Nathan Deal picks up Jack Kingston’s endorsement

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah

Republican candidate for governor Nathan Deal has picked up the support of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston – one of Deal’s former colleagues in Congress.

Kingston had been a backer of Eric Johnson, the third-place finisher in the GOP gubernatorial sweepstakes.

Perhaps more important, Kingston is one of Johnson’s BFFs – and perhaps an indicator of where the former Senate president pro tem might be headed in the next few days.

Said Kingston, in a press release just sent out:

“I encourage conservative Republicans in Southeast Georgia to join me in rallying behind Nathan Deal to be Georgia’s next governor. For those who supported Eric Johnson, Nathan is the natural fit for the Aug. 10 runoff.

“As a member of Congress, Nathan earned a perfect score from the American Conservative Union which speaks volumes for his conservative record….”

U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell is now the only Republican member of the Georgia delegation not within the Deal circle. Price switched his support to Handel this spring.

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Cobb County Flash

July 27th, 2010
4:24 pm

Within the past few days, in addition to Jack Kingston, the following have declared their support for Deal:

National Rifle Association
Georgiacarry.org
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Marietta)
Sen. John Wiles (R-Kennesaw)
Republican Senate nominee Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta)
State Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta)
State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth)
Cobb Steering Committee for Eric Johnson
Cobb Steering Committee for John Oxendine
Cobb Steering Committee for Jeff Chapman

Ga Values

July 27th, 2010
4:31 pm

Looks like the Deal Paid Bloggers are out this afternoon so here is the truth 8 Democrats & 7 Republicans on the most Corrupt.and Nathan Deal is on the list

**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)

Einstein

July 27th, 2010
4:33 pm

Why do we continue to send the least qualified to represent us. Nathan Steal and King Roy are lawyers…don’t we have enough laws on the books already? Why not enforce the ones we have, and quit reelecting career politicians. Why can’t we get business people to run? And, why am I wasting your/my time on this stupid blog that no one reads? Just my opinion.

The Kingfish

July 27th, 2010
4:43 pm

Roy Barnes is looking like more of a long shot every time Nathan Deal picks up a big endorsement like this. Congressman Kingston has been a great voice for Georgia and we should all listen to him.

Just wow....

July 27th, 2010
4:44 pm

The creator of the most corrupt list, CREW, is a joke.

Thunderbolt

July 27th, 2010
4:50 pm

The entire state is coming together around Nathan Deal while his opponent continues her prolonged involvement in a bitter dispute with a couple PAC’s and a blogger. Deal 61% Handel 39%, Deal 54% Barnes 45%

Intown

July 27th, 2010
4:56 pm

So, Deal and Handel both stink. But, as an intown Dem, I would rather have Deal. At least he might listen to both sides when the suburbs attack the city (especially if he wins without suburban Repubs). Handel would screw us … BIG TIME.

Brian

July 27th, 2010
4:59 pm

Be a true American and elect John Monds. “F” the corrupt two party system and let’s get back to our basic liberties.

Richie

July 27th, 2010
5:00 pm

ll the congressman have to have cover each other. His time will come.

BeyondTheRhetoric

July 27th, 2010
5:05 pm

I keep seeing “The 15 most corrupt members of Congress’ list come up in local blogs. I invite the media and public to research the list creator, CREW, ‘Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’, online. You will find that this organization is funded by the far left wing organization, ‘Democracy Alliance’, which, in turn, is funded by members such as George Soros, Jonathan Soros, Rob Reiner and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to name a few.

As a side note, the Democracy Alliance also provides funding for ACORN, the New Democratic Network, and the Progressive Majority.

And, before it is said, yes, CREW’s list includes Democrats, otherwise it would appear to be biased. Democrat Representative John Murtha, on the list, is dead. We all know what is going on with Charlie Rangel, finally, after a two year investigation the House is prosecuting him. Senator Roland Burns from Illinois is not running for re-election, etc. etc.

Oh, and by the way, it was CREW that filed the complaint against Deal. In line with the usual left wing, method of operation, they are making the news and then reporting it……..

Red

July 27th, 2010
5:09 pm

I am not a Handel fan but she is so much better than Deal in the ethics area.

Representative Nathan Deal (R-GA) is a nine-term member of Congress, representing Georgia’s 9th congressional district. His ethics violations stem from his abuse of his position for his personal financial benefit.

Recovery Services, Inc. a/k/a Gainesville Salvage & Disposal

Rep. Deal, along with his business partner Ken Cronan, owns a lucrative business, Recovery Services, Inc., that – through a no-bid contract – provides inspection stations to the state for the inspection of salvaged vehicles. The business earned $1.4 million between 2004-2008 and Rep. Deal personally took home $150,000 a year.

In 2008, Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham took over responsibility for the inspection system and found the operational costs and locations of the inspection stations to be too costly and restrictive. Comm. Graham decided the best course of action was to reform the system and award contracts through a competitive bidding process.

Rep. Deal and his staff, with assistance from Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, arranged meetings with Comm. Graham at which Rep. Deal and his chief of staff were present, to persuade him to reconsider his decisions, including the proposed elimination of $1.7 million that has been allocated for the program. After Comm. Graham’s plan was passed by the Georgia House, Rep. Deal’s chief of staff used his House email to contact Georgia state officials in an effort to stop the plan from passing the state Senate. The money for the program was eventually kept in the budget.

Rep. Deal’s abuse of his position and taxpayer resources to maintain a personally lucrative business deal does not reflect creditably on the House.

ATF

July 27th, 2010
5:12 pm

BeyondTheRhetoric

What you say does not excuse Deal or make him any better a candidate. He slips and slides.

No Longer Republican

July 27th, 2010
5:16 pm

I do not understand people who can support Nathan Deal. I’ve lived in his district for the last 11 years and I don’t know if I have ever seen a sleazier politician…will say anthing to get elected, but in Congress he did very little except line his pockets and those of his friends. I for one have enough of the stupidity in the governor’s mansion for the last eight years. I voted for Sonny twice and look at the condition of our state. Not a huge Barnes supporter here, but I will gladly vote for him over Deal, or Handel for that matter.

BeyondTheRhetoric

July 27th, 2010
5:19 pm

‘The Rest of The Story’ from an undisclosed source within the Deal Campaign:

The following is an honest and open account of Nathan Deal’s alleged “Ethics Violation”. I challenge the media to investigate…..

Leveraging a report consisting of “inconclusive accusations” issued by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) – an office created by the democratic controlled Congress, Karen Handel continues to promote a “myth” surrounding Nathan Deal’s business, Gainesville Salvage Disposal. Handel’s attempts to taint Deal’s 30-year career of public service to the people of Georgia is a desperate “witch hunt” and the record needs to be set straight. Here is the Rest of the Story.

Deal owns a partnership in a salvage business, Gainesville Salvage Disposal (GSD), and like many other similar businesses did, partnered with the state of Georgia. This NO MONOPOLY, NO CONTRACT arrangement allowed state inspectors to use their facility 2 days a month to conduct vehicle inspections. These inspections were conducted as a means to ensure that rebuilt vehicles that had previously been deemed “totaled” by insurance companies were safe for resale and road use.

GSD, like other similar businesses, provided their facilities to the state inspectors at NO CHARGE. The owner/applicant requesting the inspection would pay an inspection fee for each car inspected. These fees were the only revenue and profit gained from this arrangement with the State.

Following consolidation of departments under Governor Sonny Perdue, this state inspection program was placed under the Revenue Department, headed by Commissioner Bart Graham. The program became an “after thought”, and Graham indicated it may be terminated. Following Graham’s announcement, the employees of the department; the state inspectors, began contacting Graham in an effort to get clarification about the future of the program. A concerned salvage business owner in Douglasville even posted the commissioner’s office phone number on the Internet and encouraged people to contact him directly. Graham did not respond to these requests for clarification.

Nathan Deal was approached by a number of the state inspectors and other salvage business owners requesting his assistance in gaining information from the commissioner regarding the future of the program. Nathan agreed to assist, and his Congressional Chief of Staff arranged the meeting. Since the purpose of this meeting was to inquire about the future of the program and not intended to discuss any kind of business relationship, Nathan’s staff did not view use of his Congressional e-mail account to be a “conflict of interest”.

At the meeting, Commissioner Graham said he was considering privatizing the program – allowing private companies to re-title these “totaled” cars without a state inspection. Nathan expressed concerns to the commissioner regarding the safety of these vehicles under such a privatized program, since these businesses would have a “profit motive” to simply re-title as many cars as possible. The commissioner went so far as to say that “Safety is not my concern”. In a Congressional interview Commissioner Graham stated that safety had never been taken into account under the program. In a Congressional affidavit, the state’s top official in the program stated that his boss, Commissioner Graham, was wrong and safety had always been a major concern and priority of inspectors. This same state official elected to take early retirement because of the direction Commissioner Graham was taking the program.

Despite the efforts of Nathan, state inspectors, and other salvage business owners, Commissioner Graham removed all funding for the program from the state budget. Nathan stopped all efforts to see the program continued once this decision was made.
Here are some key facts to consider about these accusations:

• It is difficult to argue that Nathan Deal was “bigfooting” state officials as a Congressman, since the commissioner heeded none of Nathan’s concerns or suggestions.

• Under the new privatized program that Commissioner Graham implemented, Nathan and his business partner could have increased revenues significantly by re-titling cars. These revenues would have far exceeded the small amount (less than 10%) of GSD’s revenues generated under the previous inspection program.

• Out of concerns about vehicle safety, Nathan and his business partner dissolved their relationship with the program. It should be noted that under Commissioner Graham’s new program, it is estimated that 18,000 rebuilt cars are put back on Georgia roads each year without proper inspections.

Nathan Deal has 30 years of public service as an elected official without any accusations of misconduct. He authored Georgia’s first ethics law while serving as a State Senator. He has a record of honesty and integrity that has been challenged by “circumstantial evidence”, bolstered by political opponents trying to win this race based on false accusations and innuendo.

Courtney

July 27th, 2010
5:22 pm

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Marietta) is a THUG and shows what is wrong with the Georgia Republican party. Jack Kingston is a good endorsement, but anyone Chip Rogers likes I will not vote for.

earl

July 27th, 2010
5:32 pm

i was hoping ajc would put a stop to ga. values. people are sick and tired of this negative blogg. if this is all you have to contribute …you’ve made you point so bug out. and for nathan’s business with the state ‘red’ needs to get the facts before running a good man down. nathan deal has 30 years of public service as an elected official without any accusations or misconduct. he authored gergia’s first ehics law while serving as a state senator. he has a record of honesty and integrity that has been challenged by “circumstantial evidence”, boltstered by political opponents trying to win this race on false accusations and innuendo. remember..rassmusen keeps telling us nathan deal is the only republican that can beat roy barnes…now make your choice.

Smearing Committee

July 27th, 2010
5:33 pm

This endorsement is huge for Deal. He out is gaining the support of the whole state, while Handel… I bet Handel is literally at headquarters in Alpharetta right now punishing Red, T Knight, Pork Chop, Ga Values, and Noo Corrupt Deal, Nooo King Roy, and No Longer Republican with a bullwhip for blogging ineffectively.

Concerned

July 27th, 2010
5:34 pm

I have meet and listened to what each of these candidates have to say and Deal reminds me of the father at the ball park who would pay someone to make sure he son plays quarterback even though he’s not the best one to play that position……All he has done, just like the AJC yesterday calling Handle childless is to use neg ads and smear tactics to get elected…..It’s time for a change..I like Karen and how she presents herself…She will be the next governor…Have you really looked at King Roy…looks old and grumpy……Who cares about Kingston’s endorsemt…When is he up for re-election???

Know Thy Facts

July 27th, 2010
5:38 pm

Courtney – It is not right to call someone a thug and not give your reason. Explain please.

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
5:46 pm

Concerned-
You are commenting on a political blog and you don’t know members of Congress are elected every two years? Hmmm

Bubba

July 27th, 2010
5:55 pm

The best people for the job don’t choose to run in this political climate. Thus, we have to choose the “least bad” candidate. Deal has become a corrupt curmudgeon. Handel is still relatively unspoiled and at least talks about real issues such as water, transportation, education, ethics, etc., and is not just another one of the “good old boys” who grew up together as Democrat legislators, like Deal and Barnes.

Concerned

July 27th, 2010
5:59 pm

Conservative Idiot-

You must be a Deal supporter…..It was intended as a reminder that all who hold power now might not hold it in the future….

Teetime

July 27th, 2010
5:59 pm

The Real Deal Roy story here is how many men are going to admit they don’t have the balls to vote for a woman.

RGB

July 27th, 2010
6:14 pm

Beyond The Rhetoric,

Thanks for your posts including the one exposing “CREW” and the explanation about Deal’s business practices. You are spot-on with regard to the left both making news using front organizations and phony ethics charges–then reporting it as news. Their propaganda machines are well-funded and this constitutes nasty politics at its worst.

I voted for Eric Johnson in the primary but will vote for Deal in the runoff. Jack Kingston is a solid guy and his endorsement is noteworthy. Handel may be okay but her refusal to debate turned me off significantly along with her constant referral to her rivals and “good ole boys.” Sexism is unattractive whether conducted by males or females.

Thanks again for taking the time to post messages with useful content. Some of the “hit men” who repeatedly post the same garbage here should find a new line of work as they discredit themselves with each successive post.

bud

July 27th, 2010
6:17 pm

Jerry Mandering

July 27th, 2010
6:23 pm

Well, Nathan will be better for this. Now, if Roy can just get Obama’s endorsement when he comes to town . . .

Legend of Len Barker

July 27th, 2010
6:30 pm

Kingston’s the same guy who pouted about taxes on unearned income that exceeded $200,000. His district, the 1st, is the poorest in the state. Five of the poorest counties in terms of per capita income are in his district. Only four of the 25 counties are the *top half* (that is, 80-159) in that category. Yeah, Jack, taxes on unearned income are a real problem in the district you were elected to represent.

Because of his disconnect to the real problems of his district, I can usually guess that even before doing my own research, that I’ll be taking whatever stance is opposite of his.

Deal’s ads do nothing to address any problems or even speak to Georgians. They’re fearmongering at its finest.

Legend of Len Barker

July 27th, 2010
6:30 pm

Clarification: Kingston’s pouts about taxes on unearned income that’s over $200,000 annually.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
6:31 pm

@Jerry Mandering

” Now, if Roy can just get Obama’s endorsement when he comes to town . . .”

No way. Ol’ Roy will be in south Georgia then!

Fire Eater

July 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

Is it true that the list of “most corrupt congressmen” is compiled by one of those shell “groups” funded by oligarch George Soros?

RGB

July 27th, 2010
6:41 pm

How will raising taxes on unearned income stimulate job growth?

Looks like to me it would have a deleterious effect on capital formation and business expansion.

Are you opposed to job growth in all areas or just in Kingston’s district?

dagny

July 27th, 2010
6:59 pm

I don’t care how many of Deal’s buddies endorse him – I still won’t vote for him.
Red has it right; Deal is shady and has used his power to make money. Come on people – he was a lawyer yet he went into the salvage business? right before joining congress?
This wasn’t a business he had been in for years. He set it up right about the time the state was starting the inspections.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
7:00 pm

@Courtney

“Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Marietta) is a THUG”

Since you gave no reason for your description of Rogers, must we assume that this is something personal?

Aquagirl

July 27th, 2010
7:02 pm

Deal landed on CREW’s list for good reason. The Office of Congressional Ethics is the one who sent him there. He used his position in Congress to benefit his family business.

I guess only “left-leaning” people have a problem with that. For good ‘ol right wingers it’s just business as usual.

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Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
7:47 pm

@Aquagirl

I’m just glad that we liberals don’t have problems like this, aren’t you?

John Konop, Jr.

July 27th, 2010
7:57 pm

For the sake of our future, do not vote for Karen Handel. She is a high school drop out. She is not from Georgia. She is a liar. She is corrupt. She doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to even stand on a stage with Roy Barnes – let alone debate him.

Think about it; if Karen Handel is elected governor, our GOVERNOR will not be educated enough to be a kindergarten teacher. Georgia will be teh ONLY state with a GOVERNOR who was too stupid to earn a college degree. What an embarrassment!

NO MORE SCANDAL; NO MORE HANDEL.

NO MORE SCANDAL; NO MORE HANDEL.

NO MORE SCANDAL; NO MORE HANDEL.

JM

July 27th, 2010
8:33 pm

Who cares about Kingston? He embarrasses the state with his ignorance and arrogance every time he appears on the Bill Maher show.

FultonRighty

July 27th, 2010
9:06 pm

Not having a college education is a disadvantage when dealing with a big state like Georgia with a $17.9 Billion budget. As much as I am not crazy about attorneys, they do have some helpful skills to evaluate legislation, propose it, and understand its ramifications, that most of us don’t have. Legislators have experience with the law from a different perspective. Ms. Handel is remarkable for how far she has advanced on limited education and should be applauded for it, but the role of governor seems a step too far.

My own reasons for not supporting her revolve much more around her moderate social stands.

MiddleMan

July 27th, 2010
9:52 pm

If the best this state can come up with is Deal vs. Barnes, I hope nothing important comes up for the next 4 years.

BeyondTheRhetoric

July 27th, 2010
10:03 pm

Bud: Thank you for providing the link to the OCE report. It appears to me that the statement that I posted closely resembles the report, but in much greater detail, of course.

Red

July 27th, 2010
10:17 pm

Someone else is posing as me…but did a good job!

Saxby

July 27th, 2010
10:18 pm

I would endorse but I’m still waiting on the Bush White House to tell me what I’m supposed to do. Is it loop pull and swoop? Or loop swoop and pull?

bud

July 27th, 2010
10:29 pm

@beyond I thiink you are mistaken. Read it again.

bart

July 27th, 2010
10:29 pm

I’d rather have someone with a high school education running my state than an educated crook!!

leo

July 27th, 2010
10:33 pm

Anytime I look at Bill Haslam’s commercials for Tennessee Governor, I wonder why we can’t have somebody of that caliber running for Georgia Governor. We have pathetic choices. We lose regardless of who wins.

The Real Politico

July 27th, 2010
10:44 pm

Yeah, that Tenn. race is a hoot. The LT. Gov running for Governor called Islam a cult.

RGB

July 27th, 2010
11:09 pm

…when everyone KNOWS that it is a religion of peace–RIGHT?

Truth

July 28th, 2010
6:24 am

Nathan Deal Bring WASHINGTON CORRUPTION to Georgia.

Obama

July 28th, 2010
6:26 am

Nathan Deal and I are both highly educated lawyers, Look at how well my policies have worked. It is always better to elect an educated crook every time.