Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Strong Words from Roy... OUCH!

Democrat Roy Barnes, who is not running yet but appears to be considering it, took a jab at his democratic colleagues. At the 2009 DPG Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Roy took some shots at the candidates, while also trying to be nice. You can expect there to be some blowbacks in the coming hours as candidates respond:

Former Gov. Roy Barnes said Tuesday that he has yet to decide whether to run again in 2010, but said he believes the Democratic field is lacking.

Speaking to reporters outside the state Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson fund raiser, Barnes said he’s still considering his options and looking for a vision. He said he hopes to announce “around” June 1.

As for the three announced Democratic candidates - House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), Attorney General Thurbert Baker and Adjutant Gen. David Poythress - Barnes was pleasant but biting.

“Any of the ones who are Democrats, and most of the ones who are Republicans, are honorable folks,” he said. “I have nothing but highest praise for folks who will put themselves out. I know what it’s like to deal with the press and lack of privacy.”

And now for the bite …

“There’s a verse in the Old Testament that says people perish where there is no vision,” Barnes said. “I’m looking for vision and in that category I haven’t seen it yet. It’s not that they’re not good folks, it’s that we can do better.