Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Gov. Barnes Steps Up

If there is a statesman in the Democratic Party of Georgia, his name is Roy Barnes. After Gov. Barnes was defeated in 2002, he was not the most popular Democrat in the state, but since that time he has voluntarily taken on a powerful role that is seldom acknowledged. As a former Governor and a lawyer, fresh from the 2002 election, when he probably could've had his pick of plum "of counsel" positions with prestigious firms, instead he chose to offer his services pro bono to needy clients who otherwise could not have afforded an attorney. In that role he led the fight against the predatory lending industry. More recently, he has been at the tip of the spear in the fight to overturn Georgia's unconstitutional Voter ID law.

From his actions, it is clear that being a Democrat means something to Governor Barnes. Since leaving office, he has continued his fight to make government work for everybody, not just for the rich, the powerful and the well-connected. And, he enlists others in that fight by helping Democrats who are running for office, get elected. To deserving candidates at all levels, he has frequently offered counsel and financial support. His endorsement means something: just ask Greg Hecht. In November, there are a number of Georgia Democrats who will owe him thanks when they win their races.

I once heard Barnes tell a candidate that "politics is a bloodsport." He's right, but when he got tackled, he stood up, and we are all better off for it. Thank you, Gov. Barnes, for all that you do for Georgians.

1 comment:

Lyman Hall said...

I could not agree more. Well said. History will treat Gov. Barnes well. I'd love to see him back in the game in his own right someday soon. He would take the fight to the GOP instead of just being a name on the ballot like some recent (and current) statewide candidates.