The Economist Takes On Governor Deal

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.

11 comments

  1. MattMD says:

    The end of this quote is interesting:

    “Demography helps Democrats: the state is growing younger and less white. In addition, Mr Carter believes that “in rural Georgia Republican support is fraying. People are no longer getting answers to their questions” because Republican fixate on ideological purity at the expense of pragmatism.”

    Wow, where have I heard that complaint before?

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      Go ask California how they like their democrats voting to install little black boxes on cars so they can tax you per mile?
      Young people who are less white will be all for that new tax.

  2. greencracker says:

    It’s nice having an Economist reporter in Atlanta. We get a look in from the outside.

    But the Economist reported in 2012 that Georgia eliminated the waiver it gives Delta on jet fuel taxes. I find the Economist is pretty reliable, but that doesn’t sound correct … wasn’t there an EO continuing the suspension of tax collection? Maybe the suspension was only through 2012? It’s my job to know this kind of stuff, and I sure can’t figure it out from reading the legislation … 🙁

  3. seekingtounderstand says:

    Dear Governor Deal: Next time the AJC goes after you, please point out that the AJC spent a year explaining how they where now fair and balanced.
    Anyone who gave them a chance, knows it was an epic failure on their part. They have no business calling out ethics on anyone.

    Best quote of the day………………….
    Our American press is mutually parasitic with the democratic party and its a destructive coupling.
    sorry I can not remember the authors name who wrote this.

    • MattMD says:

      You kiss ass very well. Are you an intern in the gov’s office?

      Do you have anything to say about the findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics or Georgia Ethics Commission?

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