Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge (photo by WXIA)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- "Mistakes happen; the secret is that you fix them when you find them and that's what we've done with all of them that we found," Joel Thornton told WXIA News on Monday.
As manager of State School Superintendent John Barge's campaign for governor, Thornton is taking the heat for several embarrassing errors that have cropped up on the campaign website.
First, "Governor" was misspelled when the Barge website debuted in early September.
Then just recently, the Georgia Pundit political blog pointed out still more.
They included misspelling the city of Suwanee, the word "caucus", and even listing Democratic campaign events where Republican Barge could be found.
All have since been corrected or removed.
Campaign manager Thornton chalks them up to good old human error.
"The bottom line is, when you're doing things in a hurry, you make mistakes; it's a typo; everybody makes 'em; we move on," he told WXIA.
Thornton said the campaign has now taken extra steps to prevent future gaffs.
But how do some potential voters feel about the fact that the state's top educator, who now wants to be governor, has so much word trouble on the web?
"I think it's a black mark," said one.
"I think it's ridiculous," said another.
"Maybe shows why our education in Georgia is slipping a little bit," said a third.
"We are all human and we error," said one who was more sympathetic.
Thornton is proud of at least one thing, though.
"I didn't misspell the boss' name," he added.
As for WXIA News, of course, we never make mistakes.
I thought I did once, but I was wrong.