New Roy Barnes TV ad: Nathan Deal ‘too corrupt, even for Congress’

Democrat nominee for governor Roy Barnes has picked up where he left off before Labor Day, hitting Nathan Deal hard this morning with a TV ad accusing his Republican rival of holding back the details from his income tax returns.

Deal, a former congressman, released cover pages for 28 years’ worth of taxes last week.

Just as the GOP is attempting to tie Barnes to President Barack Obama, Barnes seeks to wed Deal to popular discontent with Congress:

The script:

Male voiceover: “In a desperate attempt to fool the voters, Congressman Deal released only the cover pages of his taxes. His secrets are hidden in the details.

“Secrets about his income from a no-bid salvage deal with the state. Secrets about the building he rented to the state’s Pardon and Paroles Board when he was a [state] senator.

“What else is hidden? That’s why he resigned from Congress — at midnight. Nathan Deal. Too corrupt, even for Congress.”

Last week, Barnes hinted at the tough language above, when he said Deal’s use of his office to protect his business interests should disqualify the Republican as a candidate.

Eight years ago, strategists for the Barnes campaign were criticized for its failure to define, on their own terms, a little-known state senator from Houston County named Sonny Perdue. It doesn’t look like they intend to make the same mistake twice.

Update: On the lease of the building to the state agency, the Deal campaign noted that the Deal owned half of a building. The co-owner, now deceased, negotiated the lease. The ownership of the property was disclosed when he was a state senator and during his congressional years. Deal sold his interest in the building in 2003, but the campaign says that state still leases that property for the same purpose.

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32 comments Add your comment


September 7th, 2010
9:59 am

Barnes is right. Roy Barnes was not my first choice, but he is head and shoulder a better choice than Nathan Deal who has proven he will use hhis power for personal financial gain.

Just Nasty & Mean

September 7th, 2010
10:01 am

I don’t want to hear from democRats that Repubs are slinging mud and negative advertising. Barnes has spent a fortune–already–attacking Deal without a SINGLE AD defining why we should vote for Barnes. ALL MUDSLINGING and nothing to do with making Georgia better.


September 7th, 2010
10:06 am

Deal isn’t just a thief—he’s a stupid thief. Don’t discount his advantage—running for office in Georgia, where people will vote for a crook just because he has an (R) next to his name.

Mad Dog

September 7th, 2010
10:21 am

Aquagirl’s concern, or fear, is my own. It is hard to think of a candidate in recent memory who has campaigned in spite of such real questions about his or her trustworthiness. I am baffled by the capacity of some people to let partisan prejudices overrule the merits, or demerits, of particular candidates.


September 7th, 2010
10:22 am

Roy is the thief look what he did for his bank while in office.How many families has he foreclosed on with crazy loans.He set them up to fail.


September 7th, 2010
10:40 am

he had his stuff in blind trust and repubs did away with his anti predatory lending law so how do you blame him

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No Longer Republican

September 7th, 2010
10:44 am

I hope Georgia voters will pay attention to this ad. All over the country Americans are throwing out corrupt politicians, but in Georgia the Republican party had plenty to choose from and picked the most corrupt one they could find. Why? Not a huge Roy fan, his ad is right on. He gets my vote by default.

No Longer Republican

September 7th, 2010
10:47 am

@ Just Mean and Nasty. Is it mudslinging when it is the truth? Obviously people don’t know the truth or the Republican party would NOT have selected this crook as their nominee.


September 7th, 2010
10:57 am

Don’t forget the Deal/Casey Cagle connection. Cagle was an intermediary and facilitator for Deal’s deal with the state. Barnes is no angel. No one that rich and with decades of political patronage largesse in his bank account can pass as totally honest. But maybe he made so much money off his political ties and lawyering that he will now devote himself to public service. Naive as that may sound, one can always hope.


September 7th, 2010
11:08 am

Aquagirl, you’re sadly correct. When the immoral Glenn Richardson could continue to enjoy voter support until forced from office, then be replaced by a guy who had an affair with his mother-in-law while his wife was pregnant, I reluctantly accepted the fact that far too many people will vote for a puppy-eating, illiterate pederast as long as he or she has the “right” party affiliation. It just seems as though it’s a Republican phenomenon, though. Democratic voters do it, too – there are just fewer of those sheep than GOP bleaters right now.

Lone Star

September 7th, 2010
11:40 am

I will never again vote dor anyone who has a (D) after his/her name, whether it be local, state or national office – and I will vote against them at every opportunity.

Lone Star

September 7th, 2010
11:41 am

Dad-gum typos – “dor” should be “for”.

Just a taxpayer

September 7th, 2010
11:45 am

Georgian republicans would rather have a male candidate whose ethics are questionable, rather than a woman. Just goes to show that among the republicans, sexism is alive and well.

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Don't Blame Me

September 7th, 2010
1:49 pm

I voted for Handel

Jackson Phong

September 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

He “resigned at midnight” because he just voted against Obamacare.

I guess resigning is worse than getting thrown out on your butt after 1 term because you did such a bad job. $20 million in ads didnt work last time, Roy.

Its funny how everyone keeps calling it a “no-bid” deal when it wasnt even a deal. They state asked to use his facilities and he didn’t charge the state a dime! They could have used anyone or any location they wanted to. Sad that after being a Judge, Prosectuor, Soldier and and respected Congressman that ONLY when he runs for Governor do people start making things up.

But you know, facts in a campaign are kind of silly. We should just vote for Roy because he’s sorry about last time but promises, promises, promises to make every awww right this time if we just give him another chance.

Bobby Anthony

September 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

I am voting for every Democrat on the ballot except Roy Barnes.


September 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

If Deal’s family business didn’t charge the State a dime, I’m sure that would be quite clear on his tax returns. Why don’t we check? Oh, goodness, that info is missing! Golly, gee whiz! What a coincidence!

Get Real

September 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

Deal resigned at 11:45 PM, seconds after casting his vote against universal mandatory healthcare. You know the same healthcare bill opposed by 70% of Americans and crammed down our throats by politicians who had received the maximum donation from Roy Barnes.

The OCE went ahead and released their report on Deal a couple of days after his resignation. All the information is out there. Roy is hoping you do not read the report for yourself, because it states that “there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Congressman Deal”.

gainesville neighbor

September 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

There are many “strange Deals” that took place at the family business in Gainesville. You don’t make millions off a business like this without some of them coming to light. When are we going to see the story about the investigation of stolen tanker trucks and selling the diesel fuel?? I guess that part will also be missing on the income tax records.


September 7th, 2010
6:45 pm

Deal staffer @ 5:28, there’s plenty of evidence of wrongdoing by Deal, which is why the OCE released it’s report even after he tried to slither out of town before they could release it.

BTW, it’s easy to do a search for “no evidence of wrongdoing” in the document. There is no matching phrase. I guess you were hoping no one would read the report for themselves either. But nice attempt at a flat-out lie! Just like your slimeball boss, aren’t you?

Reading the OCE report shows just why Deal won’t release his taxes, right there on p.23—he reported the earnings from the no-bid contract on his Congressional reports as “dividends” or “partnership income” so he could stay under the cap allowed for members of Congress. He didn’t do that on his taxes, and claimed it the only way he could, as earned income.The IRS would have busted his n–ts for lying. They aren’t as stupid as Georgia voters.


September 8th, 2010
12:56 am

Aquagirl is correct again and I agree with her statement.

Dirty Dawg

September 8th, 2010
3:02 am

Well Lone Star, it appears that we’re gonna cancel each other’s vote, since I’ll never again (did it the last time for Isakson in Congress) vote for an ‘r’. The difference is that I’m doing it for noble reasons – you people are ‘effin’ evil and it’s my duty to smite you whenever and wherever I can.

mehlman rings twice

September 8th, 2010
3:14 am

Nathan Deal is a loser.


September 8th, 2010
8:15 am

Aquagirl has you Deal supporters pegged correctly. Lone Star, Jackson Phong and Bobby Anthony-you all represent what’s happened to politics in this country. You’d vote for Satan himself if he had an R next to his name. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for admitting as much. Say whatebver you will about Roy Barnes, but on the Stink-Meter-for-Corruption, Nathan Deal has pegged the needle.

Lone Star

September 8th, 2010
9:00 am

Dirty Dawg – September 8th, 2010 – 3:02 am
ANGRY AS HELL – September 8th, 2010 – 8:15 am

I, and those you refer to as “you all represent what’s happened to politics in this country” look at it a little differently. Obama was elected after teaching multitudes to shout “Yes, we can” when they had no clue as to what it meant. He promised “change you can believe in” without specifying what he intended to change. He gave his voters “hope” and they didn’t ask for what they were hoping. There is a problem with politics and the problem is an electorate dominated by people with an IQ lower than room temperature. I will NEVER vote for anyone who associates themself with the party of liberal idiots. So if you consider it your “duty to smite you whenever and wherever I can”, prepare to be a very busy person.


September 8th, 2010
10:53 am

Lone Star–That response speaks volumes about those with IQs lower than room temperature. You vote for ANYONE with an R, even if they’re morally bankrupt? What did you expect Obama to do? Turn around and overnight fix a system that has been falling apart for decades? Where were all your “R” buddies for the past 20 years? They controlled Congress most of that time. They controlled what happened (and didn’t happen) on Wall Street and in the banking industry during most of those 20 years. And then Obama is elected, inherits a Bush endorsed bailout of his buddies who created atmosphere of a major, national financial catastrophe and Obama’s supposed to fix all these problems in 18 months.

Go ahead and vote for people like Nathan Deal. You and people like you are kindred spirits: find a sucker and take him for evrything he’s worth. That’s what your party of “Rs” are all about. Family values guys like Glenn Richardson, Casey Cagel and Preston Smith who lie to the public and lie to their families, and have the nerve to place themselves on a the Pedestal of Morality. And you support guys like that and thieves like Nathan Deal, because you don’t like anyone you classify as a liberal. We sure ARE in big trouble in this country and your “R” guys have contributed significantly to bringing us there. Congratulations!

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

September 8th, 2010
11:41 am

Question: What kind of people support scum of the earth like Nathan Deal?

Answer: Scum of the earth.

Way to go Georgia!


September 8th, 2010
12:05 pm

So, he releases his returns, partially, and Roy continues to say he won’t. There is no grand jury, but Roy continues to imply there is. Roy says Deal is “more of the same,” but he was guv 8 years ago. Seems like he’s taking a page from the Obamanation’s handbook. The bottom line is that I don’t even know what Roy’s platform is about, other than he’s not Nathan Deal. Just point at the repubs and say “it’s their fault” and make false or misleading accusations, and nobody will notice that you actually suck. I do know that Deal wants immigration reform, to challenge Obamacare, and is a fiscal conservation (maybe that’s how he got rich), and for that, he will definitely have my vote. I will not vote for a man who blatently lies about his opponent, and runs his entire campaign just showing that he’s not as bad as the other guy. We need a serious leader with a serious plan.


September 9th, 2010
8:50 am

Roy Barnes is following the same path Karen Handel took. Attack, slander and make false accusations and tell lies. Hope he getS what Handel got. Roy..Nathan deal resigned from congress following a NO vote on the Obama -Pelosi health care bill. He should have resigned several weeks earlier to return to Georgia and concentrate on his campaign for governor, but instead stayed and cast his NO vote. Just so happened it was around midnight. DO you recall that. And do you recall what he told Pelosi? That it would be his last vote in her chamber..and to be assured if elected governor of Georgia he would lead the fight to declare the health care bill unconstitutional. Just like Karen Handel’s campaign..the Roy Barnes campaign started early on with a negative, attacking, slanderous campaign. When you are not qualified to talk about political issues important to voters all you can do is attack and try to dis-credit your opponet. Roy Barnes is a proven loser and this is all he has to offer Georgians …lies, slander, attacks, and flim-flam false accusations. Remember..You guys started and are continuing this type campaign…so be ready…because you can believe sooner or latter you’re going to push Nathan Deal and the Republicans to the point they have no choice except to come back at your campaign. They;ll come hard and start asking you questions..and you’ve got a lot of explaining to do about your love for B. Obama and some other liberal democrats you’ve donated to and supported over the last several years. Yes..this one is going to get dirty and nasty before it’s over…BUT PLEASE GEORGIA VOTERS…REMEBER WHO STARTED AND WHO CONTINUES THIS TYPE CAMPAIGN….AND ASK YOURSELF WHY..


September 17th, 2010
1:49 am

Are you people forgetting why BARNES had only one term as governor? Look them up, Barnes is 5x worse than Deal!