Nathan Deal quickly sheds Facebook friendship with ‘birther’ attorney

The campaign of Nathan Deal says the Republican nominee for governor shed “birther” attorney Orly Taitz as a Facebook friend this morning, within minutes of finding out who she was.

Taitz is the infamous attorney – the term is used loosely — who has persuaded a handful of military personnel, including officers, to resist overseas deployment on the fiction that Obama is a non-citizen and thus ineligible to be president and commander-in-chief.

She’s currently fighting a $20,000 fine imposed last year by a federal judge in Columbus.

On Wednesday, Taitz posted the following on her web site:

If you recall, on my birthday, when I was getting hundreds of birthday greetings on Facebook, my access to my own Facebook page was blocked by Facebook.

I started a new page. Within a few days nearly 300 people signed up as my friends on my new page. More community leaders are joining. Congressman Nathan Deal joined my new page today.

Brian Robinson, spokesman for Deal, said that Taitz requested friendship status with the Deal campaign Facebook page – and was confirmed amid a large batch of other requests. But Robinson said that a campaign worker alerted him to just who Taitz was, and that she was “unfriended” immediately – before a call rolled in from the Insider an hour or so ago.

“We are not friends with her,” Robinson said.

Deal has been much criticized for, while still a member of Congress, putting his signature to a letter sent to President Barack Obama, urging him to disclose more documentation regarding his birth. The state of Hawaii has consistently stated there is no question that Obama was born on American soil.

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TRUTH

September 9th, 2010
11:23 am

Nathan Deal, the real steal.

Don't Blame Me

September 9th, 2010
11:26 am

I voted for Handel.

You Asked

September 9th, 2010
11:27 am

Good move Nathan Deal. Taitz is a nutcase of the highest order.

On the other hand why is a Facebook Friend such a huge deal? Most teens just accept whoever wants to befriend them. Its not like a political endorsement or donation.

Of course elections are all about cheap tricks right Barnes staffers? Insist that Deal is hiding his tax records (which are not a requirement of running in an election) and then when he releases them whine that he didn’t give you all the schedules and forms.

And the commercials about the ethics investigation. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Barnes is a lawyer, someone on his staff should know about that concept.

My favorite candidate for Governor is no longer in the race, but the instantly negative Barnes campaign has really turned me off of him as a candidate.

[...] Nathan Deal’s Republican camp  just did a quick about-face when it realized it had befriended infamous “birther” attorney Orly Taitz on the campaign’s Facebook page, Political Insider’s Jim Galloway reports. [...]

David

September 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

I can not believe people such as “You Asked” actually defend Nathan Deal.

The Brutal Truth

September 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

Uh oh, you mean I have to de-friend folks if I decide to run for something? Can I still be friends with them or do I have to completely cut the cord to keep their beliefs from being confused with mine?

Jenny Lee

September 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

met mr. steal on tuesday, and was not impressed. perhaps linda shrenko’s quack available?

King Roy Barnes

September 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

Firm Barnes owned 25 percent of reaped $19 million in local government contracts

Contracts from local governments went to business in which ex-governor owned 25 percent

Posted: September 9, 2010 – 3:18am
Savannah Morning News
By Larry Peterson

Roy Barnes owned 25 percent of an engineering firm that did almost $19 million in work for local governments and the state, records show.

The Democratic governor hopeful’s economic disclosure report says Marietta-based Croy Engineering received the money from 2005 to 2009.

The former governor, listed as one of three company directors in a 2006 state document, sold his interest in Croy last November.

Croy or its employees gave $15,800 to Barnes’ campaign, official reports show.

The numbers have resurfaced as Barnes seeks to portray Republican candidate Nathan Deal as corrupt – largely because of his business with the state.

Indeed, Barnes spokesman Emil Runge’s said Wednesday a Washington, D.C., group has called former congressman Deal “one of the most corrupt members.”

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson accused Barnes of “bald hypocrisy.”

“It’s odd Barnes would make an issue of business with state and local governments when he and his company have made millions,” Robinson said.

He said some of Croy’s income likely flowed in when Barnes was an active candidate.

Agencies might think it wise to contract with a company in which the former governor – and perhaps the future one – is a major player, he said.

‘Numbers are staggering’

“It’s page after page of projects,” Robinson said of Barnes’ disclosure concerning Croy. “The numbers are staggering. How much did this business benefit from a former governor being one of the business partners?”

The candidate’s 2009 federal income tax return reports about $145,000 in passive income from the company.

Barnes’ economic disclosure report shows Croy took in almost $7 million from public agencies last year.

After months of widespread speculation he would run, Barnes declared his candidacy in June.

He gave Dec. 31 as the date for all income Croy received every year from local governments – so it’s impossible to link specific amounts to the five months or so Barnes was an official candidate before selling out.

Runge said Barnes didn’t solicit business for local governments or the state.

“And when he decided to run for governor,” Runge said, “he sold his interest … to avoid even the appearance of a conflict.”

Runge noted data Robinson cited were from Barnes’ disclosure reports.

“Roy Barnes has been thoroughly open and transparent about all of his financial information for the past 25 years,” he said.

In recent weeks, Barnes has chided Deal for not releasing his income tax returns and then disclosing only skeletal data.

That, Runge has claimed, has helped Deal “hide” business transactions with the state.

A federal ethics panel looked into some of them and filed a preliminary report Deal may have violated congressional ethics rules. Deal denied wrongdoing but left Congress before the matter was resolved.

Runge repeated an accusation Deal has denied – that he used “his public office to enrich himself through no-bid deals with the state.”

Deal was accused of intervening with a state official who wanted to put out to bid a lease of his property for salvaged-car inspections. Deal said the real issue was the state’s proposal to quit inspecting rebuilt cars for safety.

‘Georgians deserve better’

On Tuesday, Barnes accused Deal of “hiding” his former half-interest in a Gainesville building leased to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“Deal continues to hide his dealings with the state and his businesses to keep the truth from voters,” Runge said. “Georgians deserve better.”

Following the instructions in his congressional economic disclosure report, Deal listed the address of the building – but not the tenant.

Robinson said Deal named Pardons and Paroles as the tenant in his state disclosure reports, last filed in 1992, when he was a state senator. The state no longer keeps reports that old.

Noting the lease was described in a 1996 newspaper article, Robinson said it was “bizarre” for Barnes to claim Deal hid it.

“There’s no comparison,” he said in reference to Barnes’ involvement in Croy. “He and his company made millions of dollars from the public trough.

“Now he attacks Nathan for owning part of a building that the state leases at a fair market price. It’s ludicrous.”

ALL FALSE!!! TYPICAL RIGHTIES!

September 9th, 2010
12:41 pm

Prez. Obama was not born in the US, he is a Muslim, he is solely responsible for the huge deficit, he hates white people, the world is flat, Obama hates Christians, the Lakers suck, money grows on trees, Obama is a communist, most people in the tea party are not racist (whether they know it or not), Obama is a dummy,

DebbieDoRight

September 9th, 2010
12:48 pm

Enter your comments here

DebbieDoRight

September 9th, 2010
12:49 pm

That was the best comment I could make about Barnes and/or Deal. Either way we’re screwed.

Change

September 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Vote for Change. Vote for a new governor not a repeat governor.

Tosh.No

September 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Vote for someone who isn’t corrupt. Oh wait, we live in GA so there isn’t anyone thats not corrupt on the ticket anymore…

Retired Soldier

September 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Jenny Pee-

Er Jenny Lee that is, do you like your name being made fun of? None of us care if you going going to vote against Deal, heck work your tail off for Barnes for all I care. But why not try being a bit more mature in your posts. Deal has not been convicited of anything, not that it matters to you.

Will Deal be a good or lousy governor, who knows. We do have a track record for Barnes. Be anti-Deal all you want, but please be adult.

Reality Check

September 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Brutal truth, there is a difference in doing business with the state while not holding public office (Barnes) and using your public office to twist arms to protect your business with the state (Deal).

Reality Check

September 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Sorry, Brutal Truth, my above commented should be directed at “King ROy Barnes”

LS

September 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

What happened to the day when candidates would tell us the things that would do for us and our state/country? Now all they do is blame each other of wrong doings. How the h@%$ are we suppose to know who to vote for?

Sandra

September 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

Vote for Change? Nathan Deal is no more about change than ‘Change’ is. It’s about the good ole boy and friendships. Out of his own mouth Deal said that the most difficult thing he would have to do as governor is turn down friends requests. If that’s the most difficult thing he would have to do, I’d say leave him in Gainesville or wherever he lives.
Thanks but no thanks to his type of change.

gm

September 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

By even having deal on the ballot, shows how Georgia is still living in the 1950’s, this is why this state will never shake the good old boy KKK image.

The Cynical White Boy

September 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Taitz and Deal have been invited to a beer summit by Comrade Obama. All will be well after that, I’m sure.

Noo Corrupt Deal. Nooooo King Roy

September 9th, 2010
1:21 pm

Corrupt Washington Politician… Raw Deal
Failed Ex Governor..King Roy
None Of The Above…John Monds

I’ll be voting “NONE OF THE ABOVE”

Matt D.

September 9th, 2010
1:31 pm

gm, what in the hell has the KKK got to do with this election? Oh, wait! I just realized that you must have been talking to Andy Young again! Sorry!

ANGRY AS HELL

September 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

To King Roy Barnes @ 12:40 PM. Here’s a news flash for you. Unlike Nathan Deal, any money that Barnes made from government work was made WHILE HE WAS OUT OF OFFICE. Hello?

wondering

September 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

facebook is a relevant campaign tool? Who knew?

wondering

September 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

Makes no difference who’s his friend. He signed a loyalty oath to the Republican party. end of discussion.

Tired of BS

September 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

Really….. who cares about this! The woman is eccentric and a publicity ho…. let it die.

Rational Citizen

September 9th, 2010
1:54 pm

Nathan Deal just found out who this nutjob was? Once again, a Republican is banking on the stupidity of his constituents.

Matt D.

September 9th, 2010
1:55 pm

wondering, and we all know that Democrats require no loyalty oath. Right? Yeah.

Chilidog

September 9th, 2010
2:16 pm

The problem is that Deal was more than happy to spew the birther nonsense when it suited him politically. Now that even the idiots have wised up to the fact that birthers are crazy, he’s pretending that he never was involved with them.

Typical worthless windbag, IMHO

Eric

September 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

Nathan Deal just found out who this nutjob was? Once again, a Republican is banking on the stupidity of his constituents.

Nathan Deal himself already knew who Taitz was, I’d surmise. But it is not like Deal is personally approving his Facebook requests.

Rick H.

September 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

Who the Hell are you to question her qualifications as an attorney? SHe went to law school, she passed the bar, she’s an attorney. That quip brands you as a moron.

Of course, you do work for the AJC – does that make you a “loosely defined” “journalist”?

PublicServant

September 9th, 2010
4:37 pm

What is really tragic is that some Americans were readily fooled by the lamestream media which promoted the fallacy that Obama’s online Certification of Live Birth (COLB or short form, which the State of Hawaii would never verify as a state issued document)- is an original birth certificate (long form). Obama’s been in office since Jan ‘09 but can’t identify a hospital of birth in Hawaii or an attending physician? Prominent Kenyans said he was born there- one was a Cabinet minister; another his paternal step-grandmother. This may prove to be the biggest con job in U.S. history. Obama’s camp gave out 2 hospital names- neither to this day will claim to be Obama’s birthplace. Obama’s Nixonian penchant for secrecy will prove to be his Achilles heel. If he was born in Kenya, he fails the “natural born” test- one of only 3 Constitutional requirements for the Presidency.

Puddin Tain

September 9th, 2010
5:17 pm

“within minutes of finding out who she was.”

Nathan Deal doesn’t know who Orly Taitz is? That may be the most telling comment of all.

Matt D.

September 9th, 2010
5:56 pm

PublicServant: Unfortunately the majority of people voting in the last presidential election were misled by the mainstream media. Blacks voted nearly unanimously for Obama simply because he was black and liberals voted for him because they thought he was a liberal. Obama, actually more of a progressive, does not meet the “natural-born requirement” to hold the office. Kagan represented his interests in the challenges mounted against him with reference to this. Her pay-off was the nomination to the Supreme Court. Anyway, back to the subject: the voters that made the difference were the independents (many of them voting for the first time). Polls suggest a decided shift in the opinion of these voters. I believe that they have come to the realization that they have been misled and, in some cases mesmerized, by Obama’s rhetoric. They have awakened to unemployment and rising taxation imposed by their states and local governments as a result of declining federal funding. The rift will be complete when the federal taxes are increased.

Gregg Bartlettt

September 9th, 2010
6:15 pm

What a joke. Nathan Deal, you can not run away from the ethics violations, the stupid comments, the ignorant connection with the birthers and the teac party idiots. You will not drag our state into oblivion. You’re a joke. Georgia deserves better!

Gary Price

September 9th, 2010
6:16 pm

Nathan Deal is a pathetic unthical joke. Bring on Roy Barnes a man who will take Georgia out of the dark ages, and God Bless President Obama. You conservative jokesters can CHOKE on it!

Jenny

September 9th, 2010
6:37 pm

Retired soldier was the one @ Ft. Stewart, holding nurrses hostage. Did they let you out of the mental ward?

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vuduchld

September 11th, 2010
5:43 pm

I say so what. Who cares what this incompetent idiot does. Birds of a feather flock together. Birthers=Teageggers=KKK=Deal. They’re all one in the same.

Jack the Clicker

September 18th, 2010
3:25 pm

BATTLE HYMN OF THE UNSINKABLE BIRTHERS!
(Sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”)

Mine eyes have not yet seen
Obama’s birth certificate.
It is in the Devil’s Vault,
Where only God’s Right Hand can get.
Obama’s C. O. L. B. is a
Lousy counterfeit.
It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

We shall fight the Masked Usurper
On the beaches, in the hills.
We shall fight this Painted Joker
On the seas and in the fields.
We shall fight to Hell and back
And into court and with appeals.
It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

(Author grants permission to reprint on web or in print and to perform in public)