Nathan Deal Staffers Join His Political Campaign

August 8, 2014 11:30 am

by Jon Richards · 6 comments

An email from Governor Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign brought the initial news. From campaign manager Tom Willis, part of it read, “Along with field representatives dedicated to turing out voters, three of Nathan’s senior aides, Chris Riley, Brian Robinson, and David Werner, are joining our efforts on the campaign.”

Over at the AJC’s Political Insider, Greg Bluestein has some additional details, including this from an email Deal’s Chief of Staff Chris Riley sent to explain the decision:

“As you all know, I have had the opportunity to work for Gov. Nathan Deal for the past 22 years,” he wrote. “I have been involved in each of his campaigns since 1992, and there’s no way I’d miss the last campaign he will ever run.”

The Jason Carter campaign, along with Better Georgia, have been aggressively going after the governor on issues of ethics and disclosure. The names of COS Chris Riley and press spokesman Brian Robinson have come up in their complaints, legislative liason David Werner less so.

Deciding to have the campaign rather than the state pay their salaries makes it clear that Deal is serious about the campaign. It also removes possible future criticism that the governor is using taxpayer dollars to get re-elected, echoing a charge we’ve heard before.

Will Durant August 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Barn door….

Bridget Cantrell August 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Question for the attorneys:

As for the ethics complaints, if something questionable happens while these guys are employed by the Deal campaign vs the Office of the Governor, how would that affect future lawsuits? I assume this reassigns responsibility of who pays any possible future settlements i.e. the taxpayers vs the campaign and also closes the door to Open Records requests.

MattMD August 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I think Deal has been a much better governor than that turd, Sonny Perdue, but why do ethics issues keep haunting him?

Harry August 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

At least Deal is moving the staffers who will be working on his campaign to the campaign payroll. Hillary’s campaign staffers are paid by her 501(c)(3) org, which is supported by tax deductible contributions (including her own contributions which she so selflessly donates to it and gets a tax deduction).

ricstewart August 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I am sincerely impressed with your unfailing ability to deflect.

Harry August 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Do you believe there was anything unethical with this action by the Deal campaign? Because I guarantee you every incumbent campaign does it to some degree or other.

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