Your morning jolt: Too much hardball from Handel?

Updated at 4:55 p.m.: Steve Dillard, central Georgia campaign chairman for Karen Handel, called to say that Nathan Deal was mistaken in remarks he made during Sunday’s debates. Maurice Atkinson, the Bibb County co-chairman for Handel, had indeed withdrawn his support for Handel. But Dillard said that he has not.

Statewide contests in the past have been won and lost on television – and that remains mostly true.

But with campaigns for governor vastly underfunded this year – in Georgia, political money is real estate-based, and free-spending developers have tanked – other tactics have been crucial.

Direct mail in particular.

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Over the weekend, the Republican runoff campaign of Karen Handel mailed out 400,000 flyers to GOP-voting households – a four-page, glossy look at congressional allegations leveled at rival Nathan Deal.

Deal himself gave it a mention in Sunday evening’s confrontation on Fox5 (WAGA).

The significance is that this is the second major attack Handel has leveled at Deal in the last five days – without a commensurate response from the former Georgia congressman.

See the entire flyer here. The Handel campaign freely adopts the judgment by the Democratic-oriented Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that Deal is “one of the most corrupt members of Congress.”

The last page is devoted to excerpts from a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The repeated phrase throughout: “Only your vote on August 10 will stop Nathan Deal from becoming the Republican nominee for governor.”

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Karen Handel’s hardball tactics were a prime topic in Sunday’s Fox5 debate between the GOP runoff candidates for governor.

Moderator Russ Spencer specifically pointed to Handel’s TV ad that declared Deal to be a “corrupt relic of Washington.”

Said the former secretary of state, as she stood next to Deal:

“Clearly, if you look at the record, there are some issues of corruption here. There’s a congressional investigation, where, frankly, you resigned in order to avoid it going forward. We have issues of no-bid state deals, that I will call them, that you have been able to make a great deal of money off them….”

Handel accused Deal of “squealing” about negative campaigning – a loaded word in north Georgia, thanks to James Dickey. And she added this:

“You know, it’s frankly time to put the big-boy pants on, because, candidly, if you can’t handle this, how are you going to handle Roy Barnes?”

Replied Deal:

“The first forum we had after the primary was with the Republican women of Cobb County. And they asked us, will you pledge not to engage in negative campaigning? I have put up an ad with my two grandsons. And here we have a campaign ad that is negative, the worse that you’ve seen, and a mail-out that’s just gone out that’s even worse.

“I think what we’re seeing is, there’s a reaction to this. We have now been informed that her chairperson in Bibb County, and her middle Georgia campaign person, has now resigned because he’s repulsed by this kind of campaigning.”

Spencer then showed a pre-primary ad from Deal, accusing Handel of showing support for gay Republicans.

Deal may have scored a significant point when he questioned Handel about primary accusations she leveled against former state senator Eric Johnson, who finished third with 20 percent of the vote – but has not endorsed in the runoff.

Said Deal:

“You said that his ethics were ‘iffy.’ You implied that he was a criminal by virtue of using his political office for his own political gain. Are you now prepared to apologize to Senator Johnson?”

Replied Handel:

“We are moving on from this, but I will tell you that it is a conflict of interest for anyone to use their office in order to make money for themselves. We are now in the primary – in the runoff. I’m not running against Eric Johnson. I’m running against you. And I’m going to continue to talk about ethics.”

Deal offered this one parting shot at Handel – which he’s likely to elaborate on this week: “I have the credibility, I have the record, and I have the temperament to govern this state.”

Look for that “temperament” part to surface again.

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Every campaign takes risks. Today, Roy Barnes is betting that he can court white independents in middle and south Georgia without provoking any resentment among African-American voters who think he’s shunning President Barack Obama in Atlanta.

In Sunday’s Savannah Morning News, Larry Peterson lays out the gamble that Handel is making with her attacks:

Maybe Deal is – as he insists – completely blameless. But the issue doesn’t seem to be going away.

Handel, of course, is trying to make sure it won’t.

Her schtick as a pure-as-the-driven-snow reformer taking on the corrupt-old-boys network likely helped her finish first in the primary.

But there’s a downside: About 63 percent of the people who voted in the primary backed candidates she said were basically crooks – or worse.

Those voters, of course, disagreed. Many probably still do, and won’t support her with much enthusiasm if she wins on Aug. 10.

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Atlanta isn’t the only place where Democrats are running for shelter from Obama fundraising. This piece from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will seem very familiar:

AUSTIN — When President Barack Obama visits Texas on Aug. 9, the state’s top-tier Democratic candidate, gubernatorial nominee Bill White, will likely be miles away, reaching out to voters in Johnson County near Fort Worth.

Another Democratic hopeful for statewide office, Austin attorney Hector Uribe, says he’ll be focused on his bid to unseat Republican Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. Barbara Radnofsky, the Democrats’ nominee for attorney general, says she too will be preoccupied with campaigning and has no plans to attend an Obama event.

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In the first round, Atlanta Tea Party organizers lined up behind state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn in the Republican contest to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder.

But despite cash and endorsements from everyone in the state Capitol, Cox finished third.

Atlanta Tea Party decided to try again this weekend, with an endorsement of pastor and radio talk show host Jody Hice, who finished second to Rob Woodall, Linder’s former chief of staff.

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Atlanta Unfiltered on Friday shook a finger at Sam Olens, one of two surviving Republicans in the contest for attorney general:

The candidate who promises as attorney general to “aggressively raise the bar on ethics reform” is systematically skimping on reports of his own campaign expenditures.

Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission, received more than $55,000 in unitemized reimbursements from campaign funds since January 2009, campaign reports show. The total includes $17,000-plus from his county commission campaign account.

Olens’ disclosures describe most reimbursements as being for “travel” or for several types of expenses lumped together, such as “travel, mailings, subscriptions.”

State law requires more detail than Olens is providing, said Stacey Kalberman, executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission.

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Republican

August 2nd, 2010
7:20 am

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dagny

August 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

That was one crappy debate.

GWB

August 2nd, 2010
7:31 am

Seems like Handel is taking the lipstick on a pitbull route. It’s not like the republican men of this state will give her the nomination for Gov. They still believe women, blacks, and browns should know their place. Which is what Deal will be subtlely saying over the next few weeks. Plus she has no degree! Watch.

Travis McGee

August 2nd, 2010
7:32 am

Looks like the Republicans for Guv will hand Barnes all the talking points he’ll need to wiggle his way back into office.

It’s a lot easier for a woman to attack a man with impunity than for a man to go after a female candidate — so, it looks like ol’ Real Deal has got his hands full and can’t get a “handle” on his campaign.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Roy Barnes

August 2nd, 2010
7:35 am

Georgians, remember this:

Republicans want to starve puppies, take away Social Security from seniors, and put African Americans back in slavery.

Toodles !

Truth

August 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

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.

Go Ox

August 2nd, 2010
7:47 am

I thought Deal was going to cry yesterday, unlike the Ox, Deal does not have any big boy pants. The Ox will be on the beach catching rays while Deal is in federal jail.

dagny

August 2nd, 2010
8:07 am

Deal is arrogant. The man can’t smile without looking smug. He looks down on everyone. How dare we question him!

Just a taxpayer

August 2nd, 2010
8:14 am

I’m not a Deal supporter, but to state that the way a candidate looks is indicative of their behavior is stereotyping at its worst.

No diploma on her wall

August 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

She dropped out of high school, dropped out of college, quit her job as Chair of the Fulton Co Commission, quit her job as Secretary of State. She attacks because she has no real ideas and issues herself. Mindless puppet.

JP

August 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

I am a Democrat and want to ask my R friends – does Barnes have a shot against these two? Not being snarky just asking…….

leo

August 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

Well, No diploma, Deal quit his job as Representative from the 9th District. Of course, he resigned to avoid the ethics investigation the House of Rep. was conducting against him.

Ted

August 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

Hey “No Diploma” – your “quitting” is my “getting promoted”.
There are many of us who did not have a rich Dad. We worked hard, served in the military and got our degree at age 50. Making nearly $100K now, shows I did not need the degree to get there. You never quit a job? You must be still on minimum wage.
Same for Karen, worked her way up.
Why don’t you just add: She is a woman and should be barefoot and pregnant. Kinda like the GRTL who would not endorse the only woman in the race.
Obviously, you have not listened to her or even read her campaign or you would be familiar with her plan.
You dems make me laugh.

Can't count

August 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

“Which is what Deal will be subtlely saying over the next few weeks.”

A week is seven days, the runoff is in eight. Why will Deal be talking about anything regarding Handel beyond that?

BeyondTheRhetoric

August 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

While watching the debate on FOX 5 News last night, I realized Deal’s command of the issues and his plans to bring Georgia back from ‘the abyss’, were well thought out and detailed. From Karen Handel, I kept hearing the same key phrases, “bold, sweeping”, ” We have to fundamentally change”, “We need to retool our efforts”, “nibbling around the edges”. Reminded me of the 1984 Wendy’s commercial, ‘Fluffy Bun’, when 82 year old Clara Peller shouted, “Where’s the beef?”.

When asked about the economy and creating jobs, Deal said, “Mine is the only plan that has been scored by an outside group that said it would have positive effects. The tax foundation which scores Georgia and other states, ranks us in the bottom half of states in terms of a favorable business climate.”

“They said that If the reforms I proposed were adopted, we’d move ahead to the top one third. I think that it is a very positive, concrete, proposal that no other candidates put forward. It has been tested, it has been addressed by leading economists around the country. We have to grow ourselves out of this downturn and that’s one way to do it.” Deal’s seven page, eleven point plan to ‘Lower taxes and Enhance Georgia’s Business Competitiveness’ can be found on the ‘Vision’ tab of his website nathandeal.org.

Later in the debate, Deal had a chance, again, to “nibble around the edges” of his economic plan. “For startup entrepreneurs, we waive the tax on them for the first years of their existence.” “Let’s do away with the marriage tax penalty” “I believe we can move toward a more consumption based approach (on taxes), but you have to do it incrementally”. Earlier, Fox’s Russ Spencer cited that State Income Tax was 50% of the State’s income.

When asked the same question, Handel said, “Well, first of all, Nathan’s plan is nice, but……”. At that point, Handel went on to say, “the 21st Century Tax Reform Commission, had its first meeting last week. I am optimistic that, under the leadership of AD Frasier, that they will come forward with some very bold, sweeping tax reform changes for Georgia. We have to fundamentally change our approach to taxes in this state, it should not be about just generating money for government to do stuff.”

This was a red flag statement for many conservatives, independents and some democrats. This is called ‘Governing by Consensus’. President Obama creates a czar or task force whenever an issue arises and a decision has to be made. Thirty days after the Gulf Disaster this year, while we waited for a government response, James Carville got on youtube and lambasted the President for not addressing the BP oil spill. The result? His decisions are generally too little, too late.

Handel continued, “We need to use it (’money generated for government to do stuff’) as a tool to drive economic development, but it’s more than just tax reform. We need to retool our efforts in the economic development department, so that we have a stronger focus on small business, on entrepreneurialism, and existing businesses. And then be aggressive in repositioning ourselves to take advantage of emerging industries such as bio-ag and life sciences with our strength at CDC and the Shepard Center, as well as our existing strengths in logistics and distribution”. I heard some targeted industries for growth, but no plan on actually accomplishing growth and jobs.

The rest of the debate was the same, Handel with the ‘Fluffy Bun’ and Deal with the ‘beef’

Marge

August 2nd, 2010
8:35 am

Karen Handel was a total embarassment during her debate last night. She was angry, defensive and hyperverbal….she was totally on edge. The attack dog tactics make her totally unappealing and beneath the office she seeks. Perhaps a reflection on her own lact of education(not even able to complete a Bachelor’s Degree from any college). She would never win against Roy Barnes because she made it perfectly clear that she IS an outsider and that she would NOT work effectively with the Georgia legislature in effective policy making. Perhas since she has never been a legislator, she does not know a lot about relationships and “the people factor”. Even Sarah Palin detested the tactcs of multiple ethics charges that were leveled against her in efforts to distract from the issues but it seems that these lessons were not learned by Karen Handel. Nathan Deal looked like a statesman and has a legislative record that concurs with what he says…and actions mean the most to me. I did not like the angry “mama grizzly” act….totally demeaning.

Ted

August 2nd, 2010
8:36 am

For JP – Barnes has a chance – crazy things happen in campaigns. Just look at how Karen Handel peaked at the right time. The Ox had been running for several years and had a great lead in polls.
However, with Barnes running away from Obama as fast as he can, plus his prior history of being a big union supporter (see his TV ads) hopefully people will vote for a fresh face. A person who is an Administrator not a long time Washington rep. Deal should gracefully retire.
Let Karen take on Barnes and win.

BeyondTheRhetoric

August 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

Karen Handel’s most recent TV commercial and flyer, displays a list reporting that Deal is one of the ‘15 most corrupt members of Congress’. The list came from the official website of CREW, ‘Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’. You will find that this organization is funded by the far left 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.

My information comes from Sourcewatch. To research, go to Wikipedia and look up Sourcewatch. Then go to Sourcewatch and look up ‘The Democracy Alliance’ and CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Before someone says, “Yeah, but there are Democrats on that list, too”. Of course they are going to put some Democrats on the list, 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.

It is interesting that the AJC article, ‘AJC exclusive: Panel subpoenas businessman over ex-congressman’s pact with state’ by Aaron Gould Sheinin and James Salzer, mentions ‘CREW’ as filing against Deal, “It is unclear if the request (to the Congressional Ethics Committee) by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington led to the current inquiry.” CREW just happens to be the far left wing organization that compiled the ‘15 most corrupt members of Congress’ list in Karen Handel’s commercial and, in virtually every AJC blog.

CREW is busy this election year, making the news and then reporting it……..

curious

August 2nd, 2010
8:43 am

Nothing said in forums like this will matter at all, unless you vote. Primary turnout is always low. Runoff turnout is even worse. This election will be decided by a minority of Georgia voters. If you truly want make a difference, then that minority must become a majority.

schroeder

August 2nd, 2010
8:46 am

the ox is off grazing somewhere planning his diabolical return. Fear the ox.

Not-Marge

August 2nd, 2010
8:47 am

Well we knew Marge would pipe in directly from Deal HQ. As someone said recently she has really got that Monica thing going for Deal.
Yes – Deal is a nice guy, we know him. He is our Rep. But he QUIT. Same thing he accuses Karen of. Yes, let him retire gracefully, before the grand jury nails him.
Ethics complaints are a nuisance when false. But we smell smoke here.

Tahuaya

August 2nd, 2010
8:50 am

Nathan Deal kicked Karen Handel in ads leading up to the primary. For him to now say he is taking the high road is a joke. I do not know who threw the first mud but I do know he had his own bucket of it. As for Sam Owens, his preprimary ad was something to laugh at. Almost the entire ad was about defending the right of preachers to pray in public, at the beginning of Cobb County meetings, then it ended for a request for your vote because he was the proven fiscal conservative. No where in the ad did it demonstrate his fiscal conservatism. I hope Deal and owens lose in the run-off.

T Knight

August 2nd, 2010
8:51 am

I think Karen Handel has acted accordingly. She has been personally attacked like no other candidate in this race. Most of it came from the Deal and Oxendine campaigns.

This is a difficult runoff coming up. Nathan Deal did not look very strong last night.
Karen Handel did.

The Kingfish

August 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

She accuses Deal of “squealing”? She said Oxendine was “squealing like a stuck ox”. Sounds like the strategy was to accuse all opponents of “squealing”, and use that specific word. Nathan Deal in the runoff obviously caught Karen by surprise. She would have come up with a plan better than using her Oxendine strategy on Deal.

Wanda J. Patton

August 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

Deal HAS a record. He HAS been in the government. He KNOWS how to work within the system both to get laws passed and not passed. He has my vote. I will not vote for a hysterical woman who brings shame to her sex by not bringing substance to the table.

Saxby Chambliss

August 2nd, 2010
8:58 am

Politics is a sport where throwing your leaders under the bus is often fashionable to get elected. The Republicans dis-inviting Mr. Bush to the Republican National Cenvention in 2008 and Mr. Barnes running away from Mr. Obama. You gotta love it. We Americans love entertainment. Substance often takes a back seat to style and perception, and when disappointment sets in we scream, “Off with their heads!”

Big Boy Pants

August 2nd, 2010
8:59 am

Even for a corrupt Washington politician, Deal sets a new low. The week before the election he was running ads with his partner in corruption Cronan’s Daughter slinging mud and telling lies. Deal gives Slime a bad name.

Confused

August 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

No diploma on her wall

August 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

Why did Corrupt Deal resign from congress costing the taxoayers over $100,000.00 for 2 special elections? He did not want to go to jail.. Nathan only quits with a really good reason.

Mark

August 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

Not-Marge, you must be a Handel supporter. Rather than say what you support, you tell us who you are not. Reminds me of a certain uneducated person running for governor.
In nearly 30 years of public service, this is the only ethics complain against Deal, and it is flimsy at best. Deal asked for state assistance because unsafe cars were getting on the road. He addressed an issue of safety, and he gets criticized. To some, that means he should have just done nothing. He showed leadership, not empty phrases.
Using George Soros’ list of “corrupt” officials is proof Handel has nothing to offer on her own. Saying “Bring It On” while offering no original ideas is Obama-like, appealing to the mindless.
Given a choice between Handel and Barnes … I vote Libertarian and pray for God’s mercy.

GI Dolly...

August 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Georgia does not need a stupid, fat, barren, woman as gov. We will be laughed @

Ga Values

August 2nd, 2010
9:09 am

You want The 15 Most Corrupt Washington Congressmen. I have up dated the list to bring it current
8 Democrats & 7 Republicans on the most Corrupt.and Nathan Deal is on the list

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**…..Resigned before charges were brought
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)….. Under inestigation by FBI
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)….Died in office
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)…..Goes to trial after August Break
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)..goes to trial after August break
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

D

August 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

Did not see the debate but believe that all the candidates should be talking about their solution to the water disbute with Fl and Al.

D

August 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

sorry-”dispute”

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

I posted this yesterday, and my wife was called a lier by several Deal supporters. It is obvious from what has been posted here that my wife was correct.

“I live in Madison and at our men’s morning coffee the only politics discussed is about Charley Rangel and how corrupt Washington is. The couple Johnson voters there probably won’t get out in the 95 degree weather to vote for anyone. When Deal started calling Handel a barren woman and condemned her her use of assistance to get pregnant, she went on the war path, my wide has been on the phone and working her social clubs to get votes for a “Honest Woman”.

This the punch line in an AJC article:

“Nathan has got to convince someone who voted for another candidate that they should, number one, come back to vote, and number two, come back and vote for him,” Clay said. “That’s the tougher job.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/also-ran-silent-as-582665.html

Noo Corrupt Deal Nooooo King Roy

August 2nd, 2010
9:18 am

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

dagny

August 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

Dolly- you are beyond rude.

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

I am new at this and copied the wrong version of my yesterday post

I posted this yesterday, and my wife was called a lier by several Deal supporters. It is obvious from what has been posted here that my wife was correct.

“I live in Madison and at our men’s morning coffee the only politics discussed is about Charley Rangel and how corrupt Washington is. The couple Johnson voters there probably won’t get out in the 95 degree weather to vote for anyone. When Deal started calling Handel a barren woman and condemned her use of assistance to get pregnant, My Wife went on the war path, she has been on the phone and working her social clubs to get votes for a “Honest Woman”.

This the punch line in an AJC article:

“Nathan has got to convince someone who voted for another candidate that they should, number one, come back to vote, and number two, come back and vote for him,” Clay said. “That’s the tougher job.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/also-ran-silent-as-582665.html

Fred

August 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

JP, yes, unfortunately, I think Roy will be elected if Karen wins the runoff and I will tell you why. A lot of people who are naturally Republican voters are disgusted with how negative her campaign is. A lot of people are further disgusted by the timing of the bogus Deal ethics complaint – by now folks are starting to connect the dots on who has had a hand in this and it is really an unfortuante thing. One thing that was learned in the 2004 governor’s race, Governor Perdue got hammered over the fact that his administration had more ethics complaints filed against it than any other in Georgia history. I feel quite certain that 100% of them were bogus and filed solely for political purposes (like all those filed against Sarah Palin in Alaska), but they muddied the waters and provided Perdue’s opponents with ammunition. The complaint against Nathan is bogus, but it will hang out there and hurt him and that is exactly what the Handel folks intended. The same tactic is being used here against Nathan that has been used against Palin and Perdue. Hard ball politics and the orchestrated character assasination of a good man is the name of the game for the Handel camp. Many Republican voters will be so put off by it that they will hold their noses and vote for Roy in the general just in sheer revulsion over how Nathan and Eric were treated by the Handel campaingn. They’ll figure that Roy will be bottled up by the legislature so he can’t do too much and that an unfettered Karen is much worse and more dangerous than a Roy Barnes with his wings clipped. Karma is a powerful thing.

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Fred

August 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

Weren’t you the 1 calling my wife a liar yesterday, just look at this blog at the Deal supporter calling Handel a “Barren” woman. How can you support this behavior?

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:40 am

I don’t know how to post 2 things at one sh here is the Deal slur:

GI Dolly…

August 2nd, 2010
9:06 am
Georgia does not need a stupid, fat, barren, woman as gov. We will be laughed @

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:41 am

I don’t know how to post 2 things at one so here is the Deal slur:

GI Dolly…

August 2nd, 2010
9:06 am
Georgia does not need a stupid, fat, barren, woman as gov. We will be laughed @

Tom Ga Hunter

August 2nd, 2010
9:41 am

sorry posted Deal’s slur twice.

Aquagirl

August 2nd, 2010
9:42 am

Everyone knows women shouldn’t bring up Grand Jury investigations or icky things in a debate. They should smile and be pretty for the cameras, right boys?

I see Deal is still pimping his grandkids in commercials. Please get those kids off the screen. I feel sorry for them.

????

August 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

Deal sure can sling the mud but he gets mad when it ends up on his own face.

luangtom

August 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

Sorry if this sounds sexist, but Handel should have taken her Midol last night before the debate. She came across as an emotional roller-coaster and on edge. She did not look like a person that could do well under duress while in office. I guess this is what her former employees were speaking of in the Primary run-up. Nope, Handel did not come across as one that should be in charge under the dome.

JP

August 2nd, 2010
9:51 am

He can’t hide the Federal Grand Jury investigation. Voting for Deal simply means we’ll be impeaching a governor if he were to actually win.

Atlanta Region Pragmatist

August 2nd, 2010
9:57 am

Whoever wins the general election is going to have to work with business executives and a range of business interests to promote a stable economic climate and generate job growth. As we all have seen, looking back at the 2008 election nationally, elections do have consequences.

Candidates, pandering to our worst fears, can scorch the political earth as much as they like. However, at the end of the day, assuming the victor of the GOP primary does win in November, that winner will have to govern for four years; not campaign, but govern.

Which candidate is going to be more likely to work with businesses and indviduals to create jobs and ensure stable policies in this state’s economic climate? In these serious times, that is the real question we should be asking.

ed garvey

August 2nd, 2010
9:57 am

Roy Barnes won the debate last night and he wasn’t even there.

You Asked

August 2nd, 2010
9:59 am

The internal polls must not look so good for Deal if his strongest campaign tactic is to whine about negative TV adverts.

curious

August 2nd, 2010
10:03 am

I plan to vote Tuesday. My mind is made up. Candidates, save your advertising money. In this political card game, mean loses. I want a governor who can lead, who is smart, educated, aware of national issues and generates ideas that make sense. Georgians, place your bets and deal the cards.