Nathan Deal on Karen Handel’s ‘mud, sticks and stones’

Republican runoff candidate Nathan Deal is up with a first mass response to successive attacks on his ethics from Karen Handel.

It is a careful piece of work.

The camera stays on Deal as he gives a measured response. No images of Handel are shown – the former congressman doesn’t give in to the temptation to replicate John Oxendine’s “bad hair” ad of the GOP primary.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the ad is targeted at metro Atlanta, at 850 points.

The script:

Deal: Karen Handel is saying things about me that are not true. Her political mud, mixed with her sticks and stones, will not build a bridge to Georgia’s future.

I’m focused on bringing real prosperity to our state by cutting taxes on businesses that call Georgia home – and eliminating the marriage tax penalty. I’ll lead Georgia to a new day, where businesses grow, jobs are created, and families thrive.

Male voiceover: Nathan Deal. Real conservative, real results.

Clearly, how to respond to attacks from a female candidate is on the minds of many in the Deal campaign – that showed in today’s fly-around that featured Deal with prominent GOP women.

From the prepared remarks of Joan Westmoreland, wife of the congressman:

Although I appreciate the enthusiasm for conservative ideas that Sarah Palin has been spreading across this country, I think she’s made a mistake here.

Alaska is a far cry from Georgia and I’m pretty sure Ms. Palin can’t smell our peaches from her front porch. This is not just about who wears lipstick, it’s about who will govern this state with integrity and conviction.

Sarah Palin doesn’t even know Nathan Deal, but my husband Lynn and I do!!! He is a kind, honest and generous Christian man. Like my husband Lynn, he was one of the most dependable votes in the House of Representatives for our conservative values. He is a staunch defender of the sanctity of life, and he’s endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.

I am appalled that Karen Handel would smear the name of a man who has served his nation and his state honorably for his entire life, and that is why I had to speak out today. I care about conservative values and I care about this great state, and I know that Nathan Deal is the only choice to lead the State if Georgia.

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80 comments Add your comment

Deal Me In

August 2nd, 2010
6:04 pm

Deal’s a typical crooked DC politician. He resigned congress before they could investigate him for illegal deals he was involved in. He’s got some slick ads and a boatload of money—so he may win against handel.


August 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that a federal grand jury subpoenaed state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham over a meeting he had with Deal about the former congressman’s lucrative longstanding business relationship with the state.

Deal and his business partner Ken Cronan operate a salvage yard in Gainesville that for nearly 20 years enjoyed a no-bid agreement with the state to provide space for inspections of rebuilt vehicles. The AJC reported in August 2009 that Deal intervened with Graham and other state leaders to stop Graham from changing the program that earned Deal and Cronan’s company nearly $300,000 a year.

The newspaper’s report led to a congressional ethics investigation that found Deal possibly violated U.S. House rules. Deal resigned from Congress in March before any formal accusation was made.

Jackson Phong

August 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Can’t smell Georgia peaches. Love it.

Deal me in – if it was ILLEGAL then they can still prosecute him for it. It wasnt. And you’ll see, one the elections are over, it will die. Why? Because he didnt do anything wrong.

Question Man

August 2nd, 2010
6:15 pm

Can Handel’s approach be helping her? But can Deal overcome Handel’s lead irrespective of what she does?


August 2nd, 2010
6:22 pm

WOW what a race! Corrupt vs Uneducated who o who will be chosen to lead our state further down the primrose path of more guns, less taxes, fewer teachers, and rising poverty?


August 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

Karen Handel is smearing Deal’s name? He’s done a darn good job of that himself. When you get busted by the Ethics Committee don’t whine about mudslinging.

The line about ” who will govern this state with integrity and conviction” could turn out to be ironic if the Grand Jury keeps sniffing around Mr. Deal’s business affairs.

jim the shill

August 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Didn’t we tell you jim was running the Courtney English story as a red herring, because he doesn’t have the journalistic integrity to tell the insider story of the APS cheating scandal?

Rick Patel

August 2nd, 2010
6:40 pm

Looks like Natahn Deal lacks “cojones”. Mama Grizzly Handel gonna chase him back into the woods.

Karen Park

August 2nd, 2010
6:46 pm

Guess what???? All the Republicans that ran in the Primary are under ethics violations, Johnson, Deal, Oxendyne. The only one who is not is Karen Handel. The reason she isn’t is she has not been in politics long enough to be investigated and she has no voting record. My question is (WHO IS KAREN HANDEL?????) no one seems to know what she believes in or how she would handel the job of Governor. (NO PUN INTENDED). I also find it interesting that none of the Democrats are under investigation, could it be CREW and The Atlanta Journal Constitution are afraid Deal can win over Barnes, HUH!!!!! I will be voting, just like I voted on July 20th and I will be voting for Nathan Deal, I like his voting record. If you are wondering who you should vote for check out Nathan Deal’s voting record, then go on Karen Handel’s website and see if you can find out anything about her, only that she wants money from you. If you care about the state of Geogia vote for Deal.

Can't stop the thoughts

August 2nd, 2010
6:50 pm

The APS scandal won’t get out of my brain! This is Jim’s fault, I think he stole my Thorazine.


August 2nd, 2010
7:04 pm

With as many crooked deals he had going at the Hog Trough while in DC, Deal should be used to a little mud. Besides it isn’t slinging mud if it it the truth. I wonder if Westmoreland’s wife did the ad because Lynn knows that some of that mud could find him? Maybe we should start looking a little closer at those who are endorsing Mr. Deal.
I do not support Karen Handle because of Sarah Palin But because of Karen Handle. I could not say the same for Mr.Deal. A crooked deal is a crooked deal, whether you get caught at it or not.


August 2nd, 2010
7:19 pm

“Karen Handel is saying things about me that are not true.” This sounds like a job for political fact check to me.

Here’s the problem congressman, as I see things everything Mrs. Handel has said is based on reports in newspapers and the congressional ethics probe. Maybe you just can’t handle the truth.

Karen Park

August 2nd, 2010
7:23 pm

I really like Sarah Palin, in fact I have a sticker on my car that says Palin 2012, but I do not support Karen handel because I know nothing about her and can’t find anything on the internet or from her mouth that tells me what or who she is. The people who are bad mouthing Deal is CREW and they are Liberals, does that tell you something. Wake up Conservatives or Georgia will have the same problems this country has because we voted for McCain in the primaries. Have we not learned our lesson yet???????????

Vox Populi

August 2nd, 2010
7:32 pm

Senator Johnson JUST endorsed Rep. Nathan Deal for Georgia’s next Governor.

CONGRATULATIONS Representative Nathan Deal


August 2nd, 2010
7:47 pm

“Deal has a boatload of money” to buy ads. Ever wonder where that money came from?

Karen Park

August 2nd, 2010
7:59 pm

Maybe it came from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Park

August 2nd, 2010
8:00 pm

Where did Roy Barnes money come from?????????


August 2nd, 2010
8:32 pm

Deal is a bad joke, a hypocrite, and a crook. Do we want a governor who is under indictment by a federal grand jury, who resigned from Congress rather than face an ethics investigation, and who was named one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress by the non-partisan Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington?


August 2nd, 2010
8:47 pm

Deal is my choice of the remaining candidates. I have read the House report line by line and its issues are things like wages v. dividends, with no tax issues either way…. technical correctness. Not supposed to be an officer in a corporation and he was listed as corp secretary. Not supposed to have your AA with you…which makes sense but a tough foul at best. Big things like that. You have to read it to insure the slanderers are revealed. Deal is not my first choice, but Handel, due to her gross lack of substance is my last.


August 2nd, 2010
8:51 pm

As good as it sounds, how can we afford the tax cuts that Deal wants? Two word answer: we can’t. I’m not saying raise taxes at this point, but maybe we just need to maintain where we are right now. Businesses won’t want to come to or stay in Georgia if we can’t afford to educate their future employees or the children of their current employees.


August 2nd, 2010
8:54 pm

Meant to say “Deal was not my first choice”. I supported Johnson.

Know Thy Facts

August 2nd, 2010
8:57 pm

@ Whatever – is H A N D E L.

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 2nd, 2010
9:07 pm

“People who live in glass houses…….”

Peach Pundit – Handel Ethics Probe
July 12, 2010 22:23 pm
by Ron Daniels • 13 comments

The state Ethics Commission is investigating three complaints filed against former secretary of state Karen Handel alleging she repeatedly accepted campaign contributions exceeding the $6,100 limit for a single election.

AJC – Karen Handel hit with ethic complaint alleging $13k in illegal payments to staffers
11:36 am July 27, 2010, by Jim Galloway

Political blogger Bill Simon has filed a complaint against Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel with the State Ethics Commission, alleging that she illegally paid $13,200 to advisors of her gubernatorial campaign with money raised as a candidate for secretary of state.

This article comes from If Handel can use the left wing organization ‘CREW’, and quotes ‘out of context’ by the liberal biased ‘OCE’, I can use a piece from the Democratic Party of Georgia.

In 2005, while Chair of the Fulton County Commission, Handel received a contribution from an engineer connected with Unique Design and Construction. Four months after the contribution, a zoning modification requested by Unique Design and Construction sailed through Handel’s Commission. Other entities with business before the Commission also contributed to Handel’s campaign. Handel even received $10,000 in contributions from Fourth Quarter Properties, a real estate company involved in a shady land deal with Handel’s former boss, Sonny Perdue.

As Secretary of State, Handel also received numerous gifts from lobbyists, including tickets to a Rolling Stones concert, courtesy of mortgage giant Ameriquest.

Karen Park

August 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm

I will say it one more time, all these ethics issues against the republicans are coming from leftist liberals. Are we going to listen to them or are we going to vote for the person we feel will do the best for Georgia. I am new to this state and I study the canidates thoroughly before I vote. We need to stop listening to CREW and the AJC they are leftist liberals. We are giving them what they want when we listen to them. Think people think!!!!!


August 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Hey, JDW, give me a smart “corrupt” anytime. Which isn’t to say Deal is corrupt… but Handel is demonstrably uneducated.


August 2nd, 2010
9:44 pm

i love some of these uneducated comments and suggestions. thank goodness most are coming from the same uneducated voters. here’s a good guestion for some of you. ever wonder why karen handel shys away from the real issues of this campaign and continues to use smear and attack tactics in all of her tv and print material. could be because of her lack of political experience she doesn’t have any issues she can talk about. if you want an angry and resentful politician as governor of georgia then you need to vote for karen handel. if you want a governor that has served in the georgia legislature for twelve years and in the u.s. congress for eighteen years then vote for nathan deal. maybe..just maybe because of his over 30 years of service to the people of georgia is the reason he can talk about the issues important to this election and not have to smear and attack his fellow opponents. just think about this before you cast your next vote on august 10th.


August 2nd, 2010
9:56 pm

Whoever wins the primary is going to be battered, bloody and out of money.


August 2nd, 2010
10:24 pm

I love the slings and arrows that Deal and Handel are throwing at each other. Reminds me again why I will not vote for either of them. Anyone remember the elections of 2008 and the way Sec of State Karen Handel totally screwed them up? I do. Both of these candidates are correct. Neither are fit for office of Governor. Vote for Barnes and prove them right.


August 2nd, 2010
10:31 pm

I never thought Early Voting for November would start so soon. We’ll, all of you liberal Republicans out there can just go ahead and cast your vote for Karen “who is she anyway” Handel on August 10th…just like casting a vote in November for good ole Roy! He will crucify her! Roy is not the Statesman that Nathan Deal is…he will not be so polite in his responses!

You want to keep Georgia solid, you better vote for Nathan Deal!

Wheeler Dealer

August 2nd, 2010
10:37 pm

I love this theme about all those ethics charges are coming from lefties and Nancy Pelosi. Those same lefties have brought charges against Deal’s other former Democratic colleagues Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters. Waters, Deal and Rangel, besides all having been Clinton delegates, the other thing they all have in common is that they used their office for personal gain and all were singled out by the same Ethics Committee.


August 2nd, 2010
11:11 pm

Karen P. plus the rest of you RINOS.
How can you say that you cannot find out anything about Karen Handel. Obviously, none of you have attended even one of her Debates, Town Halls, or Meet & Greet which she has held all over our good state of GA for at least the past 3 months.
She has a great plan and a proven record as an Administrator, SoS. Who got the voter ID law going and won every time against Demorat lawsuits. Karen did. Who streamlined her Agency. Karen did.
The governor has a totally different job from a Representative voting yes/no without reading the bill.
So you whiners, do a reality check before you blog.
And for those calling her a quitter – Mr Deal QUIT his position too.

Rotten Deal

August 2nd, 2010
11:22 pm

Nathan Deal is NOT a conservative. He voted to support the Bush agenda 99% of the time and that irresponsible agenda is why the GOP got wiped out in 2006 and 2008.

Yeah, I agree that Deal voted the party line 99% of the time, but the party line was not remotely conservative.

Voting for Medicare D, NCLB, and huge increases in government is not conservative.

Adding $8 trillion in debt is not conservative.

Please defend the position that Deal has a conservative record, not just that of a toady for Bush.

Pepe "Patron" Lopez

August 2nd, 2010
11:48 pm

Handel supports those guys that ride bikes with no seats. They just sit on the shaft and ride through Piedmont park..

just me

August 2nd, 2010
11:52 pm

If the top 15 most corrupt in Congress involve 9 Republicans and 6 Democrats – all under ethics investigations–how can that be the liberal, left wing press? Here’s the question. Did Handel accept illegal campaign contributions? Yes or no. Did Deal cut a deal to filter no-bid contracts to his business while in office? Yes or no. Regardless of who brough the charges, the answer to both questions is yes.

The Goobernator

August 3rd, 2010
12:28 am

I find many Repbulicans very liberal. It’s how they spread lies…liberally!
Nathan seems to forgotten he started the smear campaign, with Handel his prime target for many months.

Handel Hags

August 3rd, 2010
1:02 am

Handel Hags and her hubby are rich trailer court trash. Want Hillary Clinton, Bring it On!


August 3rd, 2010
1:36 am

Rotten Deal is right. Deal’s support of Bush 43 is evidence he is not a true conservative but a Neo-Con Man. The NeoCons have destroyed the Republican Party. NeoCons seek to combine evangelical religion, support for Israel, government debt, increased government (think TSA and Homeland Security, not to mention Medicare D), and lower taxes. Only the last one is a true conservative value. Take us back to the days of competence in government. Nathan Raw Deal and Karen Can’t Get A Handel are wrong for this state, but they are still better than that Democrap Barnes.


August 3rd, 2010
1:54 am


Arthur Williams

August 3rd, 2010
4:57 am

To: Jackson Phong, you don’t help Mr. Deals case by not being informed. This was an ethics committee inquiry. Mr. Deal has left the congress and they stop the process. Just like Eric Massa on the Democrat side. Break the rules (or be suspected of breaking rules), quit, and the investigation stops. Sarah Palin? Being investigated in Alaska for wrong doing in office, QUIT, and your colleagues no longer need to investigate. To net this out, when you get caught or suspected of wrong doing, Quit, and look for other ways to rip off citizens and put money in your pocket.

J. B. Byrd, Jr.

August 3rd, 2010
5:44 am

I hope and pray that I will never have to be tried in a court of law, but even more, I pray that there would not be a judge or person on the jury that think like some of the people that have commented on those who are running for Governor of Georgia. I truly believe that IF Mr. Deal has violated the law(s) he would be arrested by now. I also know from dealing with people that there are many people that will tell half truths, lie outright or repeat hearsay that has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order to get what they want. I have looked very closely at all of the ones who are seeking the Office of Governor and I will not say who I’m going to vote for but I will say this, It won’t be Barnes and it won’t be Handel.


August 3rd, 2010
6:24 am

Give me a break! Anyone who reads the papers, listens to radio or watches TV knows Deal is just another ‘good ole boy’ who believes dealing under the table to fill his own pockets is just the way things are done in Washington and Georgia. We’ve had enough!

We deserve better and Georgia’s children deserve better. Georgia is facing some difficult issues. Education, the economy, jobs, water and more. We need real change and and a Governor who is ready to handle these problems effectively. Tom Price supports Karen Handel and that says a lot to most conservative Georgians. I’m voting early and casting my vote for Handel today. Whatever you do PLEASE VOTE. That’s one privilege the current Administration hasn’t taken away from us YET!


August 3rd, 2010
6:25 am

Handel won’t be your next Governor! Roy Barnes will if you people don’t wake up and vote for Nathan Deal!!! Nathan is a true Southern Gentleman, born and raised here. Handel hasn’t even lived in Georgia for more than 18 years…get a clue! She can’t hold a candle to what Nathan has done for Georgia over the years!! I can assure you that there will be more than one person who will switch over to vote for Barnes if Handel beats Deal…

Birds of a feather

August 3rd, 2010
6:29 am

Maxine Waters, Charley Rangel, and Nathan Deal are just birds of the same feather the only difference is the coward Deal ran & resigned rather than face his punishment. Handel may not be perfect but she is honest.

Birds of a feather

August 3rd, 2010
6:36 am

Deal is closing fast, at the rate of 1% per week in just 8 1/2 weeks he will have caught Handel, Oh wait the election is next weeks.. LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER CORRUPT POLITICIAL OUT OF WORK.


Handel: 45.8
Deal: 37.1
Undecided: 17.1

What is really important UGA is back to where it belongs #1 in partying

Straight Talk

August 3rd, 2010
6:51 am

Deal is seriously damaged goods. Where I come from many folks would call him a crook. C.R.E.W. [Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington] named him one of the 15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress. He is in select company – Rep. Charlie Rangle and Rep. Maxine Waters, both charged by the House with ethics violations, are among the gang of 15. Once Deal was charged in 2009 with ethics violations, he resigned from the House instead of fighting them like an innocent man would have done. Now he wants Georgia voters to overlook his crooked dealings and elect him governor. I don’t think so. For corroboration of Deal’s unsavory character please read the charges the House leveled against him:

Bitter EX democrackkk

August 3rd, 2010
7:03 am

Deal is a NASTY NEO CON, like many of the clueless ‘republicannots’ who post here…

STRIVE to be SMARTER than the ‘crackkks and the neo cons’ WANT you to BE!

Raw Deal Real Steal

August 3rd, 2010
7:16 am

Maxine Waters, Charley Rangel, Nathan Deal are 3 of a kind corrupt Washington politicians. The only difference in the 3 is the coward Deal ran & resigned rather than face trial but when you know you are guilty that’s what you do. Let’s hope a honest person like Handel can clean up some of the self serving corruption in the Georgia legislature.

Go Ox

August 3rd, 2010
7:22 am

I am fed up with Deal’s winning, The Ox took his loss like a real man not a Winny cry baby but if Deal gives me 1 of those No Bid Deals, I’ll be his man.

The Ox will rise again, you can’t keep a good man down.


August 3rd, 2010
7:30 am

Thanks to straight talk for posting the house link on the Deal charges. A full reading will show what exaggerated, overwrought charges they are indeed. Fortunately there is lots of detail so its easy to pick up on the bias of the investigator, Mr. Solis, I was not a Deal supporter originally but I am down to three choices, and this hatchet job persuades me that Bart Graham is behind this…….for purposes that deal with his self preservation as a paid govt employee. If Handel is in, he is too. Sorry, and I may have it all wrong, but I think either slick Roy or country Nathan are better than the exaggerating Handel.


August 3rd, 2010
7:30 am

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 2nd, 2010
9:07 pm

Does all of these “horrible things” you are accusing Handel add up to the $300,000.00 per year that Deal and his partner were ripping off the Georgia Taxpayer? 1 week to go and 8% behind, you will be looking for a new job next week. May I suggest Roy Barnes, he is another loser.