Deal to celebrate inaugural with gala at Philips

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal on Friday announced that his swearing in at the state Capitol will be followed by an invitation-only gala at Philips Arena.

Deal will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 following a prayer service at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta. The gala, which will be funded by private contributions, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The weekend of events begins Saturday, Jan. 8, with a day of service events for  non-profit agencies across Georgia, including several in Metro Atlanta. More details on the service projects are available at Deal’s inauguration website.

The inaugural committee said Friday that the gala will feature musical acts from Georgia as well as a “nationally known headliner” who was not named.

“Georgia is home to some of the nation’s best talent in government, business and entertainment,”  Jay Morgan, co-chair of the inaugural committee, said in a statement. “The inaugural gala will celebrate it all.”

The event honors the new governor and the constitutional officers who will also take office that day.

Gov. Sonny Perdue’s first inaugural in 2003 featured a swearing-in ceremony at Philips Arena and a gala next door at the World Congress Center. Most of the attendees were invited, but a small number of $50 tickets were sold to the public. Ray Charles performed.

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Douglas

December 10th, 2010
2:37 pm

While I am happy that our new Governor will have a privately-funded gala event — that will be good news to a lot of businesses in the Atlanta area — I can’t help but wonder at the venue. Wouldn’t it send a better message to hold the party at a private facility, instead of one built and paid for with our — that is Atlanta and Fulton County’s — tax dollars?

nippit

December 10th, 2010
2:47 pm

Sure it’s paid for with “private” money, but it certainly sends a message to those who lost their jobs thanks to failed Republican policies…

Linda Schrenko

December 10th, 2010
2:53 pm

Nathan’s Cabinet of Rivals – The Dream Team

Department of Natural Resources and Self-Dealing, Commissioner – Charles Bannister
Department of Health and Human Services Graft, Commisioner – Robin Williams
Department of Corrections Corp. of America Kickbacks, Commisioner – Charles Walker
Department of Administrative Self Services – Bill Campbell
State Road and Toll Abuse of Authority, Commissioner – Sonny Purdue
Department of Endless Revenue, Commissioner – Jennette Jamieson
State WhatsAllThisFussAbout Ethics Commission, Executive Director – Pat Swindall
State Cookie Jar Auditor, Commissioner – Me!*

*(After I’m sprung in 2013!)

LAKE SINCLAIR EDUCATOR

December 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

Maybe he can find some more ways to cut school teachers salaries and public education in general to help pay for the GALA…..Sounds like another SONNY to me, and boy did he do a lot for the teachers and public education……SONNY was a big disappointment, and DEAL looks like he will be also….Are there no initiatives that all these brilliant people can come up with to help our educational system in Georgia??? Or are we just doomed??? Does anybody have a plan to raise some revenue for public education?????

Didn't get my vote

December 10th, 2010
2:56 pm

What an embarassment our state elected this crook to be our next governor. One can only hope his past will catch up with him and like Gray Davis in California, will be removed from office. Until then- ick, just… ick!

JF McNamara

December 10th, 2010
3:03 pm

Will everyone at the gala get get safety pins to attach money to him after they shake his hand?

No Deal Is The Best Deal

December 10th, 2010
3:17 pm

It’s hard to believe the idiot voters of this state have put this pig of man into the governor’s office. You think the current fat headed fool is bad, just wait and see what turns out with this crooked piece of scum. If he serves out his full term without being recalled I will be amazed. The rednecks, rubes and hicks outside Atlanta will never get it. Most of them are far too unintelligent to be allowed to vote.

Fulton Educator

December 10th, 2010
3:17 pm

…as the state faces the most deep fiscal cuts to education and a possible loss of HOPE. Yes, I lost hope already…

RGB

December 10th, 2010
3:37 pm

Are all teachers whiners and expect their jobs to be preserved at all–and I mean all–costs?

Or is it just the ones who post in this forum?

Don’t like teaching or the salary you receive? Then change jobs.

NameRequired

December 10th, 2010
3:43 pm

How come when a Republican has worked in government his entire career he has “devoted his life to public service”, but when a Democrat has worked in governement as a career he’s a “career politician and bureaucrat”? Both lived off the public payroll – what’s the difference?

Mel

December 10th, 2010
3:50 pm

I’m still in shock this man got elected.

janet

December 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

I will not be surprised by anything that I hear from the incoming elected officials in the State of Georiga. I do not encourage anyone to move their business or themselves to this state. The gala receiving line will consist of current, former and future appointees high fiving as they greet each other on the way to the trough.

Nathan Deal scandal countdown clock: 60 days and counting

December 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

I predict before April 2011 that our friends Aaron or Jim are going to write about a scandal. I am guessing some conflict-of-interest thing, with some bribery and intimidation mixed in for color. I’m taking bets: any takers?

For those who attend the gala

December 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

1) check your principles and ethics at the door.
2) bring cash, because checks leave more evidence for investigators.
3) John Oxendine: stop crying, you can run for governor again next time.
4) Karen Handel: please, somebody check her for weapons, seriously.
5) Note that any illegally parked cars will be towed and destroyed by Recovery Services, Inc.
6) If you’re from the Office of Congressional Ethics, your NOT on the list.
7) Ray McBerry: since alcohol will be served, your date has to wait outside, with her babysitter.

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
4:25 pm

All of the vitriole and evil spewing out of your minds into this blog says a lot more about you than anything about Nathan Deal. I can only imagine that all of you are government-dependent immature little children that cry as loud as you can to get the big government teet back into your mouths. Further, it is clear to me that because you are now having to depend on your own hard work and savings that your lives have created so far, that cupboard is bare and you look back and see what a waste your life has been. I feel sorry for you, but thank God I overcame my immaturity and crawled out of that hole you are in many years ago. If you are waiting on the government to come and save your lives now, you will all die lonely, angry, and resentful, understanding that you were wrong your whole god-forsaken lives. It is true of you – that it will turn out that the whole purpose of your lives has been to serve as a warning to others. I thinks thats about all I have to say to you.

Mary

December 10th, 2010
4:26 pm

It’s just embarrassing that such an overt crook is going to be our governor. Ugh.

WTF

December 10th, 2010
4:32 pm

Looks like the earlier posters have nailed it. This scumbag will be worse that Sonny Boy, and you have to be really, really sleezy to beat that fat tub of . . . Why the hell, when lots of folks are hurting and we’re already hearing of cuts to our educational system while we up the corporate welfare payouts, does there even have to be a gala to celebrate the decline and fall of Georgia ethics? I sure hope that those private contributors (aka those buying their way into Deal’s government pockets) are at least paying rent to use our publicly funded facilities for their little get together to celebrate screwing the Georgia electorate.

JF McNamara

December 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

Independent and proud of it,

Wow…isn’t this post about a gala? Aren’t you a little off topic?

Second, what vitriol? He quit Congress in the middle of the night over and ethics probe relating to using government influence to protect his business monopoly. Can we not bring that whole thing up? He is, in fact, and unethical crook.

Right Wing Racists

December 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

Previous poster “Ind. and” is a classic example of the idiots of our state. First of all, why don’t you just come out and say it, you are referring to minorities and african-americans. Get your facts straight you racist pig. Your own brethren are part of the unintelligent government dependent shit that has been a toll on this state. We need better people than this moron “Deal” we have elected. Stop hiding behind your true colors. You can’t handle that minorities including african americans are outperforming your ass and making something of themselves. Go F yourself

Right Wing Racists

December 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

Independent and proud of it. Come out of your closet you racist. Your referring to minorities and trying to disguise your jealousy of their successes. Well, I hope your crooked governor takes care of your finances for you by bankrupting our state.

Yo, proud independent

December 10th, 2010
4:44 pm

You call it ‘vitriole’, we call it ‘the truth’. I don’t expect much from the government, but I demand integrity, fairness, and honesty from the people who represent our government. Nathan Deal quit Congress just as the Department of Justice was preparing subpoenas for him to testify. During his campaign, we learned of his campaign-funded aviation business, and that he plead the fifth-amendment rather than release all his tax information, since he would be indicted on tax evasion. Georgia has enough things to be embarrassed about, a pit-bull loving quarterback, people getting murdered left and right, the Georgia Microchip Implant Act, the list goes on. I don’t know Nathan Deal, he’s probably a fine fellow who would be great to have a lemonade with. But his reputation is that of a crooked, lying, opportunistic cheater. That’s not the type of person to put in charge of a $18 Billion dollar budget.

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
4:48 pm

What’s off topic about observations of the fine contributors of comments above? It’s not atypical at all to comment on the commenters, especially when you see a herd of similar minded folks lashing out. It’s clear to me, maybe not to you, that it is fine to bring up the topics brought forth above, but in my judgment based on these and other comments, that I can draw my conclusions about the writers.

You say “unethical” like there is such thing as an ethical politian. There is only a matter of degree among the politicians, all of them, as to how unethical they are. And ethics are defined by the one making the judgment about someone else – easy to throw around charge by someone’s enemies or detractors.

You say “crook”, which is usually defined as someone who has broken the law. Now I assume this is your opinion, because I am not aware that even the fair and balanced AJC has published anything that shows he has been officially charged, arrested, tried or sentenced in his life time.

Oh yeah, while I’ve go your attention, keep you hand out of my wallet – you and your kids. THANKS!

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
4:50 pm

Hey Right Wing Racist – You are a complete idiot. My skin is black as the night sky, but my mind is free from the shackles you and your kind remain in. I guess my better than average AJC blog commenter writing made you think I was an educated elite white person. Guess you are the racist here.

Neither Dependent not Independent

December 10th, 2010
4:56 pm

There’s a saying, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, there’s a pretty darned good chance it’s a duck.

Nathan has not been ‘officially charged’ by the Department of Justice for only because he resigned before they could proceed. So he’s good to go. If you rob a bank, but get away with it, you’re not a crook, right?

Incontinent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:01 pm

I don’t seem to have any friends. why?

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:03 pm

DOJ wasn’t involved – it was a Congressional committee that concluded he MAY have violated house ethics rules. It didn’t proceed because he resigned. However, anyone else who wants to pick up the mantle and indict him is free to move ahead. But, so far, no one has. Wonder why? Lord knows he has a lot of enemies here ready and willing to attack. Sounds like more to me that his chief of staff should be the one scrutinized moreso than Nathan Deal. That may yet be what happens.

JCD

December 10th, 2010
5:04 pm

Hate it for all you school teachers who are enduring “budget cuts” or “tightening of the belts” for education. Let’s see, you’ve had a job for the last 3 years, healthcare, and very minimal salary cuts and let’s not forget the 11-14 weeks of “off days” that you have to “unwind”. Whereas the rest of us (who pay your salary thru our tax dollars), have lost our jobs, had our salaries cut in 1/2, can’t afford healthcare or don’t have it at all and only get about 10 days of vacation time. . . . . . Wake up and join the rest of the world, or better yet, shut your pie holes and be THANKFUL & GRATEFUL that you have a good, consistent paying job, with benefits and quite frankly, one of the most recession proof jobs out there. Oh yeah. And you’ve got a pension as well.

You really got it rough. None of us have sympathy for you and that attitude in these tough times. Grow up and quit acting like the kids you teach.

Douglas

December 10th, 2010
5:04 pm

Independent and proud of it — What you are is a snob. I’m happy for your success in life, but really you could stand a bit of humility. Remeber, pride cometh before a fall, so instead of standing on your stump and telling everyone that you are the superior being, why not instead reach out a hand and help others to see the world as you do, and in so doing perhaps gain sucsess themselves? Or not. Whatever.

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:05 pm

Hey incontinent – probably because you are a loser in life and a smartass that has nothing original to add to the conversation.

Incontinent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:05 pm

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/federal-grand-jury-sought-579989.html

“A federal grand jury subpoenaed records and testimony from a top state official last month involving gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal and a business arrangement he had with the state for nearly 20 years.”

Federal Grand Jury is empaneled by DOJ, not Congress.

outspoken1

December 10th, 2010
5:08 pm

huh oh, did we get a “mis-deal?”
There is NO WAY that private funds will pick up the complete tab for this event. I don’t see the big frigging deal anyways, Just say I do and get your azz to work.
This really doesn’t wet very well with me at all. His night should be reflective of the present situation that our state is in.
This greatly concerns me.

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:10 pm

Douglas – it is shame that you conclude that I my life consists solely of being succcessful and then bragging about it, and doing nothing for others, just because of what I wrote about myself. I understand how easy that is here in blog world, and I am sure I do it too. My whole purpose in life is to share what God has blessed me with with others – giving money, teaching children in 5th grade sunday school, building positive relationships with teachers, staff and students at the high school next to my office. Can you share some more about your life?

Incontinent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:11 pm

More unoriginal content:

“Roy Barnes: Nathan Deal’s ethics problems should disqualify him as a candidate”

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/09/01/roy-barnes-nathan-deals-ethics-problems-should-disqualify-him-as-a-candidate/

Roy Barnes calling someone unethical is like a drill instructor telling a soldier to talk nicer to people.

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:15 pm

“Nathan has not been ‘officially charged’ by the Department of Justice for only because he resigned before they could proceed. ”

That’s the statement I was responding to. The article you linked is from August 2010, months after the congressional ethics report and resignation. Nice try, though, but I suggest you get your timeline together and then come back.

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:17 pm

Deal was charged with using Federal campaign funds to pay for he legal fees to fend off his corruption investigation. Seriously. That’s like showing up drunk in court after being changed with DUI.

The Associated Press reported in April that Deal, a Republican, had used more than $19,000 in contributions from his state campaign account to pay legal fees related to a congressional ethics investigation.

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:20 pm

So you’re charged with an ethics violation and you get charged with an ethics violation for using campaign money to defend yourself from the ethics charges. Is this like one of those Russian nesting dolls?

Independent and proud of it

December 10th, 2010
5:23 pm

Where is the indictment? I’d like to read it. Or is the word “charged” just mean in your vocabulary that the AJC printed something about it?

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:26 pm

From the Office of Congressional Ethics Report:

“Mr. Deal’s 2009 personal financial disclosure form (which provides information on the 2008 calendar year) failed to list his position of “corporate secretary” of a Georgia-based auto salvage business in which he has a large financial stake. The form also listed $75,000 he received from his business as dividends and partnership income – however his tax returns list that amount as “wages.” ”

The reason he never released all his tax returns is that these documents would prove he committed a crime. Tax evasion is not a sinister crime, yet you might want to send a card to actor Wesley Snipes who is in prison for it.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

December 10th, 2010
5:30 pm

as bad as Deal may seem to some of you, be VERY thankful you dont have endure that heinous
Barnes for 4 years! Thank GOD he was kept out!

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:36 pm

There was no indictment, since the primary punishment for abusing the position as a Senator is to remove that person from office. If the person resigns before they can indict him, he is off the hook, as long as the misconduct is not something like murder.

Mark

December 10th, 2010
5:42 pm

Private contributions for the gala. Are they paying for use of Philips Arena? Shouldn’t we know who is buying access to the new governor? Why is that OK, but vendors of the airport should not have thrown the party for DeCosta?

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:43 pm

Most people here are too young to remember Roy

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:49 pm

Note to self: call Bob Barr to get him to file a FOIA request for the donor list. A gala at Philips Arena costs what, $250K? I would assume those private contributors are lobbyists, and what better way to grease the skids than to get together at a big party?

But Wait There's More

December 10th, 2010
5:52 pm

The ‘private contributions’ are not going to pay for Atlanta Police overtime, the City of Atlanta will get stuck with that bill. So while the police are outside directing traffic, providing crowd control and freezing their revolvers off, the fat cats will be cozy and warm playing kissy-face with the lobbyists.

tim

December 10th, 2010
5:57 pm

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! The new Gov is already shaken down businesses.

Clown Deal and his circus. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !

RGB

December 10th, 2010
5:57 pm

Then let’s ban all Braves games, Falcons games, Thrashers games, Phillips arena concerts, business meetings–anything where more than 50 people gather.

Then let’s stand back and watch how fast the economy grows!

Jealous Knuckleheads.

RGB

December 10th, 2010
5:58 pm

“The new Gov is already shaken [sic] down businesses.”

Hat tip: Spend your Christmas gift cards on English lessons.

JACKSON MAYNARD

December 10th, 2010
7:06 pm

What a mess.

Y’all are gonna make me come back! These folks have lost their minds….

Nathan Deal is more than just a crook, he is a IN YOUR FACE CROOK.

A “What you gonna do about it?” crook. “My mom and wife were teachers”, remember in his ad’s?

The first thing that he does before he even reaches office is talk of cutting teacher pay…. LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE… and you folks that he would look out for teachers? Nathan and the Tea Party Republicants only take care of themselves. Period. But intelligence is not something all Georgians have apparently. I guess your kids will be even dumber now. Nathan’s are grown and broke, he doesn’t care about any other kids….

Sad… what an awful choice for GA……

JACKSON MAYNARD

December 10th, 2010
7:07 pm

thought that he

JW

December 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

JCD, what a misinformed brat you are.
Those great 11-14 weeks off (???) are UNPAID – teachers don’t get paid for weeks they don’t work.
So, it’s OK for you to blog about your own financial problems, but how dare teachers speak out? What a hypocrite.
If you are so unhappy with your own situation, how about joining the teachers in the trenches. Maybe then your opinions might mean something. Until then, how about following your own advice and “Shut your pie hole.”