Nathan Deal on Tom Price’s defection: ‘He ain’t from around here’

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) this morning switched his support in the race for governor from his House colleague Nathan Deal to former secretary of state Karen Handel.

The announcement should come as no surprise. Price and Handel share a north Fulton County political base, and Deal is toting a great deal of baggage. Even so, Deal’s response was sharp:

“As a native Georgian, I was brought up to believe that a person’s word is his bond, which is why I’m grateful to the conservative Georgians who’ve remained loyal to our cause. It’s their support that has made me the only Republican with a 7-point lead over Roy Barnes.”

In other words, Price ain’t from around here. The three-term congressman is originally from Michigan, and so can’t be trusted anyway.

You have to admit that “as a native Georgian” and “loyal to our cause” make for an interesting pairing of phraseology, with plenty of history behind it.

Deal also served Handel notice of at least one topic that’s likely to come up in the summer heat of a primary battle:

Maybe now, Tom can try to help Karen understand why her support of gay adoption offends the conservative values of Georgians throughout the state, let alone those who vote in the Republican primary.”

The Beacon was able to catch up with the congressman from Roswell:

Price said he contacted Deal about a month ago and told his former colleague he was withdrawing his support. Price didn’t elaborate on the details of that discussion.

“This is just part of what happens in a long election cycle,” the former Roswell surgeon affirmed. “There are a lot of twists and turns along the way, and no one can predict a year or so out in politics what will happen.”

Price’s alliance with Handel has meaning. One number cruncher sends word that the Sixth District often casts more votes in a statewide GOP primary than any other congressional district in the state. In the 2008 Republican presidential primary, the Sixth District cast 116,829 total votes, surpassing Lynn Westmoreland’s Third District (109,244), Nathan Deal’s Ninth District (106,398) and John Linder’s Seventh District (105,741).

However, winning the Sixth doesn’t guarantee victory, however. Mitt Romney won a plurality that district in 2008 – 39 percent compared to Huckabee’s 26 percent. But Huckabee’s strength in rural Georgia carried the day.

As we recall, Romney has some pretty strong Michigan connections, too.

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70 comments Add your comment

Deal Real Steal

May 10th, 2010
1:32 pm

Deal, Real Done.

GA Native

May 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

God save us from these three idiots.

Bill Orvis White

May 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

I love both Tom and Nathan, but I must say that I’m disappointed in Tom. I met Tom at a healthcare/burn your AARP card rally a few months back and was impressed. Now, I’m upset that he didn’t keep his word. This Handel lady is unfairly going after the Honorable Mr. Ray McBerry. I think she’s wrong and needs to go.

Bum Deal

May 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

I have met both Nathan Deal and Tom Price. Tom is a classy, level headed man who made a decision to support another candidate. Nathan’s comments tells us a little more about his level of class. I was encouraged by his candidacy early on, but the more I learn about him the less I like. I’m not in favor of gay adoption either, but is that really an issue that affects Georgia?

Ben Dover

May 10th, 2010
1:43 pm

Nathan “Bad” Deal is nothing but a damn hypocrite. He did not mind switching political parties when it suited his agenda. Maybe he is getting a taste of his own medicine. What goes around, comes around.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

May 10th, 2010
1:49 pm

Karen Handel is the ONLY choice for Governor these days…VOTE SMART, Georgia!

Anyone but Oxendine

May 10th, 2010
1:50 pm

Some of my gay friends are and would be much better parents than any ‘native Georgians’ ‘loyal to the cause.’
Whatever that is.

UH OH

May 10th, 2010
1:56 pm

yes as a native GA we are going to bring you kicking and screaming into the present. You know a black man is president and he lives in the white house; “THE WHITE HOUSE”. Whats the DEAL, is this the best the republicans can do. I’m becoming an independent the more I hear republicans speak. Our AG is looking better all the time with these clowns running around.

Mayo

May 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

VOTE “SMART” AND “CONSERVATIVE …. VOTE ERIC JOHNSON!!!

Jon

May 10th, 2010
2:04 pm

Handel will be back with a snappy retort as soon as her writers get back from lunch.

Deal Real Steal

May 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

Surprised Deal didn’t blame the AJC for this. Interesting how Deal reacts to things, first he attacked Sonny, now he attacks Price. The good news for Deal, Real, Steal is that the congressional retirement plan pays well.

ViewFromMidtown

May 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

Ethically-challenged Nathan Deal races to the bottom with ignorant, homophobic gay-baiting? What a surprise. Sadly, it’ll no doubt help him in most Republican circles. The Generally Obsolete Party can’t wait to drag Georgia back to the 1850s.

Red

May 10th, 2010
2:16 pm

Eric Johnson? No thanks. The man’s in bed with big money and developers. I’m tired of politicians who “return the favor” once in office at the expense of the rest of the state. I’m disappointed this is all the state can come up with on either side of the aisle.

Deal Real Steal

May 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

Let’s not forget Deal, Real, Steal’s “Ghetto Grandmother” comment.

No OX NOO RAW DEAL NOO LINGER LONGER JOHNSON NOOOO KING ROY

May 10th, 2010
2:18 pm

Mayo 2:02 pm

You left out the part about being owned by Jamie Reynolds and the hurting Johnson was putting on the Georgia Taxpayer with Linger Longer.

No OX NOO RAW DEAL NOOO LINGER LONGER JOHNSON NOOOO KING ROY

May 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL…

Stir It

May 10th, 2010
2:22 pm

Tom Price is a carpetbagging who loves barren women.

RetiredSoldier

May 10th, 2010
2:23 pm

Midtown- The 1850’s? aww come on now, why stop there? Why not the 1820’s or even good old 1776. Heck us republicans might want to reinstitute British rule. Get serious. If anyone disagrees with national health care, cap & trade, citizenship for everyone or much higher taxes then they want to go back to the 1850’s. I would settle for 1986 if give a choice. Please, no more talking points.

Anybody But Ox or Deal

May 10th, 2010
2:28 pm

The Name Says It All

Elrod

May 10th, 2010
2:34 pm

I applaud Congressman Price. Nathan Deal has used his public offices for private gain.

No OX NOO RAW DEAL NOOO LINGER LONGER JOHNSON NOOOO KING ROY

May 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

Anybody But Ox or Deal 2:28 pm

NO, MY NAME SAYS IT ALL

Mike

May 10th, 2010
2:46 pm

So you have to “keep your word” even in the face of a complete campaign meltdown of ghetto grandmas and ethics investigations? What about Deal’s word to run credible campaign?

No Longer Republican

May 10th, 2010
2:52 pm

It doesn’t matter which Republican you vote for. They are all the same. Some just are more talented in their sales pitches. No more Republicans for me. Not ONE will get my vote this year. Not a Roy Barnes fan either, tho. Looking closely at General Poythress.

FARfetched

May 10th, 2010
2:53 pm

As a resident of GA-9, I haven’t noticed anything that Nathan “Raw” Deal has done for (or against) us in CONgress. If he promised to carry that do-nothing record into the governor’s mansion, I might be persuaded to vote for him. I’ll take do-nothing over do-worse any day.

Robbie

May 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

Price is endorsing someone who can’t tell us if or where she graduated high school? GED doesn’t stand for “Georgia’s executive director.”

Bill Orvis Black

May 10th, 2010
3:00 pm

Who would vote for a honest woman when you can vote for a crooked Lawyer/Congressman

Georgia Conservative

May 10th, 2010
3:01 pm

What a crappy headline! No where in the article did I see Deal say “he ain’t from around here.” Maybe the writers for the AJC should get jobs writing for Deal.

The Price is NOT Right!!

May 10th, 2010
3:08 pm

Sam Olens and Tom Price support 80% of OBAMACARE!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odtOoZNoZw0

H

May 10th, 2010
3:10 pm

Crooked (Deal) or incompetent (Karen)? You choose. I’d rather vote for a candidate I disagree with sometimes than a candidate who can’t be trusted or simply doesn’t have the experience/talent to get the job done.

Baby's Daddy

May 10th, 2010
3:11 pm

Well, I wuz gonna vote for that Handle woman, two or three times, but now I ain’t votin’ for her ‘t’all; don’t need no palateeshan, male or female, who be for gay adoption. What be wrong with her. Don’t she know that she done lost all de votes south of da nat line.

GoKaren

May 10th, 2010
3:11 pm

Great news for Handel on this endorsement.

The Price is NOT Right!!

May 10th, 2010
3:11 pm

Connect the dots…. “GOP Elite Establishment” = Tom Price, Sam Olens, and Karen Handel…. Wipe this slate clean…. NO TO ALL of these clowns.

Tom

May 10th, 2010
3:13 pm

I don’t want to vote for ANY politician that swears an unbending, unwavering oath to their political party instead of working as statespersons and representing their constituents. We need some politicians that think, negotiate, and create solutions, not ones that focus on padding for their wallets.

Trey

May 10th, 2010
3:13 pm

Price is a traitor. His 80% support of obamacare proves it. Nothing good has ever come out of Fulton.

dave

May 10th, 2010
3:31 pm

No deal for that price.

GTBee

May 10th, 2010
3:35 pm

Lesser of three evils: Nathan Deal.
Unfortunately, to be a player in politics, you gotta play in politics. The country and states are worse off because of it, but it’s sadly true.
Deal gets my vote. He will represent those who put him in office and serve for the good of his state. That’s what CIVIL SERVANT is all about. I don’t see Price or Handel doing either.

Palin Republican

May 10th, 2010
3:36 pm

Well … Karen ain’t Palin!! Just because she wears lipstick doesn’t make her a pit bull… Since Karen is in bed with RINOS like Sam Olens and Tom Price…. I will have to campaign against her. Oh and Karen… Bring It On, girlfriend! Don’t play the gender card with me… I’m not a part of your dyle delgation.

EJ is my guy.

May 10th, 2010
3:41 pm

Eric Johnson is my guy. Here’s why: (1) He’s not “beltway” (2) He’s NOT a lawyer (3) He’s a proven leader under teh Gold Dome (4) He’s a buisnessman (4) He keeps his head down and gets things done – he’s a architect. Yeah EJ has my vote.

GTBee

May 10th, 2010
3:42 pm

Jeff Chapman seems like a good choice too. (If he can get his legs under him to compete in the money race.) I sure hope Roy Barnes doesn’t get the seat, but he’s got so many fat cats coming out of the woodwork to support their ol’ buddy, he’s gonna be stiff competition later.

Sasha

May 10th, 2010
3:43 pm

all of you need to watch local Fox news at 5—so you can see how corrupt the governor is!
The rest of these yoyo’s do not come close to Perdue. You will have plenty to talk about when you hear about this road going thru his hometown.

RealChange

May 10th, 2010
3:49 pm

I hear talk all the time about needing real change and getting the career politicians out of Atlanta. Let’s start at the top and put the only one running with the balls to stand up to both the Obamacrats and the Republicans. His loyalty is the Georgia and the people of Georgia and no one else. He can’t be bought because he has all he wants. Ray Boyd! http://www.boydforgeorgia.com

Joyce M.

May 10th, 2010
3:54 pm

I’m disappointed in Tom Price. I thought more of him than this.

FAUNTLE-ROY BARNES

May 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

Karen, honey; fetch ‘ol Roy a lemon for his glass of ice water.

Looks like the Republicans are playing into ‘ol Roy’s hands.

please

May 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

handel and price are both clowns (but at least price has a college degree). deal is ok in my book, but has no chance at winning because of ethics situation. that gay adoption comment was a weak attempt to stir up the family values party and unfortunately, it will probably work. is it really a major issue for georgians? the GOP has got to quit dumb-ing itself down so much

Chris

May 10th, 2010
4:11 pm

Considering all the problems we have in the U.S. and Georgia, and a candidate wants to make an issue out of allowing kids to be adopted by gay people? Seriously? Until every parentlless child in the world has a home with loving parents, this should never be an issue.

Eric S. Joen

May 10th, 2010
4:11 pm

This is good news for Roy Barnes!!

Where's the Diploma

May 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

Has Karen provided a copy of her High School diploma? Anyone have a link?

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

May 10th, 2010
4:26 pm

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) still has my endorsement, he taught me a few money making tricks.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

May 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) still has my endorsement, he loves those Ghetto Grandmothers.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

May 10th, 2010
4:29 pm

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) still has my endorsement, he really knows to “take care of the taxpayer”