Nathan Deal has installed 40,000 workers in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion. They’re foreigners, too. Italian, most likely.
The governor and his wife, courtesy of his staff, are the proud owners of two bee hives – probably a first in the history of the official residence.
“This is a completely non-taxpayer supported venture,” emphasized Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. The governor is a novice to apiculture – and has yet to don the official protective garb of gloves, hat and veil. But Sandra Deal had a beekeeper father, and is quite comfortable with the creatures.
Robinson said the couple was persuaded to try beekeeping by deputy chief of staff Michael Shaffer. Chris Riley, Deal’s chief of staff, has caught the bug, too. House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, a farmer from Auburn, provided some of the equipment.
Robinson said the governor will give away the honey to visitors – and, presumably, lawmakers essential to his legislative agenda next year.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider