A bouquet of flowers from Roy Barnes — to the chairman of the Georgia GOP

When newly re-elected state GOP chairman Sue Everhart arrived home from an out-of-town trip on Wednesday, she found a sizeable bouquet of flowers on her porch.

There was a card attached, which read: “I couldn’t beat Nathan Deal, but you did.” It was signed, “Your friend, Roy.”

Democrat Roy Barnes, defeated by Deal last November in an attempt to return to the Governor’s Mansion, confessed to the delivery – which followed Everhart’s defeat of Tricia Pridemore, Deal’s choice, in the race for chairman at Saturday’s state GOP convention.

“I admire Sue’s courage, and she has been a mainstay in our community,” Barnes said of his fellow Cobb County resident.

Everhart confirmed delivery Friday afternoon. “I will not deny it. I tried to call him and thank him,” she said. But if he truly, truly liked her, the former governor would vote Republican, Everhart said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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28 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 20th, 2011
2:24 pm

Pro wrestling

Beth Merkleson

May 20th, 2011
2:34 pm

After all my grassroots work, my poor sick mother and I haven’t gotten one single thing. Where are MY flowers, Roy?!?!

Happy St. Pat's

May 20th, 2011
2:37 pm

Cute story. Thanks.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
3:12 pm

” But if he truly, truly liked her, the former governor would vote Republican”:

So Everhart wants Old Roy to become a sadomachoist.

Joyce M.

May 20th, 2011
3:32 pm

Liberal establishment sticks together. Good job GaGop! The TEA Party just got sold.


May 20th, 2011
3:34 pm

A class act. And Georgia’s loss.

Just Wait

May 20th, 2011
3:43 pm

Way to go Roy! Bet ole Nathan didn’t sent her anything.

Last Man Standing

May 20th, 2011
4:48 pm


I guess that depends on whether you know Ol’ Roy or not. He is ‘class:, but I won’t discuss WHAT class. The state is far better off with him returning to his law practice even if he will be filing suit against the state at any given opportunity.

The State

May 20th, 2011
5:34 pm

This State deserves a lawsuit every day. It is the shoddiest-run state in the nation. Nothing but good ‘ole boys and fools run this state.


May 20th, 2011
7:00 pm

And if the delivery boy had slipped on Sue’s front porch, he could have hired Roy to sue her. Thank God Nathan saved us from four more years of his insufferable arrogance.

Last Man Standing

May 20th, 2011
7:33 pm

The State:

Feel free to relocate, by all means! Good-bye and bon votage1

die hard demo

May 20th, 2011
9:33 pm

the witch is still a witch

Not Beth Merkleson

May 20th, 2011
11:51 pm

At least one Republican was able to beat Nathan


May 21st, 2011
1:50 am

A very cheap and easy way to get your name out there….you got to give it to Ol’ Roy – he is a funny guy. How else would two newspapers get hold of this story?

Well played : – )

When you

May 21st, 2011
7:57 am

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bottom or top?

May 21st, 2011
8:11 am

So Roy is arrogant? He asked that teachers be accountable and Sonny Perdue called him a rat king. But Sonny Perdue is an honorable man. Roy set in motion education policies to reduce student teacher ratios like Bush did in Texas. Sonny Purdue called him a rat king. Sonny Perdue removed incentives for teacher excellence, fired their parapro assistance and furloughed the lot of them. But Sonny Perdue is an honorable man. Roy’s courage enabled him to face the inevitable truth about the flag approved in the racially charge 1950s and Sonny pandered to those who rallied for that flag and all it stood for. Sonny turned his back on them when elected. But Sonny Purdue is an honorable man. Arrogant? Roy grew the state and left it with a large “rainy day fund” Sonny spent it. But Sonny Purdue is an honorable man.


May 21st, 2011
10:06 am

The whiny blog comments not withstanding…

The actual gift was very gracious and shows there is indeed honor amongst theives.

But I’m with Andy: how exactly did the papers come to know about this personal delivery? There’s another story behind the story that could be just as interesting.


May 21st, 2011
12:26 pm

Some advice for the Chairwoman.

If you get your party to vote for $30 million in tax cuts for Delta, don’t have them get kick backs in their campaign accounts.



May 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

The real class act here is Barnes. Notwithstanding predictable commentary from the likes of LMS, at least Barnes took on issues of importance to Georgians and didn’t spend his time lining his pockets like Sonny Boy did.

Just Nasty & Mean

May 22nd, 2011
7:58 am

Sue Everhart and her supporters, deserve the respect and recognition by taking on, and eventually thwarting a clear and unmistakable attempt by the new governor to control the party purse strings.

Sue comes from the grass roots. And the grass roots supported her to keep this financially flawed governor from running everything!

Nathan…after your inappropriate use of the Governor’s Address to promote your hand-picked candidate, and then getting your a$$ handed to you by the GOP faithful, why don;t you show some class and send Sue a congratulatory bouquet.

On second thought…nevermind. It’s too late for you to show some class.


May 22nd, 2011
7:45 pm

Congratulations Sue!!!


May 23rd, 2011
7:46 am

If Sue is “grass roots” Beth Merkleson is Georgia’s “activist of the year”.


May 23rd, 2011
4:52 pm

GA has the best governor money can buy.

Lo Jack

May 23rd, 2011
10:10 pm

GA has the best repub chair Roy can buy

V-Yeah watches for wife

May 24th, 2011
12:03 am

-cheap Maurice Lacroix replicasafter your inappropriate use of the Governor’s Address to promote your hand-picked candidate, and then getting your a$$ handed to you by the GOP faithful, why don;t you show some class and send Sue a

south ga. possum

May 24th, 2011
8:47 am

with these kind of attitudes and comments there’s no way the GOP can come together to defeat Obama and the democrats in 2012. The GOP and especially Georgia’s GOP is just to divided at this time.

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May 24th, 2011
4:41 pm

Peach Pundit just got to this?