ATLANTA -- As Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes ramp of their campaigns for the governor's office, there is a reminder of the complexity of state politics just outside the office on the state capitol grounds.
The Tom Watson statue has been a point of contention for decades.
It is also one of the most famous pieces of public art in the world.
The Watson bronze has stood in downtown Atlanta since the 1920's. Strangely it wasn't officially commemorated until December 1932.
The lawyer, writer, state legislator and United States senator is depicted with his lower leg forward and his left hand raised in a fist, always a fist.
"A vast majority of Atlantans walk by the statue and have no idea what he stood for -- if they did -- they wouldn't have it there," said Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut.
"Tom Watson was a first class hater and it wasn't just Jewish people, he hated Catholics and Black people too." added Nigut.