Aaron Sheinin has received a response from the Deal campaign (since forwarded to Peach Pundit) regarding the eithics report made available by Congress today:
This has always been a political witch hunt fueled by Democrats who fear that Roy Barnes will lose the governor’s race to Nathan Deal.
In its own report, the Office of Congressional Ethics admits that its efforts were incomplete and it does NOT conclude that Mr. Deal did anything wrong.
That’s because Nathan Deal did nothing wrong.
This is a business Nathan was involved with before he went to Congress and was approved by the House ethics committee every year. There were never any tax dollars involved and there was never a contract with the state of Georgia.
This is an attempt by Nathan’s political opponents to drag his good name through the mud. The complaint was brought by a liberal, George Soros sponsored group, fueled by the Democrat party of Georgia.
The only shred of truth in this political attack is that an innocent accounting error was made and subsequently corrected.”
This is a unique explanation from the Deal camp, because in their “Summary Of Facts” (Exhibit 14, page 99) of the report, Deal blamed four other Republican candidates for Governor, the future appointees that would report to that Governor, and, of course, the Lib’ral AJC:
Second, some of the people with knowledge about the events in this matter are involved in the campaigns of primary opponents for Georgia governor. Georgia’s current governor (Republican Governor Sonny Perdue) is term limited and cannot seek reelection. Earlier this year, Congressman Deal announced that he would not seek reelection to the House Of Representatives. Instead, he announced his intention to seek election as Governor of Georgia in 2010.
Both the Democratic and Republican primary contests are hotly contested. In the GOP Primary, the candidates include (i) former Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson; (ii) Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine; (iii) Secretary of State Karen Handel; and, (iv) Congressman Deal. Not surprisingly, each has support among various groups, with one of Congressman Deal’s primary opponents enjoying the support of many of the current GOP governor’s appointees.
In the context of the election, “ethics” attacks and complaints have been leveled early and often (although this is the only one leveled against Congressman Deal, and he has not leveled any). Of course, the local media has eagerly reported and repeated every attack with the same zeal as the maker and with some embellishment. The instant matter involves an article which appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (“AJC”) on August 23rd, 2009, a Sunday edition, on the front page. Other attacks against other candidates have appeared in similar fashion.”
So, when choosing who made Congressman Deal violate house ethics rules, we have:
1) Democrats funded by George Soros;
2) Primary opponents;
3) Political appointees of Governor Perdue;
4) The Lib’ral AJC.
I’m pretty sure we’re all going to go with 4) The Lib’ral AJC. After all, we should have checked their power when we realized that they could have Congressman Deal invent the term “ghetto grandmother” and then force him to use it “out of context”.
It’s sad to see this man’s career devolve into this. Personal accountability used to mean something. Instead, any enemy real or contrived has been blamed.
There are a lot of skills the next Governor will need to have to tackle the State’s problems when he or she moves into the big house on West Paces. Paranoia about all those out to get them isn’t one of those.