The Economist, the weekly newspaper/magazine from London, is out with a story on the troubles of Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal. The article, which is slated for Saturday’s print edition, is titled “Georgia’s Raw Deal.”
After recapping the end of Deal’s congressional career amidst an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the article describes the governor’s recent issues with the Georgia Ethics Commission, and concludes by speculating on his chances for winning re-election in 2014.
Meetings between Mr Deal’s staff and members of the ethics commission were, Mr Robinson says, routine—the sort of meetings that often occur between the governor’s office and state agencies. In any event, Mr Deal seems to have found a silver lining to the allegations: fundraising. The day after the AJC story his campaign sent an e-mail blaming “the liberal news media” for “baseless, factually flawed” articles and asking supporters for “$100, $50 or even $25 [to] help me push back against liberal noise and attacks from the mainstream media.”
But not all criticism of Mr Deal has come from liberals. He is up for re-election next year, and so far has attracted two Republican primary challengers: David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, a small carpetmaking town; and John Barge, the superintendent of Georgia’s public schools. Mr Pennington says that Mr Deal needs to “tell us what happened”, adding that the perception of corruption among state officials hurts Georgia’s economy. Mr Barge faults Mr Deal for “underfunding public schools”, and calls for “leaders who will govern and not play politics”.
There isn’t any new news here, but it’s interesting to see another publication’s perspective on the race.