The Gainesville Times is reporting that Nathan Deal has reversed his statements of this morning that Georgia should reject “Race to the Top” education funds, and now wants to use them.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has changed his tune on federal “Race to the Top” money.
After initially telling business leaders at a candidate forum today that he would reject the federal money for schools, Deal’s campaign said Tuesday afternoon that the candidate spoke on bad information.
Georgia is one of 18 finalists in the second round of the federal school reform grant competition. The state could share in some $3.4 billion if selected.
Originally, Deal thought the grant program would force the state to adhere to national education standards and said he wouldn’t take it.
His GOP runoff rival, Karen Handel, also at the forum, said she wouldn’t turn up her nose at the money. Handel said as long as Georgians are paying taxes to the federal government she would have a responsibility as governor to make sure it’s seeing its fair share.
Deal’s campaign spokesman, Brian Robinson, likened participation in the program to taking free drugs from an illegal drug dealer.
“The thing with this federal money is it’s like a drug dealer: the first one’s free and then they’ve got you hooked and you play by their rules,” Robinson said.
All Deal Sock Puppets should report immediately to Mr. Robinson to get your new talking points entitled “some drug dealers serve local communities well.”