GOP candidates dish up red meat

Politics and pork — and a little chicken, too — followed the 17th annual Dacula Memorial Day Parade on Monday, and four GOP gubernatorial hopefuls threw in some rhetorical red meat.

Slotted amid cheerleaders, military veterans and the occasional random parade entrant, Republicans John Oxendine, Karen Handel, Nathan Deal and Eric Johnson shook hands and passed out stickers along Hebron Road in the growing Gwinnett County town.

A dozen candidates for other offices were on hand, too, as the parade wound past historic store fronts. But the candidates saved the heavy politicking for a post-parade barbecue sponsored by the Gwinnett County GOP.  Read the complete story.

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W R.

May 31st, 2010
6:30 pm


We should elect Johnson FIRST after the run-off. Best qualified and hosest, unlike others in the field.


May 31st, 2010
6:33 pm

Nathan Deal is the only veteran in the GOP Gubernatorial primary. They all talk about service, but Nathan Deal put his money where his mouth is and really served.


May 31st, 2010
6:37 pm

Nathan Deal is the only candidate with the breadth and depth of experience to defeat Barnes and to protect our state from the federal government’s intrusions on our freedoms


May 31st, 2010
6:38 pm

Nathan Deal is the only veteran in the GOP Gubernatorial primary. They all talk about service, but Nathan Deal put his money where his mouth is and really served.


May 31st, 2010
6:53 pm

Deal is a good guy-he has my vote. I like the fact that he was born in Georgia and grew up here.


May 31st, 2010
7:20 pm

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May 31st, 2010
7:22 pm

I was of the opinion that Nathan Deal left Washington just in the nick of time to avoid an ethics investigation.

From where I sit, it’s a tough choice to make from this field.

Is this the best we can do?

aaron humes

May 31st, 2010
7:38 pm

I’m with Johnson in this capitol bare knuckle brawl too.

george byrd

May 31st, 2010
8:24 pm

None of the GOP candidates are worthy of leading our State. Period. Think about it….


May 31st, 2010
9:17 pm

I just hope we can get a true conservative this time. Handel and Deal are the least conservative of this foursome. I would be happy with Oxendine or Johnson. Oxendine has shown that he can win a statewide election.

U like it???

May 31st, 2010
10:00 pm

do You people like the mess our state is in? If so go ahead and support any of these career politicians who just keep doing the same old crap and never making a difference except in their bank accounts. My gosh what will it take for some people to wake up?!?!?! One person in the governor’s race has the future of Georgia and all of its people at heart!

Just A Voter

May 31st, 2010
10:43 pm

I was at the BBQ today as just a voter wanting to hear what the candidates had to say. I didn’t have on a sticker and did not endorse any particular candidate. I listened to every candidate speak. Wish Nathan Deal had been there to speak but he wasn’t. Each candidate honored those who serve in our military and those we have lost. Most candidates spoke about broad issues such as immigration and taxes. I left with the feeling that in a county as large as Gwinnett, how pathetic we are that the audience was solely comprised of family and supporters of the candidates, not the voting public. You would have been impressed with Rob Woodall, John Linder’s former chief of staff, who is now running for a job that he understands all too well. You would have joined me in thinking that Eric Johnson might make a good Governor, Preston Smith a great Attorney General, Seth Harp–I am convinced you are true to your convictions, and Melvin Everson–you promised me today that you will never, ever provide welfare to illegal aliens.
July 20th is voting day and if we don’t vote, we never have the right to complain. God bless those who fight for our freedom.


May 31st, 2010
10:55 pm

Oxendine and a sitting state senator swapping wifes is a little creepy. His ex wife Ivy; who was the former Georgia Democratic attorney is now married to a gop state senator, very weird? Vote Roy Barnes.


May 31st, 2010
11:01 pm

Common C dog… Nathan Deal was rated one of the 10 most conservative members of congress.As for the ethics investigation, that was proven to be false. For over 30 years Nathan Deal has represented the state of Georgia in the military,the courtroom, and as a conservative legislator.


June 1st, 2010
6:58 am

Roy Barnes is the reason the
Republiucans took over Ga, and you guys wanat to run him again. You might as well nominate Obama.


June 1st, 2010
7:00 am

Roy Barnes is the reason the Rebublicans own Ga. If you liberals run him again you are nuts.


June 1st, 2010
7:22 am

Oxendine is corrupt, like his father. Deal was named of the 10 most corrupt members of Congress. McBerry is a pedophile. Johnson is filled with hatred and his business deals with the state are questionable. Looks like Chapman might be the best bet. So far, it appears that he is clean…so far.


June 1st, 2010
7:24 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


June 1st, 2010
10:12 am

When it comes to proven leadership, Nathan Deal towers over the other candidates in the race for governor.
For over 30 years, Nathan Deal has represented our nation and our state as a U.S. Army Captain, a Judge, a Prosecutor, a State Legislator, and as a conservative Member of Congress. He has made us proud in North Georgia.


June 1st, 2010
11:00 am

It is very interesting. In the beginning it looked like Deal had ethics trouble. Now we have found out that it was unfounded and the real parties with ethic troubles is
-Karen lying about gay issues, receiving questionable donations as Fulton County Chair (pay to play); she has also been caught embellishing her resume.
-Eric Johnson steered almost 1 million dollars to him in state contracts and then conveniently forgot to disclose 260K.
-And it looks like the Ox is going to jail for his scam

The GOP eats their own. Had enough, vote Libertarian, this is the year for us to become a viable third party…


June 1st, 2010
11:19 am

There are only TWO men with the intelligence, character and vision to be Governor of Georgia, Sen Jeff Chapman from the GOP, and Gen David Poythress running as a democrat.

The Snark

June 1st, 2010
12:56 pm


The ethics charges against Deal were “proven to be false”? When did that happen? I must have missed it. All I saw were press releases calling the members of the Ethics staff mean names.


June 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

Philly. The Ethics charges are still ongoing for Former Rep. Deal’s family auto salvage company. He used his office to protect hundreds of thousands of dollars they earn every year. I can send you about ten different links with the OCE’s investigation. Thr man is corrupt and this is the first time that the Ethics Committee is actually continuing an investigation after a resignation so that speaks volume. Don’t give me this load of it’s all partisan nonsense b/c the man is not this holier than thou concept that just b/c he is a Republican. Having that attached to your name means nothign especially if you don’t follow it.