Your Daily Deal

1) Nathan Deal has called a press conference in Gainesville at 3:30. I don’t think he can resign again, so hopefully he can tell us what’s his deal with ethics charges. He can refer here for the number of people he has already blamed for his issues. No wagering if he choses one of those, or a totally new boogey-man, please.

2) CREW has asked the Justice Department to begin a criminal investigation of Deal. As I have stated all along, I believe CREW is biased, and they are over-playing their hand here. I think the case has been reasonably made that ethical violations have occurred. But as I have also cautioned here many times, ethics and legalities are not the same thing. Every time someone is accused of wrong-doing, the fans/sycophants usually respond with “he hasn’t been indicted yet”.

Ethical issues are defined much differently than legalities, and generally can be summed up around the appearance of impropriety. Indictments and criminal activity are an entirely different bar. It is entirely possible and plausible to conduct yourself legally while making a mockery of ethics.

I’m no attorney, and don’t pretend to be, but I have yet to see a legal code offered that anyone claims Deal violated. CREW is now just giving aid and comfort to the perpetual Deal apologists who want to ignore the 138 pages of documents now public, and instead claim this is a partisan witch hunt.

3) On the subject of this being a partisan witch hunt, the OCE has released another finding in Roll Call. This one was a case referred to them about a charity and its affiliation with Representative Steve Buyer (R-Indiana). Rep Buyer announced yesterday that the probe into his affiliation with the charity has been closed, without recommending further investigation. I guess he was no threat to Roy Barnes, so the partisan OCE let him slide.

But back to the press conference. Please feel free to add questions you would like asked this afternoon below. I never get tired of “please tell us the proper context to use the term ‘ghetto grandmother'”, but I believe the tone needs to be a bit more serious at today’s event.

I also believe Deal’s answers need to be far more serious than the tripe the campaign has put out on this and other issues to date. The questions need to be hard questons. The answers better be real, Deal.


  1. ZazaPachulia says:

    Hey, since Miss Manners over at Washington Post reminds us that the proper way to address a U.S. Representative is “The Honorable [insert name],” what is the proper salutation for the man who recently vacated Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District?

    Is it “The Formerly Honorable Nathan Deal”?
    or how about, “The Once Honorable Nathan Deal”

  2. John Konop says:

    I hope no one who post on his site takes offence on this comment, but I think Icarus should be front page poster of the year. In all seriousness he has broken stories that have been picked up by major news sources. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!

    • B Balz says:

      Thanks, Chef.

      Once again, despite a myriad of PP comments, reports, and other news. Here is a tough, savvy, veteran pol that will be able to essentially defend himself from the OCE reports. He has a long career and many friends, who will vouch for him.

      Yet, facts are a stubborn thing.

      Y’all better bring your “A” game if you want to do battle with the Hon. Nathan Deal.

      I personally hate to see anyone in this position, it is what makes the ‘great game’ unpalatable for most people.

  3. Icarus says:

    For anyone that broke the rules and wagered on “totally new boogey-man”, please step forward and collect your prize.

    Today, it’s the partisan staff of the OCE’s fault.

  4. SFrazier says:

    Lets get in on… Go Nathan Deal, thank you for fighting. Georgia conservatives, the 9th district, and military veterans will deliver the governors mansion to you.

  5. ZazaPachulia says:

    I mean, seriously, what else was he going to say.

    Deal’s sense of entitlement is sickening.

    He is a nightmare candidate.

    • polisavvy says:

      A nightmare is a great descriptive phrase for him — you know, the nightmare that won’t go away (and take his wide-eyed followers with him).

  6. SFrazier says:

    Fiery, love it… go Nathan Deal. You want passion, we will give you passion!!!
    Nathan has the strongest record of any candidate on all issues, now more than ever Georgia needs someone of his experience and capability…

  7. Technocrat says:

    Now if he will only turn his full righteous anger against Karen Handel:
    “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.”
    Ahem………. who did he single out as the foul leaker toAJC and CREW……. Johnson and the OX were just smoke on the list.
    Hope Karen is careful and calming with The Republican Militant Wing – Deal may send a hit, after all the only way he can clear his name is to win the Primary.

    Georgia is such an interesting political place almost as much fun as New Jersey.

    • Republican Lady says:

      I’d be careful, very very careful, before slandering anyone, especially Karen, when there are no facts to support your outlandish statements.

      In fact, go ahead and attack because that will just send more votes her way and make it easy for her to win. You may be her best agent yet!

      • Technocrat says:

        It’s not who actually leaked the story to the AJC but who Deal thinks leaked the story that is important in this case. What’s done is done.

        Which candidate [while SOS] went to all of Purdue’s appointees and promised a status quo [many get to keep their jobs] if She where elected Governor.
        It sure wsn’t the OX who plans on making them all reapply at minimum.

        Who would Bart go to for advice when confronted by Casey and a sitting Congress person………….Sonny that’s who and who got on the phone immediately to his chosen one.

        • Republican Lady says:

          Where can I find a legitimate site for the information you included on the second paragraph of your post?

  8. Pine Knot says:

    The Office of Congressional Ethics is about as non partison as the CBO. They are both under the watch of the president and Nancy Pelosi. Notice how they whipped the CBO into getting giving us the “facts”about the healthcare bill. This report is just political payback that is brought upon an honerable man, out of fear, to try to deter his campaign for Governor, as the strongest canidate to defeat Roy Barnes.

    • Icarus says:

      Look Shill, you tried that yesterday. At least be creative here.

      OCE has 4 Democrats, and 4 Republicans.

      The 4 Republicans were selected by..,..fellow Republicans.

      Cry partisanship all you want, the facts don’t add up.

      Nor do your cries eliminate the 138 pages of facts that were released yesterday.

      A smart campaign would start talking about the things actually in there, specifically the document on page 138.

      Instead, sophomoric cries of “witchhunt”. Sad.

      • Pine Knot says:

        I’m not trying to lead anyone into some swindle or deciet anyone, but there are two sides of a story, and frequently only one side gets discussed with balence.

        • benevolus says:

          I’m getting the impression that investment income is OK, it’s only earned income? I don’t know why that would be the case though. This seems like a weird rule.

    • Jason Pye says:

      That is not true. The six members of the OCE are appointed, three by Speaker Pelosi and three by Minority Leader Boehner. Both Pelosi and Boehner each get an alternate as well.

      Nice try.

      • polisavvy says:

        Good luck trying to convince the die-hard supporters of this. They are apparently going to continue through this election with blinders on each eye. Let’s hope the voters make the smart choice. Deal’s not it.

        • AubieTurtle says:

          Or they know the truth but figure if they repeat the lie over and over enough and to enough people, that a certain percentage will not check the facts, especially when the lie confirms a preheld notion of a group they don’t like being out to get someone from a group they do like.

    • polisavvy says:

      So, who exactly is fearing former Congressman Deal? I haven’t heard anyone say that they fear him. Please enlighten us.

  9. Pine Knot says:

    2010 Georgia Governor Election

    John Oxendine (R)

    Roy Barnes (D)

    Some other candidate

    Not sure

    2010 Georgia Governor Election

    Nathan Deal (R)

    Roy Barnes (D)

    Some other candidate

    Not sure

    2010 Georgia Governor Election

    Karen Handel (R)

    Roy Barnes (D)

    Some other candidate

    Not sure

    2010 Georgia Governor Election

    Eric Johnson (R)

    Roy Barnes (D)

    Some other candidate

    Not sure

    Deal’s message is resonating with the voters. As more time passes, and this report that is admitted to be incomplete by its authors is cleared up, gaps will widen.

    • polisavvy says:

      That poll was released on March19th. A lot has happened in two weeks. This was taken before the findings of the Ethics report and before CREW asked the DOJ to do an investigation. Let’s see how things look on the next poll.

    • Icarus says:

      And the point that you’re inadvertantly making, is that the top four candidates do within the same margin of error against Barnes today, before the swing voters “tune in”.

      When they tune in, they will see huge ethical lapses by Oxendine, a pretty decent screw up by Deal, and then two other candidates.

      Why bet on the damaged goods when there are three competitive others (including Scott) that aren’t carrying such heavy baggage?

      Thanks Pine Knot. I’m glad we had this talk.

      • In The Arena says:

        Is there any word on the investigation of Oxendine? Last I heard the insurance companies over in Alabama refused a subpoena from the Georgia State Ethics Commission. Will these ever be served and how might they be? Or is our whole state SOL?

        • macho says:

          I think you’ve got a jurisdictional issue, when the State of GA is trying to subject the citizens of Alabama to its campaign finance laws. I’m not lawyer, but I’m pretty sure the folks in Alabama can tell the State Ethics Commission to go pound sand.

  10. B Balz says:

    h/t AJC aka Ministry of Truth and Knowledge:

    “…Deal said he has done nothing wrong, has no intention to exit the race for governor and renewed his effort to paint his recent troubles as a scheme by Democrats to damage his campaign.

    “Sometimes in the world of politics there’s a price for doing what’s right,” Deal said.

    AS to Arena’s question, the same Ministry would say, “He gave the money back, all of it, it was an accounting error.”

    To my sadness, I continue to doubt if either of these ‘issues’ will matter much to Joe the Voter. They are inured to salacious rumor, gossip, and inconvenient truths.

    Rep. Scott is the only candidate that offers me a fresh view.

    • polisavvy says:

      Let’s hope that the voters actually wake up and smell the coffee. Can you imagine how interesting the political ads are going to be? I think that’s the way that Joe the Voter will become enlightened.

  11. appachtrail70 says:

    Pretty fair post by Icarus. Deal has a lot to answer for, but he didn’t do anything criminal.

    • ByteMe says:

      I’m also pretty sure he didn’t do anything “criminal”, but I think he did use his political position for personal gain, which can seem just as bad.

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