Deal says bankruptcy case has no effect on his debt, campaign

Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal said today that a federal judge’s decision to reopen his daughter and son-in-law’s 2009 bankruptcy case does not expose him to more debt and will not affect his political campaign.

“I think you see from the polls that the public is not paying any attention to these issues because they know they are not essential to the issue of who can govern this state and who can lead us in the direction of where we need to go,” Deal, a former congressman, told reporters after speaking at a candidates’ forum at The Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. “They want to hear us talk about issues and that is what I am doing.”

The bankruptcy stems from a failed sporting goods business started by Carrie Deal Wilder and her husband, Clint Wilder, that Deal invested in and that left him with $2.1 million in debts. A U.S. bankruptcy trustee sought to reopen the Wilders’ case after it was revealed that Clint Wilder was not eligible for a discharge of his debts, including those from the sporting goods store, because he did not divulge a prior bankruptcy in 2001.

Deal and his wife, Sandra, should have been mentioned as at least creditors of the Wilders, bankruptcy experts have told the AJC. A forensic accountant hired by the Deal campaign also said last week the Deals should have been mentioned, and that any omission by the Wilders in their filing was an error. However, Deal said today that his name should not have been listed in the filing “unless I was going to make a claim against the individuals who were filing, and I certainly didn’t intend to do that. I was an investor.”

Deal also declined to say whether he discussed with his daughter and son-in-law if he should have been listed in the bankruptcy filing.

“I have already answered those questions,” he told a reporter. “I am not going to get into their personal bankruptcy. I don’t think that is appropriate for you to do so. For you to drag family members into this kind of campaign is totally inappropriate.”

Deal has pledged to pay off the debt related to the business and is in the process of liquidating his IRA to cover a portion of the obligation.

Deal spoke to reporters today after appearing with Democratic opponent Roy Barnes at the candidates’ forum. Barnes also spoke to reporters about the bankruptcy following the forum.

“If you had a business, who would you want running it right now, me or Congressman Deal?” he said. “I’m glad he helped his daughter. But this is not an issue about helping your daughter. This is an issue about disclosure. This is about management. Why was this not disclosed?”

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September 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

It’s not inappropriate when we’re wondering if our Governor is going to have to file for personal bankruptcy while in office. It’s not inappropriate when it’s just another lie from a candidate who seems unable to ever tell the truth. And it’s not inappropriate when someone is breaking the law to keep your name clear.


September 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

Deal and his wife, Sandra, should have been mentioned as creditors or guarantors on the loans for the business, Wilder Outdoors Inc. The Deal campaign recently said the Wilders left them off in error. However, Deal said today that his name should not have been listed in the filing “unless I was going to make a claim against the individuals who were filing, and I certainly didn’t intend to do that. I was an investor.”

Which is it Mr. Deal? You can’t have it both ways.


September 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

1. If indeed the recent polls are accurate in claiming that Nathan Deal has a healthy lead among Georgia voters, then this is not an indication that the public doesn’t think that Deal’s financial issues are unimportant to the campaign. It is because too many Georgia voters will vote for anything with an R next to it — even someone with a clear history of making poor financial decisions with incredibly dangerous repercussions.

2. It is not inappropriate for anyone to question the situation surrounding this issue because, as the provable facts stand right now, it is possible that our future governor may have to declare bankruptcy while in office, that he may have been complicit in breaking our bankruptcy laws, and that he has clearly made poor decisions. All of these actually ARE appropriate topics for conversation in a race like this.


September 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

This whole mess is a travesty. Deal lied about his finances throughout the primary campaign. The amazing thing is that apparently the voters don’t care, which just goes to show that we have a lot of ignorant rednecks who vote in Georgia. Our state is becoming a joke.

Marlboro Man

September 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

He is in denile and full of himself. Vote for him if you want to, Georgia is the loser, not Roy.

Un-freaking believable

September 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

Oh, sure, it’s not appropriate to consider whether the candidate is a liar. After all, ALL politicians are liars, right? So we, the electorate, should (and do) just roll over and accept it, as long as the candidate has the correct letter in parentheses after his name.

In other words, I’m a Republican in a red state! What more do you need? Gimme gimme gimme!


September 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

Mr. Deal needs to tell that to former State Superintendent Kathy Cox. At least she was honest and moved on. Nathan Deal thinks that all Georgia voters are deaf, dumb, and stupid!


September 29th, 2010
4:17 pm

Elect Deal so that he can finish the job of destroying our state. Wait and see. It’ll all begin with him and the republicans in the state legislature giving more tax breaks to their friends in the corporate world, and it’ll probably end with another decrease in the amount the poor can claim as a low income tax credit when they file their income taxes next year. The middle class will be worse off than it is now. The ajc has the information in today’s edition showing the decline of middle class income that has already occurred.


September 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

The AJC trying to make Nathan Deal the issue in his son-in-law’s bankruptcies is not working.


September 29th, 2010
4:54 pm

Nathan Deal does not think all voters are stupid – only the ones who think that rehiring Roy Barnes so he can settle all the old scores – that would be stupid.

For Real

September 29th, 2010
4:54 pm

Funny how in order to get a job companies now run a credit check.

The Jokes On Us

September 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

A vote for Deal is a vote for Casey Cagle as your next Governor. Once Deal is indicted he will have to step down and Cagle will become your next Governor. Why not just bring back Glen Richardson? At least the only thing he was f…king was a lobbyist.


September 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

I kinda wish the bag of slippery snakes was runnin’.


September 29th, 2010
5:10 pm

Man I really can’t believe this guy may be the governor of our state. This just goes to show you what kind of people live here. We know already that this guy is s crook and a liar. You can best believe that he will finish destroying our state while fattening his pockets and the pockets of his family and friends. Damn I really can’t believe it. Was Roy that bad did he really hurt peoples feelings about the flag thing than much.

Rational Citizen

September 29th, 2010
5:14 pm

Deal’s financial issues are not essential to the issue of who can govern the state like a pedophile’s crimes are not essential to his suitability to babysit your children.

dixie darling

September 29th, 2010
5:16 pm

Vote for Carol Porter for Lt Governor so that whenever / whichever candidate is elected Governor and leaves, we will finally have a honest person under the gold dome.

good ole earl

September 29th, 2010
5:25 pm

The liberal news media needs to get the hell out of this governors campaign. The media thives on negative issues and loves an opportunity to try and destroy someone. it makes them feel powerful and in-charge of what’s happening. Just stay the hell out. Let the candidates control the campaign and let the voter make the final decision and then…the media can report the results. And for all of you negative bloggers…why don’t you apply for a job with the AJC. I’m sure they can find room for you somewhere.


September 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

I guess because we have had a crook filling his pockets the last two terms its OK for us to have another one. THE TRUTH IS WE ARE DESTROYING OUR STATE AND OUR CHILDREN. We have hurt our country and state by voting for parties. We need to vote for the best candidate.

conservative teacher

September 29th, 2010
5:33 pm

The liberal media is a Democratic joke. They will not stop at hashing and rehashing anything personal about a concervative candidate. Roy and his cronies are having a field day. This liberalism goes not only to Georgia politics but to Washington as well. Obama has destroyed this country.


September 29th, 2010
5:33 pm

If I want to work for the state I will have to submit to a credit credit check, If I want to be elected
governor there is no credit check required.


September 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

I guess ol’ nathan thinks that a bad investment decision will make a great governor!


September 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

Thanks to freedom of the press.The media exposes wrong doings.Otherwise how would we know?


September 29th, 2010
5:42 pm

“The media thives on negative issues and loves an opportunity to try and destroy someone. it makes them feel powerful and in-charge of what’s happening. Just stay the hell out.”

good ole earl, does that apply to Fox News, Rush and the other right wing media as well?


September 29th, 2010
5:43 pm

You know how to tell if Nathan Deal is lying? His lips are moving. I wouldn’t elect this guy to be dog-catcher let alone governor. NATHAN DEAL IS A TOTAL LOSER!


September 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

hmm….. Deal, this is the best that the Republican party could muster? Also, the Congressional Ethics report is buried after he “steps down” to run full time. ha. Now the bankruptcy? Yep, that’s one thing you can say for ole Nate, he puts all his cards on the table and is up front about all the details of relevant information.

I "pay as agreed"

September 29th, 2010
6:08 pm

@doubled–”The media” sat on this story until after the primaries is another way to look at it. If I suspected such a thing I would be asking “Why?”


September 29th, 2010
6:11 pm

A REPUBLICAN…..A REPUBLICAN…Saying managing money is not important….WOOO Boy!!! Ya Har Har…Wait..wait was he serious?..PFFFFT. Deal YOU are funny Dude!!! You are telling GA!! the whole state? Republicans are not worried about Money being spent wisely!! Stop it! Stop it you’re killing me man! Ya har har Yuk Yuk Deal says no one cares about money!!! Dude these days DEMOCRATS!!! care about money come on man my side is hurting! YAAAAHAR!!! you should be on Def Comedy Jam you are FUNNY son. YUK YUK who cares about money!! PFFFFTTTT!!!! Hell let’s go broke!!! Burn your money people!!!


September 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

Man what a choice to choose from. Deal, who was willing to help a child bettert her self or Barnes, a crooked politician. BTW, Barnes, where is my flag?


September 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

Wait.. Wait I got it let the guy run for PRESIDENT!!! Nate yes you can!!!


September 29th, 2010
6:27 pm

Republicans HATE our state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They WANT IT TO FAIL!!!!!


September 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

I have one that I hope we can all agree on… How about getting and publishing a list of the creditors that will be getting $1/2 million of the money Kathy Cox won for the deaf and blind schools on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. If you get us the list, we can make sure those sorry suckers wish they had never heard of that money. We can all (Barnes, Deal, Obama, Newt, Palin) bloggers flood their emails, blog about how sorry they are stealing from blind and deaf children. It wasn’t their money and they, their lawyers, and the world should know. We should agree on this and if you don’t, you one sorry being.


September 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

They could say Nathan Deal molested a dead mule back in 1970 and if you think for one second I would start thinking wait a minute….maybe I should vote for one of these wimpy, anti-American, flag burning Democrats you are sadly mistaken.


September 29th, 2010
7:06 pm

Does this man have ANY skills except lying? That is all we hear from him. He was a creditor/he was a half owner. He shouldn’t be on the bankruptsy filing/ they forgot to put him on. His property is worth this/ no it is worth that.

He can’t even hire competent people to fill in forms for him!

Georgia will rue the day it elects him, if they are that stupid. One way or the other, he will make out like a fat cat.


September 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

Hey Nathan…….your nose keeps growing longer every day……..


September 29th, 2010
7:09 pm

Just shows how shady DEAL is.


September 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

“They could say Nathan Deal molested a dead mule back in 1970 and if you think for one second I would start thinking wait a minute….maybe I should vote for one of these wimpy, anti-American, flag burning Democrats you are sadly mistaken.”

Admit it Kyle, you would if that dead mule he molested was a gay male mule.


September 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

Sometimes in this life the crooked are the chosen ones.Some people want see the light or smell the coffee.It saddens me that some people are above the law.Some will risk everything they have worked for all their lives to be what they see as right.This has been proven time and time again in Georgia.We have the track record to prove it.Poor education and all the programs for the needy and elderly taken away.I know people in Hall county and some of the other’s in the smaller towns have to be the greedist and most ignorant people i have ever known.They only see profit for them and to hell with the rest.Georgia wants to be rich and famous.Well it never has been and it is in worse shape now than it was years ago.That goes to show you the education level of some Georgians and they will believe anything with a $$$$ attached to it.Gainesville is the worse and the futher north you go the worse it gets.It will take the “Deal Real” to take it right on down.I hope all you Deal people have a good landing plan…because you are going to need it and a shovel too.


September 29th, 2010
7:30 pm

I can’t wait to leave this state! If any of you believe that one of those clowns is a better choice than the other…well, it just shows how backwards Georgia really is. Will someone please bring the “American Flag” with them and turn out the lights when you leave!

And, remember, you can’t be pro-life and pro-death penalty…you just can’t!


September 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

The Fourth Estate’s job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable!


September 29th, 2010
7:49 pm


I have hand my doubts to begin with

John Galt

September 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

Big Dawg-

If you can’t distinguish between the execution of a heinous criminal for his or her actions and the murder of an innocent child, I don’t think you have enough comprehension skills on which to waste logic.

John Galt

September 29th, 2010
7:57 pm

Regarding the actual topic of this blog, if the Democrats could have nominated someone BETTER than a bankrupt, possibly corrupt candidate, I might have voted for their nominee, but unfortunately, they had no better to offer than an incompetent retread who has already been evicted by Georgia voters once.

Whether Deal is corrupt or not, the tenor of this campaign- “You suck!” “No, you suck more!”- is the reason than good, honest successful men and women aren’t real keen on seeking elected office.


September 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

Generally speaking, you shouldn’t liquidate exempt assets like IRA’s to pay off unsecured debt. I’d wait until after the election to make any such decisions. Oh yeah, Retardicans suck more than Democraps. God you (R)’s suck.


September 29th, 2010
8:21 pm

Deal says: “NOTHING is important about this campaign, except what I TELL YOU is important! Stop looking at all that other nonsense!”

Barnes says: “What else does he not want to talk about? And why didn’t he tell us this before?”

Average Georgia voter says: “What’s on the other channel?”


September 29th, 2010
8:22 pm

I agree with Kyle’s post. I’d vote for Wayne Williams if he was running on the ticket opposing Barnes. My vote is a vote against Barnes more than a vote for Deal.

honest question

September 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

What are the rules if Deal is elected and then indicted? Would Cagle take over, or would Deal be allowed to stay in office during a trial? What is the latest on the grand jury investigation? This was reported by Red State:

nothing seems to matter

September 29th, 2010
8:39 pm

So josh, you think a mass murderer is better suited for Governor then Barnes.
You represent everything that is wrong with the GOP.


September 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

We already know the Deal with Nathan Deal…..He can’t manage his own finances, how can he run the State of Georgia? If Georgian’s choose to vote him in, we will get exactly what we deserve. There is a reason why we have been at the bottom of the ranks in education for the past 20 years…we should act like we have some sense at some point.



September 29th, 2010
8:47 pm

If Wayne Williams were governor I’m sure his relatives would end up with road contracts and high paying state jobs.

jessica simpson

September 29th, 2010
8:53 pm