The video from a meeting of Georgia’s see-through commission

At least members of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission got something right. You never turn your back on a TV camera and run. You face it, and back rapidly toward the door.

Dale Russell and Fox5 Atlanta on the aftermath of Friday’s meeting of the state ethics commission:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Centrist

June 18th, 2011
12:48 pm

Nothing to see here, folks. This politically motivated “story” has run its very short course.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 18th, 2011
1:04 pm

While it may be true that Gov. Deal is a flawed politician, Fox5’s “straining at the gnats” of the relatively picayune problems mentioned in the video while “swallowing whole the camel” of Bush’s and Cheney’s having provably committed 9/11, speaks poorly of their journalistic integrity, courage, and patriotism.

Aquagirl

June 18th, 2011
1:11 pm

Yeah, nothing to see…after you fire the investigators. That’s a pretty good way to come up clean. Let’s fire all the police and lower our crime rate to zero while we’re at it.

What kind of dumb@$$ trusts “Ethics” Commissioners who tell you nothing is wrong as they gallop for the elevator?

Area man

June 18th, 2011
1:14 pm

A courageous performance, Mr. Abernethy. If anyone suggests that you looked evasive and cowardly as you pulled the “asked and answered defense,” have them fired.

khc

June 18th, 2011
1:18 pm

the video was hilarious, centrist must be on the deal payroll or shallow as all get out. as someone stated on previous blog, interanal auditors, ethics commissions etc are needed to keep the guys at the top (and others) honest. if these were minor issues as some suggest, then the penalties my guess would be minor. those commission members looked like the cat that swallowed the canary.

Centrist

June 18th, 2011
1:21 pm

At least the AJC is not alone with doing another Deal hack hit piece.

They forgot to mention this statement from the Executive Secretary who quit:

“I have the greatest respect for the commission and the work that it does,” Kalberman said in the meeting. “I am happy and look forward to working with the commission moving forward into a transition of my position and also helping the commission and continuing its work which is in the public interest.”

They forgot to mention that the complaining Common Cause spokesman Perry once worked for Democratic Senator Cleland and a Democratic lobbying agency.

They had these false tag lines at the end of the piece “It is an ongoing investigation”, “We’ll see what the FBI comes up with”. The investigation was dropped, and there is no FBI involvement on and there never was one – only an offer of an auditor to work for free – but the case was dropped.

Morgan

June 18th, 2011
1:25 pm

Wow, this stinks to high heaven. Only the most naive idiot could believe that the Deal investigation and the firing of the staffers was a timing coincidence. Stay on the story Fox 5, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Centrist's kneepads

June 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

Plenty of job security here.

captguitarman

June 18th, 2011
1:37 pm

It would be interesting to know what position you hold inside the Deal administration. I would have to acknowledge that you have made a commendable effort – far better than Weiner’s apologists who were at first claiming hack job, political motivation, political set up, and then, oops, who cares, its his personal life, he’s an effective Congressman, and Republicans are worse. I also wonder if you were not one of Richardson’s early apologists, because you are good at it. Maybe that is your party function — the anti-ethics watchdog. We have already seen you and several other aplogists complaining about how inconsequential and how minor these ethics violations are, and of course that will become the primary message if evidence can be produced. But the Ethics Commission lacks resources and has been gutted now, and I will acknowledge fully that both parties under the Dome are all for that. Just a “quaint” characteristic of Georgia politics — jes good ol’ boys doin’ bidness — and the people have come to expect it and don’t care much, so it continues. Hopefully, all of this commotion has drawn some real FBI interest. It’s not as if this Gov hasn’t been here before. And the best news in the AJC this morning was that the Tea Party and Common Cause are going to be closely watching to make sure the Gov’s appointee, Milsaps, does not suddenly get amnesia about the whole investigation, which, of course, is his job and why he was appointed in the first place. I truly hoped that things would change when Roy Barnes and the Dems lost their stranglehold on the Dome. But, if anything, it has gotten worse.

Dave

June 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

Centrist,
You’re too transparently a hack for the Governor. For your own good, don’t waste your money playing poker, and you may want to resign for your bosses sake.

jd

June 18th, 2011
1:42 pm

So, who investigates the Transparency Commission when they don’t execute the law? Calling the Inspector General, the Auditor, the AG…

mom

June 18th, 2011
1:46 pm

standard fare for the sleaze that runs the not so great state of Georgia

Centrist's kneepads

June 18th, 2011
1:46 pm

I wish he’d tone down the slurping though. When people in Alabama complain about the noise you know there’s just a bit too much enthusiasm.

Centrist

June 18th, 2011
1:46 pm

Despite being accused of being on the Deal payroll, shallow, an idiot, and other insults here today – I’m not an avid Deal supporter. I only voted for him because the other choices weren’t as good. I don’t share his religious views which Republicans wear on their sleeve often mixing with government and policy, am pro-choice unlike the governor, and I have no problem with stem cell research.

Partisans blogging or on radio talk shows is opinion and perfectly fine (not wild about insults). What I really don’t like is the media partisanship taken to extreme “reporting”.

You want the truth?

June 18th, 2011
1:52 pm

Here is my definition of corruption: Ignoring bankruptcy law and structuring auto bailouts so your major campaign contributors are GIVEN majority ownership of a major American car company. That’s corruption.

eatmotacos

June 18th, 2011
2:11 pm

@jd

“State officials are absolutely in our sights,” said Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “Even at the most local county level. If we hear about corruption we’re going to pursue it — whether you’re the city commissioner, the county person, the state person, or the highest person in the federal government.”
ABC News 10/20/10

When state governments are compromised by mobsters, the US Department of Justice will step up to restore law and order. If they aren’t already, this should prompt the U.S. Attorney’s Atlanta office to begin proceedings against Deal and his mob.

Angry Voter

June 18th, 2011
2:33 pm

Centrist, where did you get the notion the investigation was dropped? Nothing in any report indicates the investigation was dropped, and Deal’s own attorney said he would be happy to turn over any documents necessary.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 18th, 2011
2:58 pm

O, yeah, the DOJ was right on top of the slaughter of innocents at Waco and the Murrah Federal Bldg, and they’ve done so much to bring to justice Bush and Cheney for committing 9/11…just as they’ve worked so hard to arrest GHWBush for his role in the assassination of JFK.

Let’s wise up: Rome runs Washington. It won’t be fixed until the People rise up, by the grace of G-d, and fix it.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

June 18th, 2011
3:03 pm

Same story, umpteenth verse, little bit louder, little bit worse.

Money + promises + luck = power.

Power + Opportunity = Trouble.

double

June 18th, 2011
3:09 pm

We got more to worry about than Deals dishonesty.Like birth certificates ,reading from the teleprompter.I hope Fox news keep probing,The FBI get involved.It’s corrupt from bottom to top with the GOB mob.

Double Dummy

June 18th, 2011
3:53 pm

Dale Russell will keep probing this empty hole, rest assured. He’ll keep connecting dots for those that live off soundbites & don’t pay attention. The woman didn’t want to lose her job so she linked one of 100s of investigations at the “see through” commission to her fledgling job status. And the whole “FBI” things is so played up. So she reached out to the FBI to seek the help of a forensic accountant. They said yes. Wow. Some involvement.

yuzeyurbrane

June 18th, 2011
3:54 pm

As I said during the campaign, Deal will be indicted before he leaves office. I will add 1 caveat: he must be praying that Obama is defeated and a Republican U.S. Atty. is appointed before then.

Last Man Standing

June 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

eatmotacos:

” whether you’re the city commissioner, the county person, the state person, or the highest person in the federal government.”

” the US Department of Justice will step up to restore law and orde”

“An auditor for the Federal Election Commission is attempting to have his bosses seek a formal investigation into the collection by the Obama for President campaign of more than $200 million in potentially illegal political donations, including millions of dollars of illegal, foreign donations,”

The U. S. Judtice Department, my aching a$$!

eatmotacos

June 18th, 2011
7:39 pm

@LMS

What in the hell does Obama have to do with Nathan Deal? In your mind, will that be his defense? Will Deal’s attorneys argue that Obama is a crook too, or Roy would have been a crook?

If you rob a bank and are prosecuted, will your defense be that other people rob banks – or you know a guy who robbed a bank or might rob a bank?

You are totally disconnected from reality. Your governor is a crook, and has surrounded himself by dimwits, who are so ignorant, they think that they are above the law, based on the mandate of chicken farmers and fools.

deegee

June 18th, 2011
8:26 pm

I share the opinion that Deal will be indicted before his term is over. Apparently Deal is pretty certain that he isn’t going to finish his term so he’s scheduling all of his taxpayer funded international vacations in the first year. First a springtime vacation in Europe. In October it’s off to China and Korea. Trash.

yuzeyurbrane

June 18th, 2011
11:55 pm

Also, Deal just went on a “trade mission” to Canada at the height of our heat wave.

Tired of the Tea Party

June 19th, 2011
1:33 am

So who that actually thinks these days believes the Tea Party Patriots, Dale Russell and Common Cause don’t have ONE gigantic thing in common – they hate Nathan Deal. He won. You lost. And what you people can’t move on from is that he is doing an excellent job. It doesn’t matter what for you if he laid a golden egg and “Handeled” one to every breathing U.S. Citizen you’re bitter. Get a life.

Last Man Standing

June 19th, 2011
9:50 am

eatmotacos:

Your post read in part, ” whether you’re the city commissioner, the county person, the state person, or the highest person in the federal government.”

If you are foolish enough to believe that, I submit that you “are totally disconnected from reality”.

Real Athens

June 19th, 2011
8:29 pm

LMS:

You’re disconnected from reality. Copy and paste your quote below into a google search>

“An auditor for the Federal Election Commission is attempting to have his bosses seek a formal investigation into the collection by the Obama for President campaign of more than $200 million in potentially illegal political donations, including millions of dollars of illegal, foreign donations”

It’s verbatim from a news story (that went nowhere) in 2008.

Get a calendar.

eatmotacos

June 19th, 2011
11:20 pm

@RA
Don’t confuse LMS with the facts, like this:

Nathan Deal and his wife received free perks from Delta Air Lines worth nearly $8000 two weeks after he signed into law a tax break benefiting the company. …Forbes 6/19/11 7PM

I think Deal is vying for a spot on “Dumb Crook News”. Where oh where is the DOJ? Come out, come out, where ever you are…you still have time to save us.