Roy and Marie Barnes, as many of you know, have built themselves a grand house on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, complete with a bronze replica of the state seal set into the floor of the foyer.
This at the same time the former Democratic governor, ousted in 2002, has shifted from “hell, no” to something close to “maybe” when it comes to the 2010 race for that other mansion on West Paces Ferry Road.
This morning, my AJC colleague Rachel Pomerance took a tour of the new Barnes abode, for an upcoming Private Quarters feature.
Talk about home design eventually gave way to politics. Again, Barnes pointed out that the past six years mark his longest respite from 26 years of public service. “It’s been very pleasant,” he said.
And yet. Pomerance reports that Barnes continues to look askance at Republican rule at the state Capitol. For instance, on Wednesday, Barnes worried about S.B. 169, a bill to restrict embryonic stem cell research in Georgia. The measure comes up for