My AJC colleague Ariel Hart had a revealing game of cat-and-mouse with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday, over the topic of who might replace the exiting Vance Smith as head of the state Department of Transportation:
Q: Do you have a preference for who ought to be the next GDOT commissioner?
Deal: No, I hope that they will come up with someone that’s qualified, and has an experience factor of being able to deal with difficult problems.
Q: Have you suggested anyone to (the DOT board)?
Deal: I have suggested that there may be some existing state employees who might be considered, but this is their decision and we’re going to watch and see what they do.
Q: Would that be Steve Stancil (who is executive director of the Georgia Building Authority)?
Deal: Well, Steve Stancil is someone that we think has done an excellent job in his current position and I think possesses the kind of qualities that you would be looking for.
Q: You suggested him?
Deal: (chuckling) I think I’ll leave it at that.
Purely by coincidence, the Georgia Building Authority that Steve Stancil heads has decided to pull the rug out from under Gov. Nathan Deal. Literally.
In the “times are tough” category, the agency that oversees state buildings is looking to sell a rug that has graced the Governor’s Mansion for four decades.
The [GBA] has posted a notice on the state’s procurement site asking for brokers interested in selling the rug to submit a “letter of interest” to the agency.
The rug, which has been part of the mansion’s décor since 1970, originally cost more than $35,000.
We’ve no details, but we’re told GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Atlanta on Monday to raise a little cash.
As has become a long habit, former President Jimmy Carter appeared before the incoming freshman class at Emory University this week. Highlights can be seen below:
Carter on Sarah Palin:
“I think she was an acceptable governor of Alaska for two years.”
Carter on the Republican field:
”I don’t think there’s any doubt that Governor Perry from Texas is in the leadership. I’ve seen some of the exchanges between him and some of the other Republican candidates. At this point, I think he’s the most likely one of the existing candidates to be the Republican nominee….
“I think he’s been particularly mistaken at some of the radical positions he has maintained and repeated during the debates. I think it’s going to hurt him in the general election against President Obama, although it might help him within the Republican party environment.”
And on whether the GOP is sabotaging President Barack Obama in order to win the White House in 2012:
”I wouldn’t that be condemnatory of the Republicans. I know a lot of them. My belief is they would like very much to see the economy to recover. Under which circumstances they would like very much to figure out a way for them to get credit for it.”
The Marietta Daily Journal and InsiderAdvantage are out this morning with a poll that shows banker and CPA John Carson has a slim lead in next Tuesday’s five-candidate special election to fill the seat held by the late state Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta. From the MDJ:
Former state Sen. Robert Lamutt, who is trailing Carson by less than the poll’s margin of error, is leading the race in fundraising.
The phone survey, conducted on Tuesday by InsiderAdvantage/RosettaStone, asked, “If the election for state representative were to be held today, for whom would you vote?”
Of the 356 people polled, 19.8 percent chose John Carson, 17.3 percent said Lamutt, 11.6 percent said Roy C. Barnes, 11.4 percent said Dr. Geraldine Wade and 4.9 percent said Don Hill.
Thirty-five percent had no opinion.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Rep. David Scott’s contention that President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill would put an end to the layoffs of teachers and law enforcement officers and firefighters.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider