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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NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

G cancryn that was because the democrats had the hosue and senate. duh??

Angry As Hell

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

doobydo

You can’t be serious about punishing Deal in four years if he doesn’t do good. He’s the oldest guy ever elected Governor in Georgia, and if he doesn’t drop over dead before 2012, he’ll be 72 years old whe his first term is up. He’s a one-term Governor. You don’t seriously think he’s going to stick around until he’s 76 years of age. This 4 years he’s got now will be plenty of time for him to get $$$, just like $onny has done. Right now as we entertain each other with this board, there are already discussions going on and positions being established among the state GOP’s big-whigs on who will run for Governor in 4 years. You don’t think Casey “I-Can’T-Seem-To-Keep-My-Zipper-Up” Cagle is going to wait until 2016 to run for Governor do you?

Ain’t going to happen, pal!!!!

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Lars, don’t drink that sour milk, throw it out. If you can show me one politician that doesn’t take contributions I would appreciate it. Oh, by the way, look for contributors that don’t want anything for giving, I would like to know them too. Welcome, to politics, “To the Victor go the Spoils”! The question is—-Why would anyone spend so much money to get a job that would never reimburse them? That’s why they spend other people’s money and not their own unless your name is Meg Whitman.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

It amazes me how much people dont understand about how our government works. It really amazes me that people dont even realize we live in a Republic.

G Cancryn

November 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Oh Ok Your just stupid. Got it.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

G Cancryn. I am supposing you have a high school diploma?

Angry As Hell

November 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

Norris — Do you remember what happened on September 11, 2001? Well, that occurred during the Barnes administration, and despite that, he still delivered on jobs and a surplus of funds. Sonny Perdue has sat on his big a$$ for the past 8 years convincing suckers like you that he was working as Governor when, in fact, he was working on his personal business interests and questionable land deals.

You are not very smart are you?

You’re a perfect example of what P.T. Barnum once said that,”there’s a sucker born every minute.”

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

Angry as Hell,
You certainly chose a good name. There is merit in the aging of Deal, however politicians can last a long time since their staff does all of the work. Remember Robert Byrd, John McCain and even Jimmy Carter is still active in politics. Please remember that unless there are criminal charges or serious ethical issues we have no other way to punish a setting Governor than to vote him out. Our problem in Georgia is the same as in any other state. Our voters are not stupid, just lazy! They don’t take the time to research the candidates or the issues. I would venture to guess that most voters didn’t know what was on the ballot until they got to the polls. Oh, they may have known about Barnes and Deal, but that was about it. Most had never heard of the other candidates, they just chose a name that sounded good or voted straight party.

George E.

November 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Don’t you sore loser democrats EVER say a dang word about the need for civility in our public life. If your sorry, smug, slimy innuendo is what passes for participation in the public square, I am sorry for this nation.

NORRIS

November 3rd, 2010
2:35 pm

angry? I was a state employee and Barnes did nothing but put us in debt. while helping is great, You can not give what you dont have. Our state was once a state of great surplus. When Zell miller and Barnes got thru with their turns in office we were in the red.
Just look at the facts. The facts dont lie!!

Liberals Are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

Nathan Deal is going to help throw Barack Anticrist Hussein out of our beautiful country. Why do we allow such shallow, idiotic liberal morons to breed? I say we sterilize you, so you will be the LAST trace of disgusting slime to taint our country. Nathan Deal deserved every bit of what he got. You and Roy Barnes can go jump off a cliff for all I care.

Liberals Are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

There is NO Liberal on earth that deserves to live with us.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

doobydoo-

I’m not a public school apologist- as a matter of fact I am almost broke from educating 5 children in private schools. The only advantage the private school has over the public school other than smaller class sizes (which is mitigated by fewer resources) is that we can pick and choose our children from applicanta and the public schools have to educate whoever shows up.

Actually, we have another benefit- a merit system. We reward good teachers and fire incompetent ones (at least some of the time).

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Angry as Hell-

I wouldn’t go there- stand Deal next to Chunny Barnes and, regardless of age, tell me who has the longest life expectancy?

catlady

November 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

Bob: If you believe there was no question of his integrity for 18 years, you are SADLY deluded, or Rip Van Winkle.

joan cook

November 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

May God help us all here in Georgia. People need to wake up and be forward thinking in this state, instead of doing things as they have always been done, which has done nothing for the state economically, educationally, industrywise. You have elected a governor of questionable background, who’s position on education is more of the same old teaching to the testing, instead of a well rounded education for the children of this state. Education and medical care in this state is abominable. Thank goodness i retired from a state that afforded good employment with excellent retirement benefits because i would hate to have to depend on what is offered here.

GA BOY

November 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Whine and slander…. Trademarks of a democrat…

tim

November 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

A picture of a clown and his circus friends. PATHETIC!!

Truly obvious

November 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

When you vote for government leaders (conservatives), who tell you that government doesn’t work, you are basically wasting your vote.  They say themselves; they don’t work. Cons just want to do as little as possible to help anyone, except corporations. There is a reason why Georgia schools have the lowest success rate, our standard of living is one of the poorest, and Georgia is losing high paying manufacturing jobs. Our State government doesn’t work. Be careful what you ask for.

Angry As Hell

November 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Norris –

I was a state employee, too, and worked closely with Governors from George Busbee through Sonny Perdue. What are the sources of your so-called “facts” that Barnes left us in the red or in debt? Cite your sources. Otherwise, put a lid on it.

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

John Galt

You are fortunate to be able to send your kids to private school and I sincerely applaud you for the sacrifices you had to make to do so. I am definitely not an expert on education but I can offer an educated editorial opinion of what we need to do to raise our rankings nationwide. We should know by now that throwing money at the situation will not make it better, rather our administrators will find a way to spend the money so that their budget will not be reduced the next year. Your pointing out that the children were not being taught in the home is actually the major problem. Educators cannot control what goes on in the family and therefore must live with what they get. Perhaps, if we looked at management of what we have we could accomplish more. My thoughts on management are simple, put like students in like classes. Don’t allow disruptive or unmotivated students to take up all of the time of the teacher and thereby rob those willing to learn of the quality education they deserve. Simply put—stratify the students and then adopt the curriculum and activities that would best motivate them. Lastly, give the teachers they need to do the job but, get rid of the unmotivated teachers. Tenure seems to be the problem. Either produce or change fields.

God Hates Georgia

November 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

New Deal State Promotion Slogan:
Last in education; losing jobs at a higher rate than the rest of the country; just elected a governor who was too crooked even for Washington. The evidence is all there. God hates Georgia. He thinks the Blue Ridge Mountains are short and ugly, the coastal plain is a filthy wasteland, and the piedmont is full of overblown big spenders who promise to cut taxes but never deliver. God hates the Bulldogs, Stone Mountain, and peaches. If you don’t mind being hated by God, move to Georgia. We suck at everything.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

I am a self-important overweight jackass of a man, and I can;t help myself when it comes to opinions and bragging. I am basically an overgrown child, and I am terribly uninformed regarding political issues effecting Georgians.

td

November 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Good lord you libs are angry today or was it that you were just delusional? This is a conservative state, always was in the past, is currently and will be for a long time to come. Conservatives believe is less government (notice I did not say none), freedom to live without to much regulation, our guns, our bibles and leave us the heck alone.

For all of you that do not believe this way then we say “so sorry” and “to bad” we do not care. We have finally gotten a more conservative leader (Sonny was not a true conservative) and I only hope and pray that Deal will get rid of all the liberals Sonny kept in place in the bureaucracy and replace them with good conservatives.

EP

November 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Don’t forget those who did not vote for Deal. He now serves us too. 4 1/2 out of 10 is a lot of people to have no voice. Lets hope he can bring jobs to GA. If he can, he will be re-elected. It is all about jobs

Biggest NoBrainer in the History of the Earth

November 3rd, 2010
3:36 pm

Look Nathan, the time os now. Don’t wait or it might be too late. I can get you a 30-year fixed rate loan on the Governor’s Mansion. Cash out the equity and take your whole family on a cruise. When you get back, we’ll re-fi you again and you can use the cash to start a family business. Maybe sell sporting goods or state secrets or favors. It doesn’t really matter.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Truly Obvious-

Sorry, it isn’t so obvious. Government has a limited role- I am of the opinion, as many of us are, that the problem with government is that it has done HARM by injecting itself where it doesn’t belong.

Let me try to paint a picture- suppose my wife’s rose garden has weeds. My son (he’s the government) decides to solve the weed problem, when he has no role in the rose garden and my wife doesn’t want him there- she can be responsible for herself.

The son decides he can solve it better than her, so he decides to remove her weeds with a riding loan mower. He misses the weeds, destroys most of the flowers, and wants credit for taking action when no action was appropriate.

My wife- the conservative- has been damaged because he didn’t stay within his defined role. And now SHE has to repair the damages and pay to get her roses back. She (the conservative) pays the son (the government) to make a mess of what he shouldn’t have done at all.

Grandma is the liberal. Grandma thinks the son should stick his nose in everything and can be the answer to every problem. Grandma can’t see that the son mucks up everything he touches and is angry at my wife (the conservative) because my wife wants the son (the government) to stay out of her garden.

NOW can you understand us? Like you, the Grandma has no clue what is necessary to improve education, create jobs, and improve living conditions. You even contradict yourself- if the government cares about nothing but helping corporations, why are those same corporations are moving their high-paying manufacturing jobs. According to your way of thinking, government would need to help corporations MORE, wouldn’t it? Duh!

Nathan Deal's Top Lip

November 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

khc

November 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

td, they’ll let you keep your job a while longer but soon it will be gone offshore…..did you catch stockman on 60 minutes or is reagan guy not a true conservative…..

Michael

November 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

I spoke on this earlier but apparently it is getting drowned out between all the back and forth fighting amongst GOP and Democratic voters again. We had two choices offered up by the main parties of Georgia. One was a man who shoved legislation down peoples throat whether they wanted it or not and the other is a man who has proven to have a shaky financial background and shaky business practices that have led to him being utterly broke. I was BRAVE ENOUGH to say NO to BOTH of those choices. I voted for John Monds. I am proud of the other 100,000 plus voters in Georgia who were just as brave as I was to say good riddance to these parties controlling our cities and our state as a whole. What we need is for Georgians to begin to see both of these parties for what they are: crooks, liars, and scoundrels. I’m a real deal Independent, apparently you left and right wing nuts forgot about us, and we are tired of the choices being offered. Have your celebration today but know that what those who supported Deal or Barnes did is vote for more of the same political bs that got Georgia in this mess in the first place. Congratulations on being DRONES for these political parties.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Truly Obvious-

Sorry, it isn’t so obvious. Government has a limited role- I am of the bloated opinion that the problem with government is that it has done HARM by injecting itself where it doesn’t belong.

Let me try to paint a picture- suppose my fat/ugly wife’s rose garden has weeds. My retarded/spoiled son (he’s the government) decides to solve the weed problem, when he has no role in the rose garden and my wife doesn’t want him there- she can be responsible for herself.

The son decides he can solve it better than her (she), so he decides to remove her weeds with a riding loan mower (Nathan Deal Brand Riding Loan Mower, that is). He pisses the weeds, destroys my wife, and wants credit for taking action when no action was appropriate.

My wife- the conservative- has been damaged because he didn’t stay within his defined role. And now SHE has to repair the damages and pay to get her roses back. She (the conservative) pays the son (the government) to make a mess of what he shouldn’t have done at all.

Grandma is the liberal. Grandma thinks the son should stick his wiener in everything and can be the answer to every problem. Grandma can’t see that the son sucks up everything he touches and is angry at my wife (the conservative) because my wife wants the son (the government) to munch on her rug.

NOW can you understand us? I make stupid, obtuse analogies, which I am convinced are brilliant and insightful, but in reality are more blah blah blah from the ignorazzi that is GA politics? Duh!

GOPSucks

November 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Great! Now the GOP can screw up the state some more with an even more crooked governor.

khc

November 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

i doubt mond had the ability to change anything…..just rhetoric and unlikely solutions

John Monds

November 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Hey guys. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows I’m just a stooge and nothing more than a dirty trick played by GA Refuglicans. As you can see from my commercials, I am in fact a black man. Nathan Deal paid me $225,000 to run for governor as a “Libertarian” in order to try to split the black vote and thus harm Roy Barnes. Nothing new here. Just another cheap trick. Thanks anyway, and to anyone who voted for me: you’re a moron.

khc

November 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

it could be worse we could be florida who elected this guy:

He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a scandal over the company’s business and Medicare billing practices; the company ultimately admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million.

GOPSucks

November 3rd, 2010
3:53 pm

And for all you idiots screaming about limited government, the federal and state government grew faster under Republican control.And Deal was a Congressman during most of it. You just voted in a guy who helped turn a federal budget surplus into a deficit. Way to go!

Bad to Worse

November 3rd, 2010
3:55 pm

We had a choice between two crooks. Mr Haney won. This state is no worse off with him than Barnes. BTW……tell his communications director to drop some tonage before he lets anyone snap his pic. Bad visual.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

I have an aper who can’t articulate issues, so he is doing the best of which he is capable. Bless his heart.

Doobydo-

You are dead on, I think we understand the problem, but I have no idea how to solve it. The GEA will never allow poor teachers to be fired, or even for the better teachers to be financially rewarded. This is the result of the liberal way of thinking.

Teachers cannot maintain order because they are forbidded to use effective measures of discipline. And if they were allowed, half of the guardians of the unruly students would hire a trial lawyer and clog the system. This is the result of the liberal way of thinking.

The welfare system has motivated a large number of men, disproportionately minorities, to become slaves of the state and to father children without having the means or the education to support them. This is the result of the liberal way of thinking.

Because of the rampant poverty amongst minorities, much of it created by misguided liberal programs, the minorities are disproportionately among the poorer students- inadequate parenting, poor nutrition, lack of parental assistance and encouragement with schoolwork all contributing. So why can’t you segregate students by academic abilities? Because it will look to a large degree like racial segregation. No can do. This is the result of the liberal way of thinking.

So you see, you have identified most of the problems with public education, but the liberals have forbidden your common sense solutions with their political correctness. How could ANYBODY improve our education?

Jimmy

November 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

The Democratic party votes 99.9% for the Democratic candiate.Talk about NO DIVERSITY.

Michael

November 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

Bad to worse, I hope you were among those 100,000 plus of us who voted for “the other guy” over the two party choices then. If so, I thank you for your bravery, lets hope the rest of these DRONES get the picture soon.

Not Going Back

November 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Yes, we took a step back in time yesterday and the State of Georgia will pay for it. There are enough of us around that remember how the Civil Rights Act was enacted. We got their attentionh once by burning their stuff down and we will do it again. There are enough of us to teach the young revolutionist how to get it started. The only way to get thier atention is to hit them in the pocket.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

I am a verbose turd.

John Galt

November 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Michael-

I share much of your views bu I have a serious question.

What did your vote accomplish?

Jimmy

November 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

Guys named “Jimmy” are dumb as rocks 99.9% of the time. Talk about lack of DIVERSITY!!!!!

Teach Creation Instead of Math

November 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

Let’s face it folks, we are officially the dumbest state in the Union. If it wasn’t already obvious before, it must be now. It’s highly unlikely that any of our precious children will evr amount to much of anything, and even if they do, there won’t be any commerce in this state to provide them with jobs.
So, I say we just throw out the math and science books and start teaching Sunday School every day in Georgia schools.
That way we can all sit around the house with our unemployed illiterate kids and grandkids and talk about how much better we are than everyone else even though Mexicans won’t even hire us.
Praise Jesus, y’all!

Nathan Deal's Top Lip

November 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Can you call me?

Slayr

November 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

I guess all you complainers have forgot about Ol Roy! Why do you suppose he lost re-election?

Watching from afar

November 3rd, 2010
4:34 pm

I find it interesting that ajc.com leads with a raccoon story the day after a major shift in local and national leadership. It seems that since the editorial board didn’t get its way, they’re not going to highlight the windfall for the Republicans. Must be sour grapes…

fergie

November 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

This man is broke and in debt up to his neck. Plus, he may be indicted on federal charges that are still pending. All I have to say is, someone better constantly stand watch over the state’s revenue collections.

Michael

November 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

I hope that my vote will show that many of us as Georgians are beginning to wake up. I could have been like many Americans that are disenfranchised with the two parties running the country and not vote at all. I can certainly understand them. However, I now understand that no vote will only allow the incumbents to remain in power anyway. Instead, I choose to fight these party establishments. This country was not founded by Democrats or Republicans but by INDEPENDENTS! George Washington wanted NO political parties running the government. If he were only alive today to see how these parties have brainwashed Americans into thinking that they’re actually going to serve the people. People say that Independents/3rd Party candidates don’t have a chance of winning and that’s why they don’t vote for them. The reason why they don’t have a chance of winning is precisely BECAUSE people don’t vote for them. The power always lies with US the PEOPLE! A few years ago enough Minnesotans got together and said NO WAY to both the Democrat and the Republican and shocked the country and indeed the world and put an Independent in charge of their state. While we might disagree with some of Governor Ventura’s political views it was a REFRESHING change from more of the same and I applaud the people of Minnesota. Now its time for us Georgians to get on board. What did my vote accomplish? What you should ask is what did a vote for more of these parties will accomplish for the state of Georgia? I feel it will be MORE division amongst us as we have now, more political infighting, more of NOTHING getting done because the parties are more interested in keeping power than serving the people.