Given the implications of the Democrats’ push for nationalized health care, the Deal resignation is serious. In a situation when every vote counts, it means the Democrats have to count one less vote.
If health care passes by one vote in the House, Nathan Deal owns the vote.
Those pushing hard against nationalized health care are angry, upset, and a bit confused, to say the least, that we will have one less Republican vote against this measure. But it is confusing, isn’t it? To think that a Republican Congressman would leave the battlefield at the war’s height? Why leave at such a crucial time?
But a conversation with one Georgia Republican insider turned up this: Deal resigned from Congress despite the blowback on health care and ethics – not because of it.
The Republican race for governor has been in a state of stasis for months, and with each passing day state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s position solidifies. To Republicans who see Roy Barnes in their rear-view mirror, the prospect isn’t a good one.
GOP behind-the-sceners know that their support, now scattered among several candidates, will have to be consolidated if Oxendine is to be stopped.
Deal was simply reacting to pressure from prominent Republican leaders to, as one contact put it, “drastically re-commit” himself.
It seems that some insiders were scared of the Big Bad Ox and were pushing for someone to stir up the mix. Ok, I’ll bite. But where is the proof that Deal would care and focus more on the Georgia governor race? Well, Galloway’s AJC colleague, Bob Keefe has some interesting info…
Bob Keefe says Deal was already spending more and more time in Georgia. Deal by far has the worse voting record of any member of the Georgia congressional delegation. He’s missed more than half of all votes in 2010. (emphasis added)
Here are the stats that Keefe sends us:
– 2009-Q1: Deal missed 9.2% of votes, 16 of 174
– 2009-Q2: Deal missed 24.1% of votes, 73 of 303;
– 2009-Q3: Deal missed 5.2% of votes, 14 of 268;
– 2009-Q4: Deal missed 32.1% of votes, 79 of 246;
– 2010-Q1: Deal missed 50.8% of votes, 33 of 65;
Well, being from the GA-9 I can tell you that it is quite refreshing to have a congressman who has been ignoring his job for over a year. We the people elect individuals to represent us in D.C. but sometimes we get robbed. So much for paying a guy’s paycheck when he ignores the job to go look for greener pastures because there might be a rogue ox in the meadow.
Sorry folks, NO Deal.