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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