GAGOP John Padgett Calls Jason Carter’s Behavior Sad And Disappointing

July 1, 2014 13:00 pm

by Nathan · 4 comments

The Georgia Republican Party issued a presser with a statement from state Chairman John Padgett regarding Senator Jason Carter’s comments claiming that Georgia’s rating by Site Selection Magazine was a “widely-debunked rating”. A rating, mind you, that was affirmed by CNBC the other day.

Chairman Padgett said:

“It’s sad when desperate politicians like Senator Jason Carter attempt to tarnish Georgia’s economic success story for the sake of political gain,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett. “Why would someone who claims to care so much about our state expend so much energy on downplaying rankings and accolades that enhance job creation and investment?

“If Jason Carter really cared as much about Georgia as he claims in his campaign commercials, he would join the millions of Georgians in thanking Governor Deal and our conservative leaders in the Georgia General Assembly for creating an economic environment that’s bringing billions of dollars in investment, millions of jobs, and thousands of new businesses to the Peach State.”

The press release also linked to a response to Carter’s criticism by Peach Pundit patriarch Erick Erickson on his radio show.

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Three Jack July 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

“…would join the millions of Georgians in thanking Governor Deal and our conservative leaders in the Georgia General Assembly for creating an economic environment that’s bringing billions of dollars in investment, millions of jobs, and thousands of new businesses to the Peach State”

Really? “Millions of jobs”? “Thousands of new businesses”? And all because of our wonderful governor and “conservative leaders”? Beyond the total BS about jobs and businesses, I ask yet again for somebody to tell us ‘millions of Georgians’ who are now supposed to thank the governor what he or ‘conservative leaders’ have done to earn the thanks.

Unemployment rises in May to 7.2% – http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2014/06/19/georgia-unemployment-rate-up-in-may.html

Chris Huttman July 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

About the most generous calculation you could apply would show around 175k more jobs in Georgia than right before Deal became governor. US unemployment rate down 3.1% since then, Georgia’s down 3.0%. Must be why we’re #1 for businesses to come here – we’ve created fewer jobs as a percentage than the US as a whole and our unemployment rate is still almost a full percent higher than the national average.

tribeca July 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

One of the things that led to the #1 ranking in CNBC was our educated workforce. Tell me Chairman Padgett, how are we going to maintain that educated workforce if we’re continually cutting funding to our schools and public colleges/universities? Should I add that it’s now much harder for otherwise outstanding students from lower income and middle class families to go to college because no one in your party has the good sense to see that the HOPE Scholarship is going to run dry without an income cap?

Take it from someone who had to move away because there weren’t enough educational and career opportunities in this state… Governor Deal, and more importantly, the conservative leadership in the House have done a WONDERFUL job (*cue eye roll*) of making sure this is a state that is aimed towards the future. Bang up job, fellas.

Jon Lester July 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

There really was a bit of a skew in that CNBC list. Montana was listed at number 33 just because it’s union-friendly, but it also happens to be one of four states with zero sales tax, so that’s obviously attractive to anyone in retail. I was there for a few weeks recently and, apart from the weather, I think I’d like doing business better there, myself.