Nathan Deal aide named key transportation figure

My AJC colleague Ariel Hart sends this report of the most important thing that happened at the state Capitol today:

The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday voted swiftly and unanimously to confirm Toby Carr as the state’s transportation planning director, the semi-final step in his appointment.

Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Carr, a political aide, to replace Todd Long, a career transportation planner and engineer.

The planning director has perhaps the strongest single hand in picking which projects get funded from large parts of the state’s $2 billion gas tax budget.

Carr is former director of the Georgia Republican Party, led Deal’s gubernatorial transition committee, and recently has been Deal’s transportation policy advisor. He’s been acting as planning director pending his confirmation.

But his background raised no questions for the committee members. After Carr delivered his opening remarks to them Monday and braced for questions, the senators, both Republicans and Democrats, voted to confirm him without asking a single one.

In interviews, some said they had worked with Carr when he was Deal’s liaison to the General Assembly, so they were not concerned about his education, experience or the approach he would take for the transportation planning position.

“We’ve had great experience with him already,” said Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, a member of the committee. “You know you have faith somewhere. You have to have faith in the people that you’ve known. You could criticize or ostracize anybody. But this young man is a fine young man, demonstrated right in this building.”

Jackson had begun the meeting with a prayer that the committee “justify” “the appointment of a good man by a great governor.”

Committee Chairman Jeff Mullis said the senators didn’t need to ask Carr questions the public could hear, because they had each spoken to Carr privately beforehand.

“We had a copy of his resume,” Mullis said.

Carr has degrees in finance and agricultural engineering, which he earned with honors.

Long has degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, for which he studied subjects including transportation planning, traffic flow, and geometric design for transportation.

“Toby’s going to be great,” Long told the committee.

Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, defended the unquestioning support of Carr. “I don’t know how good you have to be to size a project up,” he told a reporter after the meeting.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, who was not at the meeting, also supported Carr on Monday – after a press conference where Rogers denounced the metro Atlanta T-SPLOST list as too political. Rogers said Carr wouldn’t politicize road choices. “I think what Toby will do is pick the best people around him to pick the projects,” Rogers said. “Toby’s not going to sit up at night and pick projects.”

A 2009 law passed as SB 200 set up the planning director position so the governor would have a strong hand on the front end of choosing projects, in hopes of avoiding conflict with the DOT board at the back end.

The House Transportation Committee will consider Carr’s nomination after the primary elections, said Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla. Roberts said he did not anticipate roadblocks for Carr, but he would hold both a subcommittee hearing and committee hearing so representatives could have adequate opportunity to question Carr.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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57 comments Add your comment

whatever

July 9th, 2012
8:07 pm

Hopefully someone will dare to check-up to see if Toby Carr has the degrees he claims he has on his resume…someone like…..Ariel Hart?

findog

July 9th, 2012
8:18 pm

yet another reason to vote NO!

RU Kidding

July 9th, 2012
8:23 pm

Exactly what are Carr’s qualifications? His background and training in transportation, and transportation planning?

yuzeyurbrane

July 9th, 2012
8:25 pm

Excuse me. The Emperor has no clothes. Control over $2 billion in mainly road projects by 1 of the Governor’s closest political advisors. Back to the future.

td

July 9th, 2012
8:29 pm

RU Kidding

July 9th, 2012
8:23 pm

Exactly what are Carr’s qualifications? His background and training in transportation, and transportation planning?

Can this guy be any worse then the “trained professionals” we have had working at the GDOT for the past 30 years?

td

July 9th, 2012
8:34 pm

findog

July 9th, 2012
8:18 pm

yet another reason to vote NO!

This appointment has nothing to do with controlling the money in the pending vote. This person controls the projects from money collected on our gas taxes.

Attack Dog

July 9th, 2012
8:35 pm

We are in Georgia. 1. Says he’s a Gawga Bulldawg with two BA’s 2. Says that he hasn’t had a real job in his life. 3. Credentials, who need any stinking credentials when you have connections. 4. Chip Rogers says that TSPLOST is too political, but for all the wrong reason. 5. Left to their own devices, Dixiecrats can mess up anything. 6. Who won Iowa?

Attack Dog

July 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

I wonder where Georgia will get some of its funds to match some of the federal funds besides TSPLOST? Gas taxes! Either Ricks for VP. Zippedee Dooda, Zippedee Day.

findog

July 9th, 2012
8:50 pm

Well td my friend:
Those professionals are on political leashes. A political appointment to a technical job is always bad. Why does the governor need to influence where the gas tax goes, when he will just cut them whenever he can. This vote is because there is a problem with the current funding mechanism for transportation in Georgia. TSPLOST is not the answer; this appointment just symbolizes everything that is wrong with our tax to pay for minimum expected government services model in Georgia.

Kris (Shaking my head)

July 9th, 2012
8:53 pm

Said it before and will say it again, every time someone at the gold dome of crooks has a meeting or some Committee votes swiftly and unanimously. The citizens of GA get screwed.

Recall or impeach DEAL and arrest his cronies.

Upset this crooked clown car…VOTE NO!

td

July 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

findog

July 9th, 2012
8:50 pm

And those minimal services for such things as transportation and even education are going to be reduced more and more when that additional $1, $2, $3 billion per year we are going to have to pay for peoples “Free insurance”.

I hope you will remember this 5 to 10 years from now.

td

July 9th, 2012
8:59 pm

Kris (Shaking my head)

July 9th, 2012
8:53 pm

Did you not read the article? It clearly says that both Republicans AND Democrats supported this appointment. Does this tell you anything or are you to partisan to care?

findog

July 9th, 2012
9:03 pm

td, so you admit that the gas tax is misused to fill gaps in the general fund?

Slip

July 9th, 2012
9:04 pm

“I hope you will remember this 5to 10 years from now.”

Hope you do as well. I expect it will be a Y2K moment.

td

July 9th, 2012
9:07 pm

indog

July 9th, 2012
9:03 pm

td, so you admit that the gas tax is misused to fill gaps in the general fund?

Misused is debatable. Was it used to stop a great deal of teachers and social service workers from getting laid off, yes it was. You can tell me if this is misused or not. BTW: It has been done in previous administrations as well.

Kris

July 9th, 2012
9:17 pm

@ td

Is this td blog or is it Jim Galloway’s Political Insider?

I’m not a Crooked stinking GOP member. Not a Democrat…Just a taxpaying citizen who cares about the people that get screwed by the corruption at the gold dome.

Stop the GOP corruption. Vote them OUT!
OBAMA 2012

findog

July 9th, 2012
9:28 pm

td, yes a shell and pea game played through the years here in Georgia.
Thus, just vote NO!

td

July 9th, 2012
9:54 pm

findog

July 9th, 2012
9:28 pm

I am voting NO this month.

Road Scholar

July 9th, 2012
10:29 pm

I think Mr Carr has an agricultural engineering degree from UGA; but I’m not certain.

bart

July 9th, 2012
10:33 pm

As a political independent and a tax payer, I am sick of the cronyism and corruption by the GOP. It was just as bad when the Dems were in charge. That’s the problem with being a one party state, the party in power knows it can do anything and get away with it because they will continue to be voted in. Just look at the lack of competition that the legislators have. We continue to send the same crooks back to Atlanta over and over again.

James

July 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

I know Toby from college and he is a solid guy. Honest and hardworking. He is recently engaged to be married.

Politics aside Toby will do an excellent job.

Congrats Toby!

Kris

July 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

Toby will do a excellent job of mindless actions as commanded by Nertie…Follow all corruption orders as commanded. Waste taxpayers money on command.

Stop the SCAM Vote NO

hiram

July 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

hiram

July 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

Would they let a guy with zero training, or experience flying a plane, fly one of the state’s planes with them aboard? Or, would they agree to allow a proctologist do open heart surgery on them?

hiram

July 9th, 2012
11:52 pm

Georgia’s voters should be mighty proud of the public servants they’ve elected to represent their (the voter’s) interest in the State’s affairs. It looks like Deal is going to achieve in four years what it took Sonny eight years to do…

Oh My!

July 10th, 2012
12:40 am

bothers and sistas I hope you’re watching how the “game” is being played. I hope you’re taking good notes.

Bill from Atlanta

July 10th, 2012
1:03 am

I try to be a good conservative who does not like democrats or their liberal ideology. Please, would somebody get rid of Nathan Deal he is destroying us. Better yet can you democrats try to get him to change sides?

hiram

July 10th, 2012
1:11 am

Bill from Atlanta
July 10th, 2012
1:03 am

“Please, would somebody get rid of Nathan Deal he is destroying us. Better yet can you democrats try to get him to change sides?”

They allready did that…

“John Nathan Deal (born August 25, 1942) is a United States politician, the 82nd and current Governor of Georgia. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1992 but switched to the Republican Party in 1995.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Deal

Bernie

July 10th, 2012
2:18 am

A Key Transporation figure, who is a career transportation planner and engineer is being replaced by someone who has “NO – NONE – ZERO- ZILCH” experience,education or training in the area of transportation and success is expected!

Am I the only one here, who feels like they are living in the TWILIGHT ZONE?

Road Scholar

July 10th, 2012
5:36 am

Bernie: No. Georgia!

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 10th, 2012
6:33 am

This is a simple fix to a big problem. Reed was going to steal more from T-SPLOSTthan Deal, so Deal fixed the problem. Now he can steal more than Reed. JUST VOTE NO ON T-SPLOST.

[...] also learned from Jim that Toby Carr was unanimously confirmed by the Georgia Senate Transportation Committee as State Transportation Planning Director. The House Transportation Committee will hold hearings on [...]

yuzeyurbrane

July 10th, 2012
6:47 am

td, to respond to 1 of your above posts, yes, it can be worse than it has the last 100 years. My only head scratching is caused by the Democrats giving him political cover. Sounds like “let’s make a Deal” made a deal. Pork barrel politics anyone?

findog

July 10th, 2012
7:04 am

When Sonny gave the DOT job to the nice lady with no experience she shut down all transportation design as she audited the department. Then she locked it down tight by demanding that funding be available for all the political promises for road already on the books before any more planning was to be done. When she was fired Sonny gave her a job managing the toll authority. Nathan ran on ending the 400 toll but when pigs fly will those booths be torn down. Then the state legislature cannot move on any change to the fuel tax for fear of breaking the GOP lock-step pledge to Grover for no new taxes. Any politician who says that TSPLOST is necessary for our economy should be voted out of office as it took them over four years to get this measure on the ballot. And then there is Plan B; what is Plan B you say? It’s all Obama’s fault!

Eustis

July 10th, 2012
7:23 am

I was going to vote YES primarily because of the potential of jobs being created and infrastructure being improved, but this latest move has tipped me over to the NO side.

The only folks going to benefit from this are Gov. Deal’s buddies.

Rick Day

July 10th, 2012
7:29 am

OW OW OW! That is my head throbbing at all the STUPID comments by that gang of nepotistic ninnies.

Really? You just gotta ‘know’ a guy and that is enough? You read his resume? You expect his underling cronies to do all the heavy lifting while he sleeps at night? He has ZERO EXPERIENCE or EDUCATION in such a critical plum? A G-damn PRAYER? HELLO? Threats from above? Who is going to go against The Lord, you pathetic preacher creature?

Is this not the most naked political mutual hand washing ever? Have these Republicans and their lapdog Democrats have no SHAME in their open rape of our great political system?

Oh right, he’s Deals buddy. Tit for tat. Quid quo Pro. RUBBER STAMPED. Why even other to report?

What a bunch of useless, morally corrupt trough hogs. Even THEIR bacon would taste rancid.

Bob Loblaw

July 10th, 2012
7:38 am

If you know anything about the details in the law regarding the planning director, you would know that politics are more relevant than transportation planning when it comes to the job. The DOT has a plan that’s approved by the feds. For new capital projects, the planning director submits to the Governor a list from those projects. The Governor picks the ones to fund in the budget. The General Assembly can remove and pick and choose how to replace them. Its all politics by the time the planning director and the governor sit to discuss. The worth of the project had been determined at DOT many moons prior.

But hey, its a lot more fun to just say that the guy is uneducated on transportation and just write a story.

TiredOfIt

July 10th, 2012
7:55 am

From his linked page:

Current: Liaison to the State House of Representatives at Office of Governor Nathan Deal

Past: Executive Director at Georgia Republican Party
Sales at Hart Flooring, Inc.
Owner at Toby Carr Construction Inc.

Education: The University of Georgia University of Georgia – Terry College of Business

Rick Day

July 10th, 2012
8:13 am

Tiredofit: Obviously it was his experience in the Parquet floor department that sealed the Deal.

Shar

July 10th, 2012
8:13 am

Well, I guess that our representatives, regardless of party affiliation, have decided to end all pretense of actually doing their jobs and representing the people.

It really is astonishing that Deal charges us for lanes we paid to build, extends the toll we were absolutely promised would end, tells us we are becoming uncompetitive due to the State’s inability to plan effective transportation and then puts his inexperienced, unqualified political puppet in charge of the biggest road slush fund in the state and then tells us to trust him with a huge tax increase for projects that are already expected to be ineffective.

Yeah, right.

Question Man

July 10th, 2012
8:18 am

Won’t the new hack do just as well as the departing person? Don’t they both have first names beginning with “To,” don’t both have four-letter first names, and don’t both have four-letter last names? What more can one ask for?

kris

July 10th, 2012
8:19 am

@Eustis “The only folks going to benefit from this are Gov. Deal’s buddies.”

So correct (3 crooks asphalt will do well “Dirty deal, sonny and reed”)

Vote these crooks out …Impeach DIRTY DEAL and arrest his conies.

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 10th, 2012
8:39 am

Eustis

July 10th, 2012
7:23 am

“The only folks going to benefit from this are Gov. Deal’s buddies.”

Totally wrong Reed’s cronies will also be stealing big time just not as much as Deal & his cronies.

JUST SAY NO

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 10th, 2012
8:44 am

kris

July 10th, 2012
8:19 am

we have a very simular post, didn’t read yours before I posted

SORRY

JUST VOTE NO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

td

July 10th, 2012
9:03 am

Bob Loblaw

July 10th, 2012
7:38 am

Thank you for coming on this blog and speaking the truth. I can not believe all the people that come onto a political blog and do not seem to have a clue as to how politics works.

foodfight

July 10th, 2012
9:04 am

Vote NO. All the money for Bike Paths, I will move over for bikers when they start paying gas tax that supports the roads they ride on. TSPLOST is a joke

Trickle Down

July 10th, 2012
9:07 am

Actually it was Perdue who changed the HOV lanes into toll lanes, but that’s a minor point.

Remember Steve Stancil? State Senator from Cherokee County who opposed the creation of GRTA and the expansion of bus service to Cherokee? He lost his bid re-election so Perdue appointed him to be the Director of GRTA where he promptly did nothing for 8 years. Just because the new guy has zero qualifications except political loyalty doesn’t mean he’s not qualified. In fact, he meets the most important criteria: he will do whatever Deal wants him to do.

But I’m OK with blaming this whole mess on Obama. Sounds reasonable. For Georgia. Brain-dead, spineless Democrats and corrupt Republicans. Its a perfect mess.

hiram

July 10th, 2012
9:26 am

Name Title Salary Travel Organization Fiscal Year
Long, Todd Ivey Director $145,278.93 $5,615.67 Transportation, Dept of 2011

http://www.open.georgia.gov/sta/search.aud

hiram

July 10th, 2012
9:28 am

td

July 10th, 2012
9:37 am

hiram

July 10th, 2012
9:26 am

And showing a guys salary means what? What are you trying to tell us?