Catching up: A new Deal ad, more finance questions, and ATL support for Sanford Bishop

Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal aims to get back on message today with the following TV spot aimed at metro Atlanta and points south:

The script:

Nathan Deal: The recession hit Georgia hard. Plants closed. People lost their jobs. Too many others fear they might. I’ll bring real prosperity to Georgia with tax cuts that create jobs. We’ll cut taxes on businesses that already call Georgia home. Incentivize private lending pools. And cut government red tape, so new businesses come here and bring their jobs.

Male voiceover:Nathan Deal. He’ll get it right — the first time.

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Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press has this into-the-weeds look at the financial disclosures filed by GOP nominee for governor Nathan Deal:

When Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal amended his campaign disclosure form last week, he added some business properties to his asset column and increased the value of another property — boosting his net worth.

Now, questions are being raised about whether the correct property values were used.

The head of the state Ethics Commission, Stacey Kalberman, said Monday that candidates are required to use the assessed value set by county tax officials. Deal’s camp used a higher appraised value, which they said was set by a bank evaluating the property.

Last week, Deal listed his half ownership in a Metter, Ga.-based property owned by his Gainesville auto salvage business at $300,000, saying the entire 37.7-acre property in Candler County was worth $600,000. But local tax records show the overall property was valued by county officials at about $304,000.

Deal also listed his half ownership on business property in Gainesville as worth about $2.5 million, with the entire property worth just over $5 million. Again, local tax records value it as almost half. They show the total value for the three parcels of property which make up the salvage site is $1.2 million.

On Monday, Deal’s campaign referred questions to Tifton, Ga.-based accountant, Jimmy Allen, who said he believes the higher values are correct.
“I’m going to stand by the way I filed the form at this point,” Allen said.
Emil Runge, a spokesman for Deal’s Democratic opponent Roy Barnes, said his candidate used the most recent local tax assessors appraised value to list his property on his disclosure.

The higher values have helped boost Deal’s net worth, which is listed in the latest form at $2.8 million despite facing questions about his financial solvency.

Deal’s campaign filed a revised form with state ethics officials on Thursday, the second time in a week they had changed the document which provides the public with a look at candidates’ liabilities and assets. The Deal campaign acknowledged mistakes in the earlier versions and suggested that after 18 years of filing federal disclosures when Deal was a congressman they were not used to the state requirements.

Deal’s finances have been under scrutiny for several weeks after word that he is facing a Feb. 1 deadline to repay a $2.3 million loan for a failed sporting goods venture launched by his daughter and son-in-law. He also failed to disclose $2.85 million in business loans on the initial form.
Allen has maintained Deal is solvent and is liquidating an IRA to help pay the debt.

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Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is taking up the fundraising cause of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, the Democrat from far-away Albany:

I am writing you in support of my friend and yours, Congressman Sanford Bishop. Congressman Bishop is in the election fight of his career and he needs our help. I do not ask lightly – Congressman Bishop is a true Statesman and has delivered for all of Georgia – and we need to show him our support.

The Republicans have targeted Congressman Bishop and committed huge amounts of money to defeat him. Clearly, they’ve underestimated him and us. We will not allow their anger, rhetoric and divisive politics to drown out Sanford’s message.

Congressman Bishop needs our help today to ensure he has the resources to get his message out and win this race. There are 5 media markets that cover the 2nd district and he must compete in every one of them. The end of the financial quarter is midnight on Thursday – he needs our support to post big numbers to help ward off outside attacks….

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When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

Mike

September 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

They are stepping up to the plate where Sanford Bishop won’t

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earl

September 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

Jim G. Please leave Nathan Deal alone and go cover the Braves, Falcons, Yellowjackets, Rev. Eddie Long or Chase ambulances for a while. Please get off the guys back.

Travis McGee

September 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Hahahahahahahahahaha! “Nathan Deal — He’ll get it right the first time!”

And, this from a guy who’s revised his required financial reporting more times than I can remember.

That’s okay Nathan. This is Georgia. They don’t care as long as your a Republican!

3 Arrows

September 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

Did you do Deal’s financials or did he use another Shill?

Dick in Gainesville

September 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

How about Deal’s estate in Hall county.. For sale at $1 million for a year but it was on the financials at a million.

How about his week end house.. Listed on the report first for $600,000 then $1,000,000. won’t bring the $400,000 that Deal owes on it.

Deal needs to man up and admit that he is broke.. He has 2 options Bankruptcy or shaking down State vendors if he becomes Governor.

Dick in Gainesville

September 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

How about Deal’s estate in Hall county.. For sale at $1 million for a year but it was on the financials at a million. won’t bring $700,000 from his richest supporter.

How about his week end house.. Listed on the report first for $600,000 then $1,000,000. won’t bring the $400,000 that Deal owes on it.

Deal needs to man up and admit that he is broke.. He has 2 options Bankruptcy or shaking down State vendors if he becomes Governor

Perimeter Progressive

September 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Miss Peach

September 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure!

Road Scholar

September 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

So is Deal going to pay back taxes on these properties that are worth so much more?

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September 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

@Perimeter Progressive… dead link please repost

666

September 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

“I can fix this. I will show on paper I am worth more and that will get them off my back. The Republicans will always believe a Religious Republican like me because I would not lie nor misrepresent anything.
And if I did it was only because the Devil made me do it.”
Signed ND (Not the Devil)

findog

September 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

Road Scholar, this is a reverse of the AJC special on property taxes. He kept them old appraisal’s for liquidity and submitted the lower values for revenuers…

findog

September 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

666 the PC term is good godly not relegious

Liars and thieves

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

If that’s the value, that’s the value and Hall, Candler and Habersham counties should amend his property tax bills to reflect that value. Oh but wait, then he’ll owe even more…can I get a loan here?

Tell The Truth

September 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Earl can handle the truth.

Calhoun

September 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

Boy, a great story would be about how Roy got his $14-15 million (or more) fortune. Unbiased reporters from the AJC would have a field day with that. But hey, they don’t have any.

khc

September 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

i have voted for folks in both parties, generally support reasonable progressive issues (ok throw stones) but bishop needs to go…..

Jay

September 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

@Calhoun
I know that he did earn his money thru a no-bid state contract that required the people of GA who wanted a salvage title to pay his company to give the car a once over to make the car legal on the road.

Oh wait, wrong guy that was your friend, Nathan

Ralph

September 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

No mention here about all of the shady characters Barnes defends and personal injury suit that made him rich since being voted out as governor.

The AJC support of Barnes is obvious every day, but thankfully it means little to the electorate.

Yankee in Gooberville

September 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

Hey, hasn’t that idiot Chambliss figured out the hate monger and POSSIBLE Hatch Act violator in his own office?

The toss over to the Sergeant at Arms was a delay. They know who it is. The IP address was logged and fed computers require you to log in to do anything on the machine and some require your ID (’Smart Card’) to be plugged into the keyboard. They know it and they are delaying, stalling, hoping to bury it.

Corrupt Deal Real Steal

September 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Problem.. Nathan Deal is insolvent

Solution.. Hire a shyster CPA to “cook the books”

Problem..The numbers don’t add up

Real Solution.. Vote NONE OF THE ABOVE.. John Monds

WE have lost our way

September 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

Sanford Bishop,is another Nathan Deal for the Democrat Party.What a joke.

Question Man

September 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

Is it possible Nathan Deal will win the statehouse and run it from the jailhouse?

Jimmie

September 28th, 2010
5:25 pm

Insider Advantage has released a new poll in conjunction with WSB that shows Deal holding firm at 45% with Roy at 37% (meaning he is 2% lower now after all of this stuff than last week’s Rasmussen Poll). Deal’s numbers will move higher as we get closer to the election – Nancy Pelosi and crew will see to that – Roy’s numbers have not gone above 39% to 41% in any independent poll that has been conducted. I think that shows that Roy’s level of support has peaked in the high 30’s low 40’s. It is tough as a former governor that has 100% name ID to squeeze much more juice out of the electoral lemon – everyone already knows him and that is a very real problem for Roy, particularly if his polling is no better given the constant barrage from the media Deal is enduring.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
5:26 pm

“The results showed former former Rep. Deal with 45 percent and former Governor Barnes with 37 percent. Libertarian candidate John Monds remained at 5 percent.”

“Thirteen percent are still undecided, a number that grew slightly from the last survey. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.”

It kind of reminds me of a boy in school who was bullied unmercifully by older boys. The time came when most of us sympathized with him and took action to stop the bullying.

Maybe the “news media” and the AJC are seeing unsought and unintended consequences as a result of their constant hammering of Deal.

professional skeptic

September 28th, 2010
6:16 pm

Ralph
September 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

Umm… there’s no mention of Barnes’ work as an attorney because it’s not news.

People go to court. People need attorneys to represent them. How is this newsworthy?

Being insolvent while running for governor, resigning from Congress like a thief in the night to evade an ethics investigation, LYING on campaign disclosure forms… now THOSE are newsworthy matters.

WAM

September 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

Johnny Isakson (honest but RINO)..56%
Nathan Deal (Crook but RINO)..45%

Looks like a run off to me.. Vote for John Monds.

clear choice

September 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

Is Deal serious? Who wrote that campaign ad? “Get it right the first time”??

Deal has amended his disclosure form multiple times, and still hasn’t gotten it right!

Dick in Gainesville

September 28th, 2010
6:32 pm

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
5:26 pm

When will Deal file honest financials??

How far under water is Deal?

catlady

September 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

Isn’t Deal an attorney, too? Is he so incompetent he cannot get work?

catlady

September 28th, 2010
7:03 pm

I mean, we know he isn’t good at numbers, unless they need to be cooked.

Paddy O

September 28th, 2010
7:24 pm

if deals property is really valued at the #ers he stated, has he requested the a tax assessors office increase those values to their true number? If not, is he not defrauding the local governments where these properties are located? Mr. Allen is a scheister just like his boss, Boss Hog Deal.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
7:51 pm

Dick in Gainesville:

Have no idea . . .

I was merely pointing out the onbious. If you think what I wrote is untrue, wait until November 2. I think, though, that folks need to get used to saying, “Governor Deal”.

If the AJC and WSB-TV (I believe both are owned by the same parent company?) will continue to slam Deal, the number of votes for him will continue to rise.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
7:56 pm

catlady:

I don’t believe he’s “cooking” the poll numbers.

tim

September 28th, 2010
7:56 pm

It looks like the clown….Nathan Deal……CAN’T get it right the first time, the 2nd time, the 3rd time…….

PS Sanford Bishop is a corrupt loser!……..

PTC DAWG

September 28th, 2010
7:58 pm

No doubt, the more the AJC piles on someone, the more I want to vote for them.

khc

September 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

nathan either needs to buy a vowel or use a lifeline…..what a maroon

ga female

September 28th, 2010
8:13 pm

Any Bankruptcy Attorney would advise Nathan Deal not to liquidate his 401 K or his Federal Government Thrift Savings Plan to pay Creditors, both of those are exempt from the reach of any creditors, even in a Bankruptcy filing. So I highly doubt that he is liquidating his 401K or the money he has in the Federal Government Thrift Savings Plan. He may be saying as a matter of symantics that he will liquidate his 401K, when in reality his money from his Retirement as a Congressman and the Federal Employees is not in an IRA, but in the THIFT SAVINGS Plan, which is Similar to an IRA but is not an IRA. So just like ending the GA 400 Toll, his buddy Sonny Purdue and crew have said they may stop the terminate the toll for a short period of time. So they don’t get accused of lying.

NATHAN DEAL is not Liquidating his Federal Thrift Savings Plan, which is really where his IRA (Like money is ) Probably not really going to Liquidate any other IRA his wife has either to pay these creditors, after all, any good Bankruptcy Lawyer will tell you not to. Bankruptcy Law specifically excludes these funds from paying your creditors.

The other thing, is all of these local governments, need to immediately go and revise Nathan Deals property tax bills to reflect his new self declared property values. Whoops he forget to file his Real Property Tax Forms between Jan 1 and March 1/April 1 (depends on the County). Has someone checked to see home many homestead exemptions Nathan Deal and his wife have taken. What county do they have their Car Tags in. Or are they like the Cobb County School Board Candidate who was stupid enough to drive around on Alaska Tags and without a Cobb County Business License. Is Nathan still driving around with a Congressional Tag on his Car so he can get free parking at Ronald Reagan International Airport. ( Yes, that is a big Bennie the Congressmen love to get, even though the Metro goes right there from Capital Hill, but then I have seen some of them have their limo drivers drop them off and wait for them outside the gay bars on Capital Hill)

ga female

September 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

Look at who the polster is Matt Towery a Republican Insider.

Do we really want 4 more years of unemployment and Georgia being last in Education. Georgia is a Joke. Good Thing for Christine O’Donald or we would be more of the laughing stock.

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September 28th, 2010
8:18 pm

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The Centrist

September 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

So far, we know that King Roy didn’t make shady land swaps, violated campaign finance laws, or supported State tax loopholes to benefit him personally like Sonny. Has anyone figured out why it is o.k to use the same 13-pieces of ID to get a voter ID card that are deemed to be illegal to be used at the voting booth?

uno

September 28th, 2010
8:30 pm

How warped do you have to be to run an ad “get it right the first time” when you’ve squandered multiple attempts to file a proper financial disclosure? This “ghetto grandpa” is derelict in so many ways that those of us who are really paying attention to his foolishness have lost count.

Justin

September 28th, 2010
8:42 pm

NO DEAL

Judge reopens bankruptcy filing by Deal’s daughter, son-in-law

Josh

September 28th, 2010
8:46 pm

@ ralph……

Don’t blame the AJC for this incompetent idiots shady dealings. Roy Barnes has held the office and been vetted, so don’t try to throw him under the bus because Nathan is crook! He even looks sneaky!

ROY BARNES 2010

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

September 28th, 2010
8:53 pm

Nathan, come on up here to Alaska and help me keep an eye out for Russians. Just leave all those nasty property value questions behind.

You betcha!

eatmotacos

September 28th, 2010
8:59 pm

Georgia’s electorate haven’t changed much since the Talmadge days, when a plate of fried fish could buy your vote. They don’t want to invest a lot of time in thinking – whoever their party nominates, gets their vote. It could be Mahatma Gandhi or Al Capone – they make no distinction – even though who they elect will have a profound effect on their lives, they equate it to being football fans, mindlessly cheering for the team.

Home School Drop Out

September 28th, 2010
9:01 pm

Poor Nathan Deal:
The blue Dog Democrat that switched Parties after it was revealed that he had NEVER SUPPORTED any Bill that any President supported.
Republican or Democrat.

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