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.