Your morning jolt: A first Nathan Deal ad vows to ‘get it right the first time’

A month and change after the August runoff, the campaign of Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal pushed out its first TV ad this morning.

The 30-second spot is mostly a soft introduction to the former congressman – those attacks on Democrat Roy Barnes you’ve seen have been the product of the Republican Governors Association.

The Deal ad ends with this effective kicker: “He’ll get it right the first time.” But it also avoids telling voters where the candidate has been since 1994 – in Washington, as a member of Congress.

See for yourself:

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There’s evidence that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland may be experiencing a bit of prophet’s remorse.

The Republican congressman from Coweta County became the center of attention at a gathering of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday when he spoke of a GOP majority in the House – and a government shutdown.

”If we hold the line, if we get those courageous men and women to be part of our majority. If we say look, the American people we’re listening to the American people, this is what we’re going to do.

“If government shuts down, we want you with us. We want you with us. We’ve got to have you because later on you all will call us and say, ‘Look, I didn’t get my check. Daddy can’t go to the VA. You know, the national parks are closed.’

Democrats, including those at the White House, took note. And on Monday, as Channel 2 Action News obtained video of his remarks, Westmoreland reinterpreted himself:

“Our country is on the road to a fiscal disaster of historic proportions. It is incumbent on Republicans in Congress to put us back on the path of fiscal responsibility.

“In making that point during a speech last week, I reminded those in the audience that we will face tough decisions on cutting the size of government.

“I did not call for nor am I advocating shutting down the federal government. We have commitments to veterans and seniors that we must keep and we do that by setting priorities and de-funding expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare.”

So Daddy may be able to get into the VA after all.

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Republicans in Georgia were gleeful on Monday over a SurveyUSA poll (sponsored by 11Alive, WMAZ-TV in Macon and V-103 in Atlanta) that showed Nathan Deal with an 11-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in the race for governor.

Similar leads were given to Republicans in other statewide races as well.

One fly in the ointment needs to be considered: Polls are based on turnout predictions. And according to the crosstabs of the SurveyUSA poll, African-American turnout in November is estimated at 23 percent.

Turnout among black voters in ’08, with Barack Obama on the ballot, was 30 percent. No one anticipates a similar flood this year – but Democrats argue that 23 percent is far too low, and amounts to padding the Republican lead.

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Last week, it was reported that U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishiop, D-Albany, was one of two House members who gave Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to relatives.

According to TPMMuckraker, the scholarship group has decided that it doesn’t want any more surprises:

The foundation, which gives $10,000 to each member every year to distribute to students in their district, is now asking all of its members to review their records.

“We’ve done a process of an extensive audit,” foundation spokeswoman Muriel Cooper told TPM. Foundation staff, along with the members and their staffs, have been asked to go back and make sure there have been no other instances of nepotism, “to make sure we have the highest degree of transparency.”

“Obviously, the foundation is not going to allow any unethical behavior,” she added. “We will not have any nepotism.”

Cooper said the scholarship program, which has been running for more than 40 years, operates on an “honor system.” She added that they are reviewing the process, even delaying when they send out applications a few months, from November to January, to give themselves extra time.

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Ken Hodges, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, on Monday claimed the endorsement of Republican Pete Skandalakis, the district attorney from Coweta County.

Skandalakis, in the press release:

“I had the privilege and honor of working side by side with Ken during the 12 years he served as District Attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. Ken has the experience, commitment to justice and dedication to serving the public cause that will make him an exceptional Attorney General, and I endorse him without reservation.

Hodges faces Republican Sam Olens of Cobb County in November.

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WMAZ-TV in Macon is reporting that Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will be in middle Georgia on Saturday to support the congressional campaign of Austin Scott, who’s taking on U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, the Democrat from Macon.

Steele’s biggest fan, blogger/commentator/councilman Erick Erickson, will no doubt be right there at the RNC chairman’s side.

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65 comments Add your comment

Noo Corrupt Deal. Nooooo King Roy

September 14th, 2010
8:26 am

Isakson is at 56%, Deal is at 49%..

Corrupt Washington politician… Raw Deal
Failed Governor.. King Roy
NONE OF THE ABOVE John Monds

None of the Above has my vote.. VOTE JOHN MONDS..

SpaceyG

September 14th, 2010
8:28 am

Let’s get third world-level corruption right the first time! I am missing the Glenn Richardson Era dramatics already. Took ‘em a while to build-up that, er, head of steam. More fun that way.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Westmoreland knows and wants to inform people that very tough decisions must be made. He also knows that democrats have forced the shutting down of government before rather than curbing their reckless spending. He doesn’t need a map to tell him where the coming confrontation will end and he knows that the public needs to prepare for the criticism that is sure to come from the democrats and the liberal news media.

John K

September 14th, 2010
9:06 am

What’s he planning on getting right? Committing ethics violations without getting caught?

lmno

September 14th, 2010
9:08 am

So, vote republican if you want the government to shut down? Ok, I got it.

I am surprised at how Barnes is polling. I mean, you would think that most voters would look back and think, “Man, we made a mistake elected Purdue over Barnes.” I mean, really the guy lost the governor’s mansion over the flag. People have moved on past that stupid flag haven’t they?

They’d rather have a corrupt relic of washington DC.

Aquagirl

September 14th, 2010
9:15 am

“Getting it right” means kissing the behinds of backward hicks like the flaggers. There is little doubt Nathan Deal will do a much better job than Roy Barnes in that area. Like Perdufus all he has to do is pray on the Capitol steps, bash Obama, and build more fishing boat ramps. Rednecks, rush to the polls to crown your King!

Barrett in North Georgia

September 14th, 2010
9:24 am

Why is it that Mr. Deal is still refusing to release all except the cover page of his recent income tax returns? What is in those returns that he needs to hide from the voters? We have been fortunate thus far in Georgia not to have had the dishonesty in the State House that some other states have experienced. Let’s try to keep it that way.

Real Athens

September 14th, 2010
9:26 am

Lynn has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005 during a period when the GOP held majorities in the Executive Branch, the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

From 2001 until 2008 the gross debt increased from $5.6 trillion in January 2001 to $10.7 trillion by December 2008, rising from 58% of GDP to 70.2% of GDP.

After an appointment in 2006 to the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform, why wasn’t Lynn “curbing the reckless spending” or threatening to shut down the government to restore fiscal responsibility?

What was he doing?

‘In 2005, Westmoreland received criticism for spreading a memo to fellow House members that consisted of auto-industry talking points, verbatim, even using the same font as the auto-industry document. An aide defended him, saying, “such behavior is standard practice.

As a U.S. congressman, Westmoreland cosponsored a bill to place the Ten Commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Westmoreland also sponsored a bill that the Ten Commandments could be displayed in courthouses in a historical setting. In May 2006, political humorist Stephen Colbert interviewed Westmoreland for The Colbert Report show segment Better Know a District, and during the interview, asked Westmoreland to name the Ten Commandments. The interview showed Westmoreland only being able to name three of them.

Westmoreland led a group of congressmen who opposed the 2006 renewal of certain provisions in the Voting Rights Act that require nine Southern states and a number of counties (mostly in the South) to obtain Federal permission for certain changes to election law or changes in venue. Westmoreland and his colleagues claimed that it was no longer fair to target their states, given the passage of time since 1965 and the changes their states had made to provide fair elections and voting. Despite Westmoreland’s objections, a strong bipartisan majority renewed the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years without changes.

On September 4, 2008, Westmoreland described Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as “uppity,” a pejorative historically used to describe African-Americans who have made economic, social, or political progress. He told reporters: “Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Senator Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said. Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”
The ensuing media attention compelled Westmoreland to issue the following statement: “I’ve never heard that term used in a racially derogatory sense. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of ‘uppity’ is ‘affecting an air of inflated self-esteem — snobbish.’ That’s what we meant by uppity when we used it in the mill village where I grew up.”‘

Yeah, right. Like Cracker is used to describe a Saltine.

You can’t make this stuff up.

[...] Barack Obama. Now comes the first ad from Barnes’ actual Republican contender: Nathan Deal. Political Insider Jim Galloway reports Deal’s ad (click the link to see it)  is less biting than the RGA’s, which among other [...]

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
9:29 am

You may call Deal “a corrupt relic of washington DC” now if you wish. It looks like you will be calling him “Governor” after the election.

Real Athens

September 14th, 2010
9:29 am

Imno:

Ask Oxendine how he was polling? Polls are bought and sold in Georgia. Ask GOP operative masquerading as pollster Matt Towery who had Ox with a double digit lead going into the primaries. He got less than 15% of the vote.

deegee

September 14th, 2010
9:43 am

Westmoreland should have half the nads of the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Say what you mean and mean what you say, Weasel Westmoreland.

SPSU

September 14th, 2010
10:00 am

All Deal needs to do in his ads: I am not Roy Rat Barnes.

David A. Staples

September 14th, 2010
10:03 am

There’s going to be a runoff anyways since a candidate must get 50% +1 vote in Georgia, so you might as well vote your conscience on November 2nd. Vote for the ethical candidate – John Monds. Then if he doesn’t make it into the runoff you can choose between the lesser of two evils.

lmno

September 14th, 2010
10:08 am

“Ask Oxendine how he was polling?”

Thats very true. Oxendine was the only candidate more corrupt than Deal. So, maybe Deal will suffer a similar fate. One can hope anyway.

For the record, David Poythress was the best candidate running from any party.

But of those left, I am voting for Barnes.

Young Lady

September 14th, 2010
10:11 am

You know Lynn, when you talk about the government shutting down and people (especially veterans) being denied basic services people are going to rightly assume you mean that. You must really think we have no reading comprehension skills.

Matt D.: I take it you weren’t around for the mess in 94 and 95 when they pulled this last time? It’s the same thing all over again because obviously they’re really not smart enough to see that government shutdowns never work in building support. I’m glad they’re saying it now while there’s enough time to remind people that Republicans still don’t deserve any trust not that you can ever trust politicians to begin with.

JDW

September 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Wow Survey USA said it? It must be true. Why back on July just before the election they had Oxendine at 32%, Handel at 23%, and Raw Deal at 12%. As we all know that is just what happened.

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=565890ae-814f-466b-a722-fbbbd992ebe2

ByteMe

September 14th, 2010
10:18 am

Steele’s biggest fan, blogger/commentator/councilman Erick Erickson, will no doubt be right there at Steele’s side.

Do I detect a little snarkiness this morning, Jim? :)

Romegaguy

September 14th, 2010
10:44 am

Will Erick take Steele to a fetish club or an “Asian Spa” while Steele is in Macon?

Marlboro Man

September 14th, 2010
10:49 am

Roy was not a bad governor, this myth should be uncovered. Again, sheep listening to the shepard. What a tired bunch.

Only one poll counts

September 14th, 2010
11:06 am

Let’s conduct a poll and assume that not many Democrats show up… Surprise! The Republicans will win (even the corrupt ones).

Given Deal’s ethical challenges, I’m not really sure who will have the title of Governor after November. However, one thing for sure, that Matt D. character (on this blog) will still be a thoughtless, partisan hack who contributes a lot of hot air and not much substance to these online discussions.

Roybama Barnes

September 14th, 2010
11:07 am

Don’t believe the polls. My bad hair will carry us through election day. Check out my newest video ad at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZblBVZ3_nkQ

I need to just break down and buy a wig.

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2010
11:16 am

Only one-
Please tell us what “substance” your last post provided?

Jon Lester

September 14th, 2010
11:19 am

Yes, I disdain Peachtree City, but I like Newnan and I wonder why it’s so hard for that district to come up with someone competent to represent it.

Looking forward to seeing the damage Steele and Erickson will do to each other at that event.

Aquagirl

September 14th, 2010
11:27 am

I think Matt D. is really Phil Kent—he’s gotta push his Master’s agenda everywhere possible.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
11:31 am

deegee, I like Christie more and more! This guy is straight up, says it plainly and backs up for no one. This guy could easily be an excellent presidential candidate.

Only one poll counts, your brilliance is obvious. No one’s opinion matters but yours. I’m just honored that you allow me to read the BS you post!

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
11:38 am

Aquagirl, If I become an Obama worshipper, extoll the virtues of the democrat party and claim MSNBC as my favorite news source, will I be accepted as a blogger in “good standing” here?

Laurie

September 14th, 2010
11:42 am

I just read another article that reports Deal paid about 1,000.00 in taxes while reporting income of 200,000.00 just a couple years ago That’s not even a 1% tax rate. I’ll take my chances with Barnes, Thank You.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
11:47 am

Roybama Barnes, that is just fantastic! Unfortunately, many people here won’t bother to even view it while still others will applaud what I find deplorable.

FOR SALE

September 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

I WILL VOTE FOR NATHAN DEAL UNDER ONE CIRCUMSTANCE.HE HAS TO INTRODUCE ME TO HIS TAX MAN.

findog

September 14th, 2010
12:06 pm

I voted twice this year to have the first female governor for Georgia.
I imagine if Porter beats starry eyes and this poll for Deal holds it may yet happen.

AngryVoter

September 14th, 2010
12:08 pm

The leaders of both pazrties have to be kicking themselves. Each had an opportunity to nominate someone with broad appeal and have a cakewalk to the governor’s seat. Instead, the Dems nominated a proven loser who is disliked by the majority of voters and the Reps nominated someone with perceived ethical challenges. Had the Reps nominated Handel, the race would have been over. That’s not a comment on her abilitiies.

The Reps, at least, didn’t nominate the unelectable Ox, so they’re going to win in November. The Dems were too condescending to understand the very real, rational objections middle voters have to Barnes. No amount of talking, revising history or more fake promises will convince the majority that Barnes houls be given another chance. We’ve seen behind the curtin. Just ’cause some of you didn’t see what we saw doesn’t mean you can tell us we didn’t see it.

WELL,WO

September 14th, 2010
12:10 pm

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL OF BARNES NO INVITING OBAMA TO CAMPAIGN. I DON’T SEE NATHAN DEAL INVITING MICHEAL STEELE.

Confuse

September 14th, 2010
12:11 pm

Help me decide this question: Are we becoming more like Alabama or Louisiana?

I’d prefer us to be more like Louisiana because then we could have more gambling, lots of jazz, and delicious food. Let the good times roll!

I WONDER

September 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

HOW CAN WE SIT AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT HONESTY,DIGNATY,AND ETHICS.AND TURN RIGHT AROUND AND CAST A VOTE FOR NATHAN DEAL.DON’T WRIGHT YOUR ANSWER.BUT LOOK IN THE MIRROW AND ANSWER.

lmno

September 14th, 2010
12:19 pm

There are two primary complaints regarding Barnes’ first term in office.

The first, the flag issue, should need no commenting on. Barnes did what he had to do to improve the image of the state by removing the flag Georgia adopted in 1956 as a protest to Brown v. Education. In retrospect, even the most ardant redneck can agree that was a good move.

The second, his alleged mistreatment of teachers. So why were the teacher’s angry? He successfully passed a bill to remove tenure from teachers. The School reform movement loved the guy. Its understandable that teachers would resent the removal of tenure, but do you? I mean, do you think that teachers should be able to entrench themselves with tenure and not be able to be removed from their positions?

In the end, I’m not sure that either of those things are good complaints about the guy.

The guy was not my first choice, but he is the best choice we have. A UGA law Grad with years of political experience and no ethics violations to date. Not a bad choice at all.

Bill Orvis White

September 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

Amen Nathan Deal! It’s about time that a state like Georgia has the choice between a God-fearing honorable, decent man who proved himself for two decades in Congress and a trial lawyer. Yes, Nathan was a Democrat, but like so many others, he realized that he didn’t hold the lack of values that so pervades the immoral Democrat party.

The Honorable Mr. Deal is a man of integrity who will make Georgia thrive through low/no taxe$, a culture of life and religious freedom for Christians.

Representative Deal knows when to stand up. He was one of the only few who asked the tough questions of installed-”President” Hussein Obama. OK, you secular progressives, where is the longform? The fact is that Hussein Obama was born in Kenya. There’s no documentation of the event because it was a tribal ceremony that required no paperwork.

Amen,
Bill

come on son

September 14th, 2010
1:38 pm

If the best we can do is elect someone with such a shady past as Nathan Deal to be our governor, then the state of Georgia will get what it deserves. You think it has gotten bad economically under Perdue? I was shocked he won the nomination but when it came down to him and Handel, I knew he would win the primary. Georgia is not ready to elect a woman as governor yet. The only way a woman would win the the governor’s race is if her opponent was black. She could be a Democratic woman and he could be a black republican but I still don’t see SC, GA, AL,or MS electing a black governor anytime soon.

Marlboro Man

September 14th, 2010
1:53 pm

Roy was a fine governor, Miller’s pandering to teachers with the mandated raises year after year did nothing but bring their pay too high with no results had to be reeled in some. Deal is just a crook.

More of the same with Deal

September 14th, 2010
2:03 pm

News flash: Deal and Barnes are both lawyers. Both have made big bucks from government service and political patronage. But Barnes is far richer. Maybe he is a better/smarter lawyer/politician. At any rate, I don’t count on Deal to attract entrepreneurs and 21st Century technology to Georgia. It will be more of the same as the past eight years: small town, backwater, back room politics, with most of our taxpayer money flowing to the insiders and fat cats, while the middle class slides further and further into becoming the working poor or unemployed.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
2:50 pm

come on son

I do believe GA would elect Herman Cain as goverbor IF he got enough exposure. He is a conservative and his background in economics would certainly serve him well. His common sense approach to problem solving would benefit GA tremendously.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
2:52 pm

typo (as usual) “goverbor” should be “governor”!

Only One Poll Counts

September 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

Dear Retired Soldier- first, thank you for service. Apart from my valid complaint about Matt D. being a nut, the substance of my post was two fold:

Many people are extremely concerned about the current state of very poor polling practices done by “experts” of all stripes. Many people (of diverse ideological backgrounds) are extremely concerned about the Congressman Deal’s ethics investigation that he ran away from.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

Young Lady

September 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Yes, I was “around” for that event. Perhaps you know of a method less inconvenient to halt the out-of-control spending in which the federal government is engaged – on borrowed money? I’m anxious for your answer because it would save a lot of trouble for a lot of people!

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

Only One Poll Counts

Thank you for your kind comment about me. You are number one on my Hit Parade, too!

Jimmie

September 14th, 2010
3:11 pm

It is laughable and incredibly oversimplistic to state that Roy Barnes lost in 2002 because of the flaggers. Seriously, how many people out there really gave a King Rat’s a$$ about the flag? The flag crowd all hated Sonny and said he lied to them by not revisiting the issue, and guess what, he whipped Mark Taylor’s rear four years later – reason being, the entire flagger population probably isn’t more than 10,000 people statewide. It makes Roy and his supporters feel better to blame it on the flag folks, but where Barnes lost was in Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton and the other major metro areas – he carried most of the small counties where all you folks think all the flagger hordes reside. Roy lost because he ticked off everyone, including, most importantly, regular everyday business people. He thought that he could beat $20 million out of people and sit in his bunker and win with big ad spending. He fundamentally missed the mood of the public in 2002 and I think he is missing it again (in fact the Georgia electorate in 2010, thanks to Obama, Reid and Pelosi, is probably more Republican than that of 2002). It makes Roy and the D party feel good to blame the flaggers, but they were a fringe element at best that were located in the regions of the state Roy largely carried, so their impact was next to nil.

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2010
3:18 pm

Only One-

My service was extremely enjoyable, didn’t feel like “service” at all. Matt D. doesn’t seen like a nut to me, just a very conservative guy with a different point of view from you. Who is right or wrong? Without a crystal ball we won’t know till Barnes or Deal has been in office a while.

I will vote for Deal, I didn’t vote for him in the primary. My “horse” was Johnson. If Deal says he hasn’t done anything wrong I take him at his word. Remember Deal hasn’t been convicted of anything. If later he is found to have done something wrong, I’ll be the first to hope he receives a long sentance.

I do not want to go back to Barnes, I’ll take the risk w/ Deal.

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2010
3:20 pm

Well said Jimmie.

Aquagirl

September 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

RS, Richard Nixon was never convicted of anything either.

True Republican

September 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

I have known Nathan for about 20 years and I can tell you he is one of the most honorable man I know. He has never had an ethics complaint until just receintly. He was also voted the as the Congressman with the highest ethical standards by his peers on several occasions while serving in congress. Lets just think about how all this came together. Nathan was one of the most outspoken congressman against Obamacare. While he was fighting this CREW (which was put together by Nancy Pelosi) accuses him of ethics violations shortly after he announces he is running for Governor. They go through a very indepth investigation and the conclusion of the 140 page brief is “Nathan Deal has not violated the house rules, nor the spirit of the house rules.”

For some reason he is being treated as Guilty until proven innocent instead of the the other way around.