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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picassokat

November 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

All lobbyists, how fitting. Georgia now has the best Governor that money can buy.

James Carville

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Let the good ol’ boy games begin

Chocomega

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

This state is truly moving backwards. A man with so many ethical issues and can still get in office. SMH

SRH

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

As expected, no diversity at all in this team…. extremely good-ole-boy.

wondering

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Georgia, owned and operated by… which lobby gave the most money?

Alice B

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

The man did nothing in Congress, except try to line his own pockets. (And was incompetent at that too, judging by the fact that he’s flat broke). Good going, Georgia voters — I’m sure this will work out well.

SEEYALATERDEMS

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

What is fitting is that the liberals got what they deserved across this great state!
Roy was not a good leader the first time he was there…..Oh yeah, by the way , where was all of the liberal voters that showed up two years ago????? Maybe you guys realize that you don’t vote someone in just because they can speak well.

That Guy

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Hold on one minute. We’re told that the troutman sanders lobbyist will suspend his lobbying while serving on the transition team. Bwaaaahahahahaha.

Michael

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Wow, I voted for John Monds, the only candidate that is not a crook. Why did we as Georgians sacrifice our values and put this man in office? I hope he does well but I’m disappointed with us as a whole as Georgia voters becoming clones for the GOP.

jedrider

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

i know chris riley….he is a great guy. i am a Dem, but i trust him..

bart

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Georgians have voted. Three out of the five are lobbyists. How appropriate. If you look at this team, there are no minorities. We can already see this will be a right wing administration. We have a governor who has ethics, legal, and financial problems, so we know that we the taxpayers will be bailing him out of his financial problems while the common folk get the shaft. Deal has also bragged about voting against the Voting Rights Act, and has said he would consider secession. Our lt. governor is an adulterer. What will this look like to business and industry wanting to locate here? Hope I’m wrong.

Don

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

I wish that Alice would furnish just some small bit of evidence that Deal is flat broke.

Embarrassed

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

I am very embarrassed by the fact that in 2 years we may have a gov. on trial for corruption. This state is 47th in education. It showed yesterday. Just embarrassing to the rest of the country. Someone needs to keep an eye on how he plans to pay back all of that money on the gov’s salary. You see all of the lobbyists standing behind him? Enough said…

Alice B

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

“I wish that Alice would furnish just some small bit of evidence that Deal is flat broke.”

Actually, genius, that’s been well publicized. Don’t follow the news much, do you?

Alice B

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

gershom

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Maybe Deal will use all that lobbyist cash to eradicate georgia’s deficit.

Malt Vinegar

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

This country is farking sick of BHO and his Democrate buddies and yesterday at the polls the people spoke loudly. Get Ready for Newt/Palin in 2012. I still believe in TERM LIMITS for all elected offices at the local, state and federal levels.

roy b

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

‘hey nate ol boy, you beat me fair and square. good luck and btw, here is my number when you are ready to hire an attorney to help defend you against the many pending ethics charges.’

Road Scholar

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

All lobbyists…I guess Deal had to quit Congress since the national vote was to “take my country back” from the special interests. And he turns around and names ALL lobbyists for his transition team! Priceless!

Jughead Obama

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Congratulations to Gov. Elect Turd Sammich, and condolences to former Gov. Douche Bag. Or is that the other way around?

Howard Beale

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Deal ran ads claiming that attorney Roy Barnes represented a “child molester;” then, after defeating him, Deal turns around and proclaims that he and Roy “have been friends for a very long time,” adding, “I still consider him as a friend.” This is sickening.

Jughead Obama

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Yes it is. I hate Roy Barnes and Ga. Democrats with every fiber of my being.

Howard Beale

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

“Newt/Palin in 2012.” Lord help us all.

Politi Cal

November 3rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Get a grip Howard; this is politics.

Daniel

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

I am loving reading all the pouty, whiny comments all over the blogs because Deal won. We the people elected him using the ballot box. He’s your next governor. So deal with it. BWAHAHAHAHA!

bart

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

Gershom, I think Deal will use all that lobbyist money to get himself out of debt. Too bad most folks couldn’t see that Deal was running for Governor to line his own pockets like he tried unsuccessfully to do while in Congress. Oh, well, if all these lobbyists pay off his debt for him, maybe our tax money is safe.

Scared

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

It is what it is. I would like to know why there is no diversity on his team? Sending out a great message right out of the gate.

Scared

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

I’m with you on that Bart.

Wes

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

picassokat be fair. I’m sure there are better governors that could be bought

chc4

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Thank god Roy Barnes is gone. This time it’s for good!!

Daniel

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

“No diversity on the team.” So I assume this is racist, and thus, all Republicans are racist.

political girl

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Now that the Republicans are in power, I will be waiting for all the change they will bring, by Jan. 1st I will expect to see unemployment at 2% and the economy should be booming, Come on Repulicans make it rain.

nickyhicky

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Will Ken Cronan be on his team in any manner? No Cronan people have been seen on TV or in the papers at his gig last night. Is Deal distancing himself from his crooked past?

political girl

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Raw deal from Nathan Steal.

Chigger

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

What transition? Seat is still warm and will be the SOS. What did Sonny do? N O T H I N G. It is all about the party. “To hell with the taxpayers” is their motto. There was big money being funnelled into the state by the GOP. That is how it is and how it always will be with their appointments of judges and etc in the state. It is who you are and how much is in your wallet to get to play with the big boys. I don’t dare hear the &*&#ing and moaning that will start.

bob sosebee

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I AM AFRAID OUR STATE HAS TAKEN A LARGE STEP BACKWARDS. THE PICTURE SEEMS TO BE FROM THE 1950′S , NO AFRO-AMERICANS, NO HISPANICS, ONLY ONE FEMALE
AND SHE IS ON THE “BIG PARTY COMMITTEE” ….I FEAR OUR STATE IS NOW TOTALLY CONTROLLED BY THE BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE SUPER RICH…HOW ELSE COULD A PERSON ON THE SALARY OF A CONGRESSMAN OR GOVERNOR SO EASILY REPAY MILLIONS IN DEBT..MR. DEAL IS A NICE MAN AND I HOPE I AM WRONG, BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL….LETS ALL HOPE FOR GOOD LUCK AND GOD’S BLESSINGS IN THE COMING YEARS….

Tramarci

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I don’t know how to feel about the ghetto grandmothers comment. Everyone deserves a chance, to prove themselves. So Deal is in, but Governor please explain what you meant when you said ghetto grandmothers.

Lisa

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I guess Deal and Riley will open up a new LLC in the Gov’s office.

bart

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Daniel, I am surprised you don’t see the potential conflict of interest with so many lobbyists on the transition team. And, no, the fact that there is no diversity on the team does not necessarily mean that Republicans are racists. Some are, some aren’t. However, I do want to repeat myself that Deal has bragged about the fact he voted against the Voting Rights Act, and he has said he would support secession. That says something, I think, to a lot of minorities.

whiteboy

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

The choice was between “dumb and dumber”, but we managed to elect the dumbest! I guess we will have to “Deal” with it?! What a system!

Tramarci

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

The democratic party was stupid to endorse Roy Barnes. Roy does not represent CHANGE.

bart

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

And Tramarci, I forgot about the “ghetto grandmothers” comment. That is another statement that speaks loudly to minorities. I doubt Deal is a racist but he has certainly reached out to that segment of the population through his words.

Robert

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Only 52.33% of WE THE PEOPLE voted for Deal

south georgia possum

November 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

To Howard Beale and some of you other whiners….Thank goodness Nathan Deal is a man of a lot more character than you and many of your friends. He just ran one helluva negative campaign against Roy Barnes, but is man enough to not hold grudges and talk down his former opponet. That takes some real character..something Nathan Deal has a lot of…and something you know absolutely nothing about. This kind of character is what will makeNathan Deal a great governor for ALL OF GEORGIA .

Southpaw

November 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

I fold.Voters are not informed anymore.

SavannahDude

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Funny how all the liberals who allegedly want a color blind society are crying that there are no “minorities” in the picture. I thought color was not supposed to matter? Would you say the same if it were all blacks up there? Where is the diversity? boo hoo hoo, cry me a river. Such a double standard.

lenny

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Just what Ga. needs a NAT for Governor.

bart

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

South Georgia Possum, I hope you’re right. But with Deal’s ethical and legal shenanigans, it’s hard for some of us to see how he’s a man of character.

James

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

DEAL WON. He gets to choose who he wants. Deal with it you sore hypocritical losers.

russ

November 3rd, 2010
12:57 pm

it’s a shame all you braying nay sayers didnt vote, isnt it?

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.

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.

Bad to Worse

November 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

Yes Michael……I did. Just couldn’t bring myself to vote for either of the other two.

Alex

November 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

Good to be white man in the good ole boy state of Georgia, heehawww

Diehard

November 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

This site proves that the malcontents will always find each other – whether real or virtual.

Teacher

November 3rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Nathan Deal, please remember you were elected by teachers who came out to vote AGAINST Roy Barnes. If you want to be elected again keep that in mind. We have long memories.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

@Watching from afar (4:34 p.m.) the elections were the lead story and focal point of the home page all day. It just changed around 4 as most people started heading home. The producers watch to see what’s getting interest from readers and react accordingly. We weren’t hiding anything.

Gm

November 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

I hope all you Black Rep look at this picture looks like the pre civil rights day, now we know why Georgia bigots hate Obama his adminstration has all colors the way America looks.
Now all you blacks that play football for UGA where the team is 90% black, when your white team mate grows older he will distant himself from you, these same whites in thsi picture are in the stands rooting for you black guys to the run the ball or shoot the ball, but your father or someone in your family is not good enough or white enough to run the state.”’ Wake up Black people in Georiga”””

joan cook

November 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

Put like students together? That sounds circa prior 1960 to me. Money is needed in education for better teachers, with more well rounded approach to teaching. Quit sending kids home for the smallest of infractions. How are children to learn if they talk too loud and get suspended or other such silly infractions. Where is enrichment. Music, art, field trips, education through experience. There seems to be money for football. Kid truly love to learn and will respond to a program that makes learning interesting and fun. Sometimes i listen to what goes on from my grandson’s here in middle school and cannot believe these people are calling themselves educators. This is but one small problem in Georgia but it is a serious one since the children are the future!

Gm

November 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

Lets see how smart the teachers are? in Georgia, under Sonny (Rep) you got no raise, had to take pay cuts, extra days off with out pay, under Barnes you got raises and did not have to take mandatory days off.
So you teach in the class room about values and morles, but you go out and vote for Deal”’
Ths may be why we are last in education”

The "Deal" is we're fuct!

November 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

So lets get this strait…two years ago Obama and the Democrats got voted in and all Republicans have done is bitc*ed and moan about it since. Deal wins and we get a new Republican House, but if you’re a Democrat they’re expected to shut up. Interesting, you hypocrites can cry but after Deal fails like Perdue and our new Congress does the same we’ll be called “unpatriotic” and told to move out of the country. It’s amazing that the party of so-called Christians are the pricks of society. As you say, the “average Georgian” got what they wanted though, another good old boy who will run this state like it’s the 1800s. I guess I still won’t be able to buy beer on Sundays…because Jesus said so.

Teacher

November 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

Gm, I’ve been saying the exact same thing for months and I couldn’t vote for that fraud Deal if there was a gun to my head. Deal basically had no platform or cure for the state’s education woes. We’ll continue to be bottom dwellers. This must be what it feels like to play for the L.A. Clippers.

Teach too

November 3rd, 2010
5:58 pm

People remember Barnes supposedly screwing teachers, but I guess most teachers forget that good old Sonny has basically spit on us for eight years. So what do they do, go vote for another joker who doesn’t have a vision for education reform in this state. Great, more excuses and furloughs on the way.

joan cook

November 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

Amen as i said earlier folks here seem afraid of change and forward thinking. I am not an angry liberal today i a a disappointed one thinking that people were intelligent enough to understand that President Obama could not solve the problems the republican party “patriot” got is into after 8 years in office. The president has been saddled with a congress that are more interested in acting like 12 yr olds saying hahahah we are not going let you pass any programs than to take care of the constituents they were elected to SERVE. not run things, not disrupt things, but serve the people. So for all you giddy folks that are doing the dance of joy today, remember it is not always good to get what you ask for When things get worse instead of better perhaps you will wake up and realize it doesn’t matter what party you belong to but what you are doing to make this a better nation,

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

Georgia elected the Governor it deserves.

To Liberals are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
6:03 pm

Dude, as you sit there touching yourself, getting off on what you think was an original thought…we’ll be the ones laughing at such nonsense. You sound like a complete, unoriginal and misinformed fool. Make sure to let God know when you go to church this evening that I said hi you f’ing hypocrite! Go die or something so we don’t have to have filth like you breathing our air.

Larry Craig from Idahoooo

November 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

Looking down on Georgia, I see you Elected Nathan Deal and Casey Cagle.

YEE HAW YEE HAW

Deliverance is not just a movie about Georgia. Its a documentary.

mark

November 3rd, 2010
6:20 pm

Just told my young-un that on this here great plantation (Georgia) you must be able to fool the people with lies, be somewhat of a crook and have some good ole boys behind you and he could be the great Boss of this here state.

mark

November 3rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Peolple are afraid of change and that is understandableBut what is not is the thought another party was to bring us jobs from the sky and remove all deficeits. Bring in affordable health care etc. Personally I can’t wait to see the voters to receive what they voted for. (CLIFF)

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
6:34 pm

When we talk about what different organizations will not allow us to do, we strengthen their position. Mr. Galt, you seem to be very knowledgeable and excell over your Aper (is it baboon or gorilla?). Your position is well articulated and would be enhanced if you would refrain from listing minorities as if they were our major problem. I am priviledged to associate with a group of minority men that have retired and as we do here, “solve the problems of the world daily”. I have found them to share the concerns that we as conservatives have, though they are liberals. I think our problems come into play when we stereotype liberals and place them in one group. Sadly, we sometimes, more than not, put all liberals into the “far left” category. We automatically hear the word liberal and shut down. Being a conservative I must admit there is the same radical sector in the “far right”. The point I am clumsly trying to make is that the reasonable liberals and the reasonable conservatives could find a lot of common ground if that stereotyping did not pollute the agenda before it was addressed.

This is where our skilled politicians become great leaders. They can pull reason out of the chaos of bigotry, confusion, and hate mongers. They can identify and present goals for the common good of the people in such a way that the “moderates” can come together and work for the good of the people. I was very impressed with the West Virginia governor who won the senators race. He says he wants what is right for the people of West Virginia, let’s hope Nathan Deal is the same.

You are so right about the political correctness thing. Sadly there will always be those on both sides that will exploit this crutch to prove their otherwise unsupportive position.

khc

November 3rd, 2010
6:35 pm

re reading some posts have to say norris is a real dumb arse

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
6:43 pm

GM

I am sorry for your hurt!

Larry Craig

Please send us some taters, we might need them.

Gm

November 3rd, 2010
6:46 pm

So all you black offical who feel bad when whites complain when you hire all blacks in Dealb, Fulton, government, thisis why I say they are a bunch of hypocrites.
Look at the picture, white women who came in to office on the benefit of the African American civil right struggles.

Gm

November 3rd, 2010
6:50 pm

doobydo” Not hurt, only Obama is hurting because he thought he had some real Americans behind him to help clean up these mess George W left, to the average black, especially in Ga this comes as no surprise, your history dont allow you to do anything different.
To

Larry Craig from Idahoooo

November 3rd, 2010
6:53 pm

doobydo, We have the finest spuds to go great with your goobers.

I am most pleased that you fine folks in Georgia elected such men of stature.
These are my kind of Republicans.

Palin/Craig in 2012 Tap Tap Tap

Renee

November 3rd, 2010
7:09 pm

I am loving reading all the pouty, whiny comments all over the blogs because Deal won. We the people elected him using the ballot box. He’s your next governor. So deal with it. BWAHAHAHAHA!

And last time I checked Barack Obama was President of The United States! Deal with that! BWHAHAHAHAHAHA

joan cook

November 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

To the author “liberals are losers”, after reading your posts i am beginning to see the ignorance that set the tempo for the voting done yesterday. You are first and foremost an American for surely you would be put to death for the things you say in many countries around the world. Your words are filled with hate and acrimony. You obviously feel you have the right to denigrate others in order to build up your own self esteem. Let me guess, you are a high school dropout in a minimum wage paying job that has been snowed by the wealthy into believing neither you nor anyone else deserves better! How’d i do?

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
7:38 pm

GM
I am a conservative, but I must agree that Mr. Bush didn’t do too great of a job. However, when the tidal wave of 2006 sent the majority in the house and senate to the Dems who won on the Iraqi war issue there were a lot of promises made. Yet , the approval rate of the congress was even lower than that of Mr. Bush. The time from 2007 to 2009 were controlled by the Dems and add the time that Mr. Obama has been in power I think it comes to 3 1/2 years. The last year and one half has been with a majority in both houses and and democrat as President. That seems to be total control, yet the “do nothing” republicans are blamed for nothing being done as they are the party of “no”.

The point I am trying to make is that there is too much blame and not enough action on the part of both parties. As a conservative I was glad to see the change in the house, not because I don’t like liberals, but because there has to be something to jar us out of a rut. If something doesn’t work, that’s O.K., but don’t stay at the same task, back up and punt. My fear is that there is no definitive plan by the republicans. I find that there is a lot of rhetoric but no specifics. I am not smart enough to solve our problems, my problem is that I don’t know any politician that is. As I said the republicans have not expounded any definitive plan, and as smart as Mr. Obama is, I think his ego gets in the way a bit.

Who is the best for our country, only history will tell.

doobydo

November 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Mr. Craig

Maybe we would be better off if you made that Craig/Palin in 2012!

Chigger

November 3rd, 2010
8:14 pm

Karen Haendel would of done a better job with less baggage. You bet we got the “The Real Raw Deal”. It will be a real deal set back for this state. Can’t wait to say I told you so. p.s. Did vote for Casey. Not a straight ballot like the hard core GOP does. Bet a lunch they are help paying Deal’s debt off. Still puzzled about the tax returns. That is why a member of Trout Sanders on board. You betcha!!!

Desz

November 3rd, 2010
8:22 pm

I didn’t like either candidate but someone had to win.

Me

November 3rd, 2010
8:55 pm

Newt/Palin in 2012? You are right…God help us all!!!! This ticket will only give us another 4 years of Obama and his Socialist agenda.

joan cook

November 3rd, 2010
9:07 pm

lol newt/palin now i think there was a movie made about them wasn’t there i think it was called Dumb and Dumber.

Michael

November 3rd, 2010
11:48 pm

And the person that could have won was John Monds, but lets instead keep putting the same mainstream party crooks back in office, sigh. See my previous comments and may the Independents one day rise up against both these parties and their liberal/conservative DRONES that support them.

Billy in Savannah

November 4th, 2010
4:48 am

Congratulations and best wishes are in order to Governor elect Deal. I truly hope he is successful. I did not vote for him. As usual, Chatham County went for the loser. These congratulations and good wishes should not be interpreted that moderates should not be keeping a watchful eye on his actions.

Dave The Insured

November 4th, 2010
4:52 am

More red panties scandals please. Oh, wait. That’s Georgia football. On second thought …

Clif

November 4th, 2010
6:17 am

I’m an independent. In this race, I voted for Roy because I thought he’d do a better job despite the fact that I find him a bit obnoxious. And, frankly, I find the assertions that he’s in bed with Obama, Pelosi and Reid to be ridiculous.
Those making such claims must be new to GA. Anyone who watched him operate in the Legislature would know that he’s not a toe-the-line party man.
Many voters seem to be, however, which is a real pity.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

November 4th, 2010
7:39 am

Barnes now can keep his official portrait intact at the Capital. He sits there like a snapper turtle with the anchor that sunk him in 2002 by his side….his ugly flag. Am proud that we flagged Barnes in Dublin with our 56 flags as a reminder from the Sons of the South before the election.

White Male

November 4th, 2010
9:26 am

Notice how there are no minorities on the team….sad…

CEG

November 4th, 2010
9:48 am

Karen Handel would have been so much better for GA.

mightywhitey

November 4th, 2010
10:16 am

It is clear that Deal hates, gays, jews, minorities and illegal aliens. But, you people chose him. Soon the Georgia board of Pardon and Paroles will be overwhelmed with members of certain “white male groups” will be give pardons and let out of prison in our State. Deal will take care of his own. Deal started many years ago being supported and funded by the “group led by white males in Georgia”.
Will Deal and his cohorts wear their white robes or their southern mafia attire, overalls and workboots.

Randolph Phillips

November 4th, 2010
11:02 am

I have known Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal a long time, and consider them friends. Nathan Deal will, I think, and both of them have the interest of Georgia at heart, though Nathan will conduct the office differently than Roy. Though one is Republican, they both started out as Democrats–like most Georgians.

I expect Nathan Deal will run a down-to-earth, honest, and practical administration. His transition team is small, which means a few people will have a lot of work to do, and its
staff may play important roles. As for the team’s lobbyist component, lobbyist have immense and useful expertise. Pete Robinson, for example, probably has almost unparralleled knowledge of State Government, and the business community, and his resume comes from a long and diverse experience with almost every segment of society.

ROWHOO

November 4th, 2010
11:56 am

Restore the ‘56 Flag

[...] only did Deal maintain his allegiance to his cohort, he also made several other questionable appointments. His transition team is made up of: Roger Wade (chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a [...]

vietnamvet

November 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Funny how no matter we change things remain the same. All WHITE MALES ON THE TT. ONE WHITE FEMALE. YET, WHITES WONDER WHY BLACKS VOTE THE WAY THEY DO.

Say what u will about the president, but, almost all of the time he is seen with a diverse group of people.

The tax rolls are diverse. The people fighting in the wars are diverse; yet, the GE can only find WHITE PEOPLE to help him run the government. DAMN SHAME!!!!!!!!! DAMN rep!!!!!!!!!!!!

T Knight

November 7th, 2010
7:18 am

I did not support Nathan Deal, I wrote in Karen Handel’s name on my ballot. Now that he is Governor, I will give him a chance. We are better off having a Republican in office going into the
next presidential election.

Tired of BS

November 7th, 2010
7:21 am

Here we go with the race baiting again. HHEEELLLLOOOOO……. minorities need to get their heads out of their asses! You dance with the one who brung you…… Roy brung you…. he lost…. Deal with it! Life ain’t fair!