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Greg Bluestein, Aaron Sheinin, and Shannon McCaffrey of the AJC teamed up to dig up allegations that head of the Georgia Ethics Commission Holly LaBerge, had meddled in the investigation and met with top aides to the governor during the original investigation. (Which was over what, again? Wasn’t it some sort of arcane accounting for the campaign’s use of a plane? Seriously, I’ve forgotten. -But I’m sure some commenters are just itchin‘ to remind me.)
Not to be outdone, Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered did an investigative journalistic solo into the matter at his website.
Governor Deal pushed back hard, and bemoaned the descent of the Atlanta Journal Constitution to less-than-fishwrapper status. AJC Editor Bert Roughton pushed back just as hard, and “stands by” the story.
On to the opportunists! David Pennington, Mayor of Dalton who is also running for Governor issued the following statement via email: “There is a clear pattern from Nathan Deal: attack and try to discredit the messenger because he can’t defend the message or the facts. Georgia taxes have gone up; our economy is struggling; and we have a Governor distracted from constant, ethical controversies.” (Protip, Mayor Pennington: When attacking, go for the kill. Don’t leave folks asking “And THEN?”)
Finally, the Georgia GOP took a unique approach, and issued their own emailed statement:
“Now, in hopes of restoring their political relevance, the same liberals that refused to pass ethics reform while in power are using a story-starved media to launch their baseless, pathetic attacks against conservative leaders that did. What a joke.
“Voters throughout the state of Georgia are proud of what Governor Deal, Speaker Ralston, and the entire Republican Delegation are doing under the Gold Dome to enhance accountability and transparency in state government. Under their leadership, confidence in government has been restored and a new wave of investment, job creation, and economic development has followed suit.
“While liberals are busy lobbing accusations and insults, we will continue to work together to move Georgia forward; creating a brighter future for generations to come.”
And not to be outdone, State School Superintendent John Barge stated: ““To anyone familiar with the political history of our current Governor there is nothing shocking in today’s allegations against him. This is yet another reason why Georgia is ranked dead last in public integrity by the Center for Public Integrity. Georgia deserves better and I promise the people of Georgia that this will not be acceptable behavior in my administration.”
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