Your morning jolt: Georgia’s race for governor has become an unpopularity contest

Topics below: Rasmussen poll, Saxby Chambliss, Pledge to America, Michael Thurmond, Ralph Reed, Phil Gingrey, Democratic Governors Association.

Rasmussen Reports is out this morning with the first (automated) poll that measures the full impact of reports on the financial problems of Republican nominee Nathan Deal:

Despite a swirl of questions about his past financial dealings, former Republican Congressman Nathan Deal remains slightly ahead of Democrat Roy Barnes in the race to be the next governor of Georgia.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters finds Deal with 45% support, while Barnes earns 39% of the vote when leaners are included. Libertarian candidate John Monds trails with five percent (5%). Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

This marks a fallback for Deal whose support has been steadily rising from 43% in March to 51% last month. But Barnes is also at the low end of his support, having earned 39% to 43% of the vote in those same surveys back to March. This is the first survey to include Monds.

One interesting tidbit:

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Georgia voters say they are following news reports about Deal’s financial problems at least somewhat closely. Sixty-two percent say those problems are at least somewhat important to how they will vote, with 31% who say they are Very Important.

But more important may be the fact that two of Georgia’s three candidates for governor generate a large dose of hostility:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Georgia voters have a favorable opinion of Deal, with 13% who view him Very Favorably. He is viewed unfavorably by 40%, including 20% with a Very Unfavorable view.

For Barnes, favorables are 44% and unfavorables 50%, including 17% Very Favorable and 29% Very Unfavorable.

The bottom line here: Barnes has consistently drawn high negatives, regardless of the pollster. Rasmussen, with a reputation for a slight GOP lean, puts the unfavorables of a Republican candidate for governor at 40 percent.

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Last night’s admission from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that his office was the source of a gay slur posted on a blog caused an immediate stir on cable TV, including MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann:”

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Much of today’s news cycle will be devoted to the GOP’s new Pledge to America. Eric Erickson of Redstate.com is unimpressed. He notes that while Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America limited itself to a few hundred words, the new Republican blueprint runs to 29 pages.

The U.S. Constitution, he argues, says more with less.

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Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com and the New York Times discouts Republican chances of taking over the U.S. Senate, but puts the chances of a victory by Michael Thurmond, the Democratic candidate in Georgia, at 1 percent. Ouch.

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Ralph Reed, the founder of the new Faith and Freedom Coalition, has been on a book tour this month, plugging his new political thriller, “The Confirmition.”

Discussions have been rather tame, but this week – in a radio interview with former Sean Hannity partner Alan Colmes – Reed allowed himself a rare ride in the Way Back Machine.

The following was noted by People for the American Way:

Colmes: Do you have some accounting to do to the public so they understand your relationship with Jack Abramoff, for example? For which you have been raked over the coals and accused of playing both ends of the game, and going to Indian tribes and threatening them, so he can then go in and represent them, and taking money from Indian tribes – but not wanting to know the money was going to you from them.

Reed: You know, maybe. I certainly —

Colmes: (Laughs.) The answer to that long question is maybe. Okay.

Reed: I certainly spoke to it at the time. And without regurgitating the whole thing, the deal was that I had a grassroots public affairs firm, which still own, called Century Strategies. Jack, who was a dear friend of 20 years – or close to it – then worked at one of the most prestigious law firms in the country, Preston Gates. And he came to me and said, “We’d like to retain your firm to help oppose the expansion of casino gambling in Alabama. This is March of 1999.

And I said, “Well, you’ve got to know. There’s one rule.” Because, by the way, Alan, that’s not the first time I got that kind of call. Okay? I had turned down plenty of business – by one casino to stop another casino. Millions of dollars in business. Because I had one policy. I would not be paid with any revenues that derived from gambling.

Colmes: You spoke out against gambling over the years, certainly —

Reed: Absolutely. And I still do. And I’m proud of it. And I’ll tell you this now – I know it’s not popular, or politically correct, ‘cause we’ve now largely lost the battle and casino gambling has now proliferated all over the country. And the reality is, we know – it is a social, scientific fact – that it increases family break-up, it increases chemical dependency, it increases bankruptcies. People put their families in serious financial jeopardy. So that’s always been my public policy rationale.

When I got that call from Preston Gates, I said, “I’ve got one rule. I will not be paid with any gambling revenues.” Jack said, “Our clients have a lot of other business interests. They do a lot of other things. We can probably arrange for you to be paid with revenues that are not gambling related.” We now know, or at least my accountants – going back and doing this sort of forensic accounting, that at first I was not.

But the bottom line is, it’s a piece of business I should have turned down.

Colmes: But you were helping Jack Abramoff. …You were helping him out.

Reed: And my policy then was, I will work to stop the expansion of gambling as long as the funds that are paying my firm are not derived from gambling. I now have a new policy: I don’t work on gambling, period.

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The congressman from Marietta was front-and-center in the Republican effort to blunt the Democratic talking points on health care on Wednesday. From Politico:

House Republicans slammed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday for “threatening” health care insurance companies who say they have to raise premiums because of the new health care law.

“The Secretary of Health and Human Services is putting out information and threatening these companies, suggesting that they do not know what their bottom line is,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told reporters.

Sebelius wrote a letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans last week saying there will be “zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases” after some companies sent letters to their customers saying they are raising rates because of the health care law.

Gingrey went after Sebelius for saying “to these companies that your board of directors, your trustees know nothing about marketing your product and pricing your product so that you can make a fair profit.” He also criticized her for not having the appropriate background to tell companies what to do.

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Nationalization of the Georgia race for governor has, heretofore, been a tactic of the Republican Governors Association, with its TV spots attempting to link Democratic nominee Roy Barnes with President Barack Obama.

But the Democratics are now developing their own version. From Politico:

The Democratic Governors Association is dubbing seven GOP gubernatorial nominees “Christine O’Donnell Republicans” in an attempt to portray them as outside the mainstream and unelectable.

In a conference call Wednesday, DGA Executive Director Nathan Daschle tagged Dan Maes in Colorado, Tom Emmer in Minnesota, Bill Brady in Illinois, Carl Paladino in New York, Nathan Deal in Georgia, Rick Scott in Florida and Paul LePage in Maine as the most extreme candidates gracing the top of ballots this fall….

The DGA director compared Deal’s financial problems to O’Donnell’s, suggesting that the former congressman could become “the first governor in Georgia history to face personal bankruptcy within one month of taking office.”

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97 comments Add your comment

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

Barnes with a 50% unfavorable rating? Bet he would like to change places with Deal. Prediction: Deal 52%, Barnes 42%, Monds 6%. Your thoughts?

Darrell

September 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

RS – I’d say that is about right.

rod bodiford

September 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

Robo calls are notoriously unreliable. They only call hard lines, not cell phones.

Blue Man on a Red Island

September 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

If that holds true here is another prediction. Georgia falls to the bottom of the rankings for education and completes the rise to the top for highest unemployment due to 4 more years of complete Republican rule.

Eight years of Republican rule, the numbers don’t lie.

Karen Handel Supporter

September 23rd, 2010
10:31 am

I am switching my vote to Roy Barnes, what the polls show Karen Handel supporters are backing Barnes.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
10:41 am

Supporter-

Maybe that’s why a majoity of republicans didn’t vote for Handel, she doesn’t appear to be a team player.

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

I cannot understand how Barnes can still be behind Deal. Do the people of GA really want a crook as Governor or has the information about Deal not been diseminated enuough yet.

To me this is not a partisan thing.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

Retired Soldier:

Sounfs about right to me.

Blue Man on a Red Island:

No, the sky ISN’T falling, Chicken Little!

Goobers

September 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Hey Goobs!!! Say “Thanks Sonny!” And remember a trend in motion tends to stay in motion!

Jawja is the BIGGEST LOSER (Family Median Income) :
“But Georgia’s whopping 13.1% loss of $6,710 to $44,696, made it the biggest loser.”
SOURCE: http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/16/news/economy/Americas_wealthiest_states/index.htm?section=money_latest

ByteMe

September 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

rod: yes, they’re unreliable, but the hard line vs. cell line difference is not the biggest issue with Rasmussen’s polls. It’s his definition of “likely” voter and how he weights his outcome based on his own numbers for who he thinks are “likely” to vote in the next election. It’s guessing without printing the details of the numbers behing the guess and calling it a “poll”.

In other words, is he saying that the percentage of black turnout will be close to last election (about 28%, if I remember right) or closer to historical norm of 23% or less than that? Depending on what he decides to choose for his percentage of “likely” turnout, the poll can be skewed by several points toward a predetermined conclusion.

Real Deal Real Steal

September 23rd, 2010
10:50 am

Rep. Deal, along with his business partner Ken Cronan, owns a lucrative business, Recovery Services, Inc., that – through a no-bid contract – provides inspection stations to the state for the inspection of salvaged vehicles. The business earned $1.4 million between 2004-2008 and Rep. Deal personally took home $150,000 a year.

In 2008, Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham took over responsibility for the inspection system and found the operational costs and locations of the inspection stations to be too costly and restrictive. Comm. Graham decided the best course of action was to reform the system and award contracts through a competitive bidding process.

Rep. Deal and his staff, with assistance from Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, arranged meetings with Comm. Graham at which Rep. Deal and his chief of staff were present, to persuade him to reconsider his decisions, including the proposed elimination of $1.7 million that has been allocated for the program. After Comm. Graham’s plan was passed by the Georgia House, Rep. Deal’s chief of staff used his House email to contact Georgia state officials in an effort to stop the plan from passing the state Senate. The money for the program was eventually kept in the budget.

Rep. Deal’s abuse of his position and taxpayer resources to maintain a personally lucrative business deal does not reflect creditably on the House.

Just Nasty & Mean

September 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

Trust me…Barnes has a stored-up an “October Surprise” for Deal. It doesn’t have to be the truth, or even NEAR the truth. It just needs to be enough sloppy mud that Deal won’t have time to respond and clean it off.

Mark my words. Barnes’ only hope is to stain Deal…not win based upon his attributes.

After all, Georgians have ALREADY REJECTED Barnes once. He can not explain that away!!

hl

September 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

A writer for the Washington Post said the Republicans plan will add 4 trillion to the deficit over ten years. Sounds about right. When they had control we fought two wars without paying for them, passed the largest tax cut without paying for it, passed Medicare prescription without paying for and President Bush pushed for tarp without paying for it. President Obama would have been trillions in debt over his term without the stimulus.
Wasn’t it just a few months ago they were screaming deficit, deficit, deficit.

Real Deal Real Steal

September 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Corrupt Deal & King Roy 45%.. None of the Above 10%

Goobers

September 23rd, 2010
10:58 am

Jawja – progressive state to national laughingstock in 8+ years. And a national laughingstock for the REST OF OUR LIVES!!!

Sonny was just the symbol; it was already well underway with the masses of Goobers. No business or person in their right mind would move here; plenty of the best will move out. Nobody to buy the horrible glue, sawdust, and plastic crapshacks in the horrible ‘burbs’ and no money to do so.

ENJOY THE RETURN TO THE 50′S!!! GOOBERS ARE LOSERS!!! YEAHHH… GOOBERS!!!

3 Arrows

September 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

Deal is just another big spending RINO:

Deal voted for Medicare D, the biggest social spending program in 40 years against GOP principles. He got nominated anyway.

GOP principles say government works best closest to the people. Deal voted for taking local control away and sending it to Washington DC with No Child Left Behind.

Deal voted to gut financial controls, allowing Wall Street fraudsters to loot the life savings of most Americans.

The # 1 problem facing America is job losses to other countries. Deal voted for NAFTA.

Do Deal supporters HATE AMERICA?

It seems that way.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:03 am

hi-

You have hit the nail on the head why many conservatives like me have a lowered opinion of Bush. He spent to much. But Obama has shown Bush is a piker in the ways of spending. That’s why you’ll have a republican house and maybe senate after the november elections.

Goobers

September 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Now, has Jawja GOP Senator Suxby Shameless owned up to sending that hateful email, or is he still taking the chickenhawk approach he knows so well and trying to get a staffer to take the fall for him?

SHEESH!!! Goobers and their political heroes…

whodean

September 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

Why is Georgia stuck with 2 lousy candidates for Governor? I’d vote for the Republican Party candidate but he is a crook, so I guess I’ll vote Libertarian this time.

Real Deal Real Steal

September 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

Retired Soldier 11:03 am

I agree with you we don’t need Corrupt Deal as Governor, we need a balance to counteract the RINOs loke Casey Cagel in the Georgia Legislature.. Npne of the Above has my voye.

Enough is Enough

September 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

Retired Soldier,
I don’t agree with you that the Handel supporters were not team players. She acted with class when she narrowly lost the run off and did not ask for a recount and threw her support to him. Deal, on the other hand, said in one of the last debates, that he would not support Handel if she had won. Now, with all of the information that has come out about his loans and his daughter and son in law’s bankruptcy that Nathan conveniently kept mum about, I wish Handel had asked for a recount. If Nathan Deal truly cared about what was good for Georgia or the Republicans, he would have stepped down and let her run. But like Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania or Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, it’s more about retaining personal power than listening to the people.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Real Deal-

Glad you agree with me, just one problem. What you are agreeing to I didn’t post, nice try.

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

It is very concerning that GA incomes have gone down the most of any state in recent years. Its obvious the rush of the 90’s and early 2000’s to move here and the momentum of the Olympics has been lost. I notice this a lot in my field (IT) where I often hear companies and folks say they will not move to GA because of the perceptions of our state, bad schooling and terrible infrastructure. Also where once salaries here were comparible to other large cities now they are not.

I do blame Purdue and his backwoods mentality for a lot of this. Rather than build Atlanta into a powerhouse that drives the state he has wasted time and money attracting blue collar low paying businesses to rural GA. It is the wrong approach. Every fortune 500 that moves here will bring money that filters down to everyone and build a much larger tax base.

Taking partisanship out of this I think Barnes specifically will do a better job for our state than Purdue has in attracting wealth and business. I am not sure what Deal will do different to Purdue?

hl

September 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

Retired Soldier, No matter who was elected, they would inherit the deficit of the past. The medicare prescription program was not paid for. The tax cuts were not paid for. The tarp was not paid for.
The wars were not paid for. He’s responsible for the stimulus. The tax cuts and medicare prescription are on going and add to the deficit everyday.

Goobers

September 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

The truth is that neither Barnes nor Deal can slow or stop the avalanche of history and economics that is about to sweep Jawja and Dixie back into the okra patch with the hookworms and the chiggers. Roy might preside with more dignity and grace, but Jawja has no interest in dignity or grace.

The new state cheer:

GO GOOBERS GO!!! GO GOOBERS GO!!! … YEAHHHH……GOOBERS!!!!!!!

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:33 am

hi-

medicare prescription not paid for, correct. The Dems mostly voted against it because they wanted an even larger unpaid for plan that was not passed and what did Obama do about this in his very unpopular health care plan?

TARP, which I thought was wrong has been mostly paid back, Obama voted for TARP and has since given out TARP founds for purposes not related to TARP.

Bush responsible for the stimulus? Surely you jest. I beleive all or all but one republican in Congress voted against the stimulus.

Wars? Obama has followed the Bush plan in Iraq and expanded the war in Afganistan. Are you proud of Obama?

I agree Bush was not prudent in spending, but don’t give the nonsense that Obama and the democrats have been thrifty.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

TARP funds…

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

retired soldier, any response to my last comment? it was sincere as I do think our state is on a downwards spiral thanks to Prudue.

Retard Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:36 am

Pathetic… Just pathetic….

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:41 am

Fed-

If anyone should be able to get clear facts about a location, it should be IT folks. Your comment about companies/folks not coming to GA beacuse of poor schools and bad infrastructure is difficult for me to believe. Do we have poor schools in GA, yep. Do we have many good ones, yep also.

Anyone that drives in Los Angles or other major cities would love to have Atlanta’s problems. Companies and people aren’t moving now because of the lousy economy.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:42 am

Retard-

Where have I gone wrong? Can you make a more intelligent comment?

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
11:51 am

It may be difficult for you to believe but its true. We have 7 open recs right now paying over 120k and cannot fill them, we find it very hard to get candidates due to our GA location. We just had a guy quit with his family and move to Seattle due to schooling and quality of life last month. A commerical realtor friend tells me the same thing in trying to get companies to relocate. A lot of mid six comapnies have also mover their HQ’s to the NE or NW. Check the Atlanta Business Journal if you think its BS.

Don’t believe all you hear about the economy either, there are plenty of high paying jobs around. Its unskilled people that are suffering, same in other countries I travel throughout the world.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
11:53 am

Fed-

You seem to have more knowledge about this than me. I assume the fellow that moved to Seattle moved because of Perdue?

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

No not Purdue specifically of course not. But their is a perception among many high earning professionals in Atlanta that Purdue has put the state backwards. His policies have GA in a race to the bottom in chasing low paid businesses rather than attracting high paid ones. We should chasing
high tech and bio and building a world class environment for them.

People I work with and are trying to attract here are most concerned with a good school system, good infrastructure, no pollution and decent arts etc. Basically they want to live in a progressive city and really don’t care at all about a point here or there in taxes. They sure as hell don’t want to hear about flags or religion or similar topics that makes our state look so bad and backward out of GA.

I hear a lot of people considering moving right now and all are high earners/well educated and can afford to move. These are not unemployed people either so yes I think this is a valid concern.

This is why cities like Seattle, Raleigh, and to a lesser extent even Charlotte are starting to hurt us competively.

As I said before I think Barnes will attract more high paying jobs here. Has Deal any strategy to do that?

This is not an endorsment of Barnes either, just saying he is better at this specific task than Purdue ahs been.

Fed up with this rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

No not Purdue specifically of course not. But their is a perception among many high earning professionals in Atlanta that Purdue has put the state backwards. His policies have GA in a race to the bottom in chasing low paid businesses rather than attracting high paid ones. We should chasing
high tech and bio and building a world class environment for them.

People I work with and are trying to attract here are most concerned with a good school system, good infrastructure, no pollution and decent arts etc. Basically they want to live in a progressive city and really don’t care at all about a point here or there in taxes. They sure as hell don’t want to hear about flags or religion or similar topics that makes our state look so bad and backward out of GA.

I hear a lot of people considering moving right now and all are high earners/well educated and can afford to move. These are not unemployed people either so yes I think this is a valid concern.

This is why cities like Seattle, Raleigh, and to a lesser extent even Charlotte are starting to hurt us competively.

As I said before I think Barnes will attract more high paying jobs here. Has Deal any strategy to do that?

This is not an endorsment of Barnes either, just saying he is better at this specific task than Purdue ahs been.

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

Fed-

Your comments are interesting though business goes where business is treated best. I don’t care about flags either, but you lost me at religion. If the fact Georgia is a more “religious” state than others and that is a hinderence to moving here. I say best of luck at your new location somewhere besides Georgia.

Dirty Dawg

September 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

While I’m not surprised that some poll or another has Barnes ‘unfavorables’ so high, after all we’re a Red State and the peckerwoods don’t really know any better. Try as I might to understand this dislike for the man, I still think I’m missing something. Sure, a big percentage don’t like him just because he’s got the ‘D’ next to his name…another percent is from former (and probably current) ‘flaggers’ that still seem to think the the Confederate Battle Flag as part of our state symbol ‘doesn’t’ say to the rest of the country that ‘we’re dumb as hell and proud of it’….still more are teachers, ex-teachers or friends and/or relatives of same that didn’t want to be held accountable when Barnes was trying to get our education system out of the cellar – tell me again how well Goober Perdue has done for you?…and there are those that didn’t care for his ‘didn’t suffer fools lightly’ style – like the Atlanta and Georgia business leaders that prevailed on Barnes to ‘do the flag thing’ in the interest of attracting conventions, high-profile sports events and corporate re-locations, and promised to contribute money to the campaigns of statewide politicians that put their political future in jeopardy in order to help Barnes change the flag, only to re-nig on the deal claiming that ‘times were just too tough to even come close to what we committed to.’

There may be something I’m missing, but if that’s all there is to these ‘unfavorables’, then maybe, just maybe, we’ve got a chance to replace the worst Goober-idiot to occupy the Governor’s office since whoever the next-worst one was, with a man that’ll get the job done. He’ll only have four years but he’ll get more done for the state than the crook Deal could in a lifetime. I mean, I’d a hellofalot rather have Roy negotiating for our water than that jerk Deal – hell, he’d probably think that he could ‘bribe’ Florida and Alabama into it.

findog

September 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

RS @ 9:51
I bet you see five percent not vote for the top spot at all
There are some die hard republicans that would never, ever vote for Barnes, would not consider a libertarian, and refuse to hold their nose for Nathan
My crystal ball says: 48/42/5/5
Nathan will take the November 30 runoff by a similar squeaker in the primary 50.2/49.8

Clive

September 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

If Deal really does win it is going to be a disaster for GA. Deal has not got what it takes to improve our state and will lower us to the level of Alabama or worse…….

When Hell Freezes Over

September 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Goobers:

“No business or person in their right mind would move here”

Well, what are you waiting for? If you don’t own an automobile, there is always the bus, train or airplane. I’ll even help you pack. Your leaving Georgia would increase the average IQ by several points.

findog

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

RS:
Business, when labor intense, headed south where pro-business, right to work, state laws made unionization prohibitive
The only real union work was tied to mega corporations like GM and Ford, who have abandoned Georgia completely
Now that an educated worker is required, all manual labor shipped to Mexico or China, those cuts to education funding during the good times will haunt our tax digest for years

Fed up @11:16
Georgia lost 90k telecom jobs from the Olympics to Sonny’s re-election. A big part of that was from honest corporations competing with Worldcom’s funny pencil. When they let MCI survive the bankruptcy ATT and Verizon then had to compete against billions of dollars in free equipment. If you had written Congressman Deal back then you would have gotten a boilerplate reply that he was concerned about the 70k MCI employees. Standard anti-union position except that most of the job losses were not union here in Atlanta they were the technical and middle managers with specialized skills that don’t translate to any other industry and had to start over by going from 60-80k an year to entry level 40-50k positions.

Combat Vet

September 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Nathan Deal WAS my personal lawyer at one time. I voted for Monds yesterday. He was a crook 20 years ago and is even worse now. How a honest man like Phil Wilhite is associated with a corrupt politician like Deal is past my understanding.

John Galt

September 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Amen, “When Hell Freezes Over…” I-75 runs north, so all who don’t like it here in the Peach State, head north…goodbye and good riddance.

songbird

September 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Rasmussen’s survey’s have a tilt to the right. Always have. It’s their methodology. If they are saying Deal has a small lead, it’s more likely he’s in a dead statistical tie with Barnes. Read what Nate Steele says about Rasmussen’s polls on fivethirtyeight.com.

Ga Values

September 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

I know both Deal and Barnes professionally. In the general election, I will vote against both. As a Conservative Republican, I can not vote for a crook like Deal. Before Roy’s election, I asked Kim King about Roy changing the flag and was promised our flag would not change. In the run off I’ll vote against Deal, a liar is less bad than a proven crook.

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Fed Up with this Rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Look its no good everyone discounting peoples concerns and say “pack up and leave”. We could turn around and ask all the Deal supporters to pack up and move to Atlanta and take their low paid jobs, hunting stores and flags with them.

Why is it the standard redneck answer to any critism of any Republican to say “leave if you don’t like it”? Are you that insecure?

Fed Up with this Rubbish

September 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Deal was in my building yesterday in Midtown and had a workshop. Before the workshop his aid told us that no one could ask anything about his financial status. After he left it was the talk of the building and resturants below. Everyone agreed he his hiding something. Its the one thing both Reps and Dems agreed on!

Just a taxpayer

September 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Finally a dialogue of some value. Once you get past the name calling the discussion of jobs leaving Georgia becomes valid. Fortunately, or unfortunely, the majority of Georgians, due to the education system, will not be affected by these lost jobs. The majority came to Georgia as a result of a southern boom for business.

As far as the religion goes, when the US constitution is ignored by so called conservatives to allow for religion to interfere in government, people who believe that tolerance for others ideas and values tend to leave.

Confused

September 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Deal makes $195,000 per year and pays $2,000 in federal income taxes. I make $75,000 per year and pay $9,000 to the IRS. How does he get away with not paying income taxes?