When healing coincides with strategy: Dan McLagan stays on to chase down Roy Barnes

We’ve picked up word that two more Karen Handel operatives have joined the effort to help Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor, across the November finish line.

Jeremy Collins, political director for the Handel campaign, will have something like that position in the Deal operation.

And Dan McLagan, the sharp-tongued Handel rhetorician, has been hired as a consultant for the state Republican party.

Given that McLagan also worked for Sonny Perdue in his 2002 upset, it’s easy to guess that McLagan will be offering advice on opposition research during the general election. A kind of certified Barnesologist.

It’s also easy to understand why McLagan will work at some distance from the GOP gubernatorial candidate. This from the Savannah Morning News, less than three weeks ago:

“What would truly destroy the party,” McLagan said, “would be to nominate someone like Deal who is under a federal grand jury investigation and could be indicted or, heaven forbid, arrested at any moment. …”

Granted, in that same piece, Deal comes close to calling Handel a foreign-born carpetbagger. But certain things said during heated campaigns take more time to forget than others.

That said, we’re told that the Deal campaign approves of McLagan’s continued involvement in the 2010 fracas.

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22 comments Add your comment


August 23rd, 2010
2:30 pm

When faced with choosing the best of two bad eggs, always go with the one that stinks less. Vote Deal and then help replace him with a better governor in 4 years.


August 23rd, 2010
2:38 pm

Divided Government is Limited Government.

Vote Barnes in Nov. to keep the Legislature in check.


August 23rd, 2010
2:38 pm

Nathan Deal used his influence and power to put money in his pocket at the detriment of the Georgia Tax Payer. This is not debateable. It is a fact. We might have been able to find a service for car salvage that could have saved Georgia Tax Payers money, however, Mr. Deal used his influence to save his company’s no bid contract with Georgia to keep 1.7 Million Dollars coming his way each year. Further, he failed to report $100,000 in income from that position.

He was found to have violated House Ethics Rules by a unanymous vote of the House Rules Committee.

Look it up.

I have no reason to believe that if elected Governor, he would suddenly stop this practice. I believe that if Governor, he would use that position in the same way, to make himself and his partners rich at the expense of the Georgia Tax Payer.

If you vote for Nathan Deal, you are voting for the exact type of politician that we ALL complain about.

Forget about what team he is on, cause Nathan Deal is in this for one reason, himself.


August 23rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Vote DEAL or BURN!!!11!!

Roy does not bend his will to teh LORD like DEAL DOES so if you make a mistake and vote for the gay loving, GOD HATING, abortion pushing, TAX THE RICH FATCAT – Roy Barnes, you will BURN!!1!!!!1!!



And also, SARAH TOO!!1!!


August 23rd, 2010
2:43 pm




August 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Bet Roy hates it that Dan has nothing but time to comb through all Barnes’ flips and flops since 1990, 1998, 2002, and now – this is Roy’s 4th run for Gov . . . hard to keep up with all his promises but glad to know Dan will help him.


August 23rd, 2010
4:29 pm

You people need to know that Roy Barnes is a good man in just about every sense of the word. He has pretty much lived a life of service and de3osn’t need to line his pockets. And for the Flaggers and haters that read this (like this dude Fred), please note that you don’t have ANY battle flag anymore and Sonny pretty much promised it to you. As I recall he filled the state up with free flag poles and flags before the elction and then shafted you all. At least with “Roy’s Rag” as many of you called it, all of our heritage was on display. Thanks for nothing Sonny P…


August 23rd, 2010
4:47 pm

dan mc is a real POS


August 23rd, 2010
4:51 pm

fred please move to bama


August 23rd, 2010
4:51 pm

McLagan couldn’t shut himself up and basically ran Handel’s campaign into the ground against Deal in the runoff. Why in the world would Deal want him working on his team now?

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 23rd, 2010
6:12 pm

Fact: There was no contract between Recovery Services and the State:

According to the State of Georgia Department of Revenue, in an Information Memorandum provided to the OCE, Office of Congressional Ethics, http://oce.house.gov/disclosures/Review_No_09-1022_Referral_to_Standards.pdf:

“In 1988, the Motor Vehicle Division began a study whereby vehicles could be inspected in one central location or they could continue to be scheduled appointments. The Study was so successful that additional stations were needed.”

“Six stations were established throughout the state to accommodate the ever increasing number of Inspections. No contracts or agreements were entered upon by the state or the station owners.”

“These stations were privately owned businesses, such as body shops, that allowed the use of their facility, twice a month, for a fee (usually around $35.00 per vehicle). Individuals could bring their vehicle and paperwork to the stations, along with the stated mandated fee $68.00 ($50.00 inspection fee and $18.00 title fee) and have their vehicles inspected. If the vehicle passed, a tag could be obtained the same day. Current fees are $18.00 title fee, $100.00 inspection fee (these go to the state) and a $60.00 inspection fee that goes to the station owner. The $60.00 fee covers the use of the facility and the personnel needed to move the vehicles, set the lifts and process the paperwork. It also offsets the loss of business for the facility for the day.”

The report also confirms that the $60.00 was provided by the public directly to Recovery Services, no money changed hands between the State Government and Recovery Services.

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 23rd, 2010
7:43 pm

The IP or email address captured when you all comment on any blog, can be traced. I would suggest that if you do not know the facts, don’t make them up, look them up.

Imno, to clarify:

According to the OCE, Office of Congressional Ethics, ‘Referral to Standards’ report, Review No. 09-1022, Nathan Deal did not ‘fail to report’ any income.

A Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) is required, on a yearly basis, to be submitted to the House Ethics Committee. In 2009, Representative Nathan Deal, on his FDS, listed $75,000 as “Unearned” partnership income from Recovery Services, Inc. On his 2008 personal income tax forms, filed in 2009, the same $75,000 was disclosed as “Earned” income. This was nothing more than an accounting error that was rectified by an amendment to his personal income tax, before the OCE hearing began.

Put simply, the money was declared on all documents, but was declared in the wrong column on his income tax. Therefore, the OCE investigation had no choice but to conclude that Representative Deal’s FDS was valid, and that the $75,000 was misstated on his personal income tax. The OCE chose “not to take action” on this matter.


August 24th, 2010
10:23 am

Hey, Beyond The Rhetoric, the fact still remains that Nathan Deal, his congressional chief of staff, and Casey Cagle all went to Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham (a Republican)and pressured him into NOT putting that program out for competitive bids. You cannot address that fact. And if you think people buy Deal’s explanations (there were several)for why he insisted on meeting with Graham, I’ve got some Gulf Coast beach land I’lls ell you real cheap. Nathan Deal is a crook, has been a crook, and will continue being a crook. Just ask Karen Handel and Dan McLagan. For thsioe two to publicly accuse Deal of corruption real says it all. People can say a lot of negative things abiout Roy Barnesw, but the one thing that can NEVER be said about him is he’s corrupt. And this screwy thinking about, go ahead an hold your nose and vote for Deal until you can vote in a clean Republican after 4 years is sheer lunacy. Are you all crazy? DEAL’S A CROOK AND IF HE’S THE BEST CANDIDATE FIOR GOVERNOR THAT GEORGIA REPUBLICANS CAN FIELD, THER GEORGIA GOP IS ALREADY DEAD….BRAIN DEAD….MORALLY DEAD

Rats of a feather

August 24th, 2010
12:01 pm

“Backroom” Deal and Ratboy McLagan belong together.


August 24th, 2010
1:23 pm

What are the chances Deal gets indicted? Any predictions?

Alabama Communist

August 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

Good to see that Republicans are hiring their own to fight the depression that they cause……..

Fulton Resident

August 24th, 2010
2:34 pm

Tim –

“He has pretty much lived a life of service and de3osn’t need to line his pockets.”

Your boy Roy already lined his pockets with government money. Read his personal disclosure reports on the ethics website.


August 24th, 2010
5:51 pm

Dan is great at what he does and has nothing to do with Handel losing. Handel lost because all the oxendine support went to deal… Those backwoods voters that prefer corruption over ethics. Look at the numbers… If you voted ox you’d easily voted deal because they were getting one in the same and heaven forbid rural ga support a women it’s much better to support as Dan beautifully slated a corrupt relic! Fred, btw I wonder what bible you’re reading but in my king james version we are taught not to judge. Your entire statement as 0 logic…. Sending people to hell for not meeting your definition of perfect and then voting for Deal who is a far far cry from perfect. Let me know how that works out for you when your day of judgment comes.


August 24th, 2010
6:19 pm

Why does Deal refuse to release his tax returns like Barnes has done?

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August 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

Deal or Roy Barnes?
Not even close!!!
Nathan Deal is my new best friend.

Jayne M. Barker

August 25th, 2010
9:52 pm

I’m not amazed yet, and I guess that means I’m not halfway through.
Karen, please give a statment to AJC and let us know how you are
getting along and what the “Battle of Atlanta” boys at the Gold Dome
are doing…