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Political notebook: Oxendine campaign resurrects 'Roy the rat'

The image of Roy Barnes as a crowned rat clinging to the Capitol building has made a return to Georgia politics.

John Oxendine, the insurance commissioner currently running for governor, compares himself as "the ox" to "King Roy the rat," in a commercial posted to YouTube last week.

The nearly 4-minute advertisement was launched at an event at the Duluth Laser Quest on Thursday.

"This innovative, animated, new media commercial is the first of many exciting messages," said a campaign newsletter for the Duluth man. "The most important question in this Primary is who can defeat Roy Barnes next November. We believe this video answers that question."

The image is a throwback to the 2002 campaign, when Sonny Perdue defeated Barnes, who was seeking his second term as governor, and the Barnes campaign isn't amused.

"We are all tired of petty politics, campaign gimmicks, and personal attacks," a statement from the Roy2010 campaign said. "If this is their solution to the serious issues that face Georgia - water, education, transportation and jobs - we now know where they stand."

The ad can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xopdhv-tcPM.

Casas, Billew appointed by Perdue

A couple of Gwinnettians were appointed to state positions this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

State Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, was named to the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee, set up to make sure people respond to next year's Census, which is vital in setting up congressional representation, grant allocations and state redistricting.

Perdue also chose Lawrenceville man Dennis Billew as a member of the State Department of Natural Resources Board.

Billew, who will represent the 7th Congressional District on the board, works at Development Consultants Group Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, the Council for Quality Growth, and the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services, a release says. Billew also serves on the Gwinnett Buffer, Landscape, and Tree Advisory Committee and the Gwinnett Development Advisory Committee.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.