Casino-gambling site criticizes Deal’s change of heart seems a bit ticked off that GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has soften his position on the idea of bringing casinos to Georgia.

If you recall Deal originally appeared open to the idea during an appearance at a tourism forum in Savannah. That was until religious conservatives reacted in disbelief. The Associated Press reported Ray Newman, lobbyist for the Georgia Baptist Convention,  became so alarmed  he called the former congressman to express his concern.

Now Deal is catching heat from the gambling industry. Terry Goodwin of  CasinoGamblingWeb writes:

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has shown …  just how far politicians will go to secure votes in upcoming elections. Deal, who originally voiced his willingness to consider casino gambling expansion in the state, has now backpedalled from that position.

Speaking earlier this month, Deal proclaimed that he would keep an open mind when dealing with the casino gambling issue. The issue has been raised this year as a way to increase revenue for the state in these tough economic times.

[Last] week, however, a spokesman for Deal claimed that the candidate was opposed to casino gambling. That would indicate that there is a chance Deal could veto legislation that lawmakers create that would add casinos in the state of Georgia.

“This may become an issue that his opponent exploits moving into the election cycle for November,” said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. “Gambling has become a hot issue, and Georgia will not be the only state where a governor race could be determined by a candidate’s stance on gambling expansion.”

The Democratic candidate running against Deal, Democrat Roy Barnes, has been firm on his stance against casinos in Georgia. Barnes has asserted that Deal is not a stable candidate to be the top politician in office. The race could hinge on the support of the conservative Christians in the state.

The Georgia Christian Coalition has questioned Deal’s commitment to keeping casinos out of Georgia. Jerry Luquire, the head of the coalition, believes that by Deal not going as far as to say he would veto casino legislation, he, in fact, is supporting gambling expansion.

During the tourism forum, Demcratic rival Roy Barnes wasn’t too  keen on bringing slot machines, roulette wheels and black jack tables to the state, which already has a lottery.

8 comments Add your comment


August 30th, 2010
1:32 pm

Legalizing gambling of the sort being discussed for the state would not necessarily take away from the Lottery, but would open up an different revenue stream for Georgia. Underground Atlanta has been proposing a mechanized casino for a couple of years. This would certainly help clean the area up and add dollars to the State coffers at the same time. This is not an ‘evil’ thing. The ‘Christians’ don’t have to come gamble if they don’t want to, but it might help ease their tax burderns.


August 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

John Monds will bring these jobs to Georgia if elected and the General Assembly sends him the bill necessary. Also, there is no chance he will flip/flop his position on this.


August 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Jerry Luquire endorsed Karen Handel in the primary.

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August 31st, 2010
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August 31st, 2010
9:04 am

Let me begin by stating I am a Christian. That said, I am amazed at the number of my fellow C’s that will denounce the lottery, yet take the benefits to send their child to Pre-K and then college via HOPE. Casino gaming is far more about entertainment than it is about winning. It is a destination experience that includes other entertainment, shopping and dining vs. the quick experience of a lottery draw or scratch-off. Plenty of very conservative states have successfully implemented forms of gambling beyond their lottery.


September 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

Just ask Chip Rogers about gambling. There are allegations surfacing that he’s lobbying for offshore gambling concerns, and that he ran an illegal gambling operation 10+ years ago.

wayne merisotis

September 2nd, 2010
1:43 pm

well looks like deal is running to be the minister of georgia,i get sick of these religious zealots in the legislature who pass laws and prevent laws from being passed to protect us against sin,if i have a problem with sin ill consult my pastor not one of these morons in the legislature.When this economy improves casino gambling in georgia would mean tens of thousand of jobs and billions of dollars for our state treasury,dont worry god will understand we are broke.georgians fight against these politicians who want to protect us against sin this is not there job.