Deal names transition team, says Riley will be chief of staff

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal on Wednesday named a transition team and an inaugural committee to help him navigate the busy next two months and announced that his long-time aide Chris Riley will remain his chief of staff.

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Meeting with reporters in what will soon be his office at the Capitol, Deal said he has already launched two websites to help the public stay informed on progress in the transition and the inauguration: www.dealtransition.com and www.dealinaugural.com.

Rogers Wade, the chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, will lead Deal’s transition team, which also includes:

  • Pete Robinson, chairman of Troutman Sanders’ lobbying arm and a veteran of the Capitol lobbying corp. Deal’s team indicated that Robinson would stop lobbying while serving on the transition.
  • John Watson, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief of staff and the founder of a major Atlanta lobbying firm. He is now an executive in a commercial real estate firm.
  • Philip Wilheit, the president of a Gainesville-based packaging firm and a major Deal donor and business partner.

Leading the inaugural committee will be Jay Morgan, a former campaign manager and a long-time lobbyist and Republican activist, and Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the conservative 912 Project.

Riley is Deal’s long-time aide who served as chief of staff while Deal was in Congress and managed Deal’s successful run for governor.

Deal had kind words for the man he defeated Tuesday night, Democratic nominee Roy Barnes.

“Roy Barnes and I have been friends for a very long time,” Deal said. “I still consider him as a friend.”

Deal said some of Barnes’ ideas have merit and he will consider them as he moves forward.

But first, he said, the transition will begin its work of decoding and evaluating all of state government. It’s a daunting task that will lead up to noon on Jan. 10 when he takes the oath of office.

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Shiri

November 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Roy boy was a Obama puppet, you better be glad he didn’t win.

WTF

November 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

The sad part is there are almost 10 million people in Georgia and only 2-3 million of them voted yesterday. More people need to get out and vote as this is not a representation of everyone in Georgia! Seems like only the crazies took the time out to vote yesterday.

Howard Beale

November 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

The Democrats want to overtax the hard-working wealthy to give handouts to their lazy power base. The Republicans want to allow corporations to run amok unregulated, wage ill-advised wars, ignore science and impose their mock-Christian morality on everyone. But in the end, no matter whom we elect, the rhetoric of the politician-puppets goes on and on, but nothing gets done. The lobbyists pull all the strings.

keith

November 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Scary election….with his views on gays, he may turn back the clock 40 years in this state.

Independent Thinker

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Everybody relax. This state has had one career politicain after another in the Governor’s Mansion for some time. What makes you think this guy will do any better or worse than any of his Republican or Demoract predecessors. The sun will continue to rise, the earth will continue to spin and Georgia will continue to not make any significant strides in correcting the many problems that have persisted for decades.

bart

November 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Savannah Dude, I’m not a liberal. I was a Handel supporter, but I think by your very comment, you have proven the point about racism in the Republican Party. And, yes, I would be offended if there were all blacks, Hispanics, or Asians up there. This is a diverse state, and our government should reflect that diversity.

WJH

November 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Well our schools will definately stay in last but hey, they can graduste and get a job in the casinos that are sure to come; just wait rednecks, higher fees for services and lower tax for the rich with schools taking cutbacks.

Golfdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Hey Robert, only 42.76% of We The People voted for King Roy. Do the math. Roy is still a loser!

mary jane

November 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Shiri, you are terribly misinformed if you think Barnes was an Obama puppet. You’re just spouting the Republican line that apparently a lot of people bought. However, I suspect we’ll find that Deal will be a lot like Perdue, which is to do not much, and in four years GA will be about where we are now which is the bottom of the barrel in education and getting further and further behind the states who have competent governors in transportation, taking care of our kids, national prestige, teenage pregnancy, economic indicators, etc., etc. But that is apparently what a majority of folks in this state want.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Wow Robert….What percentage of Americans do you think voted for Obama in 2008?
Know what they call a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia that gets 50% plus one vote????
GOVERNOR!!!!!!

Mike10

November 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

I can’t beleive you people voted these idiots\scam artist in office,no change once so ever,the next four are going to look like the last eight it’s going to get progressively worse.

Mike10

November 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Bart I agree 100 percent.

Carswell

November 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Wah, wah, wah, wah… All you Roy Barnes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid loving liberal hacks do is whine. You had your chance, you effed it up – and continue to, and now you are losing your grip over the public that you have been lying to. Grow up and get over. Quitcherbitchin.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

What a bunch of SORE LOSERS. Just like your kindred soul Obama, you are disturbed because a MAJORITY OF THE VOTERS are too stupid to see things your way- I suppose you just didn’t educate us doofuses well enough did you?

Friends, GA is a GOP state and Barnes was an unpopular governor. I think the negative ads that he ran prevented him from making any headway. He overdid it to the point that most people just attributed it all to dirty politics- if he had been a bit more selective the “corrupt Deal” image might of gained some traction. Additionally, his abortion claims were so twisted that they were not credible, and they were disgusting at that.

Until next time, you will just have to accept that your intellectual inferiors outnumbered you at the polls. And if you keep INSULTING us, I’m sure that will make us see things your way next time- smart strategy!

WaitingFor2012

November 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

No Surprises here. The people who voted for Deal were probably educated in Georgia. Enough said.

Doc Cheney

November 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

I wonder how many bankruptcy lawyers he will have on his transition team?

CourtneyF

November 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

I went on over 2 Governor’s mansion and they showed me ‘da lobby.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

I must admitted my wife/sister and I never went to school beyond the eighth grade, so we have an advantage over other Georgians when it comes to being political insiders. Go Dawgs!!

Jesus is a Fag

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

I voted for Nathan Deal because I believe he is more in touch with the hopes and dreams of the average Georgian. We all just want a good living for doing nothing and free speech for white folks.

Carswell

November 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Nathan Deal is hawt. I want to see him in a swimsuit. I am getting a little moist just thinking about those pretty eyes of his.

joe suggs

November 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

What is so great about diversity ? Another name for affirmative action. Giving jobs strictly because of race and no other reason.

T

November 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

I am amazed at some of the comments on here–especially those who point out that Deal ran a negative campaign–almost every single ad I saw from either Barnes or Deal were negative. I honestly think I only saw one positive ad since the primaries.

Deal corrupt? probably. Barnes corrupt? probably.

I am not dissapointed in who won, I am dissapointed in who ran–Georgia did not have a good choice in Governor. Monds was probably the best choice, but still not a great choice.

It is sad, that these two gentlemen, were the best Georgia had to offer.

As for Cagle’s infidelities, one person, who happens to be a former opponent, and now supports Porter made the accusation. Where is the proof. I am not saying he is innocent, but I sure is hell wouldn’t say he was guilty without seeing some evidence. The alleged mistress is denying it as well. This is not a Tiger Woods situation, this is an opponent pushing an accusation. Not very credible in my opinion.

Golfdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

I have beenusing methamphetamine for the last two years and I have genital warts.

WaitingFor2012

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

I guess that means the hopes and dreams of the average Georgian is to be a crook?

joe suggs

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

I always vote for the candidate who seems like he would be the most lenient on child molesters.
In case I ever get caught.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Mary Jane-

Until 2002, the democrats controlled both houses of the legislature as well as the governor’s mansion, all the way back to the civil war- do you remember what Georgia’s rank in education was then?

I’ll give you a hint- unless we edged Mississippi out that year, it was lower than 49!

Seriously, the problem with our public schools is more about the composition of our student population than the quality of our instruction. Georgia has the highest percentage of impovershed and minority children that stay in the system in the US. Don’t call me racist, it is just a statistical fact that these children, for whatever reasons, underperform and pull the statistics down- ask any seasoned public educator who will tell the truth and they will tell you so. A big factor- again, a statistical truth- is the lack of parental involvement. It isn’t a coincidence that a suburban neighborhood school will outperform an inner-city Atlanta school every time. And until the family unit is restored in these communities that will never change.

If you can figure out how to stop the erosion of the family unit in minority neighborhoods, I will be your campaign manager and YOU can run for Governor.

West Georgian

November 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

We Georgian’s had enough of King Rat Barnes the first time around and his politics and closed door dealings. I’m not sure of Nathan Deal but i think a fair shake should be givin to him until he shows otherwize..For once i would love to have a viable 3rd party canadate that had a chance to be elected that would truly represent WE THE PEOPLE…WOW… what a change that would be..

Billy

November 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Tramarci he really meant to say N***r and that is what he meant.

Independent

November 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Everyone once to blame Obama and the democrats but before they took over we had republicans in the white house eight years straight and look where it got us.And Geoegia bas been a red state for ever and it has got us nowhere and some continue to vote these idiots in.Wow

SEEYALATERDEMS

November 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

Let’s ponder why so many Georgian’s/Americans didn’t vote….maybe because the only reason they came out to vote in 2008 was because a black man was running???? If you don’t consider that racism, then what is???? Why all of the complaining from the left about something you didn’t come out and vote on? UMMMMM…….

greg best

November 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

We now must face reality…Georgia is just like Alabama and Mississippi, no difference at all.

winkasdad29

November 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

I wonder what Gov.-Elect Deal’s plans are concerning our state’s big four issues: Jobs, Education Improvement, Transportation, and the Water dispute between us, Alabama, and Florida.

I hope he will not just be a caretaker of the state. He needs to be aggressive in dealing (no pun intended – or was it?) with these issues.
Our state’s future depends on it.

winkasdad29

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

It’s time for the name-calling and chest beating to stop. How about some real ideas on how to deal with the big 4 issues? Something that will work for the majority, not just for what you happen to believe in.

Angry As Hell

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

JB @1:14pm

Do you know what else they say about a Governor who got 50% plus one vote? A Governor with out a mandate.

the original and still the best John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

Black Bart, George “Sonny” Perdue’s alleged “Revenue Commissioner,” really flubbed the dud when he tried to smear Governor Elect Deal. Seems like Black Bart would have known better than to alienate his potential future boss, but then again Black Bart has gone out of his way to make enemies the entire time he has been in office. I’ll bet the new Deal transition team are all vieing for the opportunity to be the one who gets to fire Black Bart. He better just go ahead and quit.

“If you could buy Bart for what he’s really worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you’d have it made.”

I understand the TSA is hiring.

(The poster using my name above is an impostor. Accept no substitutes!)

Lars

November 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Quid Pro Quo

When Nathan Deal accepted that much support from PAC’s and so on (like the PAC the Republican Governor’s Association – almost $6 Million), you Deal supporters had to know there would to be a payoff. Right? This is big-time politics people and Nathan Deal is not a Gentle Southern Aw-Shucks Good-Ol’ Boy (as portrayed in ads), but a seasoned Washington Insider Politician and an Attorney.

Get ready Georgia – the voters that elected Nathan Deal have been the political versions of Enablers. They have made it open season on ethics and maybe state funds. These are not Fiscal Conservatives, according to their records – they are Social Conservatives.

Quid Pro Quo

catlady

November 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

Is there any money left in the state treasury today?

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

Its interesting that a lot of people actually wanted Barnes.
The guy put the state in the worst debt in the history of the state.
When Purdue took office we were so far in the red that we have been on hiring freezes and layoffs just to keep our heads above the water.
Go figure…Deal has a lot to do just to clean up the mess from Barnes and that was 8 years ago.

Bob

November 3rd, 2010
2:06 pm

Nathan Deal is an honest and ethical man. Most of these liberal commentators know that. That is what makes this so much worse. The Dems started trying to dig up dirt when he announced last year that he was exploring the idea of running for Governor. It is not just ironic that he had been n office for 18 years with no question of his integrity until this. And he has been a full time congressman and not actively involved in the business operated by his daughter and son-in-law. I know of several ethical, hard working multimillionaires who have been financially harmed by the downturn during the past 3 or 4 years.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

The economy in our country was the best it had been in decades until the democrats took over the house and senate in 08. Then Bush gets the blame for all their crap. The dems have put us in a big hole and that is just how it is. They spend spend spend…or just print some more money like Obama has done.

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

John Galt, you sound like the people working in the prison system. They could do a better job in rehabilitation if they got a better class of inmates. Your assessment of the erosion of family involvement is accurate, however you sound like an educator seeking an excuse for the poor ranking of our education.

I agree that we didn’t have a good choice, but I voted for Deal because I remember Barnes. If Deal doesn’t do well, we will let him know in four years. Give him a chance, maybe he is not as arrogant as we assume. Myself included, at least I hope not.

Ocee

November 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

Republicans, the day will come when you regret this choice. Enjoy this while you can. It won’t last.

G Cancryn

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Deal, a man whose ignorance is surpassed only by those who voted for him. This fool actually ran campaign commercials after the polls closed, did you see ‘em? He’ll take good care of his fiduciary responsibilities, wasting time and money his first hour not on the job.

catlady

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Daniel: We will be DEALING with this fiasco for a long time!

Lars

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Quote from NORRIS “Go figure…Deal has a lot to do just to clean up the mess from Barnes and that was 8 years ago.”

So has no one been in charge for the past eight years? I thought the Republicans were in charge of the Governor’s Mansion and of both houses of the General Assembly? NORRIS, are you saying that we have had ineffectual leadership out of the Republican party for the past eight years?

Enlighten us.

gobankers

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

As of now, all Georgia banking laws will be reformed. All of Deal’s and Cronin’s debts will be forgiven, new banking laws will be passed that Philip Wilheit (director of former bank in the crapper) and Big Jim Walters ( current bank owner) will benefit from. You always remember your friends. The real reason Deal in now The Man, is because bankers, lawyers and other crooks paid to put him in there.

brokemullet

November 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

Who is that hideous “horse faced” woman at the podium standing behind Deal, damn she scared the democrap out of me.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Lars Sonny has been cleaning up the mess too. The state has had a hard time getting out of the whole due to the economy woes that the president has put us in. You are not very smart are you?

G Cancryn

November 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

Norris you’re crazy. The lack of direction that was provided by the republicans and the Bush administration had people running to the bank (don’t you remember) to take out their money. Remember, people were panicked, and rightfully so. This country almost experienced total financial collapse. Don’t make light of it, and have the honesty not to lie to yourself about who put us there. You have a very short memory, now that your family and your money is relatively safe again. I would have just preferred you said thank you to the current administration and been on your way. Otherwise pick up a weapon and stand a post for your country, either way I don’t give a damn about all your Bush gets blamed CRAPPOLLA.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

This country made great strides toward recovery last night. If Obama goes back into office. We might as well kiss our money good by. He is on his way to Indonesia today with 600 people of whom your tax dollars are paying for them to travel with him. They are working towards a one world money system. The only way for this to happen is for ours to totally collapse. Guess that explains why he wants to spend more and more.