Nathan Deal: Among “15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress”

Nathan Deal?
The Republican voters of Georgia have chosen Nathan Deal to carry the banner for them in the governor’s race? I confess I didn’t see that coming. They went with the guy whom a good government group once labelled “one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress?” He’s the reincarnation of Gene Talmadge.
When the contest began in earnest, a total of seven contenders had entered the field to win the GOP nomination for governor. As my colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin wrote in July:

On the Republican side of the gubernatorial campaign, the seven-candidate race has essentially boiled down to a four-person contest with Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine the acknowledged front-runner and former Secretary of State Karen Handel, former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and former state Sen. Eric Johnson battling for second.

Once Oxendine’s baggage became too much for the voters, I figured that left Johnson and Handel.
Johnson’s politics are very different from mine, but he is experienced and seemed to have the politics to appeal to Georgia’s conservatives. Handel had turned herself inside out to appease the state’s rightwing, rejecting a host of moderate principles she had endorsed earlier. But at least she had never been accused of corruption. And the endorsement of Sarah Palin gave her campaign added excitement.
But the voters choose Deal.
Let’s review, shall we?
He has signed up with the worst excesses of the nativists; he’s an early sponsor of an ugly proposal to change the 14th Amendment, to strip birthright citizenship. Republicans used to consider the 14 Amendment one of their proudest achievements.
He has cozied up to the birthers by demanding that President Obama prove that he is an American citizen. That was a reversal for Deal, who had earlier been sane enough to say that he was satisfied that Obama was born in the USA.
But that’s not the worst of it. He’s as sleazy as they come. As the AJC has reported, he apparently used his office to line his pockets:

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor in 2010, personally intervened with Georgia leaders to preserve an obscure state program that earns his company nearly $300,000 a year.
Deal on three occasions in the past year and a half met with state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham to question proposed changes Graham wanted to make in the way Georgia inspects rebuilt salvaged vehicles. Deal coordinated his efforts through the office of a political ally, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Also, Deal’s chief of staff used his congressional e-mail account to contact Georgia Senate and Revenue Department staff to discuss the plans and to set appointments for Deal to meet with officials, including Cagle.
Deal and Ken Cronan own and operate Recovery Services Inc., also known as Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, which for nearly 20 years has enjoyed a lucrative agreement with the state that earned the company $1.5 million from 2004 through 2008, according to state records. The company provides a location and equipment for state inspectors to examine salvaged vehicles. Deal and Cronan never had to compete for the business, state officials said.
Deal personally earns up to $150,000 a year from the enterprise, according to reports he files with the U.S. House.
Graham has tried for years to expand the system through competitive bidding or privatization.
Ultimately, Deal prevailed; the program, which at least two state leaders call a monopoly, remains unchanged — for the time being.
Deal, a top contender to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue, says he has done nothing wrong and has acted as any business owner and citizen would in speaking to state officials about a program he says saves lives and brings revenue to state coffers. He also said he has often worked with state officials on issues important to constituents.

He fled Congress just ahead of the ethics posse, and a federal grand jury has subpoenaed information related to Deal’s deal with the state of Georgia. (His attorney says he is not the subject of the probe.)

This is the guy supported by voters who claim they’re sick of politics as usual?

369 comments Add your comment

Tommy maddox

August 11th, 2010
2:45 pm

Must be getting near November.

RGB

August 11th, 2010
2:45 pm

“A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd.”

How embarrassing.

I guess they didn’t get the “Obama Stimalas” package yet.

RGB

August 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

The so-called “most corrupt” list has been widely discredited.

As YOU KNOW, the list was from CREW which is funded by George Soros.

Perhaps George should just write your column himself for direct submission. It would cut out the middleman–oh, sorry, middleperson.

Lazy journalism personified.

Tech Man

August 11th, 2010
2:52 pm

How about “Retread Roy” and Georgia 400 funds?.
How about “Retread Roy” and the teachers? Why were the teachers against him in his re-election bid?

bill johnson

August 11th, 2010
2:53 pm

I think Deal is corrupt too.

But, I think Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters are more corrupt. I doubt you would write a column about them since they are Democrats and also the race thing.

Richard

August 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

To CTs credit she did. Would like more information (positive or negative) as we head to the election. I think we need to get this one as right (no pun intended) as possible.

Hankie Aron

August 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

Deal might be right there with Rangel and Waters, who knows. But, to be fair to CT she did say that Rangel should step down Bill Johnson.

Brian

August 11th, 2010
2:59 pm

Didn’t vote for either candidate but help me understand why would Handel concede so early since I hear votes are still arriving and she was only around 2,500 short of Deal? What happened here?

Suckers

August 11th, 2010
3:00 pm

Barnes and Deal are both douchebags. Vote for Mond and give the 3rd party a shot.

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

bill johnson, I’ve already written about Charlie Rangel twice.

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:02 pm

RGB, Nathan Deal has never denied using his office to protect his no-bid contract with the state of Georgia.

mike

August 11th, 2010
3:02 pm

Actually Rangel and Waters have nothing to do with the state of Georgia, folks. The people of this state can continue to elect their own crooks without worrying about what goes on in other states. Do not twist the issues by avoiding the facts.

ATLshirt.com

August 11th, 2010
3:05 pm

Oh great, when we the people wanted FRESH people in office, what do the DummyCrats and Retardagans do ?? They put up two of the most unethical candidates for the top spot in Georgia !!!

I am tired of both the DummyCrats and Retardagans !!!

pat

August 11th, 2010
3:07 pm

Aw, darn, I like the other thread better….It was so bad, I actually, physically, laughed out loud….

Peadawg

August 11th, 2010
3:08 pm

“he’s an early sponsor of an ugly proposal to change the 14th Amendment, to strip birthright citizenship….”

OF BABIES BORN IN THE US TO NON-US CITIZENS. This is a good thing.

“he apparently used his office to line his pockets”

You mean like Rangel?

pat

August 11th, 2010
3:10 pm

Here’s the full list….8 of 15 are democrats.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Tech Man

August 11th, 2010
3:12 pm

So the concensus is we all will have to hold our nose when voting for either Deal or Barnes?

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:13 pm

Peadawg, You’ve been reading my blog since it started, so you know full well I’ve said Rangel should resign.

Drifter

August 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

You could vote Libertarian…definitely the best choice in this race unless you like the status quo.

Tech Man

August 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

How many of those that are running for re-election (not another position like Deal) will be re-elected?

Rightwing Troll

August 11th, 2010
3:18 pm

“Rangel did it” so it’s ok if Deal did it. That’s what I’m hearing?

Tech Man

August 11th, 2010
3:18 pm

CT – is it my computer? How come your posts are sometimes in blue and sometimes not?

Cujo Bendi

August 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

Well, we have one of the most corrupt people in history at the helm in the white house. What’s her point?

Christina

August 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

Hey Cynthia. Just for kicks, can you also publish the hatchet piece you had already written about Handel in case she won? It might be fun to compare the two!

StJ

August 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

pat: Out of the list of 15, 4 are from CA, 2 from IL, and 1 from NY. Half the list came from the most liberal three states in the Union. (Things that make you go “hmmmmmmm”.)

Deal’s ethical problems are the reason I didn’t vote for him.

Lefty

August 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

It would appear that the comments that aren’t about Nathan Deal are further proof that writing an opinion piece doesn’t mean it has been read. Lots of people out their with anger management
issues. Scary.

A. Adams

August 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Roy Barnes is another big Lib TAX AND SPEND Democrat. No wonder Cynthia Tucker attacks Deal with questionable list. Don’t believe her folks!! Why is this creep Barnes running again after losing his re-election to Sonny?? Why doesn’t he get a real job like the rest of us???

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Lefty, you’re so right

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

Tech Man, My post shouldn’t be in blue. I’ll fix it

kitty

August 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

pat, did you bother to do the math? That also means SEVEN of 15 of the most corrupt are Republicans. Pretty even split. Both sides are corrupt and yet we vote them in again and again…guess that makes the voters just plain STUPID.

intown

August 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Good job Cynthia. Here’ hoping Barnes pulls this one off.

CE

August 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Is Cynthia biased..hmmm…..

Lawrence

August 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

Christina…
You are right. She has a hatchet job ready for any non-Democrats.

Jim

August 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

So Naomi Seligman and George Soros think a Republican is corrupt. What else is new?

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

The only thing Barnes might win is “The Best GILF Impressionists” award. I wonder what Roys Autumn lipstick colors will be?

Its 3:28 and Cynthia is still sexy!! Huba Huba

Jimmy62

August 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

Deal is kinda scummy. Unfortunately it’s tough to find politicians that aren’t scum, and the left is just as bad if not worse than the right. Which is why so many Tea Partiers want to get rid of all ‘em and start fresh with a whole new bunch before they can be corrupted by the old guard like Rangel and Pelosi (who is corrupt in that she’s destroying our country in her quest for power and getting her way).

kevinbgoode

August 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

My gosh, CT. . .he wasn’t “lining his pockets”. . .he was “creating wealth.” Things are different when you are dealing with God’s Own Party.

Sick&Tired

August 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

Karen Handel said that Deal was an unethical politician and she is 100% correct. Now, she expects her supporters to vote for the same unethical politician.

These same supporters of (Deal and Handel) are talking about Waters and Rangel; definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

The good news is that Waters and Rangel are not running for Governor of Georgia and don’t live here. However, we can’t say the same about Deal.

Deal hasn’t done anything for the people of Georgia while in Congress; although helping himself. He hasn’t supported one piece of legislature that is beneficial to education, transportation or water rights in Georgia. Georgia has a high unemployment rate and Deal supported those who believed that only the lazy people of Georgia were drawing unemployment. He doesn’t care about financial reform; but supports big spending corporations.

He doesn’t care about little children without healthcare; due to illnesses they have no control of on their on. Deal doesn’t think they have the “right” to see a doctor or get medicine; because it’s not in our Constitution. But, he wants to add defining a Marriage “as something that can only happen between a man and woman”. He’s about as backwards thinking as they come; he puts someones private love life as a more important concern, than he does the lives of our children.

Before you voted against the Healthcare reform, you should have thought about our children.

We don’t need anyone running the state of Georgia who does not support the education of our children.

SouthGaDawg

August 11th, 2010
3:32 pm

Well that was fast. Way to go CT. Deal’s been the Republican’s official nominee for a matter of hours and you’re already attacking him.

Congrats.

By the way ol Roy Barnes has never done anything that looks unethical has he? Oh wait…he’s an attorney…nevermind.

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

kevinbgoode, How could I have missed that?

ctucker

August 11th, 2010
3:35 pm

intown, I think the GOP voters just made it easier for Barnes.

kevinbgoode

August 11th, 2010
3:36 pm

Well, the voters need to just relax and vote for God’s Own Party’s candidate. If he’s caught doing anything unethical, he’ll have a nice prayer meeting on the Capitol steps and declare himself cleansed.

And the media needs to stop mentioning any corruption involving Republicans – or they’ll “prove” they are “liberals.” The public only needs to know about corrupt Democrats.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 11th, 2010
3:38 pm

$1.2 million of Government money for federal housing
Police Officers on the scene
Fire Department on the scene
8,000 people have camped out since Sunday – This means that 8,000 people haven’t worked since Sunday….if they have jobs at all. I’m sure most of them sit at home and suck on the Government boob while spitting out as many kids as possible. These same kids will one day be on free and reduced lunch in our public schools while being on medicaid and surviving on WIC.
WHY IS THIS NEVER ON YOUR BLOG? It is a shame that the AJC can do no better than Cynthia Mckinney….I mean Tucker.

Hoghead

August 11th, 2010
3:45 pm

Your being against him and starting your negative campaign so soon makes me want to vote for him all the more. Keep it going kiddo.

Hoghead

August 11th, 2010
3:47 pm

yep, all those people sitting on their butts waiting for a housing handout. the more they are given, the more they will want, and the more of them there will be. How is this taking the country in the right direction? Those people should have been offered jobs cutting lawns, working at McDonald’s or doing anything else to earn a respectable living. You know what!! They wouldn’t take a job if they were offered one.

Alatsea

August 11th, 2010
3:47 pm

Left, right or in different. It’s a sad, sad day when voters think this is the less of two evils.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

Top 5 most racist people alive:

1. Daniel Carver (KKK granddragon)
2. Jesse Jackson
3. Al Sharpton
4. Cynthia Tucker
5. Barrack Obama

*Feel free to interchange 2-5 at your discretion

Here is a new list that you can talk about. It is about as credible as the one that you are using to bash Deal with.

SCOTLAND FOREVER

August 11th, 2010
3:49 pm

Left, right or in different. It’s a sad, sad day when voters think this is the less of two evils.

Carol

August 11th, 2010
3:49 pm

This is the kind of reporting I expect from the Atlanta urinal and constipation