Your morning jolt: Arizona immigration challenge turns up the heat in Georgia’s GOP race for governor

The Obama administration’s decision to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona’s new illegal immigration law is certain to have repercussions on the GOP side of the Republican race for Georgia.

Former congressman Nathan Deal of Gainesville is up this morning with his first 30-second spot – focusing on immigration and his promise of an Arizona-style law:

The script:

“I wrote the law to stop illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer-funded health care, cut billions in wasteful spending, and voted against Obamacare.

“And liberals won’t like it when I empower local law enforcement to help deport illegal aliens, but it must be done because the federal government has failed to secure our borders.

“And illegal aliens are costing Georgia taxpayers over a billion dollars every year. I’m not worried about the liberals. My concern is you.”

Deal’s entry into the TV wars – a modest buy aimed at metro Atlanta — makes former secretary of state Karen Handel the only major GOP candidate for governor yet to express herself on broadcast television.

But the federal lawsuit will no doubt raise the profile of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who last week endorsed Handel in the Georgia contest.

Brewer’s voice will be on this robo-call the Handel campaign is sending out today to GOP voters:

“If you want a courageous governor, one that will demand that the federal government take action on illegal immigration, like I have in Arizona, then please join me in supporting Karen Handel.”

It would surprise no one if Brewer makes a personal appearance on Handel’s behalf during the final stretch toward the July 20 primary — which would be worth its weight in earned media points.

Sam Olens, the Republican candidate for attorney general, is up on television today with a first ad that touts his defense of the prayers said before the opening of Cobb County commission meetings. Olens presided over those meetings as chairman. The ad:

The script:

“In Cobb County, every meeting opened with a prayer. The ACLU objected, sued. Cobb commission chairman Sam Olens, an experienced lawyer, fought back. Clergy should be allowed to pray in public. Olens took on the ACLU and won.

“Now, Sam Olens, the proven fiscal conservative, runs for attorney general to continue to fight illegal immigration, and to sue the federal government over Obamacare. He’ll defend our state and our rights. Sam Olens, attorney general.”

Two state senators in Cobb County – Judson Hill of Marietta and John Wiles of Kennesaw – face challenges in the Republican primary.

Wiles made his appearance at a Tuesday forum, televised live on TV23 (and moderated by yours truly) and hosted by the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. So did Wiles’ opponent, former county school board member Lindsey Tippens.

Hill declined the invitation to appear. He faces Lynda Coker, a former House member and chief deputy for Sheriff Neil Warren. Said Hill in a note of explanation:

“My opponent in this campaign so far has done nothing but smear my name, my family and my character. She has maliciously and falsely attacked me by trumping up false attacks and made up ethics violations.

“While she has been engaged in a scorched-earth campaign against me, I have been doing what I have always done: discussing the issues that matter to the people of this district. Until my opponent decides to debate me on my record and the issues that matter to the people of Senate District 32, I will not give her the credibility as a serious candidate and will not debate her.

“If and when she decides to start talking about the issues, the I will be happy to debate her from one corner of this district to the next — any day of the week.”

Debate went on with Coker alone.

In the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder, Gwinnett County prosecutor Chuck Efstration is hoping to get a little attention with this YouTube slam aimed at state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn, who has gathered up backing from the likes of Gov. Sonny Perdue:

Another GOP candidate in the 7th District race has raised a billboard that’s causing some talk. From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Billboards across Gwinnett, Barrow and Walton have caused a stir in the upcoming 7th Congressional District race.

The signs are meant to get votes for Rev. Jody Hice, a radio commentator and minister, but its his reference to President Barack Obama that is getting the most attention.

The billboard asks, “Had Enough of Obama’s Change?” with the “c” substituted with the socialist symbol of a red hammer and sickle.

“We have a president right now who is engineering, I believe, a socialist takeover of our nation,” said Hice, one of eight Republicans to face off in the upcoming July 20 primary. “We were simply making a statement of belief.”

Doug Heckman, the lone Democrat seeking the office, said he was “embarrassed” for Hice.
“To compare the Obama administration to our old foe (the Soviet Union) just caters to the fear and hate in people,” Heckman said.

“Rev. Hice is trying to divide the people of the Seventh Congressional District in order to get more primary votes. This represents the worst kind of campaigning and even worse potential representation of our district.”

Finally, because you don’t have enough to worry about today, we offer this from the Washington Times:

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran’s nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.

In unusually blunt remarks, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran’s nuclear program, if sanctions fail to stop the country’s quest for nuclear weapons.

“I think it’s a cost-benefit analysis,” Mr. al-Otaiba said. “I think despite the large amount of trade we do with Iran, which is close to $12 billion … there will be consequences, there will be a backlash and there will be problems with people protesting and rioting and very unhappy that there is an outside force attacking a Muslim country; that is going to happen no matter what.”

“If you are asking me, ‘Am I willing to live with that versus living with a nuclear Iran?,’ my answer is still the same: ‘We cannot live with a nuclear Iran.’ I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E.”

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73 comments Add your comment


July 7th, 2010
10:52 am

Thank you Congressman Deal for your leadership on the illegal immigration issue. Your leadership has resulted in an increase in illegal immigrants in Georgia from about 30,000 to about 480,000 form 1990 – 2010. Those kind leadership results are not what we need in Georgia. It may play well in congress, but not here.

No Ox, Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson, Noooo King Roy

July 7th, 2010
11:04 am

Deal was in Congress for years why didn’t he do anything about ILLEGALS? He was too busy lining his pockets, just remember you can’t believe anything Deals says, he is 1 of Washington’s 15 most CORRUPT congressmen.

Dick In Gainesville

July 7th, 2010
11:08 am

When Deal was a Democrat he loved Illegals, when he was a Republican in Washington he loved Illegals now that he is running for Governor he hates them.. You just can’t believe a word he says.

Come on up here the visit Deal’s home county and see what a great job he has done with Illegals. We are over run..

Ga Values

July 7th, 2010
11:10 am

Deal will say anything to get elected, just remember along with Maxine Waters & Jesse Jackson, Jr. he was selected as 1 of the 15 most corrupt in Washington and that is really saying something about his character.

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
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)


July 7th, 2010
11:11 am

Didn’t the Governor of Arizona endorse Karen Hendel?


July 7th, 2010
11:12 am

Sorry boys, Handel beat you to the punch on this one.

If the UAE thinks bombing Iran is worth it, they should take some of that $12 billion and do it themselves. The U.S. is not a Dubai playboy’s slave.


July 7th, 2010
11:13 am

Deal should be in jail not running for Governor but those Washington insiders can get away with murder.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 7th, 2010
11:18 am

Olens is a fraud and no man. When made aware of a felonious Cobb police officer’s tampered video to support lies in Cobb State Court, Olens did nothing, nor did his Public Safety Director, who now appears to be a “stolen valor” phony Silver Star-winner.

There was no integrity in Cobb County under Sam Olens: a false Jew and a false Georgian.

We need better in this greatest state of all, and the least we can do is vote out the Gay Old Pervert party and its minions like Sam Olens.

As Ken Hodges is no good. Rob Teilhart is the right choice as AG…he can’t be worse than Thurbert Baker was.

Pork Chop

July 7th, 2010
11:25 am

Karen Handel gets my vote. Win, lose or draw, I am voting FOR someone rather AGAINST others.


July 7th, 2010
11:27 am

You go Rev Hice!!!!

All of us here in Georgia hate socialism! We hate it.

Finally we have a candidate the is going to tackle this injustice. The Georgia Bulldogs football team is the biggest socialist program in Georgia, by far. Its time to get rid of this monstrosity once and for all. Government should not be in the football business. We have professional football, they should produce their own talent. GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES!!!

Just say NO to OBAMABALL!!!!


July 7th, 2010
11:34 am

Nice to see another state stand up against the current administration and there corrupt ways. I wonder if obama will try and sue Georga as well… He really remindes me of this kid I went to 4th grade with. This kid was a bully but every time someone would stand up to him and put him in his place he would run to the teachers thinking if he cried wolf first it would get him off the hook for being the WOLF. Never in a million years I would have thought I would see a president try and sue a state for protecting its borders. When this blows up in his face he will go running to the media pinning the blame on anyone but himself. Then he will go cry to big daddy Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and they will plot there next scheme to destroy everything we hold dear…

Casual observer

July 7th, 2010
11:46 am

The task is very simple, the career politicians, Democrat and Republican, need a wake-up call from the voters in 2010 and 2012. Send them ALL home. How could an entirely new Congress be any worse than those we have tolerated for the past 40-50 years? The same is true at the state and local level.

The first step in the economic disaster we now face was taken by the Clinton administration when the banks and mortgage lenders were forced to loan to those who were not credit worthy and were obviously unable to repay the loans. Once the bad loans were in place the market reacted by bundling the bad with the good and selling the package to unwitting investors. The crooks at Fannie and Freddie were all Democrats and were absolved of fraud by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in their powerful positions in Congress. Odd that the private sector miscreants at World Com, etc. were prosecuted but the government thieves who stole from the voters and taxpayers were allowed to walk. Actually not so odd – just one band of crooks (Congress) protecting their appointed brethren in government.

Government must be become smaller and less intrusive in the lives of everyday Americans. There is simply not enough money to support the Socialist trend created by Congress (as they buy votes) and accellerated by the Obama administration. If you do not believe Obama is a Socialist or a Communist, time will tell, the either you do not understand the terms or you are not paying attention.

Capitalism and freedom made the US a great nation and only Capitalism and small business will rescue the economy. No amount of government intervention, taxation and give-away programs will ever match the economic engine of small business and less taxation. History proves this to be true.

Casual observer

July 7th, 2010
11:50 am

P.S. Any candidate who served in Congress should be eliminated from consideration for any position in government now and in the future.


July 7th, 2010
12:04 pm

” No amount of government intervention, taxation and give-away programs will ever match the economic engine of small business and less taxation. History proves this to be true.”

Really? What about college football? Seriously though, how do you explain this….

(Reuters) – The Treasury said on Thursday it has earned a gross profit of about $2 billion on sales of about one-third of its common stock holdings in Citigroup Inc (C.N) as the government ramps up efforts to unwind bailout programs.

Or this….

The Associated Press
Now, a year after emerging from bankruptcy, GM is preparing for an IPO that could hit the market by the fourth quarter. Analysts estimate GM could be worth at least $70 billion, topping the peak value of around $60 billion it reached in 2000.

Sounds like “Government Motors” is doing pretty good!


July 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

How many small businesses were saved by the bailout of Government Motors? How many jobs?

The Goobernator

July 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

The Republicans are claiming they’ll get tough on immigration. Deport a few University students and that’s it for getting tough on immigration. Yee Haw. They really are not going to address the issue of deporting thousands of workers here illegally working in every major industry. The fat cat Republican (and Democratic) campaign contributors are not going to let the state deport their hard working and cheap work force. Are we really going to jeopardize our economy by deporting construction, maintenance, manufacturing, hotel, and restaurant workers?? Are we ever going to pay our own citizens a decent wage and benefits for a hard days work? Are we willing, as citizens, to pay more for our goods and services so our fellow Americans can enjoy a higher standard of living?


July 7th, 2010
12:23 pm

Hey, Casual Observer, you have a rather unique view of individual accountability: government should stay out of everybodys’ lives, especially those honest capitalists who have run Wall Street and American banking since the industrial revolution of the 1880s. Capitalism has been good and bad for people. It all depends on whether your’re receiving the capital or having it stolen from you. If you’re rich, you’re doing good. If you’re not, you’re screwed. THAT’S Capitalism in a nutshell.


July 7th, 2010
12:25 pm

Goobernator, you said it best!!! That’s what Capitalism is all about: profit at the expense of human beings!


July 7th, 2010
12:30 pm

More states need politicians that will do something about illegal immigration, that is the only way to push the federal government to do what they should have done long ago. Enforce immigration laws.

We don’t need comprehensive immigration law, we need comprehensive immigration enforcement.

Casual observer

July 7th, 2010
12:40 pm


Really now, a whole $2 BILLION after throwing away Trillions of dollars now and in the future and after stealing $29 Billion from the bond holders of GM and stealing the lives and livlihoods from 600+ car dealers simply because they contributed to Republican candidates and not Democrats. WOW we should be trumpeting the accomplishments of this administration.

The mess was created by goverment intrusion and to praise government for one small step in a trillion mile march is nonsense. The future is bleak, not because business (Wall Street, Banks or others) are the cause but because government has looted the taxpayers for the past 50 years and has plans to steal even more – all in the name of “SAVING” us.

When the economy and dollar collapse and the US becomes a wasteland just remember you heard of this here on July 7, 2010.

Casual observer

July 7th, 2010
12:47 pm


In your view of government EVERYBODY is, as you say, screwed!

Socialism has failed throughout history and Obama’s version is no different.

Sometime, even though you do the “right” things, you lose. If the field is level and government stays out of our lives, other than to protect us from invasion, then you will see the greater prosperity. Surely even you have seen the result for the citizens of Socialism and Communism. If not please check out all of the prosperity for the people in Russia and the other Socilist nations in the last century. Very, very bleak unless you are one of those, like let us say David Rockefeller, who is wealthy already. Under these forms of government there is no future for the common man.

Only leeches and losers would support a POTUS and Congress such as we have now.


July 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

“The mess was created by goverment intrusion and to praise government for one small step in a trillion mile march is nonsense.”

Exactly what trillion dollar mess are you talking about? The original $700+ billion TARP cost is now down to $105 billion, and still shrinking.

How is it a bad thing that Government Motors once useless stock is now worth more than it has ever been worth? How could all the jobs and businesses that were saved be a bad thing? The fact is a leaner GM is now thriving because of their bailout.

Maybe this proves socialism is better than capitalism? GM went from worthless to a company now worth $70 billion dollars, its highest value ever!


July 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

“Only leeches and losers would support a POTUS and Congress such as we have now.”

Why not, only leeches and losers supported the past POTUS and Congress? I don’t expect anything to change if we had a republican POTUS or republican controlled congress. See the past for reference.

The Penguin

July 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

A lot of you people have amnesia that started around January 20, 2009. How did Deal vote on TARP I? And if its really a free market, cut the tax breaks for every private company and let them sink or swim on their own.


July 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

You have to appeal to your fundamental base to win a primary. All the candidates will go far right (or left) until they win the nomination. Once the general election comes around they will….as Dana Carvey says in the Bush/Bush skit….
“Now, you’re the nominee, time to do that dance to the middle – that middler dance over there.. where King Centrus rules, ’cause that’s where politicians get elected, that vast middle area!”

Keep doing this GOP

July 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

Only leeches and losers would support a POTUS and Congress such as we have now.

I wonder if the public thought the same thing when the federal government BAILED OUT Lockheed Martin in 1971.


July 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

Washington HAS failed. Deal is part of that. The only thing Deal did as our congressman was get rich with his no-bid contracts.

At the end, when he says “the only thing I’m thinking about is you” notice he walks up on his great grandchildren. Hmmmm? The visual suggests that he’s thinking ’bout them!!!

Without a salvage yard no-bid contract to inherit. How will they survive? Oh the humanity!


July 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

Danny X, where the hell did you get your numbers? GM is worth what? If that was fact President Moron would be all over the news gloriying his socialism policies. Have you seen him doing this? No, we only see him blaming Bush for his freaking mess. Time for the community organizer to grow up…and quick please.

Keep doing this GOP

July 7th, 2010
2:08 pm

I guess Richard Nixon was a socialist too.


July 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

and Nixon was a socialist because…….


July 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

And my home will go on the market if he is elected.


July 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

They are all just talking. When will you all realize that these people will say anything to get elected. Sonny has been in office for 8 years and hasn’t passed not one anti-illegal bill. Not one. These other clowns want to talk crap. Olens needs to realize that the new courthouse in Cobb is being built by illegals. Hell every construction project I see here in Cobb is being done by illegals. They may not like illegals but they are country club buddies with the people that hire them. We will never see an Arizona like law here. Too many friends in high places to that to ever take effect here. These losers want to get on the anti-Obama band wagon and ride to an easy win they think. How come none of of them want to talk about the fact that Georgia is a welfare state and that the federal government has been paying our bills. Due to our education system the only jobs are low paying jobs that the illegals are taking away. We have way more problems than states rights.

john mason

July 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

Well, yet another example of Mencken’s dictum that no one ever lost a bet underestimating the intelligence of the American voter. And this fact is on full display here. After almost 30 years of the dismantling and sabotage of governance by the most corrupt and incompetent administration in history, abetted by GOP congresses, right-wing dittoheads have the gall to blame the pile they buried us under on the people who are trying to dig us out.

Only supreme cynics or the knuckle-draggers of Cobb County and others who took their smallmindedness with them when they moved from the Democratic party to the GOP, would blame the world recession, the rampant plunder of the nation by corporate America, and even the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, on socialism, the “libruls” and Obama. It’s not government that got us into this mess, but the contrary — the lack of governance, the sabotage of regulation and oversight, deliberately engineered by big business and their GOP stooges in Congress.

One would think that, having run this nation into the ground, the perpetrators would have the decency just to slink back into their holes and let the healing proceed. But decency is foreign to them. They are cynically aware of Mencken’s dictum. They know they can botch wars, dismantle regulation, plunder the nation, then push the familiar buttons of “librul,” “socialism” and now “Obama,” and know the their mindless dittohead mob, their greed-consumed, gun-loving, bigoted base will heed the call.


July 7th, 2010
2:36 pm

Yeah John, we are all bigots who are against Obama. That is like saying anyone who supports him is a socialist moron. Your side has been running the circus since 2006 and we are worse off now then we were then. You are like your manchild, can’t take responsibilty for the issues and crisis you create. Oh well, November will come soon enough.


July 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

So happy to see Illegal immigration receive such attention…Finally! We need to have state laws that removes illegals already here and stop public benefits such as education, healthcare, food stamps, housing, etc. Once accomplished, there will be plenty of jobs available for those who don’t mind actually working for a change.


July 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

“Danny X, where the hell did you get your numbers?”

You just can’t stand it can you Jose! You bought into that “Guberment is Evil” you are being fed by Fox and Friends, then when your myth is shattered your head explodes.

A quick search from Google will provide you with all the information you need on the upcoming GM IPO and the value of GM stock. Its all over the place.


“”"From yesterdays Dallas Morning News…….(AP) Now, a year after emerging from bankruptcy, GM is preparing for an IPO that could hit the market by the fourth quarter. Analysts estimate GM could be worth at least $70 billion, topping the peak value of around $60 billion it reached in 2000.”"”

There are plenty of news outlets reporting the same thing!

AT “LEAST” $70 billion!


July 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

If I do a quick search of google that Obama was not born in the US I can find plenty of sights so what is your point? What I can’t stand is that you are an ignorant libtard who says everything and proves nothing. You fit the criteria for the average obama voter…misinformed, uneducated, and blame everyone but you for your woes. Grow up son.

T Knight

July 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

I believe Jan Brewer has given her endorsement to Karen Handel. Truly, is anyone surprised that other candidates in the race wouldn’t try to attach their hook in her star?

Keep up the good work Karen!


July 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Who should the Arizona people trust to solve their immigration issue, Brewer or Obama. Tough decision here. One wants to fix the problem and the other wants the hispanic vote and apease his far left base like John Mason. Gee, let’s all think about that for a while.


July 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

GET THE ILLEGALS OUT! They cause nothing but trouble!


July 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

OMG… John Mason, I would marry you, but apparently we have laws against that sort of thing in Georgia… You go!!


July 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

Don’t worry Michael, your day is coming. Keep up the hope girlfriend. And you and John Mason would make a lovely couple.

Marlboro Man

July 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Arizona is just making it hard on themselves. Deal needs to wake up.

Paddy O

July 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

DannyX: You jest, no? The story is a plant by the guys selling the GM IPO; why would a hundred year old company need an IPO? Oh, yea – the old stock, and the old stock holders, were wiped out in the bankruptcy. How much is the new GM responsible for old GM pensions? No Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Hummer, Saturn – and yet, the company will be worth more now? How many shares will be issued in the IPO? 70 million?

Good ol Gal

July 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Arizona type law may be a minor motivation for running. There was also that little statement about doing anything to get the lucrative car inspection contract back. Okay, this tactic may be slightly overboard and wacky but it just might work.


July 7th, 2010
3:34 pm

Yeah right Paddy O. Its all a big conspiracy. GM’s skyrocketing value has nothing to do with them shedding dead weight brands and production facilities.

And most importantly it has nothing to do GM’s HUGE increase in worldwide sales.

Lets go back to pretending GM is floundering under socialist Obama. We wouldn’t want too many heads to explode.

Paddy O

July 7th, 2010
3:36 pm

DannyX – talk about he deficit for a while, why don’t you – explain how it sucks up available capital and increases tax burden and reduced current taxes paid value. Also, please explain the excellent Obama response and solution to the Gulf oil spill.

Paddy O

July 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

Cute Danny, keep hammering your talking points while ignoring the questions – and reality.

Paddy O

July 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

I actually agreed with temporarily bailing out the car companies – the unprecedented fall in new car demand hammered the entire industry. It is just that GM is grossly mismanaged, an will most likely find itself in the same hole a decade ago. The bailout that drives me crazy, and has nothing to do with Obama, except the Geitner connection, is the wall street bailout – primarily AIG, which lead to Goldman SAchs having its oil market manipulation fund refilled, which drove the price of gas back up to the current over-priced level.

Paddy O

July 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

Anyway – how did this bastion of financial acumen, the Dallas paper, explain how GM would be valued at over 70 billion? Same guys who were valuing AIG at a trillion? And all those houses in far excess of their genuine value?