A Republican friend has passed along a long missive from Katie Deal, daughter of the former congressman, defending her family in the wake of revelations about its difficult finances.
The 31-year-old actor is the youngest of four siblings.
The Nathan Deal campaign confirmed the authenticity of the letter, but it’s obvious from the content that this didn’t originate with the candidate’s organization. In part:
Yesterday I was attacked on YouTube. Today I read a blogger’s comment that “the whole Deal clan are a bunch of shysters and charlatans” and was labeled “Deal and his crooked family” by another blogger. Up until recently it was just politics. Now it’s personal….
I didn’t realize the severity of the financial situation that my parents are in until recently. Now before you attack me on this, the reason for that is because it was never my business until the paper made it my business. What my parents choose to spend their hard-earned money on is their business, not mine and definitely not the media’s. I personally feel that this situation should have never been made public[. H]owever, the irreparable damage has been done.
One blogger on the AJC questioned how the other siblings felt about this mess. So to answer the question I’ve been asking myself of where does this leave me financially[.] I can only say that I don’t know. I have struggled the past several days with my feelings on the topic and have concluded that it just doesn’t matter.
What matters to me is surviving this political nightmare with my family intact, despite the media’s attempts to make sure that doesn’t happen. While I’m not pleased with what has happened in my family’s business dealings, I am more displeased at the attempts to turn the issue into an attack on my dad’s morals and ethics. Someone please explain to me how guaranteeing your lifelong earnings to support your daughter’s valiant attempts at a business, survive or fail, is an ethical wrongdoing?!
…. I will agree with all you naysayers that this venture goes way beyond what I can even contemplate in my tiny income-earning mind, so it does seem huge.
However, my parents made this decision together to invest in my sister’s business. It was not and is still not anyone’s decision but theirs. I believe that no one is entitled to tell anyone else what to do, where to live, who to be, or how to spend their money…not me, not you, not anyone. As the responsible adult that my parents raised me to be, I’m a little bruised from all of this but I can and will take care of myself. I have faith that if there is remaining debt after all is said and done, my family will work together to repay every penny.
In a small way, this news has brought a large change in me. I have grown complacent, as we often do, and have stopped dreaming. This shake-up has required me to wake-up and try a little harder to make something of myself. This is, surprisingly, a wonderful realization. Regardless of what happens with my parents’ financial situation and regardless of what happens with my sister’s situation, I love them. I respect their decisions, even when it deeply cuts me, because none of these decisions were mine to make and they weren’t ever about me.
So, where does this situation leave my parents and the rest of the family? Well, my sister is heartbroken and has been ripped to shreds, thanks to the media. She has been living in limbo and her own personal hell for a long time now. She has beaten herself up enough for all of us, so please, back off, people.
As for my parents, they say that they will be fine and they will be. They are responsible people who don’t take bailouts and who would never have someone sweep their mess under the rug for them. If that’s what you think about them, you should really meet them and give them a chance. The first time my husband drove up to Gainesville to meet my parents, he was intimidated by their beautiful house (that my grandparents had lived in with them) and thought, “Oh please, don’t let them be those people.”
When he met them, he was put right at ease because my dad was watching a football game and my mom was making cornbread and chili. They are normal, caring people who just happen to be called into politics. Anyone who knows me knows that what you see is what you get. I learned that from my parents. There is no “sleazy” side or ulterior motive behind my parents’ choices. They are honest, hard-working, trusting people who have raised one hell of a great family, warts and all. I will not allow anyone to rip that away from me and I will not tolerate personal attacks on my family….