Nathan Deal ‘disappointed’ by Sarah Palin pick — and accuses Karen Handel of supporting gay ‘outreach’

This morning’s endorsement of Karen Handel by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has already ratcheted up the tension level in the Republican race for governor.

A formal response by the campaign of Nathan Deal, the formal congressman, expresses disappointment – and immediately accuses Handel of voting to fund gay “outreach” to “kids.”

No doubt, the Deal campaign is hoping that, if it can’t make Palin rethink her endorsement, then perhaps it can discourage the former GOP vice presidential candidate from making a personal visit.

The full Deal statement:

It’s disappointing that Sarah Palin has chosen to back the most liberal Republican in this race.

In past races, Karen Handel endorsed taxpayer-funded domestic partner benefits and gay adoption — and she’s been caught lying about it. Just last night, Handel finally admitted she’d written a check to a gay rights group — when previously she said the check was a forgery and she never lived at that address.

“As Fulton Commission chair, Handel voted to give taxpayer dollars to “Youth Pride” which did outreach to gay and “questioning” kids as young as 13 and funded seminars such as “Unsung Heroes of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community” – this was during a budget crisis.

“We do hope that the former governor will look at the record and reconsider, or explain to conservative Georgia Republican primary voters why she’s endorsing Handel in light of these well-documented facts and Handel’s clumsy effort to cover them up.”

No details yet about the dates of the vote, or the amount of money allegedly involved.

“These guys are really just embarrassing themselves,” said Handel spokesman Dan McLagan.

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July 12th, 2010
5:47 pm

Show me the Republican candidate who does not want Palin’s endorsement, and he gets my vote on the Republican ticket.

Ga Values

July 12th, 2010
5:49 pm

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 12th, 2010
5:52 pm

Show me Republican candidates who DO want Gov. Palin’s endorsement and I”ll know who to choose from. Sarah Palin is a Godly woman and consequently, the lame stream media hates her.

Also, Thank you Nathan Deal for exposing Handel. I’m certain Gov. Palin will respond accordingly.


July 12th, 2010
5:53 pm

Nathan is the best choice of all the candidates running.

If we want a republican to keep the Governors Mansion, you best vote DEAL!!!!!!1

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

July 12th, 2010
5:55 pm

Deal should be in JAIL not running for Governor.


Real Integrity

July 12th, 2010
5:58 pm

At least Deal is telling the truth.

Deal has a LAW degree.. how much did he steal?

July 12th, 2010
5:59 pm

Mr. Deal had indeed violated House ethics rules by using congressional resources to influence Georgia state officials for his personal financial benefit. Most damningly, however, the OCE found that Mr. Deal provided incorrect information on his personal financial disclosure forms. Importantly, OCE issued the damning report after Deal resigned.

The House Ethics Committee, however, never pursued the case after Deal left the House.

But, Deal isn’t out of the woods. He’s facing a state ethics probe now:

The state Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint filed against former congressman and current gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal over his use of campaign funds to pay legal fees to defend himself in a federal ethics probe.

The Associated Press reported in April that Deal, a Republican, had used more than $19,000 in contributions from his state campaign account to pay legal fees related to a congressional ethics investigation.


July 12th, 2010
6:01 pm

real classy deal! doesn’t he come from same neck of the woods as those deliverance guys?


July 12th, 2010
6:02 pm

Sarah Palin a godly woman! Thanks! I needed a good laugh.

Real Integrity

July 12th, 2010
6:05 pm

Sorry that Nathan Deal had the guts to expose Handel for what she is, an advocate for abortion and gay rights. It was her choice to support these causes in the first place. She could have avoided the whole situation by actually being conservative, but she chose the alternate path. She then compounded the situation by denying it, thus proving, whatever her stance on social issues, that she has no real integrity.

Dick in Gainesville

July 12th, 2010
6:05 pm

Palin is for Handel because of her record of working against CORRUPTION.. Nathan Deal is Mr. CORRUPTION.


July 12th, 2010
6:06 pm

Deal is a crook and a hypocrite. God help us if he gets elected.

T Knight

July 12th, 2010
6:07 pm

I’m very disappointed that Nathan Deal chose to go down this path. Put a qualified governor in office. Vote Karen Handel July 20th.

Real Deal- Real Steal

July 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

Real Integrity & you other paid Deal bloggers, 7 more days until unemployemnt, get paid in cash, Deal will take care of Nathan not the little guy.

Pork Chop

July 12th, 2010
6:11 pm

Handel is still my choice. Governor Palin’s endorsement will help. The thing that libs/dems can’t seem to grasp is that Palin is popular with conservatives and Republicans.

Real Integrity

July 12th, 2010
6:12 pm

“Just last night, Handel finally admitted she’d written a check to a gay rights group — when previously she said the check was a forgery and she never lived at that address.”

Real integrity is not waiting to tell the truth until you get caught in the lie.

Chuy Dawg

July 12th, 2010
6:12 pm

Way to go you Republican morons. Dirty politics lead to division within the party. Do they believe that by throwing dirt at each other will actually benefit them. At the end of the day, Repubs will vote for Repubs, but you give the guy on the other side (Dems) all the ammo they need to whip your **s with. Stick to the issues and the ways to solve the problems, that’s what the Independent minds, like myself, want to hear.

Travis McGee

July 12th, 2010
6:14 pm

On behalf of Mercer University graduates everywhere, let me just say that Nathan Deal, a Mercerian, does not represent what I perceive to be the values we espouse.

How can a man who left Washington two steps ahead of an ethics investigation be a viable candidate for governor?

Oh, I forgot.

He’s a Republican and this is Georgia.

And, is Handel the first gubernatorial candidate without a college degree since Lester Maddox?

No problem.

She’s a Republican and this is Georgia.

Profligate Liberal

July 12th, 2010
6:14 pm

Dick in Gainesville, perhaps you have been dragging low with your head in the sand…Palin DEFINES corruption as evinced by ethics charges, and well, every word from her mouth


July 12th, 2010
6:16 pm

Deal = Criminal.

Palin “Godly”, ha!

Real Georgia

July 12th, 2010
6:18 pm

When Karen Handel gets an endorsement by someone east of the pacific time zone, let me know. In the meantime I’ll stick with the people who know Georgia and have spent a lifetime fighting for its values.

Real Pride

July 12th, 2010
6:20 pm

To every man their own, unless they are running for governor. I will accept anyone’s values as long as they don’t threaten mine.

The Ox Man

July 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

It is a joke to call Deal a conservative, he supported Hilary care, Bill Clinton’s cigar tricks, was a DEMOCRAT and was by far the most liberal of Georgia’s Republican Congressmen. On top of that he is a proven crook, Georgia can do better & The Ox is the man.

Real Georgia

July 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

Dick in Gainesville

July 12th, 2010
6:27 pm

Profligate Liberal

July 12th, 2010
6:14 pm

You Deal supporters are all alike..Hope you don’t mind being over run by Illegals because that is what Deal has done up here in Hall County.

Equality Now

July 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

Wow, thank you, Nathan Deal, for uncovering this. As a Gay Republican, I was wavering on who to vote for, but now Karen Handel will get my vote.

The Ox Man

July 12th, 2010
6:33 pm

Real Georgia 6:26 pm

1. Did Deal support Hillary care?

2. How did Deal vote on the Clinton Impeachment?

3.Was Deal a Democratic Representative?

4. Was Deal the most Liberal of Georgia’s Republican Congressmen?


July 12th, 2010
6:36 pm

real classy, attacking youth pride. Thats right, who cares if a whole bunch of teens kill themselves because they can’t find acceptance of their sexuality anywhere. Who needs em anyway?


July 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

No problem, Mr. Deal. Republicans are out this time. I saw another Insider that said all the Republican gubernatorial candidates were for cutting taxes. Well, with control of Georgia’s executive and legislative branches for the last decade, WHY the long wait? It’s just another empty promise.
Lord, why did you give all the dumb Republicans to Georgia?


July 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

Where is Bob Barr when we need him?

Martin Williams

July 12th, 2010
6:51 pm

This time I agree with Sarah’s pick for governor, Karen. I truly believe the world will be a better place for all humans if our leasders are women. Men continue to screw up the whole world due to man ego. I’m ready to support a very good woman leadership for this country. Not Sarah or Hillary. America needs a strong woman like a Magaret Thascher to run the show. Make our senate and congress 90% women.

sam creal

July 12th, 2010
6:52 pm

Nathan Deal is a crook and my gal Karen Handel is going to clean up the mess at the Gold Dome.

Grandpa Right

July 12th, 2010
7:07 pm

You dunces are sure making Roy Barnes happy!


July 12th, 2010
7:17 pm

Campaigned for Sonny and Saxby for gov and senate and even Handel for North Fulton County Commission in 2002. Was at Taco Mac having dinner with her campain workers and the the waiter told me some of them walked out without paying their bill. When I asked the local campaign office for Handel’s thoughts they shrugged it off as “no big deal”. She did seem like a nice lady but a little disconnected from the people’s actions who were involved in her campaign office


July 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

Karen will have our votes, Deal NA-NA. Deal is too entrenched in self interest and has spent far to long in office, he is still under ethics investigation. We all know were OX is getting his money. The same people that have always supported him, the insurance industry. And is under investigation for under the table campaign money. I would vote for Karen who would accept 25.00 from 25,000 for support rather than 25 thousand from 25 corporations and special interest.

Something smells

July 12th, 2010
7:22 pm

Looks like the establishment has it’s DC insider set up to take over the state of Georgia. She will take her orders from DC.


July 12th, 2010
7:23 pm

The two best for the job is The Ox and Nathan Deal. I’m voting for Deal. One thing we don’t need is Roy Barnes AGAIN—Been there done that and it was very bad.

Real Integrity

July 12th, 2010
7:42 pm

Real integrity is not attacking your opponent for accepting illegal contributions while you are doing the exact same thing.


July 12th, 2010
7:53 pm

Just saw The Ox’s new commercial it’s obvious that he wants to run against another crook like the Raw Deal or Jamie Reynolds/Johnson rather than a honest woman like Karen Handel.

John K

July 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

This state is such an embarrassment.


July 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

Georgians get what we deserve.

[...] At least one Republican is letting everyone know he’s not too happy with Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Karen Handel. Columnist Jim Galloway reports Nathan Deal, the formal congressman, expresses disappointment – and immediately accuses Handel of voting to fund gay “outreach” to “kids.” Read more. [...]

No Longer Republican

July 12th, 2010
8:07 pm

Who cares if someone gave money to a gay right group???? Doesn’t Georgia have more important things to worry about? Say like Education? Unemployment? Horrible traffic in and around Metro Atlanta? When are these morons going to start talking about what they will do to fix the mess Sonny and the Repubs have created, instead of these STUPID things they come up with. The primary is next Tuesday, afterall!


July 12th, 2010
8:19 pm

At last Palin did a smart thing. Deal is advertising that he intends to only represent a portion of Georgia citizens. Ox will only represent donators. The race has to be Handel and Barnes.


July 12th, 2010
8:40 pm

the one candidate that has not had one person say anything bad about them, and hasn’t said anything bad about another candidate is JEFF CHAPMAN, the ethics champion. “there is no right way to do the wrong thing.”


July 12th, 2010
8:40 pm

“… attacking youth pride”.

More like confliction and confusion. Let’s keep it real. Pride is borne of accomplishment, not preferences or desires.

“..because they can’t find acceptance of their sexuality anywhere….”

Who needs to “accept” the fact that Josh gets off on getting Stephen’s corn on his cob?

UGA 1954

July 12th, 2010
8:45 pm

Would someone please explain to me why gays are being so ostracized? Do their votes not matter? If seems to me that people who are running for office should try to reach all voters regardless of the race, sexual orientation, religious preference, etc. A vote is a vote. They all matter.


July 12th, 2010
8:52 pm

Sarah Palin is a clown who is Godly


July 12th, 2010
9:18 pm

Sarah Palin is a BIMBO who knows nothing, how can she know any candidate from Ga. well enough to endorse, ask her 8if Georgia is a state or a continent, go ahead ask her !


July 12th, 2010
9:24 pm

Forget Education and Transportation, let’s talk about who hates the gays the most. These people have no ideas to solve any of this state’s problems. The debate on Fox yesterday confirmed it!