Nathan Deal joins the post-Palin TV rips on Karen Handel

Former congressman Nathan Deal joined rival John Oxendine this evening in spending precious primary cash on a TV ad aimed at Karen Handel, one day after she was endorsed in the GOP race for governor by Sarah Palin:

Unlike Oxendine, Deal focuses strictly on Handel’s positions on gay and lesbian issues.

The script:

Female actor: Karen Handel is telling lies about Nathan Deal. But in her first campaign, Karen Handel supported gay partner benefits, and gay adoption. And in this campaign, she denies it. If we can’t trust Karen Handel on gay partner benefits and gay adoption, how can we trust Karen Handel on anything?

Deal: I’m Nathan Deal, a pro-life conservative who’ll crack down on illegal immigration. My convictions won’t change with every election, ’cause I’m a man of my word.

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27 comments Add your comment


July 13th, 2010
6:39 pm

Good job by Nathan. Revenues? Taxes? States’ rights? Who cares?

When it comes down to it, nothing gets out the good ol’ GOP voters like conjuring up images of flaming queers or dead fetuses.

The Goobernator

July 13th, 2010
6:43 pm

This is SO tacky! Why is Deal such a Homophobe? His daughter is an actress, I hope she can convince him gaybashing is not good.


July 13th, 2010
6:51 pm

“My convictions won’t change with every election” His convictions might be struck down on an appeal.


July 13th, 2010
6:54 pm

@chambliss that was doggone funny! Lmao!!!!

Ga Values

July 13th, 2010
7:19 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)

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

July 13th, 2010
7:23 pm



July 13th, 2010
7:33 pm

Wasn’t Deal a Clinton Democrat when he was 1st elected, that’s a pretty big change to being a really corrupt Republican.

Deal is a crook

July 13th, 2010
7:48 pm

A disparate act by a desperate candidate. The good old boy goes on TV last week and loses 6 points is a poll. Deal used the power of his office to stuff his own pockets. You should see the Deal compound.

Jon Lester.

July 13th, 2010
8:21 pm

I hope every single gay eligible voter will turn out for the general election this year. They’re not a small bloc.

Hall County Voter

July 13th, 2010
8:36 pm

What an embarrassment! I hate that he is from the same area as I am!

Nathan Deal sent a campaign email to Hall County teachers through their school e-mail accounts.

Isn’t using government resources such as school system email for partisan campaign purposes some sort of ethics violation? (This wasn’t spam – it was written directly to the teachers, delivered by the system’s email server using an established email group and apparently allowed to be sent by Deal by Will Schofield, his friend and neighbor who just happens to be our school system Superintendent) Not to mention I think some of the schools are voting places.

Here is the letter:

“To our fine public school educators in Hall County,

Education has been a part of my life since the day I was born. My mother and father were public school teachers and I grew up in a household where education held a place of highest esteem.
As many of you know, I am married to Sandra, a teacher, who also had a mother and father who taught here in Hall County.

We are products of Georgia’s public schools, as are our four children. I have a great respect for those who have chosen education as a profession. You are shaping the lives of future generations of Georgians.
These are challenging times for our state. I know you have made personal sacrifices because of the current budgetary situation of Georgia.

Let me assure you that I consider education to be a priority for state government. It would be my preference not to have teachers on furlough. There are candidates for governor who are saying they will end teacher furloughs. To make that promise is disingenuous, but let me assure you, it will be one of the last steps I would take to balance the budget as governor.

If I am elected as your governor, you will have a strong advocate for education. I believe this is accomplished with local control, rather than top-down directives from the state. You and your administrators and local board know what’s best for your school and district.

I am asking for your vote and support in the July 20th Republican primary. I want to be a governor who gives our Georgia educators the opportunity to make our state a great example for others to see.


Nathan Deal”

For more information on our campaign, please go to our website.


July 13th, 2010
9:49 pm

I guess you guys are still not getting it. All of these guys are up to their eyeballs in ethics problems. They’re all liars and will be bad for Georgia.

No one cares about the candidate that is squeaky clean and is a proven conservative with great ideas on how to fix the problems our state faces.

Jeff Chapman is the only choice!


July 13th, 2010
10:15 pm

Planned Parenthood provides information about birth control and family planning. If your beliefs prevent you from taking birth control, then don’t. The idea that some folks want to return to the fifties and keep females barefoot and pregnant is appalling to me. Carly Fiorina would not have been an executive at HP and then fired in the fifties. Sarah Palin would not have been elected and allowed to quit as governor of Alaska in the fifties.
Sure attacking gays and female rights might bring you a few votes but it also might lose you a lot of votes.


July 14th, 2010
6:11 am

Casey Cagle has been campaigning on teacher web sites from the beginning of his “run” for his position. No one gave him permission to do so, and now Deal does the same thing. I just delete all advertising before I read it.

Thank God

July 14th, 2010
6:30 am

We only have to put up with Deal for 5 more days, I am just sorry for his staffers who are not going to get paid.

Real Deal Real Steal

July 14th, 2010
6:35 am

A Magellan Strategies survey of 1,227 likely Republican primary voters finds Secretary of State Karen Handel has a 14 point lead over her nearest opponent. Handel is getting 32% of the vote, while former Congressman Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine are statistically tied for second with 18%. Senator Eric Johnson has 12%, Jeff Chapman and Ray McBerry both garner 3%, while 14% remain undecided.


July 14th, 2010
8:59 am

With a huge budget problem and massive unemployment, the GOP is deciding to run on gay marriage, gay adoption, and illegals?



July 14th, 2010
12:18 pm

Race to the bottom in the Georgia GOP, what’s new? I wonder if Handel will come out and tell us how wrong this ad is and that she really hates those damn gays!


July 14th, 2010
12:41 pm

Nathan Deal is pathetic. HOWEVER, anything educating voters on the real Karen Handel is to be applauded. Just love the way she points fingers at others while refusing to acknowledge the ethics complaints filed against herself (public record – filed by Christina Tejada). Then you should check the website ‘Political Vine’ for more information on Ms. Handel and see the way she really does business.

The Karen Handel of TV ads and the actual reality are two vastly different people. Please, please do independent research and don’t just rely on the campaign ads for your information.

Cory G

July 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

Really Nathan? That’s all you can attack her on? Well how ’bout that. Because while the only thing you can think of to attack her own is that maye she supports gay benefits, you are one of the most corrupt members of Congress in the nation. Congratulations.

Please. We are all broke as hell and out of jobs, and all you care about is that someone might be nice to gays. GIVE ME A BREAK.

Karen Handel for Governor, no other way.

Young Republican Female

July 14th, 2010
7:28 pm

As a young, Republican woman, I am absolutely appalled by this ad. Quite frankly, it’s embarrassing to our state and party. Regardless of what Karen did, this is a prime example of why young people are turned-off by the GOP. My generation, including conservative Christians, has grown up with empathy and compassion towards the gay community. The homophobic language and sentiment of this ad is offensive. As Republicans, we should be focused on reckless spending, the economy and repealing health care, not someone else’s sexual orientation—that sure isn’t going to pull us out of the recession.

[...] GOP-Gov: U.S. Representative Nathan Deal (R) is also out with an attack ad against former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) today. The spot is a classic negative advocacy piece, with a talking head discussing Handel’s stance on same-sex issues. Check out this ad here. [...]


July 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

So basically what Deal is saying is that Georgians are so ignorant and bigoted, we’ll forget the REAL issues facing Georgia and concentrate on those “gays”. Well, speaking as a straight male, It’s not working for me. Jobs and a strong economy is more important than the private lives of other people. No wonder Barnes is leading the pack.

The More You Know...

July 18th, 2010
12:05 pm

So…a career politician who’s profited handsomely from his salvage-yard’s exclusive with the state is deeply threatened by a younger, female reformer on a mission to clean up our state gov’t. Anyone else surprised? Deal and Ox are both trying to bring up ‘boogiemen’ to deflect attention from their own corruption…but Georgians are seeing through it.

Ted B

July 18th, 2010
10:31 pm

If u are reading the Political Vine for honest news, you are at the wrong place.
Its published by a writer with a specific bent – not fair and balanced – as Fox would say.
Karen will win.

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August 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

Nathan Deal is the man. Even though he’s listed as one of the most 15 corrupted congress members he is still a good politician. And he was only served as a democrat for 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most of his political job life has been republican!!!!!!!!!!! Karen Handel is spreading lies about Nathan Deal. For example, I saw a flier by Karen Handel and she said that Nathan Deal proposed a tax increase some time ago. And the footnote said it was a cigarette tax increase!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, Karen Handel is pro-life with exceptions. Those exceptions would be fine as long as they were only for mother’s life. She supports abortions for rape and incests!!!!!!!!!!
We need to wake up! Karen Handel is a bigot and lies about her past and about Nathan Deal. WE MUST VOTE FOR NATHAN DEAL!
If you vote for Karen Handel you are just retarded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!