Your morning jolt: Nathan Deal up with first TV ad in runoff

We’ve got a busy morning ahead, including lunch with the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club and the first face-to-face between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel in the runoff for governor.

So just a short jolt.

Deal becomes the first up on TV today, with the ad below aimed at metro Atlanta.

In political terms, a sweeter-than-sweet 30-second spot featuring a grandfather talking to his grandsons can have only two functions.

It might be intended as a palette-cleanser after a primary that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Republicans. Or it might be an inoculation for a candidate who knows he’s going to be leveling harsh attacks on his female opponent – and needs to reinforce his credentials as a solid family man.

The script:

Noah: Papa, why do you want to be governor?

Deal: ‘Cause grown-ups in Washington are just spending too much money. They’re hurting us here at home.

Noah: Really?

Deal: Yes, and I want to fight back by giving more jobs and lower taxes so people can keep more of their money.

Ethan: Why, Papa?

Deal: Ethan, because I love the people of the state of Georgia almost as much as I love you and Noah.

Female voiceover: Pro-life. Real conservative. Real results.

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In the (sigh) 9th District congressional runoff, former state senator Lee Hawkins of Gainesville is pointing to Republican incumbent Tom Graves’ Wednesday vote against a bill to ban “crush videos” featuring small animals being stepped on — and worse.

Graves and fellow Georgian Paul Broun were two of the three U.S. House members opposing the ban. All other House members from Georgia, Democrat and Republican, voted for the measure.

Said Hawkins, in a press release:

“There are more reasons to make a stand against this type of practice than there are to ever allow it to continue,” Hawkins said. “I believe the people of North Georgia would loudly voice their support for banning pornographic videos showing animals being trampled to death.”

Hawkins said that if he were in Congress, his name would have appeared in the “yes” column in passing the proposed House legislation.

“There is a very small and disturbing market in this country for these perverse videos, and the right thing to do is end access to these materials,” Hawkins added. “I support this effort to bring closure to the ‘crush video’ genre once and for all.”

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91 comments Add your comment

Noo Raw Deal, Noooo King Roy

July 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

The name say it ALL

deegee

July 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

There is nothing more disgusting than a person that was a US congressman for 18 years complaining about what has been going on in Washington. Maybe he can pull the wool over his grandsons’ eyes but he’s not fooling anyone else with that baloney.

atlantadomer

July 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

Please Republicans – choose wisely. Pick someone who will do what’s best for this State and not for their own career as the future VP pick of a certain Alaska beauty queen or Boston Mormon.

Do I like Deal – not really, but he doesn’t outright terrify me like Handel does.

If you want Georgia decisions to be made 5000 miles away in Wasilla, vote Handel.

Reginald

July 23rd, 2010
8:44 am

That is so sweet Nathan, and since you love your grandkids so much, we are going to make sure you spend your golden years at home with them for the rest of your life!

Bubba

July 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Do we want Georgia to become the only state in the US with both a Governor and a Lt. Governor who didn’t graduate from college? The late night comedy folks would never let us forget it. And the joke would not be lost of any business that could bring good new jobs to Georgia. They would just go on to NC, TN, FL, AL, or practically anyplace that values education more than Georgians must.

????

July 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Looks like Rangel should have quit moved to Georgia and run for governor

Tom

July 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

On the cutting-room floor…..

Noah: Papa, will “Aunt” Mandy be on TV again telling lies about Mrs. Handel and “the gayz”? She knows you and her daddy-in-law are crooks but she seems to love you, anyway. Oh, yeah, she’s kinda hot, too.”

????

July 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

Deal and Obama have Law Degrees, what have either done for you? Vote for a Honest Woman not a Corrupt Washington Politician.

deegee

July 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

I would like to see a ban on campaign videos that use minor children to perpetrate a lie.

You Asked

July 23rd, 2010
8:59 am

But Papa weren’t you one of the grownups in Washington? Why didn’t you do something about it there?

You Asked

July 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

@Degee – You would put a lot of child actors and puppy trainers out of work. We need to support the working child in this economy. (snark)

lmno

July 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

Ah, children used as political props.

Just melts the heart, don’t it?

Deal is a goofy bumpkin

July 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Does this ad make you want to be a tourist in GA? Nope! This unsophisticated ad will drive all potential business out of GA. Deal looks like he is headed to the rural BBQ stand for a snack. He does’nt look the part for Gov. He might have a future on Hee-Haw!

Deal Up On TV First — Peach Pundit

July 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

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Deal Up On TV First — Peach Pundit

July 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

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PunishTheTraitors

July 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

The only crimes over which the States delegated jurisdiction to the federal government via the Constitution are:
1) counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
2) Piracy;
3) felonies committed on the high Seas;
4) Offenses against the Law of Nations; and
5) treason.

Every Congressman who voted to criminalize an act not authorized in the Constitution, no matter how heinous that act, not only violated their oath to God to uphold the Constitution but also committed treason and should be punished as traitors.

If it ain't pretty,don't put it on the front poarch

July 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

This ad could make a Pro-Life-er become Pro Choice!

Republicans for Roy Barnes

July 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

I would not be voting for 2 people who dont have a clue how to run Georgia. Handel=Palin and Deal=Demoncrate=Clinton….The best choice is Roy Barnes, which I dont want to vote for Barnes but what choice I have left. Republicans for Roy Barnes.

cmob

July 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

Billy is that you?

You Asked

July 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

@Republicans for Roy Barnes…

If you aren’t already a staffer for Barnes you should be. You have managed to post the same print bite on every article since the primary.

You aren’t quite up to the level of Morrus’ anti-incumbant message but you are getting there. In fact I suspect you could be Morrus.

Oh well. Enjoy your freedom of speech. I won’t try to stop you.

Aquagirl

July 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Noah: Papa, I want to play with Barbie instead of G.I. Joe.
Deal: Well, then I want to take your money and give it to other people. Grandpa can use you as a scapegoat to get elected. Isn’t that nice?

Athens Voter

July 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Tom Graves needs to give it up. Paul Broun is already the Official Georgia Nut.

Richie

July 23rd, 2010
9:28 am

deal is a bad deal……..Boy roy is weird……

You Asked

July 23rd, 2010
9:28 am

“…lunch with the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club and the first face-to-face between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel in the runoff for governor.”

Sound like fertile ground for a food fight.

vomitando

July 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

It is so nauseating to see political candidates use small children to as their props.
How exactly is Deal as Governor going to stop Washington from spending money?
Reject the stimulus money and leave a giant gap in Georgia’s budget?
Hurl.

Mark

July 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

Noah: Papa is it true that you resigned your seat in congress so you would not face ethics charges?

Deal: Yes Noah, I believe that if I was found guilty I would not have a very good chance at becoming the next Gov of Georgia.

Noah: Papa I am so glad you were able to keep this from your supporters because I really want to play in the Governors mansion one day.

Deal: Noah I do to!

Georgia needs a real leader, Vote Karen Handel on August 10th!

lmno

July 23rd, 2010
10:00 am

“Ethan, because I love the people of the state of Georgia almost as much as I love you and Noah”

This should have been, “Ethan, because I love power more than you. Also, I don’t like brown people or gays”

T-Bone

July 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

Hey! That gubernatorial candidate has grandchildren! I do too! He’s just like us!

T-Bone

July 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

Noah: Papa, why do you want be governor?

Deal: Noah, because the President wasn’t born in this country, and I want to fight back.

Ethan: Papa, is Grandma a ghetto grandmother?

Really?

July 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

Leave it to Karen Handel’s staff to attack Nathan Deal’s grandchildren.

B. Thenet

July 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

Wouldn’t it be great if his Grandson said, “Since the Federal Government pays for 33% of our state’s budget, how do you plan to make up that shortfall if the money stops coming from Washington. Wouldn’t raising Georgian’s taxes and taking less from the Federal Government seem a more fiscally sound thing to do.”

timmy

July 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Noah: Papa, why are you people calling you a crook?

Deal: Well, because a lot hate me because I have a lot of good friends who give me lots of money that’s not mine. I’m able to take that money and make ads with outrageous claims.

Ethan: Papa, do you hate gay people?

Deal: No, I love the gays, but I hate their sinnin’

Noah: Papa, is Mrs. Handel a baby killer?

Deal: Oh I wouldn’t put it like that, Noah. Mrs. Handel just doesn’t care about the unborn like you and me.

Boy, this is fun and will get better with each passing minute. Either the attention this causes helps or hurts him. We will see.

Bill Orvis White

July 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

This just brought tears to my eyes. It’s obvious that the Honorable Rep. Deal is prepared to be Georgia’s next governor on day one.

God Bless Nathan Deal and these grandchildren who are the best work of the Lord Almighty.

Amen,

Bill

The Penguin

July 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

The money green shirt is a nice touch too!

Aquagirl

July 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

This ad just screams for a parody. YouTuberers, start your engines!

Disgusted

July 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

Deal left the House to avoid an ethics investigation. I don’t understand what Obama or Washington have to do with being Governor of Georgia. Of course, without the stimulus money, Georgia’s financial problems would have been much worse. Personally, I think Obama’s biggest mistake with the stimulus was sending money to the states. Let the states raise their own money and then we would see of these so called conservatives would have the guts and constitution to either slash programs, lay off more teachers, close more schools, or raise taxes. As far as Deal is concerned, he is nothing but a crook. And his grandchildren in the ad are most like the children of Deal’s son Jason, an airhead judge in Dawson and Hall County, who without political connections, would never have been the DA or a Judge. The Deal family is a joke!

Mugwump

July 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

Those kids don’t look quite as gullible as Grand Pa might think. Odds are they recognize a fairy tale when they hear it. Can’t you just hear them giggling and snickering?

Dirty Dawg

July 23rd, 2010
11:32 am

‘Papa, tell me about that F-X thing that you cussed so much about just before you told us that you were gonna try to be a Governess?’..’What F-X thing Noah? I don’t know about F-X.’ – and it’s GoverNOR’…’You know, that committee that said you needed to go home to be with your family’…’Oh, ‘ethics’, well that was just a big misunderstanding…you see Noah people elect you to high office to help them and in return we get to do anything we want in order to make a lot of money…money for you and your brothers and sisters…see?’ ‘Oh yeah, I see now, you’re just a lyin’ sack of s**t like everybody at kindergarten says you are, ain’t ya?…Thanks for helping me understand, Papa.’

People R' STUPID

July 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

This ad isn’t an indictment of Deal, it’s an indictment of the SHEER STUPIDITY of the people, that some BS emotional plea that has NOTHING to do with the issues, or HOW Deal will address the issues, can be effective.

@Aquagirl

July 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

“This ad just screams for a parody. YouTuberers, start your engines!”

Good one Aquagirl. That really is the best way to combat nonsense like this. Make it blow up in their faces with a good parody.

Poor kids

July 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Pretty sad to use young kids like that for political reasons.

Everything Nathan Deal does just screams fake to me.

Tosh.No

July 23rd, 2010
11:53 am

Atlanta Domer – You finish work today over at Deals offices there buddy? What kind of smoke has he got you on there buddy, cause that corrupt POS is the last person that needs to be in the Governors office.

Mugwump

July 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

Somebody please remind me what Deals “real results” were/ are.

Tosh.No

July 23rd, 2010
11:57 am

Leave it to Karen Handel’s staff to attack Nathan Deal’s grandchildren.

Who on Handel’s staff is attacking Deals grand kids. Really? I don’t recall reading that in the article, just seeing a lying sack of crap lying to the state of georgia.

np

July 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

“Deal on three occasions in the past year and a half met with state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham to question proposed changes Graham wanted to make in the way Georgia inspects rebuilt salvaged vehicles. Deal coordinated his efforts through the office of a political ally, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Also, Deal’s chief of staff used his congressional e-mail account to contact Georgia Senate and Revenue Department staff to discuss the plans and to set appointments for Deal to meet with officials, including Cagle”

.http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/agreement-with-state-benefits-121572.html

Tosh.No

July 23rd, 2010
11:59 am

This ad isn’t an indictment of Deal, it’s an indictment of the SHEER STUPIDITY of the people, that some BS emotional plea that has NOTHING to do with the issues, or HOW Deal will address the issues, can be effective.

Ain’t that the truth. Which is why I have such little faith in our system anymore.

np

July 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

“Deal and Ken Cronan own and operate Recovery Services Inc., also known as Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, which for nearly 20 years has enjoyed a lucrative agreement with the state that earned the company $1.5 million from 2004 through 2008, according to state records. The company provides a location and equipment for state inspectors to examine salvaged vehicles. Deal and Cronan never had to compete for the business, state officials said.”

np

July 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

“Free marke conservatives” like no-compete state contracts.

np

July 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

“Free market conservatives” with friends in high places reap great rewards.

T Knight

July 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Nathan Deal has about as much credibility as The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Don’t be fooled Georgia. Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes are attorney’s. Look at what hope and change has brought us.