Georgia Dems ask House ethics committee to resume Nathan Deal investigation

The chairman of the state Democratic party has asked a U.S. House ethics committee to resume its investigation into alleged improprieties by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal .

Earlier this month, Deal resigned his seat in Congress, effective March 5, in order to concentrate on his Republican bid for governor.

His departure brought the ethics investigation to an immediate close. But days later, citing the Democratic effort to push a health care overhaul measure through the House, Deal postponed his resignation until March 31.

“We believe that this affords the [House] Committee on Standards of Official Conduct an opportunity to resolve the Deal investigation,” wrote state Democratic chairman Jane Kidd. Read the entire letter here.

Here’s a paragraph:

The state of Georgia has been rocked in recent months with revelations of ethics violations from many of its elected officials. Our citizens deserve leaders that are beyond reproach. Representative Deal’s name has surfaced time and again as being under suspicion for various misuses of his office. It is my belief that Georgia deserves a conclusion to these allegations, and Representative Deal deserves the chance for a fair hearing. The congressman has said publicly that he welcomes the opportunity to state the facts regarding these allegations.”

Deal has said he has done nothing improper. An AJC report last year indicated that the congressman used his office to help protect his business interests in north Georgia, when it was threatened by state legislation.

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retiredds

March 10th, 2010
2:51 pm

I think his, Nathan Deal’s, lame excuse for resigning was so he could spend more time running for governor. My guess is he realized that the ethics investigation was getting to close for comfort so by resigning the investigation ends. And, you say, we are looking for transparency and integrity in our representatives? Well, you be the judge on this one.

Miguel

March 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

Please, Nathan has been a very good congressman and he is going to make be a great Governor. The ethics complaint is baseless, anyone with half a brain knows that… Nathan will be our states best governor ever, DEAL with it…..

East Lake Ira

March 10th, 2010
3:08 pm

Re-open it! Georgia needs to know what a POS Deal is.

Then, I’ll cross over durnig the primary and help him win the GOP nom and then the real fun can begin…

Charlie Rangel

March 10th, 2010
3:13 pm

We democrats will take up Nathan’s ethics charges as soon as mine are completed and Maxine Waters gets checked out! Is this the best Galloway can come up with mid-week? Things are really slow at the AJC.

Deal Real Steal

March 10th, 2010
3:24 pm

Deal Real Ghetto Grandmother Steal spends 18 years in congress using his influence to make himself richer. He resigned then unresigned, is he resigning again? Georgia needs leadership, not a flip flopper that makes a decision only to change it because of the outrage that it caused. He only became a republican because he thought it would help him.

Can any body name anything that he actually did in congress? I hear he was good at naming post offices. He’s says elect me because of my record, what’s his record.

Phil

March 10th, 2010
3:32 pm

Nathan needs to devote full-time to the race so the Republican Party is not stuck with a mediocre nominee in November that will be destroyed by Roy Barnes. That is what Galloway wants, that is why he is rooting for the throw aways like Handel and Johnson.

Joe S

March 10th, 2010
3:36 pm

If Nathan was not the only candidate Roy Barnes did not have a chance of beating, you wouldn’t see the flurry of activity to attempt to discredit him. Once other campaigns are taken seriously, similar focus and scrutiny will be given to other candidates. If that ever happens, it is hard to take Handel, Johnson, and the Ox seriously.

Hunter

March 10th, 2010
3:41 pm

Shoot, north Ga is going to show up in record numbers to elect our man. He has been a congressman of the people that I am proud to call my congressman. It just does not get any better than Nathan deal…

Red

March 10th, 2010
3:58 pm

Nothing like Dems using their power to force their will on others. Amazing how once in power they become sanctimonious on ethics issues regarding Republicans. But seeing Waters and Rangel dance all over the ethics books? And this clown groping staffers? Only after he says no to the healthcare vote do we find out about “Tickle Me Massa”.

Whether Deal is guilty or not, we see that this party in power clearly uses unethical behavior to enforce ethics. “We’ll make it go away as long as you do what we tell you.”

Be careful Deal. Rahm or even Pelosi might corner you nude in the shower as well.

Deal Real Steal

March 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

Joe S, Hunter, what has he accomplished? Any major pieces of legislation that he authored get passed? He had 20 years to do something about Lake Lanier, what he accomplished, he called a meeting and sent a letter to the Governors?

_________

March 10th, 2010
4:07 pm

retiredds

March 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

Red and others, for every Democrat who has run afoul of ethics, spending or other violations an equal amount of Republicans have done so as well. If you think “your” representative is an innocent bystander then the tooth fairy will put a $100 bill under your pillow tonight. When you look at tax cuts do you really think it does not benefit your representative the most, especially the millionaires club Senate? When it comes to healthcare will Mr. Deal and others allow you, a mere citizen, to enjoy the same as he does? Are you, as a taxpayer, allowed to have your own PAC to pay all your political, and other under the radar, expenses? Please, folks, your representatives, and mine, are out to get re-elected to any office which will pad their own egos and bank accounts. The days of your representative and mine who are in it for us ended at least 30 years ago.

lmno

March 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

I agree. If he isn’t resigning, then the ethics probe should continue.

Real Charlie Rangel

March 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

The Real Deal is just as dishonest as I am.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr

March 10th, 2010
4:28 pm

Rep Deal (R,Ga) taught me a few tricks that even my dad didn’t know

•Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

March 10th, 2010
4:30 pm

Rep Nathan Deal (R,Ga) has always helped me out when I need him, I help him when he needs my help.

John Ensign (R-NV)

March 10th, 2010
4:31 pm

I love The Real Deal’s ethics, he taught me a few tricks too.

The late John P. Murtha

March 10th, 2010
4:33 pm

Nathan really knows how to take care of the Lobbyist if you know what I mean.

The Late Maynord Jackson

March 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

I don’t see a lot of difference between the Real Deal and the Real OX, they both have about the same moral standards but I sure wouldn’t want that ethics investigation to continue.

VOTE ROY BARNES EARLY & OFTEN..

Red

March 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

retiredd – I never said anything about Republicans not being guilty of ethics issues. If you’d take the time to read instead of go kneejerk as soon as you ID someone as being the “other side” you’d note that. I just point out that the party in charge seems to hand out free passes to their own side while sticking it to the minority party. Like I said, Rangel has done far more than Deal could ever dream of and what came of him? He stepped down as chair only after days of outcrying. And looking at the Tickle Me Massa issue – the guy’s groping his staff and Hoyer tries to keep it on the down-low. Then when the guy also poses a threat to healthcare they force him out the door.

It’s clear “ethics” only applies in Congress when it gets in the way of their agenda.

Eric

March 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

CREW, who’s calling for this investigation, is a George Soros-backed front group. It’s funny how Jim Galloway is getting played by Deal’s fellow Republicans.

Yes Sir Massa Sir

March 10th, 2010
4:42 pm

Come here little staffer and we’ll have a tickle fight! Oh look! Rahmie in the buff! No please don’t hurt me! I was just using my authority to play with my staffers! I’ll vote how you want!

retiredds

March 10th, 2010
4:58 pm

Red, being a human being we, and I, make meaning of all that is said and not said. Your statement “Nothing like Dems using their power to force their will on others. Amazing how once in power they become sanctimonious on ethics issues regarding Republicans” seems to imply (my meaning-making/interpretation) that the Republicans are guilt free on this one. To call my retort a knee-jerk reaction is, in my opinion, a little strong. But, to be fair, you are entitled to your interpretation just like I am.

I wholeheartedly concur with your last paragraph as hits the nail on the head. There is an old saying, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Cutty

March 10th, 2010
4:58 pm

Wish I could resign, then unresign from my job.

DFH

March 10th, 2010
5:01 pm

Can’t have it both ways, Nathan. DEAL with it!

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 10th, 2010
5:04 pm

@Eric –check out our record, we filed charges against such Democrats as Rangel, Waters and Murtha as well as such Republican crooks as Jerry Lewis,Don Young and Nathan Deal.. Just like FOX we are fair and balanced.

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 10th, 2010
5:08 pm

WSJ

March 10th, 2010
5:09 pm

Raw Deal
By John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

March 2, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs one fewer vote to pass a health care bill thanks to the resignation yesterday of GOP Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia. His departure next week will take sitting House members down to 431, meaning the magic number to pass health care drops to 216.

Why did Mr. Deal make it easier for Democrats to reshape one-sixth of the nation’s economy? He claims he wants to devote full time to the Georgia governor’s race, where he is currently running even with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. But that explanation strikes many as bizarre. Only three months ago Mr. Deal was highly critical of Ms. Handel for resigning her own state post, saying: “Nathan Deal has taken an oath to serve the people of Georgia and has a clear record of completing his terms.”

Here’s another explanation. By stepping down now, the nine-term incumbent effectively ends a House Ethics Committee probe of his business dealings involving a state contract in Georgia to salvage autos. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last year that Rep. Deal and a business partner secured the contract without competing against other bidders. Later, Mr. Deal intervened with state officials to block proposed changes in the contract. By leaving office, Mr. Deal shuts down the Ethics Committee probe because it no longer has jurisdiction over him.

Mr. Deal says any insinuation that his resignation is related to the ethics probe is “absolutely not true.” Rep. Phil Gingrey, a fellow Republican who represents a neighboring district, says Mr. Deal is “putting the people of Georgia first” by devoting full time to his gubernatorial campaign. How it benefits the people of Georgia now to pay for a special election to fill Mr. Deal’s seat is unclear. Ditto the heightened possibility that Ms. Pelosi will be able to jam a liberal health care plan through the House.

Handel did it too

March 10th, 2010
5:14 pm

@ WSJ:
After this newspaper’s editorial board criticized Handel on that point in its Oct. 28 editorial, the communications director for her gubernatorial campaign penned a letter to the editor contending that “Karen could have taken the easy way out, abandoned her legal duty and simply stopped attending board meetings … . She, however, did the honorable thing, stood up to the critics and continues to do her job … . She did her duty and will continue to do it … .”

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/122809/opi_540156970.shtml

Philly

March 10th, 2010
5:38 pm

Lets get somthing straight. The state of Georgia has never paid a dime to this company, Gainesville Salvage & Disposal. Miguel is 100% correct, this ethics complaint is absolutely baseless…

Joe

March 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Nathan is an honorable man and has never had his ethics called into question in his 30 years of public service. This is a sad attempt by his very scared opponents…

jim

March 10th, 2010
5:49 pm

Nathan felt the hot breathe of exposure on his neck and tried to jump ship. Hope the investigation continues. BOTH DEMS AND REPUBS have rule breaking, sleazes as part of their party. Everyone needs to wake up and stop making this kind of stuff dem or repub bashing. Honest people ought to be honestly pis-ed off with anyone of either party that uses their office in a dishonest way. Stop the name calling and start voting the morons out , not matter what party. Until then, they ( the politicians laugh at us as they do business as usual ).

frugal voter

March 10th, 2010
5:58 pm

Deal is a sleaze! OX too! Deal has postponed his resignation because he is not as sure as he once was that he can win the primary. Much less the general election. Don’t be surprised if he stays and weathers the investigative storm. His occult in North Georgia will re-elect him to congress. It’s the rest of the state, that doesn’t know anything positive about him, that would not let him be Governor.

Richard

March 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

It is great to have someone of Nathan Deals caliber running for governor. He has my vote…….

republicanblack

March 10th, 2010
9:34 pm

I’ll say, scandals like Rangel is probably strangling the Dem’s ability to raise money and win the credibility argument in November, I bet all these step-downs and Maassa retirements are hurting the image, check out this story on Rangel’s “step down”

http://bit.ly/hit-the-road-rangel

it’s a shame.

?????

March 11th, 2010
6:39 am

@Philly—so the people shafted by THE REAL DEAL’s Gainesville Salvage & Disposal are NOT taxpayers.. If THE REAL DEAL wasn’t guilty he would ask for this investigation to be finished. THE OX, THE REAL DEAL no difference..

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Republican turned Democrat

March 12th, 2010
11:02 am

I agree with Richard, for different reasons. I think it’s great to have someone of Deal’s caliber running because it guarantees Barnes will be successful in coming back and unjacking everything my former party (GOP) jacked up.

Deal’s a crook, plain and simple. Can’t see why anyone would want him for Governor, unless you’re one of the cronies that benefited from his ethics violations.

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 12th, 2010
1:38 pm

From Jim Galloway’s article:
… ranked Atlanta only the 46th craziest city in America – far, far down the list. The ranking was largely based on psychiatrists per capita.

Assuming psychiatrists do their jobs well, shouldn’t craziness be inversely proportional to the number of psychiatrists?

Vigilannie

March 15th, 2010
7:04 pm

Nathan Deal is a TRUE PATRIOT!! GOD BLESS YOU REP. DEAL!! YOU’LL MAKE A GREAT GOVERNOR!