Huckabee, Who Has Won His Last Primary, Endorses Deal

Politico has the story.

Now it’s on the front page, so you can quit emailing me.

And for Deal’s band of merry sock puppets, please be consistent in your approach of explaining why this out of state Governor who doesn’t know Camilla or Ocilla is relevent, but Governor’s Jan Brewer, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin aren’t.

Discuss. I’m going back to work.

185 comments

  1. GaConservative23 says:

    Wow, Icarus.

    I’m sorry to bother you with news of a major endorsement of your opponent.

    I still think these out of state Governors are irrelevant in our race, but if a Palin endorsement is news then surely a Huckabee endorsement is as well, however inconvenient it is for you.

    • KingWulfgar says:

      Excellent response. I could feel the disdain coming through the computer screen when I read his post.

      I wish out-of-state governors would just stay out of GA politics altogether.

    • ReaganRepublican says:

      “I developed a relationship with Nathan while he was in Congress, and I was serving as Governor of Arkansas. Nathan was helping Governor’s nationwide fight the overreaching arm of the federal government. At the time, the federal government was forcing expensive Medicaid reform on states – but refusing to fund it. Nathan clearly understood that those federal mandates into healthcare would bankrupt states’ budgets, so he stood firm by the Governors and fought to protect the states.

      People that know Nathan Deal are endorsing him, people that know Karen Handel are endorsing Nathan Deal, people that do not know Karen Handel are endorsing Handel.
      Huckabee knows Deal…
      “The only difference between the federal government’s overreaching arm then as compared to its overreaching arm now – is that now, it’s bigger, stronger and more arrogant. The power of the federal government has exploded in the past two years – and as the federal government grows increasingly intrusive, Nathan will continue protecting the rights of all Georgians.

      • ricstewart says:

        So why would we trust the people who helped grow the federal government’s overreaching arm to stop the overreaching arm that they helped grow? Nathan Deal voted to increase the size and scope of the federal government.

      • Lady Thinker says:

        RR,

        “I developed a relationship with Nathan while he was in Congress, and I was serving as Governor of Arkansas.

        What “kind” of relationship?

        • Doug Grammer says:

          For those who can’t read, here’s the focus of thier realtionship at the time: “At the time, the federal government was forcing expensive Medicaid reform on states – but refusing to fund it.”

  2. BrianDart says:

    I think this endorsement is different then Sarah Palin’s and has merit.

    Because Huckabee actually ran a campaign in Georgia and Won!

    • macho says:

      Problem is, if you had runoff’s for President in GA, like the Governor’s race, Huckabee doesn’t win. McCain and Romney split the traditional GOP and Huckabee won with the evangelicals.

      Basically, Handel already won what Huckabee won in GA – a plurality of the vote.

    • GOPwits says:

      Excuse me, but John McCain and Sarah Palin actually ran a campaign in Georgia and won as well. Additionally, Sarah Palin came to Georgia and saved Saxby Chambliss. Furthermore, Sarah Palin was just recently at a conservative event in Gwinnett County.

      To suggest that Huckabee has more experience than Georgia is pure idiotic and suggests your bias. Go back to supporting a crook.

      • I Am Jacks Post says:

        “Furthermore, Sarah Palin was just recently at a conservative event in Gwinnett County.”

        At a church event. For a fee. For which they ended up giving tickets away.

      • @GOPwits – I love Palin and she’d make a better president than 99 percent of the political bums out there. But Chambliss beat Jim Martin mostly thanks to Jim Martin, not Sarah Palin.

        • ACCmoderate says:

          Chambliss beat Jim Martin because the new voters that Barack Obama turned out weeks earlier didn’t bother showing up for the run-off.

          Meanwhile, Chambliss was able to stir-up Republicans with the goal of preventing 60 Democratic votes in the Senate.

      • GaConservative23 says:

        “Sarah Palin came to Georgia and saved Saxy Chambliss.”

        The only reason Chambliss was in trouble is because a new, excited bloc of Democratic voters came out for Obama and voted “D” down the ticket. With no Obama on the ballot in the runoff, most of those people stayed home. 3.7 million people voted in the Senate election on November 4th. On the December 2nd runoff? 2.1 million.

        I said all that to say this: Saxby would have easily won without Palin.

  3. Doug Grammer says:

    I’d say one difference is that Gov. Huckabee has been on the ballot and won the Georgia GOP presidential primary. Give Gov. Palin credit was well, even though she was a running mate. Gov. Romney and Gov. Brewer, ….not so much.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        If it were the exact same thing, the nomination would be over and I would be openly supporting Sec. Handel at this point. The rules are different, so the race is different.

        • macho says:

          Yes, obviously the rules are different. But my point is they both received almost the exact same amount of the vote. Both candidates won a plurality of the votes in Georgia.

          • Doug Grammer says:

            And next week Sec. Handel will have gained a higher percentage, but I doubt more votes, than Gov. Huckabee. We will find out if it’s 50%+1 soon enough.

      • racinwithrex says:

        Just a Momma’s Boy! If he knew half as much as he thinks…

        Why don’t you just come out and be honest about your support for Nathan Deal. Seriously…

        Your sense of self importance is astounding. With an ego like that and the taste and tolerance for corruption you have, you should serve in the General Assembly.

        • racinwithrex says:

          Our brilliant Senator wanted all of us here in Dade to vote for Deal because he knows where Dade County is….lol..lol.. So that was his endorsement of Deal… BIG DEAL!

          Oh and that’s a FACT!

            • racinwithrex says:

              Maybe she will fly in (if she wins) and we can all get a picture of her with us….lol..lol… Sad thing is the endorsement issue (knowing where Dade is) will be good enough for some without looking at any voting record.

              But keep in mind that the Local Party always had a Fish Fry for Deal and we used to “Feel Good” about having him here.

            • Icarus says:

              I know she had lunch with the “Lunch Bunch” in Ringgold a few weeks before the primary. Not sure if that was the last time or not.

                  • Ann Walker says:

                    Speaking of McBerry…What do Steve Handel and Ray McBerry have in common?

                    They both have a thing for women without a high school diploma.

                    • Lady Thinker says:

                      Now was that really necessary Ann? What do you have against Karen? If you take a sheet of paper, put a line down the center, put Karen at the top of one side, Deal at the top of the other, then draw two columns under each name labled pros/cons and filled in those columns, who would you support?

    • ReaganRepublican says:

      McCain/Palin only won Georgia 53%-47%. This state is reder than those results, we did not like the ticket.

  4. zigmaster says:

    Deal will need a little more than just a press release on this. He’ll need a mail-piece with Huck on it and a robo-call from Huck also.

  5. BuckheadConservative says:

    Oh, wow. Now this primary season makes sense. I’d forgotten that Georgia went for Huckabee.

    Informed voter FAIL.

  6. Tiberius says:

    good thing Huckabee didn’t have to do a run a runoff like Handel does. No way Huckabee wins a runoff.

  7. Tiberius says:

    34.1% in a primary isn’t much of a win. And if the Deal people say it is then they have to concede that Handel’s 33.9% is equally impressive.

  8. slyram says:

    Boy, this is getting good and I went to the courthouse yesterday to vote for Secretary of State only. I did go upstairs to see who was waiting for court. I wonder what they are thing in the Democrat HQ? Deal has the GOP Georgia congressional delegation in his corner for the most part but I think centrists and Democrat women would divide between Handel and Barnes. How does non-GOP Atlanta feel about Handel since she served in government there? I wonder who Barnes doesn’t want to see?

    It’s the classic case of a primary member being the person the party members like more while consideration should go to who will win in November and who will govern better. In other words, voters need to see the big picture like Democrat voters did by selecting Barnes with November in mind.

  9. TPNoGa says:

    Not that my vote is still up fro grabs, but if I were undecided, I would have decided against whoever the Huckster supports. blech. He is another big government conservative that we do not need. Palin is way better than Huck. I am thrilled he is supporting Deal. Now I know I am voting for the right candidate.

      • I Am Jacks Post says:

        “Palin is way better than Huck”

        Better looking? Sure. Smarter, more intelligent? Not by a long shot.

        • macho says:

          I’d agree that Huck is more intelligent, but as a candidate, I’d much rather have Palin’s endorsement.

        • TPNoGa says:

          I feel bad about my previous post. I did not mean to insinuate that Huckabee is a bad guy. I think he is a great guy. I like him as a person a lot. He seems to deeply care about people and the country. He is just way too economically liberal for my taste. But I do have a ton of respect for him.

          FTR, I did not vote in the 2008 GOP Presidential primary due to me being in transit and not yet registered to vote in GA. I had already left CA. But I was not impressed with any of the candidates. Plus, I had a pretty good feeling we were doomed.

  10. In The Arena says:

    Deal Sock Puppets:

    Mike Huckabee
    Newt Gingrich
    Rep. Phil Gingrey
    Rep. Jack Kingston
    Rep. Paul Broun
    Rep. John Linder
    Gloria Norwood, widow of Rep. Charlie Norwood
    Rep. Stephen Allison, Blairsville
    Rep. Amos Amerson, Dahlonega
    Rep. Lee Anderson, Grovetown
    Rep. Rick Austin, Demorest
    Rep. Paul Battles, Cartersville
    Rep. Timothy J. Bearden, Villa Rica
    Rep. Tommy Benton, Jefferson
    Rep. Mark Burkhalter, Alpharetta
    Rep. Jon Burns, Newington
    Rep. Charlice Byrd, Woodstock
    Rep. David Casas, Lilburn
    Rep. Mickey Channell, Greensboro
    Rep. Brooks Coleman, Duluth
    Rep. Doug Collins, Gainesville
    Rep. Burke Day, Tybee Island
    Rep. Tom Dickson, Cohutta
    Rep. Matt Dollar, Marietta
    Rep. Earl Ehrhart, Powder Springs
    Rep. Terry England, Auburn
    Rep. Harry Geisinger, Roswell
    Rep. Mark Hamilton, Cumming
    Rep. Ben Harbin, Evans
    Rep. Michael Harden, Eastanollee
    Rep. Buddy Harden, Cordele
    Rep. Mark Hatfield, Waycross
    Rep. Calvin Hill, Woodstock
    Rep. Billy Horne, Newnan
    Rep. Penny Houston, Nashville
    Rep. Rick Jasperse, Jasper
    Rep. Sean Jerguson, Canton
    Rep. Jan Jones, Milton
    Rep. Jerry Keen, Saint Simons Island
    Rep. Tom Knox, Cumming
    Rep. Roger Lane, Darien
    Rep. Gene Maddox, Cairo
    Rep. Judy Manning, Marietta
    Rep. Charles E. “Chuck” Martin, Alpharetta
    Rep. Howard Maxwell, Dallas
    Rep. Tom McCall, Elberton
    Rep. John Meadows, Calhoun
    Rep. James Mills, Gainesville
    Rep. Greg Morris, Vidalia
    Rep. Jay Neal, Rossville
    Rep. Larry O’Neal, Bonaire
    Rep. Butch Parrish, Swainsboro
    Rep. Don Parsons, Marietta
    Rep. Jay Powell, Camilla
    Rep. Anne Purcell, Rincon
    Rep. David Ralston, Blue Ridge
    Rep. Tom Rice, Norcross
    Rep. Jay Roberts, Ocilla
    Rep. Carl Rogers, Gainesville
    Rep. Ed Rynders, Albany
    Rep. Martin Scott, Rossville
    Rep. Tony Sellier, Fort Valley
    Rep. Ed Setzler, Acworth
    Rep. Donna Sheldon, Dacula
    Rep. Barbara Sims, Augusta
    Rep. Chuck Sims, Ambrose
    Rep. Kip Smith, Columbus
    Rep. Richard Smith, Columbus
    Rep. Tommy Smith, Nicholls
    Rep. Ron Stephens, Savannah
    Rep. Willie Talton, Warner Robins
    Rep. Len Walker, Loganville
    Rep. Tom Weldon Jr., Ringgold
    Rep. Joe Wilkinson, Sandy Springs
    Rep. Roger Williams, Dalton
    Rep. Mark Williams, Jesup
    Senator Don Balfour, Snellville
    Senator John Bulloch, Ochlocknee
    Senator Jim Butterworth, Cornelia
    Senator Buddy Carter, Pooler
    Senator Ronnie Chance, Tyrone
    Senator John Crosby, Tifton
    Senator Greg Goggans, Douglas
    Senator Johnny Grant, Milledgeville
    Senator Bill Hamrick, Carrollton
    Senator Seth Harp, Midland
    Senator Bill Heath, Bremen
    Senator Bill Jackson, Appling
    Senator Butch Miller, Flowery Branch
    Senator Jeff Mullis, Chickamauga
    Senator Jack Murphy, Cumming
    Senator Chip Pearson, Dawsonville
    Senator Chip Rogers, Woodstock
    Senator Mitch Seabaugh, Sharpsburg
    Senator Don Thomas, Dalton
    Senator Ross Tolleson, Perry
    Senator Renee Unterman, Buford
    Senator Dan Weber, Dunwoody
    Senator John Wiles, Kennesaw
    Senator Tommie Williams, Lyons

    Looks like I am in good company! If I missed anyone let me know.

    • Provocateur says:

      Rep. Charlice Byrd, Woodstock
      Rep. Penny Houston, Nashville
      Rep. Jan Jones, Milton
      Rep. Judy Manning, Marietta
      Rep. Anne Purcell, Rincon
      Rep. Donna Sheldon, Dacula
      Senator Renee Unterman, Buford

      REAL Women who got elected to represent their districts without having to play the gender card.

      • ricstewart says:

        If they don’t have to play the gender card, why are they touting the fact that they are WOMEN supporting Deal? If the fact that they are “Real Women” doesn’t matter, then why bother bringing it up?

        • TPNoGa says:

          AWESOME Point!!! It’s because they stand to make more corrupt money if Deal is elected. Heck, he probably won’t require too big a cut of the action. If Handel is elected, the party’s over for the corruption gravy train.

          • Provocateur says:

            Nah. It will be replaced by Handel’s corruption gravy train. Same thing happened when Sonny won. He promised not to take contributions from lobbyists and vendors with the state as a way to set himself apart from Roy…and then promptly sucked-up every contribution someone offered him when he won.

    • Three Jack says:

      how impressive, all the bureaucrats support the bureaucrat. if i recall correctly, this list is about the same as the one that voted for a huge tax increase during the last session after years of ignoring the need to reduce state spending.

      • Ann Walker says:

        You might want to look up the definition of bureaucrat and start using it properly in the future. Elected members of a legislature are not bureaucrats; the people who implement the policies passed by legislatures are.

          • Doug Grammer says:

            There are some good Sec. Handel supporters out there that I like and respect very much; State Senate candidate Josh McKoon is one. There are a few on here that I don’t care for at all.

  11. Tiberius says:

    Not surprised by Huckabee. He was running in 2008 as the most, most most convervative candidate. Deal is doing the same.

    The Palin endorsement is different b/c she runs as the most, most, most conservative candidate but Handel is the more moderate choice. That difference is what makes the Palin endorsement more newsworthy or thought provoking.

    Did anyone really think that a Huckabee voter wasn’t going to vote for Deal?

    • macho says:

      Interestingly, I’ve never viewed Huckabee as a Conservative. A social conservative maybe, but a fiscal conservative – no way.

    • James Fannin says:

      Deal’s endorsements are great fodder for future elections. The entire list answers this question in the affirmative, “do you believe politicians should profit from public service?” You betcha we do.

    • Doug Grammer says:

      “Did anyone really think that a Huckabee voter wasn’t going to vote for Deal?”

      I think at this point it’s a question of turnout.

  12. franb says:

    Why would Huckabee endorse Graves, the TEA Party favorite,and then shun Hice ,the TEA party and Christian Coalition favorite.Maybe he knows what a well qualified candidate, that we have in Rob Woodall.

    • B Balz says:

      That’s interesting, I wonder if anything will be made public and how quick their turnaround will be?

  13. Romegaguy says:

    The difference is that Phuckabee is from the south and found guilty of violating ethics laws

      • Icarus says:

        Hi Ann,

        You should probably know that we have a policy against just posting links without context here. We look at it as spam.

        • Icarus says:

          By the way, does anyone remember that Deal sock puppet named Henry Waxman? He wasn’t banned, but he seems to have quit posting.

              • Ann Walker says:

                I got Erick’s quotes about feminists from Henry’s post, but I am not Henry.

                Please let me know if the IP addresses match. Unless they do, I’ll let you join the Erick and the rest of Team Handel with their “Pants on Fire” and “False” awards.

                • Ann Walker says:

                  And if they do match, please let me know so I can call the police about someone else being in my house.

                  • Provocateur says:

                    I think that was a movie when someone was in someone’s house while they were there. I think it was called Scary Blogger.

                • Ann Walker says:

                  So, a false accusation without an ounce of proof – I’m glad to see that some things do not change with Team Handel.

              • Ann Walker says:

                I thought about posting a link to the definition of “political hack,” but then I remembered that it was against the rules.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Icarus,

          If a post talks about an endorser with ethics charges, and a reply is a link to another endorser with ethics charges, is that spam? Does she really need to type the words, “In contrast?” I’m seriously asking a question so I know what the rules are. I thought her link was right on topic.

  14. GOPwits says:

    Dear God this is getting ridiculous. I’m not sure how and by what power Nathan Deal is getting a pass on his greed and corruption, but it’s insane.

    Whomever posted the list of Deal supporters. Thank you. This is the list of people who all feel that we need to protect people with insider secret deals with the state. They do not want open honest government. They are standing for the hidden, you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours mentality that has honest to God, sent Georgia down the creek.

    The people who are pushing Deal on Georgia need to be voted out of office and replaced with good honest hard working public servants who aren’t going to play tricks with tax payers money and continue the secret shams that go on at the Gold Dome.

    Furthermore, at any given moment, the Federal Grand Jury could vote down and indictment and Deal could be arrested. What then of your vaulted HONORABLE Congressman? I’m not sure about you people, but the Dems running against that list of endorsements has an instant issue to use against them and it’s that they tolerated, condoned, and supported some of the most obvious corruption in this state.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          There was an ethics report with no finding of violations, that’s a fact. As far as a Grand Jury goes, until they name Congressman Deal, it still a rumor that he is the subject. I don’t doubt that he is, but I don’t know what law he may have broken.

          • GOPwits says:

            Doug, you don’t seem to like facts or really have any sense of reality, so I’ll excuse you for not knowing how the process works…

            OCE is the initial body which investigates all charges made. Those warranting further investigation are referred to the official Ethics Committee. Deal’s, just like Rangel’s and Water’s was referred to the official Ethics Committee. Deal resigned on the eve his was going to be referred.

            Furthermore, the Co-Chairman of OCE is former Congressman and CIA Director Porter Goss. Not exactly a kangaroo. Additionally, there are 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats. All voted unanimously to further investigate Deal.

            Keep buying the Deal spin and you will help Roy Barnes become Governor and if the Dems do win, we all have people like you to blame.

            • Doug Grammer says:

              We know all that (you’ve posted it before) and we can filter how much is spin and how much is fact. My question standing that you haven’t answered is: what law has Congressman Deal supposedly broken? Please cite O.C.G.A. Thank you.

        • AnyoneElse2010 says:

          And there was not an official ethics reports. The ethics report that was released was released by the OCE. This is a body founded by Nancy Pelosi that cannot do anything but recommend cases to the Congressional Ethics Committee. It is basically a kangaroo court, but hey who lets little things like facts get in their way.

          • GOPwits says:

            Apparently you and Doug share the same cigarettes because there was a report. There is a federal grand jury. Those are facts.

            • AlanR says:

              I would point out that with Eric Holder in charge, Karen Handel might get indicted in October if it means putting Barnes over the top.

              Sorry. I have little faith in this justice department and how it operates. It may be a fact, but it may be based on politics instead of justice.

        • Provocateur says:

          Let’s do away with trials in this country and just operate off of partisan investigations and “facts.”

    • I Am Jacks Post says:

      Have you any idea how many ethics violations have been leveled against Palin? Invesigations, hearings, etc? She’s got a legal defense fund for crying out loud!

      CREW accused Paling of multiple ethics violations.

      CREW accused Tom Price of ethics violations.

      So shut your yap.

      • B Balz says:

        Any objective student of the great Game knows that ethics violations are misused by pol rivals. Although, GA recently tightened its’ laws to help discourage that sort of behavior, a ‘creative’ ethics complaint was generated against Ms. Handel.

        The ethics charge denies Ms. Handel the ability to go against Roy by saying “I am not like the rest of the ‘good ol’ Boys’ ”

        The general public, and not wonks that read PeachPundit-type blogs, are generally unaware of how these ‘ethics’ complaints work. Thus, either GOP gubernatorial hopeful has to counter Roy on these issues, regardless of their merit.

        That is what is going on-Creating the image of a corrupt, sex crazed GOP, with Roy being “boring but honest”.

        Just say Rep. Deal wins 50%+1 August 10th. If Rep. Deal is found innocent or not even officially charged, and that happens in December, 2010, Roy has the advanatage, big time.

        Conversely, if Ms. Handel wins, her ethics charge will play big before November, as well.

        So, those polemic voices that harp on this matter could very well be Dem plants, because they sure as heck are not helping MY GOP.

        • Dave Bearse says:

          I know nothing about the details and hence don’t dispute that the ethics complaint against Handel is merely political BS, but Bobby Kahn’s ethics complaint against Richardson was similarly denigrated as but a political attack.

          • B Balz says:

            Hey Dave Bearse!

            I read all that could be read on Mr. Kahn’s ethics compliant. My conclusion(s):

            1.) It came from Mr. Kahn, therefore it was political.
            2.) It lacked substantive facts, i.e. evidence.
            3.) How could it be proven?

            I think that complaint had more truth to it than many, but stating what everybody thinks the ‘know’ and proof are not the same.

            BTW, I think that whole matter could have been handled better.

    • Pine Knot says:

      Need to be voted out of office? Who is being so desperately negative? Karen Handel. Who is the moderate canidate. Karen Handel. If Karen wins, our general assembly will be in gridlock.

    • Lady Thinker says:

      Great post GOPwits. I agree with your comments and like you, once Deal is arrested, will wonder how many of these people will say their endorsement of Deal was given by a staffer and was not valid.

  15. jackson says:

    Other than campaigning here, Huckabee actually knows Nathan Deal. I think he’d be qualified to talk about it.

    The reality is, to be honest, none of the presidential endorsements (save for Newt) in my opinion have anything to do with either candidate and more to do with their presidential ambitions.

    Palin thought Handel would win cuz Erick, et al. gave Handel a pass. It was a calculated risk in a divided primary that gave Handel an edge.

    Romney, not to be out done, didnt want to be outdone by Palin. It was a no-lose proposition for him. Deal probably wouldn’t support him and he couldn’t let Palin get away with helping him.

    Huckabee, at the last minute gets involved because he has nothing to lose either. There is nothing he can get from helping Handel, so if Nathan wins, Hucks a big winner and if Nathan loses, no big loss for him.

    It’s all sad really. Some people will vote for a candidate who’s endorser’s really don’t care about whats going on in Georgia unless it helps them win a presidential primary.

  16. GOPwits says:

    According to Jack Kingston, EVERYONE endorses Deal… He’s just another big spender in DC w/ a serious addiction to earmarks…

  17. chamblee54 says:

    Great. Two overweight Jesus worshiping closet cases. One as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. The other endorsed by Sarah Palin.
    Maybe a strategic vote is in order, to pick the one who will be easiest to defeat in November.
    The election is held in the cafetorium of my grammar school. Tuesday will not be the first time I held my nose in there.

  18. Tireless says:

    Great news. I still can’t stand Handel and the Schmuckabee endorsement makes Deal even less attractive. No matter what happens on Tuesday, I will wake up pissed off on Wednesday.

  19. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    I’m not a good Christian and I’m not a good Republican, but I do like Huckabee mainly because of his clemency policy.

    Forgiveness —- It just drives Southern “conservatives” and/or “baptists” CRAZEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    The Jesus I know preached forgiveness.

    “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

    Like I said, I’m not a good Christian.

    Disclaimer (and no one care, but…): I voted for Chapman, and I’ll skip the runoff.

    • therightdirection says:

      Not to get too preachy (though you brought it up), my understanding is that Jesus taught individuals how we should treat one another. Trying to attribute that to how a government should treat dangerous criminals is a stretch, no?

      • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

        You’re not getting preachy, and I can appreciate your point. But I think how Huckabee saw it as Governor was forgiveness for these people, even though they didn’t follow the “Golden Rule.” I’m not saying it was perfect public policy, I just think that he was honest in his beliefs, as opposed to the likes of Preston Smith, Jerry Keene, Richardson, etc.

  20. Mama_grizzly says:

    Is anyone surprised that the members of that corrupt assembly would not be bothered by someone that is ethically challenged? Tax Hike Mike does not have a good fiscally conservative record. In fact the and the legislature have something in common – they both raised taxes!! Yet Deal touts their endorsements.

    a vote for deal is a vote for Roy Barnes.

    I am voting for the Democrat for state house and state senate. The legislature is corrupt and is trying to protect their little club.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      Let’s be realistic here for a moment. Of course their bothered by his ethics. What do you expect them to say. “Well I’m endorsing Deal, even though I know he’s ethically challenged.”

      I suspect a lot of them will be secretly voting for Barnes though.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        I really doubt they will vote for Gov. Barnes. There is a better chance that they would vote for Sec. Handel Tuesday even if they have endorsed Congressman Deal before they would consider voting for Gov. Barnes, IMO.

  21. Bill30097 says:

    I will not vote for Handel because of her kowtowing to Holder on voter ID verification.

    Now I get calls from 2 infamous RINOs, Nancy Pelosi’s couch buddy, and that famous phoney The Huckster.

    I will ship the gov race Tuesday but am voting Libertarian in November

    I will still be voting for Hice for Congress.

    • Yep, I believe I’m probably going to skip the Gov race Tuesday as well. I’ll just wait to vote for Monds – the Libertarian – in November. At least he’s not ethically challenged.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        And if your guy John whoever, causes a run off, who will you two vote for in the general election run off? Or will you vote?

  22. Mama_grizzly says:

    Handel did not kowtow to Holder on voter ID verification. The Voting Rights Act requires any change in voting requirements be approved by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. There is no way Handel could ignore that.

    I don’t live in the 7th, but am amazed that there is a candidate running in the GOP Primary that refuses to pledge to say no to earmarks and no to new taxes.

  23. TalmadgeGhost says:

    “please be consistent in your approach of explaining why this out of state Governor who doesn’t know Camilla or Ocilla is relevent, but Governor’s Jan Brewer, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin aren’t.”

    This one is easy. Huckabee was a Governor of Arkansas – you know, one of the 13 stars, and since you live in Fayette County (and therefore carpetbagging capital of Georgia, Peachtree City) Icarus I probably will have to explain that one to you.

    Romney – Mormon Yankee from Boston
    Palin – Whacko from the most Northern State possible
    Brewer – Arizona might as well be California or Mexico

    That’s why.

  24. MSBassSinger says:

    Unless persuaded otherwise, I am voting for Deal.
    I supported Huckabee.

    However, what an out-of-state Governor/ex-Governor thinks does not affect my vote very much.

    I believe (but cannot prove) Huckabee put more thought and research into his endorsement than Palin did, who is now stuck with Handel.

    These out-of-staters have every right to endorse whomever they want, but I hope Deal doesn’t put a lot of weight on that. I hope he has sense enough to stick with the general theme “If elected, here is what I can do to help…”.

    BTW, a lady I know, a long time Palin supporter, told me the other day that she is very disappointed in Palin and is beginning to see that she really is a Rockefeller Republican, not a conservative.

    If the out-of-staters endorsements have any merit, it would in how their views align with our candidates’ views. Jan Brewer, while conservative on illegal immigration, is also a big-government, tax-n-spend Rockefeller Republican – same as Mitt Romney. Their records as Governors are much more liberal fiscally than Huckabee, so perhaps that indicates Handel may be more liberal fiscally, rhetoric excluded.

  25. Mama_grizzly says:

    What are you Deal sock puppets going to say when the over whelming majority of voters reject both Deal and the endorsements of the GA Legislature on Tuesday?

  26. Mama_grizzly says:

    “Their records as Governors are much more liberal fiscally than Huckabee, so perhaps that indicates Handel may be more liberal fiscally, rhetoric excluded.”

    Now that is one of the funniest statements I have heard in a long time. Mike Huckabee is a fiscal liberal. That is why Club For Growth very strongly opposed him when he ran for President. Tax Hike Mike was weak on immgration as well.

  27. Doug Grammer says:

    Gov. Palin is not a Rockefeller Republican, Gov. Romney, sure, I’ll give you that one. Gov. Palin is very much a social conservative. I also think she is being very selective in her endorsements. My question is, is she endorsing the best people for the job or the best people to help her get the nomination in 2012. I appreciate that the same argument could be said for Speaker Gingrich, Gov. Romney, and Gov. Huckabee, but with her it seems a bit more obvious. She’s endorsed a lot of people, but I’d guess about half of them are women. If were running, I’d want her endorsement. I look forward to seeing her on Monday.

  28. UGADawg says:

    I’m pretty sure that the endorsements by Palin, Romney and Huckabee will have no long-lasting, day-to-day effects in Georgia. They might be important come 2012. However, when the Legislature convenes in January, all of those legislator endorsements will be very, very important. If Handel wins the run-off and beats Barnes, then McKoon and Staton will be the only two senators who have complete access to the Governor’s office. I’m not sure if any House Republicans are supporting her. If Deal wins out, McKoon and Staton will have a very lonely two years in Atlanta. So here’s a question, if Handel is the nominee, who will the majority of members support: the Democrat who served with them or the Republican with whom they have a very strained relationship?

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