Posted: 12:52 pm Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
Democrat Jason Carter came out fighting in his response to Gov. Nathan Deal’s sunny State of the State speech, calling the Republican’s pitch for increased education funding nothing more than an election-year ploy.
Carter, a state senator from Decatur and the grandson of the former president, said the governor’s failure to mention the middle class in his address was a “moral failure” and panned him for repeatedly touting a niche business magazine’s endorsement of Georgia.
Carter proposed creating a separate education budget that would be protected from the tinkering of lawmakers, saying it would bring greater “accountability” to legislators.
And he sought to present a clear alternative to Deal’s policies. “Trading in tomorrow for today is not conservative,” he said. “It’s reckless.”
Carter mentioned his famous pedigree only in passing as he talked about his long lineage in Georgia. “The farmers in my family would say we’re eating our seed corn,” he said. “I was raised to believe we reap what we sow.”
About the Author
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. Bluestein has traveled to Haiti with President Jimmy Carter, journeyed to Panama with Gov. Nathan Deal and tracked down a suspected Ponzi schemer in suburban Kansas. He spent weeks in Louisiana covering the Gulf Oil Spill, became an unwitting expert on capital punishment after witnessing almost a dozen executions in Georgia's death chamber and was part of award-winning teams that descended upon the biggest breaking news events in the Southeast. Bluestein has covered a range of beats, including environment, legal affairs and economic development. He's now the AJC's political writer, charged with covering the intricacies of Georgia's lively government on the newspaper's front pages and in the Political Insider blog. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.