So by now, you’ve probably had a chance to read about Deal’s afternoon press conference. If not, check out Aaron Gould Sheinin’s version from the AJC. In it, we reveal that in addition to the previously mentioned enemies list of
1) George Soros
2) The Democratic Party Of Georgia
3) Sonny Perdue’s appointees
4) Republican Primary Opponants
5) The Lib’ral AJC
We now have more people to blame, including:
6) The media (broadening that net)
7) The GA Department Of Revenue
8) the staff of the Office of Congressional Ethics, and
9) Nancy Pelosi
Clearly, there are a lot of people out there who you wouldn’t think would be friends, but are working together to keep Nathan Deal away from the ballot against Roy Barnes. But it is not the Democrats wishing to keep Deal off the ballot against Barnes (or Baker, or…), it should be the Republicans.
After all, the Republicans already have their share of ethical baggage they’re going to have to carry down the campaign trail this year. Adding a candidate for Governor who resigned knowing that the OCE had recommended his ethics case go forward yet didn’t prep anyone, didn’t comment on this fact, until the Committee voted to make this public, puts too many straws on this weak animal’s back.
Deal compounds the issue by complaining that folks are rushing to judgment because the investigation is not complete. Yet there are two major reasons the investigation will never be complete:
1) Deal Quit, so the committee no longer has jurisdiction to continue, and;
2) Lt. Governor Casey Cagle refused to cooperate and maintains that his records are not subject to the OCE investigation.
It’s what we generally call a self-inflicted wound, and these kinds of wounds rarely elicit pity unpon the recipient. It becomes even worse when collateral damage is inflicted on the #2 guy on the ballot.
So, Deal has some choices to make. He says he’s going forward, and that certainly is his right. It serves only himself and his ego, but its his right to continue if he so chooses.
Were he open to other options, I’m sure he wouldn’t look here. So I’ll refer him to his second least likely place to seek advice, The Lib’ral AJC, and their excellent conservative columnist (who forever will now be thought of as a liberal weasal by Deal’s supporters) Kyle Wingfield. I encourage you to read his entire column here, but I’ll close with his final two paragraphs as sage advice and a great recommendation:
The Gainesville Times, Deal’s hometown paper, reports that the special election will cost as much as $240,000 for the 15 north Georgia counties in the Ninth Congressional District. (H/t: Peach Pundit.) At a time when every penny counts for local government budgets, that’s nothing to sneeze at. But it’s an amount which the Deal campaign could probably cover if it made the decision now to do so.
Such a choice would effectively signal the end of his gubernatorial campaign. But that end seems near anyway. Deal could spend his campaign chest trying to blame his accusers, or he could choose this more graceful way to exit Georgia’s political stage.