I really could care less who the House GOP elects since Tom Graves is not among the nominees. Two of the candidates have called me. Surrogates of the others have called. I have talked to none of them. I’m actually tied up in some business that has distracted me.
In any event, I do think on O’Neal there are a few points in his favor that no one else seems to want to raise that I will therefore raise:
1. The tax law he wrote that benefited Perdue did, in fact, benefit more Georgians than Sonny Perdue.
2. The same legislation put Georgia in conformity with all 49 of the other states. It was not an anomalous tax law, but one needing to be passed to keep interstate tax harmony.
3. The crux of the allegations against O’Neal stem from a complaint originated by Bobby Kahn and filed with the IRS.
4. The tax deal was raised and vetted by Georgia’s voters in 2006 and they still decided to re-elect Sonny Perdue. If the voters, knowing about the tax deal, still were willing to vote for Perdue, how exactly is this going to hurt O’Neal and those who vote for him.
Boiling it all down, between O’Neal and Ralston do you think the Democrats will have an easier time explaining how the vote for a guy who failed to pay over $100,000.00 in taxes or the guy who passed a law that benefited taxpayers and put Georgia in conformity with the 49 other states?
That’s not to pick on David Ralston at all, but if we’re going to go after O’Neal for a lawful legislative act, let’s keep it in perspective.
Lastly, you are crazy if you do not think the feds, the lawyers, and everyone else investigated this deal. That we have heard nothing might ought to be a presumption that no impropriety on O’Neal’s part was found.
And dangit, you people have got me defending O’Neal. I still think the GOP should do something bold. But that is apparently not going to happen.