a 3rd party will never win…

Ralph

October 21st, 2010
12:44 pm

The AJC will always shade Republicans as the bad guys. It is just the way they do biased business – “Unfair and unbalanced – smearing metro Atlanta like the smog”.

The Savannah Morning News endorsed Ken Hodges over Olens for Attorney General with this:

“His experience as a prosecutor, along with the value of having someone who’s not a member of the majority party keeping a watchful eye on the Republican-controlled Georgia Legislature, make him the better candidate. Mr. Hodges, 46, brings 12 years of experience as a no-nonsense district attorney in his hometown of Albany to the table. He has put corrupt police officers and sheriffs behind bars.”

I agree with this endorsement – I am not a roboRepublican.

None of the above

October 21st, 2010
12:48 pm

To bad the last option on the ballot is not …….. NONE OF THE ABOVE… But I will vote for Barnes … at least That way I will know what I am voting for ….. With Shady Deal there is no telling what he will do if he is elected …. The only thing certain is that whatever it is … It will be on the backs of hard working Georgians and will most certainly line his pockets and his family’s pockets with gold ……

Before it is all over, we will wish that Karen Handel had been on the ballot in stead of SHADY DEAL ……

Maybe Shady and that crook Kenerly can ask to be roomies up at the BIG HOUSE ……… and I am not talking the Gov’s Mansion …..

Allen C.

October 21st, 2010
12:50 pm

Last time Roy Barnes had anything to do with redistricting, I ended up in a Congressional District that resembled a snake and saw someone that resembled a snake elected to represent me. The lesser of two evils will have control of Congressional redistricting after the 2010 results are released. I have seen what Barnes will do, so I cast my vote for Deal. He cannot be any worse.

Bill

October 21st, 2010
1:00 pm

The Republicans will still control the legislature (and redistricting)so you won’t end up with a snake for a Congressional district. However, if Deal gets elected, we will have a snake in the Governor’s mansion.

doob

October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

if memory serves…Barnes was shown by the WSB/ajc poll with an 11 point LEAD on 11/4/02…when he LOST to Sonny. This is the same poll that shows the current “tightening”. Fact is…this poll is skewed to the left leaning “illuminati” that runs the ajc and their ilk. I don’t think the Deal campaign needs to worry. Barnes is just slimy and most people know this. His term was marred by Poor management, abject failure towards education, a superior, elitist attitude & little concern for the average Georgian. Come late November, he can return to ambulance chasing…

UGA 1954

October 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

@doob — Hysterically funny post! :)

SallyJohanna

October 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

none of the above. Did you not hear Barnes idea for putting Georgia to work?? He is going to redo all the GOVERNMENT buildings. That’s your hard working Georgians backs. The people working on these projects will get a paycheck from the taxes they have already paid. If they are illegals you and i will pay for them all.

Bill

October 21st, 2010
1:08 pm

Barnes lost to Sonny because his education reform (accountability, ending tenure) ticked off the teachers and because he pushed through the flag change without a referendum where it could be defeated by Goobers.

doob

October 21st, 2010
1:09 pm

agreed Sally…the workers would be paying themselves to make the palace nice for the King to walk through.

Cutty

October 21st, 2010
1:13 pm

Sally, I sure anyone getting a paycheck right about now realy wouldn’t care where it came from. With the state having no money, cutting education by billions, why give more tax breaks to businesses? Georgia supposedly has one of the best business climates in the nation. Seems the focus should be on education, not more tax breaks for a company to bring, on average, 80-90 jobs to the state.

Ga Values

October 21st, 2010
1:17 pm

What is the difference between Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), & Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)? Deal resigned rather than face trial.

15 MOST CORRUPT CONGRESSMEN

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

doob

October 21st, 2010
1:18 pm

don’t care where the money comes from? Nothing like being taxed on tax money you already paid. yeesh.

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
1:18 pm

SallyJohanna:

Don’t let Robuttcop bother you. He merely buys into or agrees with the dem slanted AJC. I have it on good authority that the AJC gives him one AAA battery every six months to power that thing he calls a brain.

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

Ga Values:

How much are you paid to post that ultra left-wing CREW list? You post it at every opportunity on every blog you can find. I guess when you have no brain you HAVE to use prepared material?

professional skeptic

October 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

Allen C:

You don’t know anything about gerrrymandering. This is the district I left behind in NC:

http://www.carolinapoliticsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/nc12_1091.gif

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Georgia’s Supreme Court won’t tolerate anything like that.

Barnes cannot draw districts. If either the General Assebmly or Barnes tries to gerrymander, it will be shot down. Most likely, the two opposing forces will balance each other out.

Balance is what Georgia needs. That’s why I’m for Barnes all the way. Oh yeah, and also because GA Republicans nominated a grifter and a crook without bothering to do even the most basic due diligence on their man.

Real Deal Real Steal

October 21st, 2010
1:21 pm

A flawed state bidding process indirectly allowed Nathan Deal’s Gainesville auto salvage business to nearly double its annual income from state inspections.

The business co-owned by Deal, the Republican nominee for governor, hosted inspections of salvaged vehicles for 10 north Georgia counties for nearly 20 years. Gainesville Salvage Disposal provided the service under an exclusive agreement with state officials who oversee vehicle licensing and registration.

News accounts have described the arrangement as a no-bid contract, but documents obtained by Atlanta Unfiltered show Gainesville Salvage Disposal in 2004 bid on and won a contract for the work. The business – also known by its initials, GSD – soon lost the contract on a technicality but was allowed to continue hosting the inspections.

The abrupt reversal became a financial boon, allowing GSD to earn about $415,000 more since 2007 than the contract would have allowed, an analysis of state records shows. Records were not immediately available to calculate similar profits for previous years.

For more than a year, Deal‘s campaign has been dogged by ethics questions concerning meetings at which he questioned the state Department of Revenue’s plan to privatize the inspection system. The federal Office of Congressional Ethics dropped its inquiry when Deal resigned in March but later released its investigative findings.

Deal has said he was concerned about the safety of salvaged vehicles, not his business’s bottom line, when he challenged the privatization plan. He later endorsed the plan.

Under the proposal, GSD could have lost its monopoly on hosting the inspections in its 10-county territory, known as Region 3. The newly released records show the plan, by setting a much lower fee for the service, also would have cost GSD more than $100,000 a year in pure profit.

State procurement records, obtained by Atlanta Unfiltered last week under the Georgia Open Records Act, show:

•The state Department of Administrative Services in May 2004 solicited bids for seven regional stations where state inspectors could examine salvaged vehicles twice a month before they were put up for auction. The stations would provide a climate-controlled facility, office staff and equipment, for which vehicle owners would pay $60 per car. Bidders were asked to quote how much of that fee would be paid to the state as a commission, with a minimum of 10 percent.
•Gainesville Salvage Disposal submitted the only bid in its territory. The bid was rejected for offering a commission of only 5 percent, although officials briefly considered accepting it.
•Bids were resolicited in June 2004. GSD was again the only bidder, this time offering a 10 percent commission.
•Gainesville Salvage won the contract, which Ken Cronan, Deal’s business partner, signed in early August 2004. The agreement was to run through June 2005 and could be renewed for four one-year extensions.
•Then-DOAS Commissioner Dana Russell in late August 2004 announced he was canceling a similar requisition because of confusing language in his agency’s solicitation for bids. Russell said the problem would be corrected and the contract rebid. Gainesville Salvage had won its contract in response to a solicitation with similarly flawed language.
•A handwritten “CANCELLED” is scrawled across a summary of the procurement process that shows contracts awarded to GSD and two other inspection stations. DOAS officials have no record of GSD’s contract being terminated, but they speculate that cancellation of the other contracts affected GSD’s, as well.
Procurement records contain nothing to suggest that Deal, then Georgia’s 9th District congressman, or any of his staff members played a role in the bid cancellation. Nor do they explain why the state did not rebid the contracts in 2004.

Neither Russell, now an executive at the Georgia Student Finance Commission, nor Joe Kim, DOAS’s director of legal services, could recall why the contracts were not rebid.

“We served as purchasing expertise on the solicitations, but we didn’t get into the business of the agency in terms of [deciding] what they were bidding out,” Russell said this week.

Uncertainty about the future of the state Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, which oversaw the inspection stations, may have doomed any effort to rebid the work. Soon after the contracts were canceled, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans to dissolve the department and distribute its functions among other state agencies. Responsibility for the inspection stations was transferred to the Revenue Department in 2005.

It is unclear when Gainesville Salvage Disposal began charging a higher fee for hosting the inspections.

But by July 2006, a Revenue Department document shows, GSD was collecting $100 per vehicle, the highest rate in the state by a substantial margin. (Three other stations charged $75.) To win the 2004 contract, the company had agreed to give the state a 10 percent commission on the $60 fee, for a net of $54.

The $46-a-car difference, multiplied by the 6,384 inspections performed in fiscal years 2007 and 2008, netted GSD $293,664 more than the contract would have allowed. State revenue officials say GSD hosted another 2,654 inspections at $100 a pop after that, earning another $122,084 in extra profits.

Deal and Cronan decided in August 2009 not to participate in the revamped inspection system. Stations are now paid $50 per inspection.

DOAS officials said documents describing the procurement process have been available to anyone who requested them. But, until last week, no one had asked.

professional skeptic

October 21st, 2010
1:22 pm

Last Man Standing
October 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

If that CREW list is so “ultra left-wing”, why are over half the names Democrats?

Nice try, LMS, but no dice.

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
1:23 pm

None of the above:

“But I will vote for Barnes … at least That way I will know what I am voting for”

Just remember: you knew he was a snake when you picked him up.

Ga Values

October 21st, 2010
1:27 pm

Last Man Standing

October 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

Is CREW still a left wing outfit since Nathan Deal has been replaced on the corrupt list by a Black Democrat David Scott,http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/david_scott. Face it you , Deal Interns, are the only ones who can’t see the truth about Deal’s corruption.

http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/

doob

October 21st, 2010
1:30 pm

the Dems on that list are people currently embroiled in very public ethics violations and other high profile improprieties. Regardless, it has received the Cynthia Tucker seal of approval. That alone affects it’s credibility.

JT

October 21st, 2010
1:31 pm

@ yuzeyurbrane …. I agree with you. I believe Deal is very desperate because a few weeks ago when he was leading in the polls he claimed that “the people” are not concerned with his financial drama. Now he’s scared and spitting out commericals like crazy.

Churchill's MOM

October 21st, 2010
1:32 pm

@ GA VALUES.. The only difference between Scott & Deal are their skin color and Scott isn’t bankrupt.

professional skeptic

October 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

“the Dems on that list are people currently embroiled in very public ethics violations and other high profile improprieties”

So was Nathan Deal… except he bought himself a little time when he evaded justice by quitting Congress and fleeing D.C. during the middle of the night.

Tom Ga Hunter

October 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

The question is not about Deal’s corruption, we all know he is a bankrupt crook, but will he do more damage to the state than Barnes. Personally I’ll not have to hold my nose, I am voting for Monds.

No Longer Republican

October 21st, 2010
1:41 pm

I find it quite hilarious that some of you rail against the AJC for reporting what Deal has done. It doesn’t seem to matter that the man has lied and lied and lied again. It doesn’t matter that he resigned from Congress at midnight to avoid an ethics investigation. It doesn’t matter that he used his congressional position, and his government resources to advance his personal business . It doesn’t matter that he is so deep in debt that he could very soon face very real bankruptcy issues. it doesn’t matter that once he is elected governor it is very likely that some of these things he has done will catch up to him and put him behind bars or at least fined severely. None of that seems to matter. The only thing that matters to people like Last Man and Sally is theat the AJC reported it. How dare they? Will never understand how people can justify voting for Deal. Not only is he a liar and a crook, he was my congressman for 18 years and never did a damn thing for the district as a whole, just for himself and his friends. But see, all that doesn’t matter because he has a frickin (R) next to his name so all is good! Get a grip.