Deal, top staff member skirted House payment rules

Is there some point at which enough is enough in the Ga. governor’s race?

If such a point exists, surely we have now reached it. If such a point does not exist, well, Georgia voters can’t say they weren’t warned.

From Roll Call:

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal’s congressional office paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgia company owned by his top staffer’s wife to fly to and from his congressional district, but the staffer did not report the income on his financial disclosure forms because he claims the couple made no profit.

House rules prohibit Members from purchasing services from a staff member but appear to be silent on purchasing from a staff member’s spouse.

According to House spending records, which detail the finances of each lawmaker’s office, Deal’s office paid Gainesville, Ga.-based Chattahoochee Logistics LLC at least $245,000 from 2002 to 2008.

Former House aide Chris Riley, who now serves as Deal’s campaign manager in the Georgia gubernatorial race, founded that company in 2003 and served as Deal’s pilot on Chattahoochee Logistics flights, as first reported last month by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company is now in his wife’s control.

In an interview Monday, Riley told Roll Call that he has not received any payment from Chattahoochee Logistics and received no additional compensation for serving as Deal’s pilot on those flights.

“I’ve never received income from Chattahoochee Logistics,” Riley said.

A campaign spokesman referred questions about Chattahoochee Logistics to attorney Randy Evans at McKenna, Long & Aldridge.

Evans confirmed that the LLC “had a single member” at the time it received payments from Deal’s office — Riley’s spouse, Bambi Riley — who would have received any income the company generated.

In other words, House rules prohibit congressmen from using their office budget to buy services from a staffer. Deal and Riley skirted that rule by arranging to funnel payments of at least $245,000 through Riley’s wife. (It’s unlikely that all or even most of that money was profit, since it was paid for services rendered in the form of air travel.)

The Roll Call story also documents $171,000 in earlier repayments by either Riley or Chattahoochee Logistics for violation of House policies.

Riley, who served as Deal’s chief of staff in the House, is now his campaign manager. He has also figured prominently in Deal’s use of congressional staff and resources for his private business interests. Should Deal be elected governor, it is safe to assume that Riley will be named his chief of staff.

212 comments Add your comment

Vinny

October 19th, 2010
6:28 am

Jay – Roy Barnes won’t be elected because he has a (D) next to his name, and people associate that with the miserable job that Obama is doing.

Plain and simple…..

Jay

October 19th, 2010
6:29 am

Vinny, I suspect you’re right. But I can hope that voters are capable of a slightly more complex thought process than what you describe.

Vinny

October 19th, 2010
6:30 am

Nice cut n’ paste job, by the way – Cynthia would be proud

Paul

October 19th, 2010
6:36 am

“and received no additional compensation for serving as Deal’s pilot on those flights.”

If he hadn’t piloted those flights, the company would have had to have paid a pilot. Lessee….. increase expense, deducted from revenue, does not equal a change in profit? Oh, wait….. it all went to his WIFE. So he is absolutely telling the truth, no misleading intended.

Silly me.

And just so you know, Jay, looking at what your state will likely get, comparing that to what Texas will likely get…. well, your misfortune does not make me feel better.

Hey, if we can’t clean up the system any other way, maybe candidates could be listed on the ballot without an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ alongside their name?

Road Scholar

October 19th, 2010
6:52 am

If Bambi (Really her name?) is a smart business women, and she doesn’t work for profit, then how /why does she keep her business in operation? How does she make a living? Have they proven that all operating costs (gas, airplane rental, etc. except for wages for the pilot) equaled what they were paid?

Mongo

October 19th, 2010
6:52 am

Yeah, preventing the economy from sliding into the abyss was such a horrible thing for Obama to do. Con soup lines would have been much better.

DeborahinAthens

October 19th, 2010
6:56 am

Deal was a terrible Congressman, with nothing to show for the salary he received while “serving” in Congress. It galls me that he doesn’t even try to hide his unethical behavior because he knows that he was nominated, and will win the election because of his backing by the political machine that runs everything in this state. We saw the same thing with Sonny Perdue. I wonder what Nathan Deal wants under his Christmas tree? Kinda hard to top a multimillion dollar fish pond. I predict that eight years from now, the state of Georgia will still have huge transportation issues, no attempt at rapid transit, no banking reform to prevent good ol’ boys from forming banks to distribute money to their pet land development deals, and no water because the Republican leaders in this state, confronted with real problems, go play golf. Then we wonder why we lose public sector jobs, our schools are at the bottom, and courts have to force our representatives to figure out what to do about Lake Lanier. But the people will vote next to a carp if it had R next to its name.

Granny Godzilla

October 19th, 2010
7:00 am

Nathan Deal appears to be an old fashioned grifter and Georgia is his mark.

Normal

October 19th, 2010
7:18 am

Good morning, all…

Granny G, BINGO!

Paul

October 19th, 2010
7:21 am

Jay

Texas Rangers 8 NY Yankees 0, Game 3.

Thought you could use some good news –

Bob the Barker

October 19th, 2010
7:23 am

“The Deal is Real!”

Hmmmm. I don’t know. It has a nice ring and it is easy to say and it would even make a nice bumper sticker. If only the Price was Right.

carlosgvv

October 19th, 2010
7:25 am

There is no doubt Nathan Deal has a closet with a huge number of skeletons. No doubt Roy has a fair share too. I think Roy is the lesser of the evils but Georgia is such a redneck state that Nathan could campaign in a sheet and hood and probably still get elected.

professional skeptic

October 19th, 2010
7:29 am

Never have I seen a candidate for public office as unbelievably arrogant as Nathan Deal. In his eyes, rules are for the little people. He travels the state displaying an outrageous sense of entitlement to the votes of the masses. Ethics? Please — he’ll break every ethics rule in the book, as long as it suits him and moves him down the path of self-enrichment. He believes ethics are a secondary concern and that the voters of Georgia will overlook his political and financial misdeeds because he now calls himself a Republican.

I agree, Jay. How many more unethical and/or illegal acts will the voters of GA put up with, before they finally pull the plug on this walking, living, breathing ethics violation?

Doggone/GA

October 19th, 2010
7:30 am

“The Deal is Real!”

That’s more or less what his campaign signs say: “Deal Real” – yeah, he’s gonna be “real” Deal alright.

Aquagirl

October 19th, 2010
7:31 am

THE LIBERAL AJC IS TRYING TO SMEAR DEAL AGAIN!!!

Thought I’d get that out of the way.

stands for decibels

October 19th, 2010
7:32 am

I think the Deal voters are, essentially, the eight-year-old kid depicted here.

BlahBlahBlah

October 19th, 2010
7:34 am

I am truly amazed that this clown will likely be our next governor.

Disgusted

October 19th, 2010
7:37 am

How many more unethical and/or illegal acts will the voters of GA put up with, before they finally pull the plug on this walking, living, breathing ethics violation?

In the end, he’ll be elected because of that R after his name. Georgians talk a good game about the need for ethics and honesty, but when it comes right down to it, their hatred for Democrats will trump any of those “Christian” concerns. This state is still fighting the Civil War. I’m just glad I’ll be retired and out of this state before the effects of the Deal reign hit home.

Pots

October 19th, 2010
7:45 am

The search for an honest man goes on. Everyone seems to be enjoying their own fifteen minutes of shame.

Paul

October 19th, 2010
7:48 am

So it says “Senate.” Just seemed so applicable to Jay’s thread:

http://tinyurl.com/5oxezm

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
7:49 am

Well said Vinny.

“But I can hope that voters are capable of a slightly more complex thought process than what you describe.”

Jay, you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. B/c of them we’ll probably have Deal as governor.

Doggone/GA

October 19th, 2010
7:52 am

“you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid”

They can vote in GA?

Granny Godzilla

October 19th, 2010
7:56 am

GOP personal responsibility….”you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid”

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
7:57 am

“They can vote in GA?”

Huh?

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:03 am

“GOP personal responsibility….”you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid””

I’ll admit it’s pretty sad that people will vote for Deal over Barnes. It just goes to show what people think of the Democrats these days…

Simple Minds Can

October 19th, 2010
8:03 am

Jay, you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. B/c of them we’ll probably have Deal as governor

…not even begin to be able to even imagine the thought process needed to come up with that one. It’s clearly far too complex and should only be presented with a less complex and thorough explanation in order for the more average amongst the viewing audience to be able to fully appreciate the process involved in arriving at this most inspiring conclusion. That’s for Real.

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:07 am

“…not even begin to be able to even imagine the thought process needed to come up with that one.”

Did I ever say I agreed with it? Nope. But it’s the truth. Most people are so fed up w/ what’s going on in Washington that a (D) by your name is poison these days.

Doggone/GA

October 19th, 2010
8:08 am

“Most people are so fed up w/ what’s going on in Washington ”

In case you haven’t noticed…the Governor’s job is HERE in GA, not in Washington.

Night Train

October 19th, 2010
8:10 am

Jay, let’s be fair now. Your next article should be on Barns and how many cases and how much money he made trying cases in front of judges that he appointed.

Pick the ‘R’ or pick the ‘D’, either way you chose, the people of Georgia are the losers!

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:12 am

“In case you haven’t noticed…the Governor’s job is HERE in GA, not in Washington.”

No shyt sherlock, I get that. You’re totally missing my point….do you know what the (D) by Barnes’s name stands for? It’s the same (D) that’s beside Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. People associate Barnes w/ Obama. Like I said, it doesn’t matter what state, a (D) by your name is poison.

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:13 am

Not to change the subject but this is sick…
http://www.ajc.com/news/report-man-slammed-puppy-685154.html

Can we pick this douche bag up by his legs and slam him on the ground three times?

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:13 am

“Pick the ‘R’ or pick the ‘D’, either way you chose, the people of Georgia are the losers!”

In this case you’re absolutely right.

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:13 am

Hey , Nathan, Evander Holyfield wants his nickname back.

To him , he’s the only REAL DEAL.

He’d probably make a better govenor than the arrogant , ethically challenged
Republican nominee.

Simple Minds Can

October 19th, 2010
8:14 am

Did I ever say I agreed with it? Nope. But it’s the truth. Most people are so fed up w/ what’s going on in Washington that a (D) by your name is poison these days.

…help you out in a pinch. If it were not for the efforts of the likes of the Dems such as Pelosi, surely Nathan would have continued with his most cushy existence as a nay sayer in Washington instead of returning to his home state in search of a substitute life style. Therefore, you were quite correct in blaming Deal’s demise and subsequent return to Georgia in search of a better life on the likes of Pelosi and other Dems. Just keeping it Real. No big Deal.

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
8:15 am

and John Monds won’t get elected because libertarian sounds too much like liberal.

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Its a steal…………………said real deal.

Paul

October 19th, 2010
8:16 am

”you can thank Obama, Pelosi, and Reid”

No different, really, than the Democratic strategy of continuing to run against Bush.

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:19 am

real deal said he’s gonna give Georgia a happy meal

and the prize is …………………. a big bag of curruption!!!

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:19 am

“Did I ever say I agreed with it? Nope.”

darlin’, you SAID IT. it’s not like you were quoting someone.

man up and own it.

Pots

October 19th, 2010
8:20 am

The economy IS bush’s fault. Any deviation in thought from that truth is a lie that only a conservative could dream up.

Conservative is being defined as we go into the midterms: Lie, Lie, LIE!!

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
8:21 am

Since so many of you think Georgia just blindly elects anyone with an R after their name would someone please name the last Republican Governor before Sonny Perdue? Thank you in advance.

Granny Godzilla

October 19th, 2010
8:22 am

Paul

well it’s not like the Republicans are running WITH Bush.

where’s W?

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:22 am

RW – Zell Miller

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:22 am

(after all Zell is about as much of a D as Lieberman)

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:24 am

Funny, when Zell ran for govenor was the only time i voted for a Republican for govenor.

And yes, i held my nose.

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
8:25 am

OK, after this I have to work. did anyone read KW’s screed on “multi-culturalism”? this scenario sheds light on why the term has become yet another in the “things you need to fear” tactics of the GOP and neo-con movement. somewhere on some (probably Northeastern) university campus, some pointy-headed, intellectual, no doubt liberal academic (also things to fear, by the way) is writing a book or preparing a lecture on the culture of ignorance that truly “governs” America. the GOP’s loyalty to a criminal (granny, love the use of the word grifter) is amazing. the fact that people ignore (root of the word, ignorance) facts and base their “choices” on the capital letter following a candidate’s name says it all. FDR was wrong; “fear itself” is not “the only thing we have to fear”. he have to fear ignorance, blind loyalty and OCD-like behaviors on election day. and unlike Deal, who is a corrupt criminal, Roy Barnes is a lawyer. this means his particular brand of corruption is more moral/ethical than Deal’s, but no less disturbing.

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
8:26 am

USinUK,

But Zell Miller had a D after his name no matter what you think of his politics and the foolish argument being made here this morning is that you can’t get elected in Georgia with that D.

(And I would say Zell is far more conservative than Liebs)

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:28 am

Well, at least Nathan Deal will have somewhere to live when he wins the Governor’s Race — the mansion on West Paces is quite nice I hear and at least he won’t be homeless when he sells his home because of insolvency issues.

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:30 am

RW,

“Since so many of you think Georgia just blindly elects anyone with an R after their name”

That is a phenomenon of the past decade — i.e. the Bush years — it seems people used to have brains before then, now, not so much.

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:32 am

RW – “(And I would say Zell is far more conservative than Liebs)”

which is exactly my point.

and I left GA right after the 1994 midterms … I remember how the tenor of political discourse changed – changing from a discussion of issues to “Dems are godless”. You want to know why Dems can’t get elected in GA outside major cities, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the issues – it has everything to do with that brand of politicking from the pulpit

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:32 am

and unlike Deal, who is a corrupt criminal, Roy Barnes is a lawyer. this means his particular brand of corruption is more moral/ethical than Deal’s, but no less disturbing.

Isnt Deal a lawyer too?

@@

October 19th, 2010
8:33 am

This is what I’ve heard from you thus far, jay.

John Monds will be in over his head if elected, and Nathan Deal has questionable ethics.

And Roy Barnes, the Democrat? Nuthin’ is questionable.

Alrighty din!

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:34 am

Bosch – 8:30 – not just the last decade – it started in the 90s with the rise of Rush

godless heathen

October 19th, 2010
8:34 am

Why couldn’t Real Deal cop a free ride on a gubmint jet like Nancy P?

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
8:36 am

have any of you folks ever heard the term “Southern Strategy”? do you think the GOP cooked it up because it was “good for America”? here’s a hint: the answer rhymes with NO! I return to “fear”. politicians want votes. they don’t want what is “good for America”. in fact, in the irony of all ironies; they will fabricate huge lists of things that are “bad for America” (threats/fear) and/or do/say ANYTHING to get you to vote for “their guy” and not the other party’s guy. in essence they want to take your mind/critical thinking out of the equation. they want to reduce “freedom of choice” to a fear-based, rote behavior. in short, they are telling you; “you are too stupid and weak to chose”.

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:38 am

Heyyyyyy!!! I like Rush!!! The group………………..

AmVet

October 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Nathan “Crooked” Deal? IMHO, anybody who votes for that man is nuts. Period.

He is the very epitome of what is wrong with our government.

Self-serving, dirty, corrupt and a fraud through and through.

When it served HIM politically he, like so many other southern, white, male politicians, defected to the GOP, lurched HARD to the right (after being a moderate in his first term) and joined the ranks of the proud nutjobs. To wit, he is one of those lunatic fringers who wants to pollute the United States Constitution, in this case by eliminating the birthright citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment.

Of all of the many things that make him unelectable to me though, the greatest was that he along with virtually every single one of his fellow fake conservatives, authorized George of the Bungle to horrifically botch an invasion and occupation and get a whole bunch of Americans KIAd for no damn good reason.

Nathan deal can kiss my ___…

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:40 am

larry – :lol: – that’s the BEST Rush!

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:41 am

“Since so many of you think Georgia just blindly elects anyone with an R after their name” – Like so many people who blindly elected Obama in 2008 b/c he wasn’t Bush and had a (D) by his name? Sound familiar?

Simple Minds Can

October 19th, 2010
8:41 am

…only imagine the complex thought process required to figure out how Perdue would have been elected with a (D) after his name. That’s one for a Roving mind.

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:43 am

“it started in the 90s with the rise of Rush”

That’s my theory too — there is a direct correlation between the start and rise of Rush Limbaugh and talk radio with the number of brainless twits who follow him — maybe there is some kind of subliminal message being sent out that turns their brain cells to mush.

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:43 am

“Like so many people who blindly elected Obama in 2008 b/c he wasn’t Bush and had a (D) by his name? Sound familiar?”

bahahaha … blame your man McCain for that (and your fellow GOPpers who elected him in the primaries), my friend … he was a crappy candidate who picked an even crappier running mate

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
8:43 am

larry, I don’t know if Deal is a lawyer, but his anti-Barnes ads “he’s a lawyer who made money suing others…” would seem disingenuous, which of course is part of the lawyer/politician ethics, so just another example of the lack of “choice”. I’m pretty sure John Monds is not a lawyer, or in the auto salvage business

AmVet

October 19th, 2010
8:44 am

larry and USinUK, I’m still high from that show in Alpharetta a couple of weeks ago!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGsQ5n9Qu0A

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Dang, I wonder how I missed this whole sea-change to godless Democrats or the brain eating Bush virus. Must be the protective bubble of my unicorn herd in the forest.

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:46 am

“he was a crappy candidate who picked an even crappier running mate”

Sad thing is Obama and turned how to just as bad….I still haven’t seen any of the hope and change he talked about, just more of the same as the Bush years.

Simple Minds Can

October 19th, 2010
8:47 am

maybe there is some kind of subliminal message being sent out that turns their brain cells to mush

…also be influenced by the less than subliminal so long as it be continual and AM talk radio seems to be right on key in that regard.

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:47 am

Bosch – 8:43 – my god, that sounds like a PERFECT Dr. Who episode … he’s actually an alien trying to subvert the US for his evil schemes …

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:48 am

AmVet – now, you’re just showing off :-P

larry

October 19th, 2010
8:48 am

I was there too AmVet. It was a great show.

Doggone/GA

October 19th, 2010
8:48 am

“Like I said, it doesn’t matter what state, a (D) by your name is poison.”

and like Granny G said “personal responsibility” at it “finest”

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:48 am

“blame your man McCain for that (and your fellow GOPpers who elected him in the primaries), my friend … he was a crappy candidate who picked an even crappier running mate”

I can second that Peadawg. McCain was a contender until he picked Palin — he blew it with that choice.

Speaking of Bible Spice apparently she’s telling her fellow GOPers that they need to man up and get with the Tea Party program or the GOP is history. Interesting.

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:49 am

“I can second that Peadawg. McCain was a contender until he picked Palin — he blew it with that choice.”

I just find is funny that y’all used to call him McSame…when Obama hasn’t done anything different either.

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:50 am

“my god, that sounds like a PERFECT Dr. Who episode ”

:-)

USinUK,

I’ve seen Dr. Who episodes who I swear that’s what they are implying.

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
8:50 am

“y’all used to call him McSame”

Nope. Try again Pea. I always called him by his real name — too bad you birds can’t be as classy.

Simple Minds Can

October 19th, 2010
8:51 am

Must be the protective bubble of my unicorn herd in the forest.

…be supportive.

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
8:52 am

Peadawg, by your logic, the very same “people” who elected Bush in 2000 and 2004 also elected Obama in 2008. it seems to me that at the very least (and didn’t vote for either); the people who elected Obama in 2008 were fed up with 8 years of neo-con policy. had the GOP nominated a different candidate (and selected a way, way, way different VP running mate), who knows how the 2008 election turns out? it could be that Americans truly believed Obama offered “hope and change” (fear employed in a more covert manner), but I have to say, Bush’s record speaks for itself, and 2008 was not about a R or a D.

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:52 am

Bosch – “McCain was a contender”

you know, when the guy came out and said he doesn’t understand economics (when weekly new filings were up in the 700K/week, when banks were starting to collapse, etc), I think his number was up when he said that … more than once

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
8:53 am

I can second that Peadawg. McCain was a contender until he picked Palin — he blew it with that choice.

Bosch,

I read a piece in the WaPo yesterday where they cited CNN exit polling data that pretty much blows that myth out of the water.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And for those wondering Deal is a lawyer. He’s also been elected to Congress as both an R and a D.

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
8:54 am

“it could be that Americans truly believed Obama offered “hope and change””

Damn were they gullible…

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
8:56 am

USinUK @ 8:52,

I agree with you on that and then when he told a town-hall meeting they had nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency he sealed the deal. (no pun intended)

RB from Gwinnett

October 19th, 2010
8:57 am

Jay, how much does the DNC pay you?

Hope and Change

October 19th, 2010
8:58 am

…In terms of legislative successes, the current session of Congress is “at least on a par with the 89th Congress” of 1965-1966…

AmVet

October 19th, 2010
8:59 am

ex-pat, had I no other choice, I would have voted for McCain before I voted for Obama.

I saw BHO as a transparent joke form the get-go. And sadly my predictions of him being a George W. Bush II are not far off base.

McCain, a Republican, he showed a willingness to do the antitheses of the modern day GOP dogma – give and take. Compromise. Statesmanship.

And he demonstrated a surprising independence of thought and had more integrity, character and honor in his little finger, than his nine opponents had combined.

The most ridiculous aspect of it all (other than the ridiculous Sarah) was that slate of buffoons that the Party of NO trotted out there in the first place. Do you remember the embarrassments they had up on that stage?

Hell, three of the ten didn’t even believe in evolution.

What is this? The US presidential campaign for president in 1880?

And Ron Paul was to me, the only other man running, that was not to some major degree or another, a blithering idiot and reactionary, sell-out and fool.

So we get the Uppity Muslim as POTUS. Funded by the same pro-war, corporate interests that owned his predecessors.

Hope & Change…

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
8:59 am

RW – “She didn’t. CNN’s 2008 national exit poll, for example, asked voters whether Palin was a factor when they stepped into the voting booth. Those who said yes broke for McCain 56 percent to 43 percent.”

I don’t think that tells the story you want it to tell. That tells me that nearly half the people who said it made a difference voted against him …

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/14/AR2010101404794.html

oh, and the kicker? who was the author of the article?? someone who is making his money by contending that Palin is a winner, by golly!!

Matthew Continetti is opinion editor of the Weekly Standard and the author of “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.”

professional skeptic

October 19th, 2010
9:00 am

Peadawg
October 19th, 2010
8:12 am

do you know what the (D) by Barnes’s name stands for? It’s the same (D) that’s beside Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. People associate Barnes w/ Obama. Like I said, it doesn’t matter what state, a (D) by your name is poison.

Peadawg, that is the view of a simpleton. You are, in essence calling all Georgians simpletons.

Bosch

October 19th, 2010
9:00 am

RW,

@ 8:53

CNN didn’t call me, I was speaking for myself.

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
9:02 am

56 sounds higher than 43 to me. In fact in electoral lingo it’s a landslide.

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
9:03 am

Bosch – 9:00 – you’re not the only one … working in finance, I’m usually surrounded by Republicans (now, Tories) – all the ones I know who voted for Obama did it because of McCain’s VEEP selection (they weren’t happy with him before, but were planning on holding their noses and voting for him until then)

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

“You are, in essence calling all Georgians simpletons.”

It isn’t just Georgians that don’t like the Democrats…Reid may not win his own state….

md

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Well, I see the R’s and D’s are arguing about which one follows there “side” more blindly………

And which CORPORATION is promoting it’s candidate………….

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

I was speaking for myself.

Bosch,

You may have meant to be speaking for yourself, but what you wrote didn’t indicate that.

Disgusted

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

McCain was a contender until he picked Palin — he blew it with that choice.

Has anyone besides me harbored the thought that McCain picked Palin almost purely to strike a blow against his campaign rivals, any of whom might have strengthened the ticket? To me, that’s the quintessential McCain—bitter and spiteful till the end. Witness his latest unkind words about his fellow senator, Barbara Boxer.

Hope and Change

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Republicans have done all they could to discredit Congress and Democrats have failed to sell their agenda…

A world dominated by bickering and epithet-throwing and bomb tossing in Washington obscures accomplishments.

paleo-neoCarlinist

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

Peadwag, see my previous post(s) about ignorance, freedom of choice and critical thinking. I am no expert in human behavior, but it seems to me that when a person (individual or collectively) experiences trauma, they are prone to “hope” things will “change”. I think Obama’s pitch was rooted in this idea. namely, people wanted change so it became the focus of his “message” – BUT, as stated, he is probably more like Bush than the Democrats (and certainly the GOP) would ever admit, because again, in doing so, they are saying; “these labels and ideological highlights” are just smoke and mirrors. you have no choices because you have no influence” (you are no a ’special interest’).

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
9:05 am

RW – 43% is still a significant number – again, nearly half

Paul

October 19th, 2010
9:06 am

granny godzilla

“where’s W”

Quietly getting on with his life and not sniping at the current administration.

Rather classy, really —

RW-(the original)

Did someone say ‘unicorns’?

http://tinyurl.com/28ytsj2

professional skeptic

October 19th, 2010
9:06 am

Peadawg

October 19th, 2010
9:04 am

“It isn’t just GA”… blah blah blah, ad nauseum…

And here we go again, pointing to places thousands of miles away from Georgia, when the topic at hand is what’s best for Georgia. Go peddle your muck somewhere else, Peadawg. Georgians with an ounce of sense aren’t buying.

RW-(the original)

October 19th, 2010
9:07 am

56% is more than half :-)

USinUK

October 19th, 2010
9:07 am

Paul – “Rather classy, really — ”

which speaks volumes about Cheney and his clan