The Roy Barnes for Governor in 2010 website has a sub-website that is spelling out that women need to elect Roy Barnes, the Democratic hopeful for Governor in November. The site, Women for Roy, has what is termed a ‘toolkit’ for women, which is basically a PDF file spelling out Barnes’ stance on issues that affect the female voters of Georgia.
Roy Barnes states on the Women for Roy site that “when women are engaged in the political process, the issues that truly matter to Georgia families are addressed.”
What About the Georgia Economy and Women?
The toolkit for women, which only takes about 10 seconds to download via a little red tool box icon states, “Women understand that dismal economic conditions spell nothing but trouble for Georgia-for us and for our future generations. The fact of the matter is, when Georgia’s economy flourishes, women and families will flourish.”
Georgia’s economy certainly is not flourishing. The state has a much higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country in most of Georgia’s 159 counties. Women make up a large number of the unemployed. Families and education cannot flourish with some economic stability, and this is something that women do actually care about.
Do Women Really Matter in the Georgia Governor’s Race?
According to the Women for Roy website, “Since entering the gubernatorial race in July 2009, Roy Barnes has traveled to every corner of Georgia. He hears the same thing from women in every town that he visits-our state is headed in the wrong direction, and it’s time to do something about it.”
As a female voter in Georgia, I have to agree with that statement. One of my biggest concerns over the past three or four years has been the deterioration of educational standards within the state. We simply cannot continue with the way things are. Both children and teachers are suffering, and I have been so appalled by the condition of learning in Georgia that I have pulled my son out of public school for a couple of years to homeschool him and see if anything improves with the next Governor.
The majority of the educational work force in Georgia’s Public Schools is female. Barnes has promised to eliminate the teacher furloughs and include teachers in the political discussion. Many female teachers are afraid to voice their opinion on education lest they lose their positions. Truly, it is not a good time to be without a job.
The Other Option to Roy Barnes
Roy Barnes and his website makes me laugh. He has a wit that amazingly shows through on his website. His rumpled hair and big smile and Southernisms make him approachable, but there is an underlying shrewdness and confidence. The other option, Nathan Deal, seems to be always smiling through clenched teeth and there is so much negative air that follows him around. His primary opponent, Karen Handel was a smiling candidate and a positive speaker that endeared her to a lot of Georgia voters, including me.
Days after Handel’s concession to Deal following an extremely close run-off, Republican Deal’s ethics and financial deals were revealed. I have no doubt the primary election would have turned out much differently if this had been revealed before the runoff. Georgia voters know this, and female voters know this. Will the female supporters of Handel turn to Barnes in the wake of this?
Barnes, who has already served as Georgia’s Governor, says that he wants to make things right with teachers this time around. Maybe he is sincere in this quest. Certainly, he has done well and is worth millions without being Governor of Georgia. He seems content with this and it tends to shine through that he simply wants to make Georgia better, and make it better for Georgia women. The other candidate, Deal, is facing foreclosure on his nice home in Gainesville, Georgia and personal bankruptcy along with ethics violations. Perhaps he needs to take care of business at home before migrating to the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta.
Sources: Women for Roy: Making Georgia Work for Women Toolkit PDF, Roy Barnes for Governor, Nathan Deal for Governor