An open letter to former Governor Roy Barnes

1 April 2009

31 March 2009

The Barnes Law Group, LLC
31 Atlanta Street
Marietta, Georgia 30060-1977

Dear Governor Barnes:

I would like to encourage you to seek another term as governor of Georgia in 2010. Now, more than ever, the state of Georgia needs a tested and experienced person like you as Governor. Your experience as a Governor and a state legislator are invaluable during these trying times for our state. As a summer intern in your office in 2001, I saw firsthand how your efforts in state education reform and health care reform made a difference in Georgia. Likewise, your tax cuts on family farms and your Georgia sales tax holiday were enormously successful. Your effort to change the Georgia state flag, while controversial, has proven to be the right decision. You were able to accomplish in four years what most Governors only dream of accomplishing in eight years.

Our state needs you as Governor again. One has to look no further than the recent push to let Georgia Power begin charging customers for the construction of nuclear reactors or the repeal of the corporate income tax by the State Senate as evidence of just how appalling things have become in Georgia since you left office. Never have the priorities of the Governor’s Office and the state legislature been so skewed in favor of a powerful few.

I respectfully ask that you give this decision serious thought and consideration. The political climate in 2010 will be much different than the political climate of 2002. President Obama and former Commissioner Jim Martin‘s near victories in Georgia in 2008 prove that Georgia is not the solid Republican stronghold that some would have us believe it is. Georgia needs you as Governor. With you as Governor we can begin to recover from the travesties that have occurred in our state over the past eight years.

Respectfully yours,

Michael Chapman