Breaking: Deal says he’ll resign from Congress

By Aaron Gould Sheinin/asheinin@ajc.com and Jim Tharpe/jtharpe@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) said Monday morning he will resign from Congress to “devote my full energies to the campaign for governor.”

Deal is one of seven Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor. He will resign from the U.S. House on March 8.

Deal, whose departure apparently voids a U.S. House ethics investigation into his business dealing with the state, announced his resignation at the Gainesville Civic Center before a crowd of about 100 supporters, who applauded his remarks.

“This is not a time for untested leadership in the governor’s office,” Deal said. “The economic future of our state is in peril.”

Deal becomes the second member of the state’s 13-seat congressional delegation to announce his departure in the past few days. U.S. Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.) announced on Saturday he won’t seek re-election in November.

Deal’s decision to resign from the U.S. House now, however, would set up a special election to fill the remainder of his term, which lasts through the November elections. At least six Republicans are already campaigning for the seat as Deal had already announced he would seek the governor’s office rather than run for re-election to Congress.

According to sparse independent polling, Deal is running among the top three candidates for the GOP nomination as governor, along with Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

A Rasmussen Reports poll last week showed Deal, Oxendine, and Handel beating former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Democratic front-runner,  in a head-to-head match-up. Former state Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah was running even.

Deal has been the subject of two inquiries by congressional investigators into a Deal’s role in a business with the state that earned his company $1.5 million from 2004 through 2008. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Deal and a business partner obtained the lucrative state business without competition and that Deal personally intervened with state officials to fight proposed changes to the operation.

Deal denied any wrongdoing in his business dealings.

The Office of Congressional Ethics and the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct had contacted the state Department of Revenue for documents and interviews regarding Deal’s role in the business, records obtained by the AJC showed.

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Monday that Deal’s resignation would essentially scuttle the investigation.

“Once he resigns from the House, the inquiry will end. The House won’t have jurisdiction over him any longer,” said Sloan, whose organization filed the ethics complaints with the U.S. House in response to the AJC’s original report.

Asked Monday whether his resignation from Congress had anything to do with the investigation, Deal said, “That’s absolutely not true. I am resigning because I know there is work to be done and the leadership of this state hangs in the balance.”

Deal had previously said he welcomed “an opportunity to state the facts” to congressional investigators, but that now apparently will not happen. Deal said Monday “I have no control over that.”

Deal’s resignation throws the race to replace him into overdrive – one race to win the incumbency, immediately followed by a second race to secure the Republican nomination for the full term in July. Republican candidates in the race number six, seven or eight – depending on how seriously you take all of them.

Deal would also become the third candidate for governor to resign his current public office in order to concentrate on running. Karen Handel ditched her job as secretary of state, and Eric Johnson resigned his state Senate seat.

However, Deal’s resignation would carry no financial advantage. Because he holds a federal office, he was not restricted from fund-raising during this legislative session.

When Handel resigned as secretary of state, in December, Deal’s campaign released a statement making it appear as if resignation was not in his plans.

“Nathan Deal has taken an oath to serve the people of Georgia and has a clear record of completing his terms,” the statement said.

His opponents did not waste time in criticizing him now.

“It is regrettable that Nathan Deal has left Georgia without a voice in Washington during the vital healthcare debate,” said Oxendine spokesman Tim Echols. “We are hopeful that this isn’t an attempt to circumvent an investigation into the state-funded program that benefited his auto salvage business.”

But Deal’s supporters hit back at Oxendine, saying the insurance commissioner’s numerous controversies require swift action.

“Nathan simply acted on pressure by prominent Republican leaders to ‘drastically re-commit’ himself to winning, out of growing concern that the insurance commissioner could win the Republican primary on name ID alone and Roy Barnes beats the shakedown artist Oxendine like a drum in November,” said Chip Lake, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), a Deal supporter who has been in a very public spat with Oxendine over the past few weeks.

Here is Deal’s full statement from Monday’s news conference, as released to the media:

One of the highest honors of my life has been the privilege to serve the great people of North Georgia in the Congress of the United States.

My wife and my family join me in thanking you for your support and confidence which have allowed me to lead the fight to preserve the values that have made our nation great.

Having entered the campaign to become the next Governor of Georgia, I have worked very hard to balance the responsibilities of my current office with the demands of sharing my vision for our state.

The Bible teaches us that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

I firmly believe that now is the season for me to devote my full energies to the campaign for governor.

I believe the people of my district, like all Georgians, know that this is a time that demands leadership. These are critical days for Georgia and my experience at the local, state and national level have uniquely prepared me to lead Georgia as we lead the nation out of the recession.

As governor, my first priority will be getting Georgians back to work while making sure that essential state services are maintained. Our state needs leadership on education, water, transportation, health care and public safety, which must be balanced against the financial crisis facing our state government.

Make no mistake, our Georgia values are at risk. I have stood up against those who do not share our conservative values and, I assure you, they have the governorship of the state of Georgia squarely in their sights.

I’m leaving Congress because I’ve had a front row seat to the damage that inexperience in the executive branch of the federal government has done to our nation…a growing debt that will bankrupt our children’s future, an ever increasing grasp by government that snatches away our freedom, and an effort to bargain away the rights of our state for a few crumbs of federal tax dollars that are packaged as stimulus.

My experience has prepared me to be a governor who understands these dangers. This is not a time for untested leadership in the governor’s office. The economic future of our state is in peril. I am committed and ready to serve this great state.

I love this state and I love its people. My Georgia roots are deep. As I have traveled from the mountains, where I live, to the piedmont, where I grew up and went to school, to the coastal plain, where I was born, my resolve to be governor has grown even stronger.

I will be a governor who will listen to you and consider your needs. Like the deep veins of granite and marble that undergird our state, I am rock solid in my dedication to the task at hand. I will lead with strength, tempered by a servant’s heart.

I invite you to join me, my family and an ever-expanding circle of friends on this quest to be the next Governor of Georgia. Together, we can reaffirm the values that have made us great, enrich the lives of our families and leave our children a state that is a prosperous beacon of hope for the future.

I ask for your vote. I invite you to share my vision and encourage you to join my campaign for governor.

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136 comments Add your comment

Marcus Graham

March 1st, 2010
9:09 am

Good riddance!

DawgFan24

March 1st, 2010
9:13 am

Wait till ppl find out about his daughter! LOLOLOL!

Rick Cole

March 1st, 2010
9:14 am

I remember when he became switched parties after Newt took the house. Though conservative, Deal is a follower not a leader. Let’s get someone in there with fire in his/her belly.

Name (required)

March 1st, 2010
9:16 am

Why would you leave a cushy Congressional post to become the Big Cheese of this hellhole of a state? Well….other than to avoid an ethics investigation, of course.

More TEA PARTIERS the better

March 1st, 2010
9:17 am

The commie Dems are leaving in droves. These two Georgians will be replaced by TEA PARTY folks and this movement will not end with November’s elections. Come November of 2012 ………the TEA PARTY AND the CONSERVATIVES will unite with about 55% of the electorate and throw them all out in the street.

Marxism as prescribed by The JOKER,AKA BARRY SOETERO will not be allowed.

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March 1st, 2010
9:19 am

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Deal Real Steal

March 1st, 2010
9:19 am

I hope Georgia voters realize what a crook Deal is. He used the influence of his office to make himself richer.

cherokee

March 1st, 2010
9:19 am

Name (required) ……………If you think Georgia is a hellhole, why don’t you pack your crap and get your free loading rear out of here? Don’t need you or want you.

Lanier Peach

March 1st, 2010
9:19 am

Lojbud

March 1st, 2010
9:20 am

There is a God! One more worthless piece of trash has resigned from Congress!! Now Georgia voters need to band together to make sure this guy never holds a public office in our state! Nathan Deal is a BAD DEAL for Georgia!

db

March 1st, 2010
9:22 am

You mean there’s no democrat running to represent us Appalachian-americans?

Lojbud

March 1st, 2010
9:23 am

I love the Tea Party Guy’s (or Gal’s) comment above! “The commie Dems are leaving in droves.” Just shows how stupid these Tea Party folks really are! Deal is a Republican numbskull!

bobby phillips

March 1st, 2010
9:23 am

Nathan Deal goodbye!!! career politician, THE PROBLEM in D.C. IS TO MANY NATHAN DEALS’

db

March 1st, 2010
9:23 am

who is the tea party candidate?

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Rosita

March 1st, 2010
9:24 am

Ding dong the witch is (almost) dead!

db

March 1st, 2010
9:26 am

tea bagger party?

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
9:27 am

One more crooked politician gone, now if the tea partiers will run as a third party the governors seat is Democratic again as would the congressional seat.

Mike

March 1st, 2010
9:27 am

Deal has got to be a better choice for Gov than John (The Sleaze) Oxendine or Roy (Good ‘Ol Boy) Barnes! Come on Georgians, how can these two be the leaders in the polls?

Road Scholar

March 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Cancel Deal’s rights to health insurance and make him pay for the special election.

db

March 1st, 2010
9:34 am

if i recall correctly, roy barnes was a heck of a governor. he fixed the horrendous lines at the dmv’s.

db

March 1st, 2010
9:34 am

roy and the teachers got sideways about something, probably money

tomlauerman

March 1st, 2010
9:38 am

Deal is propped-up, bought and paid for by Jim Walters (think Gainesville / Finance Co. Kingpin / Got my sticky fingers in everything / Money rules my world). If Deal gets elected, Georgia is in BIG trouble.

Durock

March 1st, 2010
9:43 am

Doe Oxendine favor any farm animals?

Louis

March 1st, 2010
9:44 am

roy b angered the flaggers, the teachers, and the northern arc opponents, simultaneously.
his defeat was totally unexpected, but he still is probably a better candidate today than any of the others running.

Dealdo

March 1st, 2010
9:46 am

If u can qoute the good book, you’r a shoe-in for governor in the red-clay, mother-in-law humping heart of dixie. He should apologize to the Momm’a & Poppa’s….

db

March 1st, 2010
9:46 am

does one tea bag farm animals?

db

March 1st, 2010
9:48 am

it took 37 min for this thread to deteriorate

UGA1954

March 1st, 2010
9:48 am

He can run, but he can’t hide. The Ethics Committee has until next week to release the report. I hope, if there is anything, that they release it so he can drop out of the race. We certainly don’t need him.

Gerhardt Benz

March 1st, 2010
9:53 am

I still remember ole Roy announcing the new Mercedes Sprinter plant to be constructed in Savannah. At the opening of the accouncement, the theatre speakers blared Aaron Coplan’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”. Fanfare had been composed in 1942 to honor our soldiers fighting against Germany and Japan.

Roy should have made a different choice. He’s our best and brightest….

emack06

March 1st, 2010
9:54 am

“More TEA PARTIERS the better”, LOL, no wonder your quasi-party will fizzle. Deal is a rethug. Can you not read: “U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.)” The “R” in the parenthesis means he is a republican.

The General

March 1st, 2010
9:56 am

Deal and Assendine need to crawl back under the rock from which they both emerged and let us try to salvage what is a crappy slate of candidates from BOTH parties for governor.

twinkletoes

March 1st, 2010
10:00 am

When a candidate – Deal – changes his party affiliation AFTER being elected as the opposition, then he’ll change his mind on anything and everything. You can’t depend on a thing he says, unless you are familiar w/the law of opposites! If his ethics investigation has nothing to do w/his departure from Congress, why didn’t he resign long ago when our present governor ran for the second time? Hmmm?

emack06

March 1st, 2010
10:00 am

“More TEA PARTIERS the better”, Oh, I forgot to mention, he is also a birther and Tea Bagger sympathizer. Wow, tea baggers are idiots.

imac

March 1st, 2010
10:07 am

Why not have Obama’s aunt run for governor. I’m sure Rahm could cobble together residency proof and a ‘birth certificate’ passing your ’standards’.

Is Obama really the Kenyan word for Gump?

Louis

March 1st, 2010
10:07 am

let us then vote on our emotions.

Zeituni Onyango

March 1st, 2010
10:12 am

I consent to become your governor.

G

March 1st, 2010
10:19 am

The FBI can do the investigation! The issue is not if he did something wrong or not, it’s a slap in the face to the people of Georgia. No doubt, from where I sit, Deal said to the people, my name is DEAL and I’m going to make the deal and get your money while I should be serving you.

Martin King

March 1st, 2010
10:20 am

He needs to head back for the pine barrrens from whence he came.

Inquiring Mind

March 1st, 2010
10:22 am

@DawgFan24,

Give us a little more of what you got. Share your bone. What about the politician’s daughter?

Jimbo

March 1st, 2010
10:25 am

I am one of Deal’s constituents. He has done nothing for our district since he’s been in Congress. He is a crook, a tea partier, a birther, and a seccessionist. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to matter in this state as long as you have an R by your name and profess to be a conservative Christian. You can even have an affair with your mother-in-law while your wife is pregnant like that doofus in Paulding County who just got elected.

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Most are showing their ignorance regarding the tea party movement. It isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It is about taxes and a corrupt government and politicians who enrich themselves rather than answer to the people their supposed to represent. Read your history! The Boston Tea Party was about raising taxes without representation. Tea Party is not a political party but rather a movement throwing out Republicans and Democrats wherever corruption lies with either party. Wake up – you guys really don’t know what you are talking about if you think this is about party affiliation. It is about corrupt politicians. Period.

G

March 1st, 2010
10:28 am

Hey imac, this story is not about President Obama or his family! He is the President and you need to respect the position even if you don’t like the holder! Everyone in the world knows that it is idiots like you with the brain of a nat that causes division! Why don’t you run your aunt? The president’s aunt will wait for his 8 years to end and she will run for President and win!!!!

GCP

March 1st, 2010
10:28 am

Conservative Independent Eugene Moon is a great choice. He’s not a career politician. He’s fighting now just to get on the ballot thanks to the two-party rigged election laws in this state. I encourage you to take a look at his candidacy and help him get on the ballot. The people of the 9th District at least deserve a chance to vote for the guy.

Ronin

March 1st, 2010
10:30 am

Well, the gig is up. Now that he’s running “full time”, he still has no chance of winning.
The ethics investigation had nothing to do with his early departure. Nor did the fact that Mr. Deal , a trained attorney, determined the legal defense he was planning: Liar, liar, pants on fire, would not stand during examination under oath or criminal court proceedings.

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
10:35 am

The gig should be up for Republicans and Democrats alike. If you are corrupt, spending our money and answering to no one then you are outta here. I’d rather be a Tea Bag than a Dirt Bag….unless you start taxing dirt – then we’re after you, too.

Jimbo

March 1st, 2010
10:39 am

I’m sorry but with the likes of Palin, Deal, and Tancredo leading the tea party movement, I think I’ll pass!

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

March 1st, 2010
10:39 am

Maybe he should let the ethics investigation “clear” him before he runs for governor. Shouldn’t be a problem if he is blameless.

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
10:44 am

Wow Jimbo! The Tea Party isn’t being lead by these guys…however, there are a lot of politicians that are trying to circumvent the movement which was started by CITIZENS tired of corruption, taxing everything government “leaders” who listen to no one. Go back and drink your Kool-Aid if you think we can’t name the likes of Charles Rangel who IS the chair of the house ethics and “so called leader” of apparently YOUR party. How’s that working out for you?

you're kidding me

March 1st, 2010
10:51 am

Cherokee, Those are exactly my sentiments! If this state is such a hell hole, get your crap out!

Say wha?!

March 1st, 2010
10:53 am

Is there a single Republican left in this state who is NOT under investigation, gaming the system in their own favor, or an arrogant jerk? Just asking….

Elliot Garcia

March 1st, 2010
10:53 am

Handel for Governor!

Go Deal

March 1st, 2010
11:00 am

My man Deal will come on top of all this! I’m sure the liberal media will twist this around, but come November, we will have experience and honesty back at the capital.

Jimbo

March 1st, 2010
11:00 am

Well, mrdunn, MY party is the independent party. I vote for moderate conservatives regardless of their party. However, I do not vote for bigots, crooks, liars, and racists. And regardless of what you think or say, Palin is certainly one of the perceived leaders of the tea party movement.

Lojbud

March 1st, 2010
11:01 am

mrdunn, mrdunn…”The Tea Party isn’t being lead (sp) by these guys..” Please, give us a break! You get a racist like Tom Tancredo to speak at your convention and say that he wants Jim Crow style “literacy” tests reinstituted for voters, you get whack jobs like Sarah Palin to rant about what is wrong with the country (give her a mirror!) and your constituencies want to elect an ex-alcoholic shock jock like Glenn Beck into office. A recent poll of Tea Baggers showed that most don’t even realize that they received a tax cut under the current administration!! A party that is protesting runaway spending that was completely silent while George Bush spent more money than his previous 6 predecessors??!!! Give us a break and crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under.

Good Riddance!

March 1st, 2010
11:05 am

Good—another crook in congress is leaving. Unfortunately, whoever takes his spot will be just as corrupt, and be stealing taxpayer money right away for friends, lobbyists and connected “contributors.” Mark it down!

rgilley

March 1st, 2010
11:06 am

One more conservative republican out of politics…..that can’t be bad for the middle class American. Good riddens.

Gary

March 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Maybe db needs to get his facts straight about Roy Barnes. He was not the one who fixed the dmv issues. That is actually one of things Sonny has done right. It took him close to two years to get it working right, but my last two wait times have been less than 15 minutes which is much better than the hour plus I waited when I changed residences in 2002 just before Barnes was booted.

As for the topic at hand, this is not good for Deal. This makes him look suspect in the eyes of voters because of the congressional ethics committee. His poll numbers have been stagnant in the Gov race as well. This looks good for whoever wins the special election as this will pretty much clear the GOP primary in July. It’s basically between Graves and Hawkins now and with Deal pulling out early and making a special election happen, Hawkins has to be the maddest person in the world. I know he was banking on that Gainesville/Hall County turnout for Deal in the GOP primary to push him over the top. He will not get that in the the special election.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

March 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Why is it that so many folks posting on this blog have to label people? Why not put someone in the GA Governors office that is forward thinking, NEW and competent. That means the elimination of Deal, Barnes, Oxendine, Handel, Haters in the Tea Party, etc.

It is way past time for NEW forward thinking young people to get involved in Georgia politics. The main problem with any “QUALITY AND COMPETENT” person getting involved in this state’s political system is that the good ol’ boy/girl network has too much power, clout and mud-slinging capability. Georgia is losing ground on so many fronts nationally that it is almost getting to a point of being comical, yet people continue to drink the devisive Kool-Aid year after year.

There needs to be term limits imposed on all these folks (locally and nationally) so that they can’t continue to personally profit from the system that they have created, control and maintain for their own benefit. Name calling, political posturing, attack ads, etc. only help to keep the status quo going. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!

Harold Butler

March 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Deal is just quitting because he doesn’t want to be caught in a scandal.

DD

March 1st, 2010
11:15 am

What a sleazy lot we have to pick from for our next Governor. Yuck!!

Hey Mr. G?

March 1st, 2010
11:16 am

If you’re going to try to point out someone’s ignorance by saying they have the “brain of a nat” … ummmm, you really should learn how to spell gnat.

Your own ignorance is showing.

:-)

Tom

March 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Well, it should be easier to steal from the State as Governor. And to think that there are many people who will vote for him.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us” Pogo

jethro bodine

March 1st, 2010
11:21 am

“Insanity” has been described by some as doing the same thing over and over again even though it fails repeatedly. The Tea Party movement is yet another episode in the lunatic right’s ongoing love affair with insanity. They might describe themselves as “independents” but they are nothing more than another manisfestation of political insanity.

Several years ago I was teaching a Sunday School class on the book of Revelation. After several weeks an 85 year old lady in the class made the observation that “that old John must have been on some kind of drugs”. Maybe the Tea Party folks are on some kind of drugs as well.

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Concerned Voter

March 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Good Riddance……..Why don’t you run….or see if you can get Jesus to run, becuause I don’t think people like you will be happy with anyone.

Jimbo

March 1st, 2010
11:26 am

You’re right DD. How sad that our state has come to this.

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
11:28 am

The orginal tea party attendees did so because they weren’t given representation before being taxed. I hate to break it to you idiots but you’re the ones who voted all of these republicans in office that bent you over a barrel so you got what you deserved. The gop doesn’t care about anyone making less than 100k a years and until you morons get that your ignorance will keep crooks like Deal and uncle Sonny in office

Concerned Voter

March 1st, 2010
11:31 am

tomlauerman………awwweeeeee, is your trailer house cold? It’s so sad that people like you have a problem with someone else having some money and being business minded. Jim Walters is a smart, successful person with values. He is a respectable man who gives back to the community. And, by the way, he is not on the ticket for Governor……..so let’s leave him out of this and focus on the real issues.

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March 1st, 2010
11:39 am

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clem

March 1st, 2010
11:40 am

Commonsenseagitator, you are right on. Sadly, people in this state will vote for anyone with an R beside his name, even when it is against their own best interests. Now that’s insanity.

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Alabama Communist

March 1st, 2010
11:45 am

No doubt the Tea Party is taking credit for bringing down a another Communist dress as a Republican………..

D.Wilkin

March 1st, 2010
11:46 am

Herman Cain, PLEASE RUN FOR GOVERNOR!!!!

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
11:48 am

Wow! There are a lot of haters on this blog. Tom Tancredo is a racist because he believes in LEGAL immigration….Palin is incompetent because why? She was only a governor of a state and not a community organizer who never ran a company payroll in his life.

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
11:52 am

Palin is a joke mrdunn, period. I’ve seen moss with more intelligence and higher IQs. Only the tea partiers would pick her to headline their party, their all morons

DICK

March 1st, 2010
11:54 am

All these career politicians are leaving office AFTER they have lead America into the path of destruction. What is wrong they scared of the voters come November. Why would I want to vote for an ex congressmen for Governor of my state? I may be stupid,but do I look stupid?

clem

March 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

mrdunn, Tancredo is a racist. Just listen to his speech at the Tea Party convention. If you don’t think he’s a racist after listening, then maybe you’re a racist too. And Palin…who can see Russia from her house and can’t even tell us what newspapers she reads…if these guys are the best the Tea Party can do for leaders, then what does that say about the intelligence level of the tea partiers??!!

Rich

March 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

Oxendine and Deal are both as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. I like Eric Johnson, but I’m afraid he can’t beat ol’ Roy. Karen Handel is the only one who can bring true leadership to Georgia.

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

I think it was William F. Buckley who said he would rather take the first 100 names out of the phonebook and govern than some or most of our politicians….
I’d take common sense over a Harvard degree anyday.

Jack Daniel's

March 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

I’m not voting for anyone who opposes Sunday sales. We are losing millions dollars in tax revenue because these Bible beaters think Jesus didn’t drink. He turned water into wine, people. Read your Bible. Even folks in Alabama can buy a bottle of wine to go with Sunday dinner.

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

No republican can bring true leadership to georgia they’re all worried about lining their pockets not serving the people of this state

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

15 most corrupt,

•Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
•Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
•Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
•Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
•Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
•Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
•Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
•Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
•Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
•Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
•Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
•Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
•Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
•Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
•Rep. Don Young (R-AK

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:32 pm

Let’s see…Republicans line their pockets but Democrats don’t? Republicans don’t serve the state of Georgia but Democrats do? Seriously, you must be drinking a lot of Kool-Aid to believe that!

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
12:34 pm

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:35 pm

People who get their news regarding Sarah Palin off Saturday Night Live skit…reading the NY Times would really make you smarter?

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

And I’m sure there is no bias regarding the jesusnorrepublican website. Yep, that’s where I’m going to get my “news”!

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

most of us get our news about Palin from watching her speeches or reading the transcripts. Shes a nutcase like all of the tea partiers

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

desptie the name it lists sins of both partys, the gop list is just much much much longer

Thomas Sutton,U.S. Torture Victim

March 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

From:Thomas Sutton to the people of Georgia, Concerning cleaning your backyard of JOHN LINDER and Nathan Deal. THANK YOU !! THOMAS

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)

March 1st, 2010
12:46 pm

I am not corrupt

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

Thanks…because I believe in the Tea Party movement…I have now been called a nutcase. Very intelligent for someone calling themselves “commonsenseagitator”. You’re one of those people that no matter what facts are presented – anyone who disagrees with you is a nutcase. The GOP list is just much much longer comment is really factual…
Nancy Pelosi “draining the swamp” is really working out isn’t it? Do you see Charlie Rangel still chairing the House Ethics Committee from your house? I’ll get you some binoculars!

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

Check it out moron. Reagan’s adminstration alone has 3 pages. If you choose to side with idiots the expect to be labeled as such

[...] Rep. Nathan Deal (R) resigned his seat today, supposedly so he could concentrate on his gubernatorial campaign. But as a conservative [...]

mrdunn

March 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

Oh, now I’m a moron…again, thanks. Sorry I’m not as kind and upstanding, common sense kind of person like you seem to be. Good luck to you! Just blaming the other side as if to hold up your side as being any better is ridiculous.
Nathan Deal is not a good example, but there is a long list on BOTH sides who have trouble with virtue and honesty in government. To pretend one side or another isn’t afflicted with corruption is truly moronic.
I choose to side with honesty no matter what political affiliation – R or D – I’m just tired of government being bought and sold through special interests and unions and not by the people our so-called leaders represent.

Too many Idiots

March 1st, 2010
1:01 pm

OK, one more time, the original Kool-Aid drinkers were religious conservatives. Just because you heard it on the radio doesn’t mean it’s correct. I’ll listen to the Tea Party folks when they come up with a name that doesn’t conjure up memories of my little sister playing with her dollies. I’m all for a third Party but the tea party is only going to divide the GOP into an even more mixed bag of nuts.

ForThePeopleofGeorgia

March 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

How can Nathan Deal even say he cares about the people of Georgia when he bails out of the House before a vote on the National Health Care.
Just Another Politician,

Robert

March 1st, 2010
1:19 pm

DB- Barnes lost the teachers cause when he ran he said he would hold Parents more accountable for the children’s progress and protect the teachers salaries and when he got in office he created laws to HOLD TEACHERS 100% accountable for the students failings and cut salaries so He basically LIED LIKE THE PIG HE IS and the teachers REVOLTED ON HIM. He did not cut the Lines he made them worse by closing the Kroger renewal branches Perdue made the DMV BETTER db you ahole

Robert

March 1st, 2010
1:20 pm

Linder is a great Congress man and torture all the raghead terrorist they deserve it

ForThePeopleofGeorgia

March 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

Us Teabaggers are more about making our own decisions and voting the way WE feel rather than being sheep to the D and R politicians.
Isn’t it time people actually look at things with their eyes open?
TEA anyone? (Taxed Enough Already)

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

March 1st, 2010
1:24 pm

I am not as corrupt as Deal.

The Truth

March 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

To Sick and Tired….you speak the total truth my fellow blogger. That is the best response I have read since blogging became such an “in” thing to do. You are telling the truth and I bow to your great wisdom. This is the time for some major changes and these changes are not identified by what side of the aisle you are working on now. Keep preaching!!!

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
1:37 pm

My eyes are wide open, too bad yours open ore you would see the movement for what it is

[...] special election will be held to fill out the last months of Mr. Deal’s current term. The northern Georgia [...]

Ronin

March 1st, 2010
1:50 pm

Term limits are needed, but never going to happen. If I read or hear another grandiose speech like Deal delivered when he announced he was quitting, I’ll want to puke. These guys live in a different world if they believe half of what their speech writer puts on the page.

The tax code has got to go, Fair Tax or national retail tax, anything except what we have in place at the moment. That too, fat chance of change. If the IRS thinks that they will be able to hammer the tax increases out of the truly wealthy, they are out of their minds, they’ll just take their money and leave the country, taking some companies and jobs with them. To a prior poster, Glenn Beck is not an ex-alcoholic, he’s an alcoholic that chooses not to drink. Pretty smart guy too, still a wacko.

[...] The Atlanta Journal Constitution confirms the report and notes there are already six Republicans vying for Deal’s [...]

Base

March 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

Finally the crooks and wackos jump ship!

Berue

March 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

It’s obvious Deal wants the Gov’s spot because it’s much more lucrative for himself and his cronies. More power locally as well. Whether it’s a Dem or Rep as Gov they will get sweetheart deals for their business associates and friends so why argue which one is better. Equally bad choices but that’s how our system works!

Commonsenseagitator

March 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

The fair tax will benefit only the very wealthy, do your homework.

wade

March 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

Good job Nathan.

Nathan Deal is the best man for the job. He is a very serious statesman who will deal with the issues facing the state and keep out the political spin that most politicians throw out at us voters.

Deal will be honest, couragous, and straight forward. He will make decisions based on merit and not polling. The state is in critical condition and we need a person like Nathan Deal to rely on to make the best choices for us.

This is serious folks, let’s get behind him and help him win. Do it for our own futures.

Ronin

March 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

Wade, if you believe that, you got to go with. However, Deal could stay in office and let the ethics panel complete the investigation. Deal is part owner of Gainesville Auto Salvage, which handles state inspection of repaired salvage vehicle, there are more than a few questions that the panel would like him to answer. It was a no bid contract, in fact, the AJC ran an article on it several months ago.

C-agitator: having done my due diligence on the Fair Tax, I’d have to say it would be a far better system the the current tax code. As far as the very wealthy, they spend more money and pay more taxes, the poor, and everyone else get the pre-bate. Every one pays something. It’s not perfect, but a hell of a lot better than the current systems, even a FLAT retail tax would be better.

Deal as Governor scares the hell out of me.

dave

March 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

db – Roy Barnes was a heck of a Governor? Right, that’s why he only served one term.

Cliff Pickett

March 1st, 2010
3:40 pm

Benedict Arnold does’nt hold a candle to “Bad Deal”. I personally don’t have an ounce of respect for Deal or Zell Miller. They both are from the same mold. Both of them are typical of what’s wrong with our country.

Carl

March 1st, 2010
3:41 pm

Good riddance to another smarmy politician. Nathan Deal has as much chance of being Governor as the Easter Bunny. He and John Oxendine both have issues plaguing them and any decent opponent will hammer that home at every chance.

Tom

March 1st, 2010
3:57 pm

Mr. NO on everything is out.

Too many Idiots

March 1st, 2010
3:59 pm

To Wade…. You must be on the Elect Deal Campaign payroll. Did you read any of these posts before you wrote yours? People as obtuse as you are what is wrong with this state and country.

bob

March 1st, 2010
4:18 pm

Hey Nathan………if you are riding in any parades this summer the eggs will be flying all over your ugly mug! Grade A extra large eggs for a Grade A extra corrupt politican. Oh yeah!

Bart

March 1st, 2010
4:28 pm

Wade, surely you jest. Deal is as corrupt as he can be. You have got to be on his payroll. And mrdunn, no reading the new yourk times won’t make you smarter, but reading SOMETHING surely can’t hurt. Palin couldn’t even name ONE thing she read.

Fed Up

March 1st, 2010
4:39 pm

Although I’m a conservative and voted for Deal the past two elections…good riddance! When will we learn to quit electing lawyers to represent us? How many of you would turn over most of your assets to your local attorney and ask him/her to manage them wisely? Well, that’s exactly what we are doing on the state and national level. Nothing against the legal profession, I just think we should elect business people to run state and national businesses…we’ve got too many useless laws as it is. Just my humble opinion. Peace.

Confused Voter

March 1st, 2010
4:46 pm

After reading all of the above post, I do not believe there is any candidate that I would want to vote for.
Who should a “confused voter” seek for advice? If I ask the AJC it would be Roy Barnes. If I ask
Sonny it would be Karen Handel. So no help so far? Does anybody want to help me?

Ace

March 1st, 2010
4:55 pm

Tea baggers are blind sheep led/hyjacked by the GOP to do their dirty work. Too bad they have no mind of their own and see the party of “no” track record is bad.

wondering

March 1st, 2010
4:58 pm

I have only attended one tea bag sponsored event, But the feel that I got was that it was a party of secessionists. Would love to believe otherwise.

wondering

March 1st, 2010
5:07 pm

confused voter, look at those who are running that are not ahead. I think our best bet for a decent governor lies there. Go to websites for Scott, Chapman, Porter, Poytress(sp). Then check carefully as to where the money is coming from. There are some in the race that have a distinct conflict of interest.

Ellen

March 1st, 2010
5:21 pm

If anybody believes Deal’s resignation had nothing to do with his ethics investigation in Congress, then I have some swamp land in Florida I want to sell you!
And, yes, “wondering,” it seems the tea party movemnet is made up of many secessionists, racists, and bigots…not all but many.

AF

March 1st, 2010
8:07 pm

Did anone really expect an ethics investigation to result in anything anyway?

Well, I won’t vote for him unless there is enough in the press to give a clear picture of his innocence.

Decatur Bubber

March 1st, 2010
9:26 pm

See ya, you hypocritical creep. Keep on preachin’ your good “conservative values” while you rob us taxpayers blind!
We never needed you, we certainly never needed your tow-truck business run out of your Congressional office, and sure as hell don’t need you to be yet another Sonny-type running (er, “ruining”) the state.
Bye! Don’t let the door hit you in the arse as you leave.

[...] and Pennsylvania, the GOP is now confronted with a special election defense of one of their seats as well. In a move that was unexpected, but far from shocking, Nathan Deal resigned from the U.S. Congress [...]

dagnabit

March 2nd, 2010
7:07 am

If the Tea Party wants to run a full slate of candidates in georgia, it’s alright with me. I will not vote for any of them but they should participate in the elections.

Wally

March 2nd, 2010
7:46 am

WHO CARES!!! about Deal. He’s going nowhere (other than home in November). We need to discuss this budget situation. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. And BTW, you can say you heard it from ole Wally first. There will be NO economic recovery. Prepare for the worst and save your pennies.

deegee

March 2nd, 2010
9:28 am

Wally, you are right about the notorious Nathan Steal. You are half right about the economic recovery. There has been an economic recovery for the bankers and brokers. They don’t understand what the problem is with the rest of us. As far as they are concerned we’re just a bunch of moronic whiners that want to throw a duki in their punchbowl. Because the bankers and brokers own Congress, they will continue to make policy for the rest of us. For that reason we will not see an economic recovery until the US steps into the future and invests in industries of the future such as green energy, alternative fuel sources, mass transit, innovative information technology, etc. We need jobs that employ people that can do something other than push financial paper.

Virginia

March 2nd, 2010
9:50 am

Nathan Deal is corrupt and has been a totally ineffective congressman! Can one of his supporters out there please tell me just one thing he has done, one bill he has sponsored, one idea he has put forth, that has benefited the people of his district? He has enriched himself and ignored the problems of his district these many years. His days on the public teat should be over!!

Bert Loftman

March 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

With Nathan Deal leaving, it throws my candidacy into overdrive. My platform replaces the income tax with the FairTax, Controls the Federal Reserve Bank, and Honors the Constitution. The first two will encourage savings and savings are important. People without savings are dependent and have the notion that the Federal Government should take care of them. My platform will return our American Heritage. They are a jobs program and health care reform. They will get the Federal Government out of education so instead of teaching our children big government values, children will be taught the values of their parents.
Thanks, Bert LoftmanForCongress.com

Ronin

March 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Bert, actually: http://www.loftmanforcongress.com

I reviewed bertloftmanforcongress, nada

Virginia

March 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

Still waiting. Anyone………….anyone at all? Seriously, just one thing?

Wally

March 2nd, 2010
2:39 pm

deegee, I’ll tell you why there will be no recovery. There is no new source of prosperity. Now that we’ve crapped out on home equity loans and credit cards, and the rest of the world is wise to the great derivitives scam, we’re through dealing. As for Georgia, this state’s economy on every level, is in a death spiral. Believe that.

FYI

March 6th, 2010
11:02 am

For Handel to even be considered in the top 3 …… LOL

The SOS office under her watch was and still is PATHETIC!!!!!