September 9th, 2010
03:37 PM ET
12 years ago

RGA launches new website targeting Barnes

Washington (CNN) – The Republican Governors Association is launching a campaign targeting Georgia gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes, a Democrat, over his career as a lawyer.

The campaign centerpiece is a website,, which plays off the trial lawyer meme, urging site visitors to "Act fast!" and "Call now!"

"Roy Barnes may have failed as a governor, but there's no doubting that he's thrived as a trial lawyer," said RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf.

Barnes was governor of Georgia from 1999 to 2003. After losing his reelection battle, Barnes returned to the Barnes Law Group, a firm that places the phrase "making it right" at the top of its website.

In July, Barnes easily captured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and will face Republican nominee Rep. Nathan Deal in the general election.

Deal was the subject of a congressional ethics probe before stepping down from his House seat in March to pursue a gubernatorial run. He has denied wrongdoing.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. lil

    Barnes has them running scared.

    September 9, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Romney/Gingrich in 2012

    I'd rather have Deal than Barnes.

    September 9, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Targeting Barnes, eh? I bet the RGA couldn't hit the broad side of a Barnes. Nyuck nyuck nyuck. Have a nice day!

    September 9, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Shawn-GA

    We can NOT let Barnes back in the Governor's seat. Our state cannot take that, even NJ has seen the error of their ways and have elected a Republican. They are reaping benefits ever since they did!

    September 9, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Justin

    Looked through this site, mostly scratching my head the whole time. They claim he had a successful career as a trial lawyer, and this is somehow wrong? I thought Repugs were all about making money any way possible.

    The site seems like a soft attack and shows clear desperation. Furthermore? It doesn't list why the "other guy" would be any better, what kinds of policies he will enact, what kind of governor he would be. Not to mention that the "other guy" seems to have some tax issues. \

    C'mon guys, you need more than just attacks and badly photoshopped images on a badly thrown together website. How about some substance? And for all that is Holy, please hire some real developers.

    September 9, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. water bearer

    Hey I'd rather vote for a successful lawyer like Barnes than a crook like Deal!

    September 9, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    With a name like "Chris Schrimpf" he should keep his mouth shut!

    September 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. gt

    wow,,, democrats and lawyers,, now thats news,,,,,not...lawyers are the curse of the democrats...something for nothing ...

    September 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. annie s

    How come everyone hates trial lawyers....until they need one?

    September 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    But when these same Republicans run afoul of the law There seems to be no shortage of expensive Republican trial lawyers to come to their defense. Even get them Presidential pardons.

    September 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Rob Johnson

    Because if there is one thing Republicans hate, it's somebody getting wealthy by succeeding in their chosen profession.

    Wait, what? Strike that, reverse it, as Willy Wonka would say.

    Apparently it's just fine to make tons of money of of polluting the environment, manufacturing weapons, or gaming the Wall Street system, things Republicans seem to support.

    But earning a good living through intelligence and book learning? Well, that's just un-American

    September 9, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    I never understood how 'trial lawyer' became an insult. trial lawyers defend people, some of them actually innocent, from the state or they represent folks trying to obtain damages from big corporations who have injured the.... oh, wait! just figured out why rethugs would think 'trial lawyer' is an insult. they don't want anyone helping the little guy fight big corporations. once again, the rethugs show whose side they're on. and it's NOT OURS!

    September 9, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Uh, the vast majority of Republicans in Congress are lawyers.

    September 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |