Update: Deal campaign says ‘You’ll know’ when tax returns are disclosed

“Miscommunication” between people outside GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal’s campaign is probably the reason there is confusion  over when the former congressman will reveal his tax returns, a campaign spokesman suggests. And there’s the matter of finishing up last year’s forms.

Savannah Morning News’ Larry Peterson caught up with Deal spokesman  Brian Robinson, hoping he could shed more light on when Deal’s returns might surface. Democratic rival Roy Barnes, who often touts how he’s released years of his returns,  has been trying to turn the heat up on Deal to do the same.

While Robinson appeared certain the forms would be disclosed, the “when” remains a mystery.  The following is from Peterson’s report:

“We’ll release them,” said Brian Robinson, spokesman for the former congressman. “You’ll know when when we make the decision.”

But not until Deal finishes his forms for last year – a missing link Robinson acknowledged only on Friday.

He also said conservative commentator Phil Kent’s claim on a Sunday TV talk show that the returns had been released was wrong.

Kent said Monday he received an e-mail Friday from Deal’s attorney, Randy Evans, saying the documents would be out Saturday. Kent added that’s why said on the show – taped later Friday – that they were.

Evans didn’t return a call made Monday to seek comment.

Don’t conclude from Kent’s comments that an unveiling is imminent, Robinson warned.

“What he said probably was based on a miscommunication between individuals outside our campaign,” he said.

Deal and Barnes also face Libertarian John Monds in the race for the governorship.

Tuesday night update: The Hill.com’s Ballot Box blog also is reporting that the Deal campaign has informed the website that Deal will release his returns soon. Read the report here.

18 comments Add your comment

Mad Dog

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

What?! Phil Kent was wrong about something? You don’t say…


August 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

We’ll certainly know when they release them; it’ll be when the federal grand jury requests them.

Deal. Real. Corrupt.

Road Scholar

August 31st, 2010
1:49 pm

So Mr Deal didn’t file his tax return last year! Oh, he’s the Real Deal….if you want someone who doesn’t obey our laws. And he’s running for Governor! Maybe Sonny will pass a “waiver” bill for Deal like Sonny had a refund/tax elimination bill for his land purchase! Crooks! And not having his tax return filed for last year is a surprise for someoone running for Governor! How can you trust this guy?

Robert Toombs

August 31st, 2010
1:56 pm

Roy Barnes,

Your slick, nicely packaged tax returns may appear to be squeeky clean for the socialist media to fawn over, but your four years as governor STUNK !

It took just one-term of your administration to end 150 years of one-party rule in Georgia and handed the keys over to the Republicans.

Yes, you made mistakes.

Georgians are not apt to make a mistake twice, and you were a mistake.

Phil Kent's Hair

August 31st, 2010
2:00 pm

Kent should resign. The TV station should kick him off the show. He has no journalistic integrity at this point.


August 31st, 2010
2:20 pm



greg best

August 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

Phil Kent is no more an objective journalist than my cat Felix.


August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

The smartest thing Billy Morris ever did was to fire Phil Kent. Kent was a joke in Augusta and is worse on FOX.

Noo Corrupt Deal. Nooooo King Roy

August 31st, 2010
2:55 pm

I had to file my taxes in April, why doesn’t a Washington Politicial like Deal have to file correct tax returns on time?

I’ll be voting none of the above in this race. I don’t know John Monds but he has my vote.


August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

Roy Barnes,

We know where you are at all times, and our presence will be made known at every opportunity.

You sold out your heritage for a few votes and dishonored Georgia’s Confederate veterans.

Its too late for admitting your mistakes as governor. The damage is done, but not forgotten.


August 31st, 2010
3:13 pm

The Georgia Gang needs to clean house. Watching everyone fight to get their bosses’ spin free airtime is boring. I doubt anything will happen though. Like the rest of Faux, it’s given up any pretense of journalism.

I can see Russia from my house

August 31st, 2010
3:28 pm

Deal’s getting a raw deal. Bless his heart.


August 31st, 2010
4:28 pm

Why do we keep recycling our political trash and expecting different results?


August 31st, 2010
4:42 pm

Yes we will know, I guess Nathan Deal is stalling trying to get his returns doctored so it can look good for the public to eat it up like its gold. The public is just too gullible

Yellow Dog Democrat

August 31st, 2010
4:46 pm

I get all my news from Katie Couric, The View and CNN. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out our economy is in a mess because of the Bush tax cuts for the rich and the war in Iraq.


August 31st, 2010
5:40 pm

Just in from Karen Handle{MISSED ME YET}


August 31st, 2010
5:42 pm


good ole earl

September 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Heard about enough about Nathan Deal’s tax returns. Nothing says he has to release any tax returns. It is mandated as to what financial information members of congress are required to release and make public record and if you’ll check you will find Nathan Deal has released more than is required. And if you wanna take the time to go to his congressional site you can learn all about his finances..what he’s made, what he’s spent, where monies came from…the whole nine yard and more. It seems to me Roy Barnes is the only one thats really worried about Nathan Deal’s tax returns. Don’t worry Roy..Nathan deal filed on time and is all squared up with the IRS. And quit worrying about these flim-flam Democratic made-up false ethic charges against Deal. I promise you they’ll all go away and never be heard of again after Novembers election. Why..because there is nothing to them but, the Democrats are going to ride this horse as long as they can between now and November. Why is Roy Barnes and the Democrats so scared of Nathan Deal. They tried hard to get him defeated in July and again in August Because they wanted to face any of the other Republican candidates and avoid running against Nathan Deal. So go on Roy…keep running scared and run your attack and slanderous tv ads…you saw where it got Karen Handel didn’t you. .Roy, what you may wanna concentrate on is telling the good people of Georgia how you plan to fund all these promises your making.