Governor Deal has just released the following email. Meanwhile, Jason Carter has a press conference starting in 5 minutes. Campaign Season and legal stuff. Hand in hand like dogs and cats, living together….
Deal for Governor counsel Randy Evans’ memo sets the record straight on “election-year attacks”
Democrats across the country are abusing our legal system for political gain, and Republican governors are targets. Here at home, Better Georgia (bankrolled by former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes), and activist groups aligned with Jason Carter have tried to make an election year issue out of the troubles at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
In fact, in a June 16 blog post, Carter’s allies said they were “pleased to announce that we will be working directly with one of the commission staff members that was wrongfully terminated to bring residents the full untold story. We promise some juicy exclusives in the very near future-stay tuned!”
The only problem is, as we predicted, that the facts don’t support any wrongdoing. Instead, a leaked document only now made public confirmed that, contrary to media reporting, past and present commission staff aggressively pursued allegations against the campaign. Indeed, Deal and his campaign were subjected to the highest level of scrutiny in the history of Georgia. This included a full audit of all of his disclosure reports consisting of thousands of entries with no specific formal complaint as a basis-a first for the commission.
After that extensive search, the commission dismissed all claims with the exception of an administrative fee dealing with clerical errors in campaign reports. There was no global settlement, nor does this case pertain to recent settlements between the commission’s board members and ex-staffers.
The complainant even apologized:
“I want to say to Governor Nathan Deal, and to Mr. Evans and McKenna Long, that in some of the language I used, in the complaints, I sincerely apologize… I sincerely, sincerely, apologize.”
But the governor’s opponents aren’t letting the truth get in the way of election-year attacks.
These are the facts:
Our entire legal team has aggressively defended Deal, which we will continue to do throughout his second term.
Notwithstanding our best efforts to convince the commission staff of our positions repeatedly, they insisted on a contested hearing on the two main issues.
Contrary to the recycled attacks that we “influenced” the commission staff, they vigorously opposed our arguments.
We not only won the two main issues based on the specific facts of the complaints against Deal, we also won those issues based on the general rules that apply to all candidates.
Yet, all of these groups working against Deal’s reelection circulated rumors and innuendos about all sorts of investigations and allegations. Finally, the public knows what we have known all along-these rumors are entirely untrue. None of the accusations they raised happened, and no juicy details are forthcoming.
No doubt, these attacks will not stop until November. But, there is now little left to tell. Because of that, maybe we consider this an “I told you so.” They can’t talk about Deal’s record as governor making Georgia the No. 1 place to do business, or his commitment to educating Georgia’s children. So, instead, they try to rehash old stories that have neither life in them, nor any to begin with. With this latest leak, I just thought you should know that at least this one part of the story should now be over.