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Poythress sounds off after Barnes' comments

Last Thursday's notebook stirred up the Democrat's gubernatorial primary race.

When former National Guard Commander Gen. David Poythress read comments from former Gov. Roy Barnes in this column, he accused Barnes of being disloyal to the Democratic party. Both are seeking the party's nomination in 2010.

These are the comments that started the fire storm.

"I'm fed up with both the Democrats and the Republicans," Barnes said to the Gwinnett Rotary Club. "I'd be a bull moose or a whig if they still had a party."

Poythress said the former governor was playing to a conservative audience.

"There are a lot of people who have been working to restore the party since 2002," when Barnes was defeated for re-election, and Republicans controlled the governor's mansion for the first time since Reconstruction, Poythress said. "He could have (made a point about working in a bipartisan manner) without dissing the party."

After the two campaigns traded barbs, Poythress challenged Barnes to a debate on education, which he said is the issue that divides the two the most.

Thompson adds more endorsements to the list

Gwinnettians aren't the only ones getting involved in the Georgia House District 98 race.

The 2010 primary, which boasts a three-way battle between former Commission Chairman Wayne Hill, attorney Jason Thompson and business owner Josh Clark, has gotten heated since incumbent Bobby Reese announced he would seek a congressional seat.

Thompson announced recently that Rep. Clay Cox, who lives in Lilburn, and Rep. Edward Lindsey, of Atlanta, are supporting his campaign.

"Jason has been fighting the good fight for our conservative values as a leader in the GOP and in our community," said Cox, the head of Gwinnett's House delegation. "His dedication to less government intrusion in our lives is shown by his support of property tax reform, and the FairTax. As a small business owner, he understands the need for providing an environment that will allow small businesses to flourish."

Lindsey is vice chairman of appropriations in the state House.

"I have known Jason for years, and he has been on the frontlines for Georgia as a business owner and leader in the community," Lindsey said. "He shows commitment and honor in all he does. He is a strong family man, and will be dedicated to serving all Georgians in the State House. He has my full support."

Thompson also received recognition from Americans for Prosperity, a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. He was recognized for joining nearly 300 politicians on all government levels in signing the "no climate tax" pledge.

Prominent Georgia pledge signers include U.S. Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, Paul Broun, and Phil Gingrey; and gubernatorial candidates John Oxendine and Eric Johnson.

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.