No doubt you’ve already seen or heard of this:
The man who bought property this week from Gov. Nathan Deal owns a chain of adult video and novelty stores in California but says he plans to open a pawnshop in Habersham County.
Nathan Deal helped his daughter and son-in-law obtain more than $2 million in loans for Wilder Outdoors, a sporting goods store in Baldwin, Ga. The business failed — and so did the bank that lent the money.
Steve A. Diamond of Santa Maria, Calif., is the owner of Diamond Video World, also known as Diamond Adult World, which has four locations selling sex toys, DVDs, lingerie, oils and lubricants, according to its website.
Diamond on Monday signed documents to purchase the property that formerly held a sporting goods store run by Deal’s daughter for $750,000. Deal is financing the transaction himself.
To the extent that there are repercussions to the sale, they are contained in the last sentence of the last paragraph of that report from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin.
The failed store and the land it sits on isn’t a part of the Deal assets that have been placed in a blind trust. Even so, Jimmy Allen, the keeper of the governor’s finances, says Deal didn’t know the identity or occupation of the man who purchased the property. And there’s nothing that causes us to doubt that.
The mere fact that the fellow is the owner of a chain of sex shops may in fact be proof that Deal was sightless in this case.
But if the governor of Georgia is personally financing the 10-year transaction, then he is — in essence — the partner of a fellow that he won’t want to be seen with. Such transactions often fall through. Sometimes they end up in court. Deal – or his representative — would want to avoid a courtroom wrestling match, but might not be able to.
That’s the political danger for the governor.
More disturbing – “sad” may be a better word — is that a building once envisioned as a place for millionaire outdoorsmen to shop will become a pawn shop. A warehouse where locals can swap their own broken dreams for a pocketful of cash — the one kind of business certain to thrive in hard times.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider