Deal names two deputy chiefs of staff

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal on Wednesday added two new people to his team, choosing deputy chiefs of staff for legislative and external affairs and for communiciations.

Michael Shaffer, 47, will be Deal’s liaison to federal, state and local officials. Shaffer served as district director for the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and is a partner in Oglethorpe Public Affairs. He served Deal’s campaign as a consultant, and was a registered lobbyist in parts of 2009 and 2010.

Brian Robinson, 35, will oversee Deal’s communications department. After spending seven years in Washington working for members of Georgia’s congressional delegation, Robinson returned to the state to serve as Deal’s campaign spokesman.

“Michael and Brian have served the people of Georgia as dedicated public servants,” Deal said in a statement. “Their talents were on display for all to see during the campaign and now they will put their talents to work on behalf of Georgians.”

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Dem Voter

November 10th, 2010
7:07 pm

Brian is good people.

Double Zero Eight

November 10th, 2010
7:18 pm

The deputy chief of staff is a former recent lobbylist. Is anyone surprised?

Double Zero Eight

November 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

Lobbyist was spelled incorrectly in my previous post.

dorothy stapen

November 10th, 2010
7:24 pm

So far, no women on Deal’s team..(except for the lady who is helping plan the Inauragration party).anyone noticed? and 1 token black…..Deal looks like Herman Talmadge.

The General

November 10th, 2010
7:31 pm

Dorothy, those of us who know Melvin Everson are keenly aware he is anything but someone’s “token” black. I understand the sentiment you are trying to make, but to refer to Melvin that way greatly diminishes the accomplishments he has made and the skills and abilities he brings to Deal’s transition team.

Gov.-elect Deal is fortunate to have someone of Melvin’s caliber to rely upon at this time. I’m certain he will do a great job with whatever comes his way.

dorothy stapen

November 10th, 2010
7:46 pm

OK General…let’s assume Melvin Epperson is everything you say…why doesn’t Deal get more folks like Epperson involved in his administration? I really worry that Deal will be racially-insensitive and the State of Georgia will pay dearly for his shortcoming.

Here we go

November 10th, 2010
8:04 pm

Here we go with the race card thing.

Love Your Neighbor

November 10th, 2010
8:20 pm

dear dorothy – we aren’t there more courageous and qualified african-american Georgians like Melvin whom Deal could choose from among his supporters? Melvin is a 21st century man, who refuses to be chained to the old racial stereotyping that forces blacks to assume they have to be loyal to a certain political party because that’s what they’ve been told that is what they are supposed to do.

dorothy stapen

November 10th, 2010
8:35 pm

So you are saying that Melvin Epperson is an Uncle Tom?

Love Your Neighbor

November 10th, 2010
8:39 pm

If you can read, then you can understand that I am not saying he is an “Uncle Tom”. Dorothy – what is your definition of an Uncle Tom, and how did you come to that definition?

Jessie Jackson

November 10th, 2010
8:52 pm

Unless he only appoints African American, he is a racist.

Ole Roy

November 10th, 2010
8:54 pm

You should have elected me….I would make sure my Chief of Staff was a member of the GLAD.


November 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Hey – let the guy elect the people he feels best fit for the job w/o having to worry about playing politics to satisfy the race, gender, and religion crowd. If they are all black, so be it. If they are all men, so be it. If they are all white, protestant females, so be it. If one or more of them don’t do their job, then fire away. But until then, how about giving this game a break. If our president had approached his cabinet and staff appointments w/o such considerations, and he had received better advice these first two years in office, maybe the hole we continue to dig for ourselves as a country wouldn’t be near as deep as it is.

Donkey Girl

November 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

Is this the first time in GA history that the governor has appointed a homosexual to a top position?


November 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

I heard he was going to appoint Bernie Madoff and Revenue Czar. Aaron: can you confirm the date this is going to be done?


November 10th, 2010
9:58 pm

@DS and probably has an overcoat.


November 10th, 2010
9:59 pm

woka woka woka

Interested Party

November 10th, 2010
10:15 pm

Love Your Neighbor, I’m afraid Dorothy has to go look up where “Uncle Tom” came from and what it “actually” means because she’s simply regurgitating the same racially-motivated rhetoric she’s heard. Sad.


November 11th, 2010
6:14 am

All – The right wing now dominates every–yes every–facet of GA government. So, we’ll see how the next 4 years go. Of course, we expect to see progress in business, school, and protection of the civil justice system. Also, please….please don’t whine and complain about Deal. You got what you elected. He was too corrupt for congress and we responded by electing him governor. Spare me to crap about the democrats “setting him up.” Comments like that just make you look dumb. How many times did he fail to disclose his financial situaiton during the election? Woner why that was….Deal with it…so to speak–you wanted him, you got him. All know that Barnes was not a spectacular candidate, but Deal is just …..well, his record speaks for itself. The right wing now has no one to blame for Georgia’s progress of lack thereof. We are waiting…..


November 11th, 2010
6:41 am

Melvin Everson is a pragmatist. For you slack jawed, knuckle-dragging repukelicans, pragmatist is not some sexual position with young boys but means he does the right thing at the right time.


November 11th, 2010
12:09 pm

I met Melvin Everson and he is a forward thinking individual that doesn’t get bogged down with Party affiliations. He will do well with Governor elect Deal because he will tell him the truth–good or bad. You definitely need someone like him on board.

Jayne M. Barker

November 11th, 2010
4:13 pm

One of the top two just appointed has gross “smart mouth” and I’ll let you figure out which one, if you don’t already know…
displayed throughout the Primary…Jimmy Carter made the same mistake…he surrounded himself with his cronies instead of smart
political strategists.