The business partner of U.S Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor in 2010, says they got out of the lucrative state auto salvage inspection business because they fear changes made by the state endanger the safety of Georgians.
“I am deeply concerned that a reduction in safety requirements could result in a liability issue for our company and therefore was not in our best interest,” Ken Cronan said in an email blast Deal’s campaign sent to supporters.
He later added, “This was more than a business decision. It was a moral decision.”
State Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham has said the inspections will be no less safe than they’ve been over the past 20 years, when Deal and Cronan were in the business.
The AJC reported this week that Deal ended his business arrangement with the state that earned his company about $300,000 a year.
State records show that Deal and Cronan chose not to continue as one one of the Department of Revenue’s locations where rebuilt