The latest RGA TV ad linking ex-Gov. Roy Barnes (D) to Pres. Obama “will see a significant amount of play in metro Atlanta.”
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RGA exec. dir Nick Ayers “sent a message indicating the new TV spot will stay up through the Labor Day weekend” as the “cash was sent” 8/30, “and has been joined by a 60-second radio ad, also playing statewide, on the same theme.”
The RGA “does not specify the disaster it alleges accompanied” the Barnes admin, but it “does use an ending nearly identical to the latest Barnes ad” (Galloway, “Political Insider”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/31).
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Barnes has been “earning more than $700 an hour” as an atty. He “notes he already ‘lived in the governor’s mansion, and I don’t really care much for flying in helicopters.’” Barnes: “I am running for one reason and one reason only: because this state is headed in the wrong direction” (McCaffrey, AP, 9/1).
State Rep. Alan Powell (D), one of GA’s “last remaining rural” Dems, “says he might switch parties” if ex-Rep. Nathan Deal (R) “becomes” gov. Powell: “If Roy Barnes doesn’t win it in November, you can probably stick a fork in the Democratic movement, because we will not be able to come back for a generation or more.”
Powell “said he would ‘seriously consider’ switching parties” because Dems “would not only have no influence, but no hope regaining power.”
Barnes “has a good shot at winning, Powell said, but he ought to be talking about the economy and the state budget more.” Powell: (He’s) going to have to branch out. He can’t just talk about education” (Aued, “Blake Aued’s Blog”, Macon Telegraph, 8/31).
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Deal “said” he would conduct an “issue-oriented campaign and is raising money to get commercials back on the air.” Deal: “That’s what we believe that Georgians want to hear. They want to know what you’re going to do to try to solve the job problem, what you’re going to do to improve education, how are you going to address transportation and water; I think those are the things people want to hear your opinion about, and we intend to be talking about those” (Gunn, AccessNorthGa, 8/31).
Deal “said he’s waiting on feedback” from GA’s teachers “before he can release” his educ. platform. The plan “will be unveiled” in Sept. Barnes spokesperson Anna Ruth Williams “charged” 8/31 that Deal’s plan “hasn’t come yet” because Deal has been “too ‘distracted’ by ethical problems.”
Deal’s camp “countered” that Deal “had been working” on his educ. platform “for weeks, but that seeking input from teachers was integral to the candidate’s plan” to “improve” GA’s schools (Fielding, Gainesville Times, 8/31).
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Ex-Sec/State Karen Handel (R) “is reaching out to supporters one more time for money.” She “sent out an e-mail saying she didn’t know what she would do next, but that she will ‘remain involved in the political arena’” (Salzer, “Georgia Elections Central”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/31).
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