Saturday, August 29, 2009

What is it about Milledgeville?

Athens Banner-Herald reporter Blake Aued posted on his blog that the controversy over the old state flag led to Roy Barnes' 2002 reelection defeat.
But what caught my eye was this graph (as they call them in the biz) about what caused Barnes to pursue changing the flag:
"Business leaders came to see Barnes to ask him to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag, and he turned them down, he said. But he changed his mind after a trip to Milledgeville. He called all the businessmen into his office and asked them for help to change it."
What is it about the State's Antebellum Capital that caused him to want to commit political suicide?

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