Posted: 1:28 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014

Gubernatorial update: Jason Carter about to hire a campaign manager? 

By Jim Galloway

A few notes on the gubernatorial front:

First, it looks like state Sen. Jason Carter’s campaign for governor may be about to gear up. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Matt McGrath, the Ohio Democratic Party spokesman who has been working exclusively for gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, is leaving the campaign.

Multiple sources close to the party told the Northeast Ohio Media Group this week that McGrath was on the way out — apparently by choice and apparently for a better job.

McGrath would not confirm the reports, nor would he say where he’s headed. One source said he is headed to Georgia, to work in the high command of the Jason Carter campaign. Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is a Democratic state senator looking to unseat Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. (For what it’s worth, McGrath’s recent Twitter activity shows he has begun following Carter and Georgia political reporters.)

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Once Carter does get started, you may be seeing this photo quite a bit, probably with a caption that begins, “Frankly, my dear…” – or some variation thereof:

tourismday

Source: Gov. Nathan Deal’s official website

Tuesday didn’t just mark the beginning of Snowjam ’14, it was Tourism Day at the state Capitol. Ceremonies marked the debut of the 2014 Tourism Guide, and the 75th anniversary of the movie version of “Gone With the Wind.”

From left to right: Chris Carr, head of the state Department of Economic Development, Gov. Nathan Deal, a pair of Scarlett and Rhett lookalikes, state Sen. Frank Ginn and state Rep. Ron Stephens.

Our AJC colleague Jennifer Brett has identified the Rhett Butler actor Chad Sanborn. She reports that he posted this on his Facebook page: “I’m scandalous now. I’m the reason the governor didn’t do anything about the snow. He was with us instead.”

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Finally, the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog just added Georgia’s governors race to its most-likely-to-flip list, albeit the very bottom:

Gov. Nathan Deal (R) makes his first appearance on our list this cycle after a very rough week. He apologized and took responsibility for a widely panned response to a winter storm that slammed Atlanta. (Voters remember weather-related snafus.) While Deal still stands a good chance of winning a second term, his race is worth watching. State Sen. Jason Carter (D) — grandson of Jimmy Carter — raised over $1 million in about seven weeks. Deal, meanwhile faces a primary.

The Democratic Governors Association obviously smells blood in the water. Here’s the video they posted shortly after 3 p.m. Friday:

76 comments
StanleyPBrownJr
StanleyPBrownJr

  1. Don' Get "HIGH" on Your Own Supply! But this Politician "VOTED" against Obama Care, in fact went as far as filing an illegal bill to suppress "VOTER RIGHTS" -- his response: "It was the Lawyer's fault" -- Gov. Deal quickly ran from this, s...tating "it was wrong and irresponsible"...but yet, there is no evidence that suggest "Marijuana" will cure glaucoma and cancer, even if you rename it to "cannabis". This same Politician filed a bill stating, "President" isn't a Citizen of the US, but somehow he thinks he is the authority on "Marijuana", I'm sorry "cannabis" (lol). This same person is responsible for the mockery local Macon and Georgia is viewed by Corporate America alike -- don't create business opportunities there because of actions taken by this Politician, "self-serving" interest(s). His actions as pointed out by the late Senator Robert Brown is that of a class society; the have(s) vs. the have not(s)...he was the same @ RTM which ultimately led to the company's demise. He's a friend of Rep. Nikki Randall and Rep. "Dr." James Beverly who has "secretly supported this Politician that only cares about the monetary reward and a class society, starting with your "community"...see you at the POLL(s)!

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

PPP has Nunn leading every con challenger. Its a new century.


Winning a red state 56-44 is hardly a lock.


Sweat, cons. Big caviar-sized sweat balls. We're comin'

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

who ever the doctor is who did that face lift on Ron Stephens ought to have his license revoked.....

Bernie31
Bernie31

Ceremonies marked the debut of the 2014 Tourism Guide, and the 75th anniversary of the movie version of “Gone With the Wind.” 

Yep, come on down to Georgia and let US remind You of the Good Ole Days....SLAVERY!  The only person missing in that Photo was MAMMY with The Head Rag and Big Broad Toothy Grin. 

Kasim must have been Busy.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Am I starting to sense real fear in the increasingly nasty ad hominem postings whenever Nunn or Carter are mentioned?

Bernie31
Bernie31

Poor ole Charlie English " Georgia Brownie" He LQQKS Tired. Time to send this good ole Boy back to Cherokee County to play with the Grandkids and sit on the front Porch Swing. Nothing about Charlie says You can count on Me in an Emergency. Dear Leader has to make decision and soon. The longer Charlie stays around The More Dear Leader LQQKS like the old Grandpa he is.

Do US All a Favor Charlie, Fall on the SWORD and walk away.......

Nathan and Kasim had one very expensive "FREE LUNCH" this week.

Nero Fiddled while Rome Burned...

Nathan and Kasim were having a "FREE LUNCH" while Atlanta Gridlocked.

uh...huh

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Some of these poor boys posting here do not know the difference between Jimmy and Jason.  Their minds are stuck in the last century - as the picture says "Gone With The Wind".  Get with it boys, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.

notagain
notagain

Unfortunately you get GOBs with either party

Adman
Adman

I really wish that the GOP could convince Deal to not seek re-election, or somebody would step up to challenge him. He is an embarrassment to  the state and his party. Sadly, he will be re-elected if he runs because Jesus Christ himself could not get elected in GA if he ran as a Democrat.

Adman
Adman

The Four Stooges.

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

With the PATHETIC job he did as POTUS, of course his governorship was a bit better. Only Obama's POO stinks more than Jimmy's. NO more TAX OC RATS!

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

I jsut hope everyone remembers two things about Jason Carter;

First- he is a TAXOCRAT

Second- He is from the Jimmy Carter school of Governing.

That alone should be enough to vote against him. Just say NO to the CARTERS!

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Looking forward to a change from good old boys to dedicated young women and men who can move Georgia into the 21st century.  I'm an old guy, ready for a big change in our leadership.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Carter should hire his Grandpa, one Ginny worm advising another

notagain
notagain

It's pretty simple,more wrecks,more junk.I suppose being a junky gets in your blood.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

RE:  the video they posted shortly after 3 p.m. Friday:

It's not nathan's fault. Who knew that 1-2 inches of snow, coupled with 20 degree temps would cause ice on the roadway. Why that's  'science,' and us tp's know better than to pay attention to 'scientists' and other libruls.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Jim, I can appreciate the uplifting feeling that passing along material from the DNC provides you—living in a conservative Republican state you won't win back in your lifetime.

But it's Friday. Have a drink and enjoy the illusion!

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

As Margaret Mitchell understood, what ever part of that picture actually ever did exist, it is now "Gone With The Wind."  Time for these old boys to hit the front porch rocking chairs.  We need smart young blood.  Jason Carter has the credentials - I am looking forward to his campaign.

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

45th in education; 1st in consternation.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

What better way to tell the unreconstructed, rebel flag waving, robert e lee worshiping, confederates that you're as backward and treasonous as they are. "Oh fiddley-dee Miss Scarlett, don't y'all wuhry bout that snow, we'll git one da darkies to escort you to da gubner's mansion in his private carriage."

honested
honested

Remembering the sanitized, glorified plantation era.......


And this passes for leadership in Georgia.

EdUktr
EdUktr

No event's too small—to put to use in the hopeless task of trying to defeat a Republican governor, Mr. Galloway?

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

I love the idea of a Carter trying to win in 2014......after all, his granddad was the second worst pres the country has ever had.  Will be a nice reminder.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

LOL.  Or maybe he has just a little bit of common sense, and was able to think through how he would have looked in that picture... :)

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Absolutely.  Although I've been hesitant to say it, since that's always the first reaction of the whackadoodles when a sane person makes fun of Our Lady Sarah of the Tundra.  "You're just SKEERED!"

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Adman The key to getting rid of Deal is to beat him in the Republican primary. Vote for Dr. Barge there instead, whatever your party.

If you're a Democrat, cross over to vote in the Republican primary and then vote for Carter in the election.

honested
honested

@Ulltraman You left out he is a respected and effective Senator,......as well as that the job of the Governor is not to pander to those lacking comprehension of the necessary revenue to operate an effective Civilization.

Emorydawg
Emorydawg

@EdUktr You might want to take a looksee at demographics. It could be you have a delusion rather than an illusion.


AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@SamTheSham And first in tp/repuppy constipation. What else can account for their perpetual, chronic complaining?

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist Are those 'Rhett and Scarlett lookalikes' or two stock characters named 'YEEE' and 'HAAA'.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested Let's continue were we left off. The ball was in your court, please inform us what the Dept of Education does.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

'no event's too small"

You obviously are spending your time with the fake centrist in the 'tropics'.... you clearly weren't in Atlanta for the past few days....

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr The picture is from the gubner's official website. Are you saying deal is trying to sabotage his own campaign, in coordination with Jim Galloway?  No event is too small--to accuse the librul media of dastardly deeds or to see a conspiracy behind every tree and rock.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@dcdcdc But he was actually a pretty decent governor, which is the job he's running for.  Carter isn't running for POTUS.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@MoFaux @dcdcdc No no, Carter was fortunate at that time governor's were term limited. He was so liberal as governor most would tell you he would have never won a second term.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honestedOK, but let's be realistic.Means testing for the weak and enfeebled needs to start with those of REAL means.

It would immediately be fought by those who so stridently opposed the Inheritance Tax (and the ridiculous notion that maintenance of one's wealth over the generations should be subsidized by Americans collectively). 

Also, as is always the case, the greater the means= the greater the capability to hide it.


Without very strict rules and strong enforcement, means testing would likely backfire and hamper the normal lives of those with nothing left to lose.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier On the notion of 'robbing the trust fund' we heartily agree. I doubt, however we agree on the need to raise the necessary general revenue refund the trust fund.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier@MoFaux That won't solve the problem entirely, but I am good with that. Means test is another one. Just because they are funded outside the general revenue, that doesn't mean our politicians of both parties haven't spent the monies that were supposed to be funding those programs. 


BTW, that was a lousy justification of why we need 5000 employees at Dept. of Ed.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested@MoFaux'Entitlements' 

The buzz-words never cease.


Entitlements= Social Security and Medicare, funded separately from general revenue. Want to make them solvent forever? Then eliminate the ridiculous 90K 'ceiling' on Social Security and Medicare 941 deductions.


See, another problem solved, but it doesn't fit well within wrong-wing ideology.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier@MoFaux Block grant directly to the school system. Secondary school has always been primarily a local issue.


I do agree we can cut out defense spending, starting with pulling our troops out of Afghanistan today. But the real money is in entitlements and Dems refuse to do anything there.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested@MoFaux'Block Grant',

You must study the 'Wrong Wing Playbook' every day.

Block grants just funnel more money into the hands of incompetent State cronies (see the discussion of barge's transportation allowance below).

As for the number of employees, this is a big country and we have a group in the population that INSISTS on constant reproduction for everybody.

If you are so worried about 'our deficit' lets solve the biggest problem and cut all military expenditure by 60%.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier@MoFaux Does it take 5000 employees to accomplish that? I think not, block grant the funding with 15-20 clerks and accountants and then close the department. We have to look at doing these kinds of reductions if we ever hope to reign in our deficit. 

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @MoFaux@honestedRS,

Sorry, running the show here at work and all.....

Let's see, they were keepers of the 'little red schoolhouses' outside the main building in DC while margaret spellings was in charge during the shrub administration and billions was wasted on the misnamed 'no child left behind'.

But now, I believe oversight of Federal Education Research and dissemenation of Federal education funding are probably their primary tasks.

That along with explaining to rednecks why Common Core is necessary.

All three are vital functions.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Retired-Soldier @MoFaux @dcdcdc I didn't say he was the best governor of all time, just that he was decent.  Certainly, he performed better than as POTUS, which was my main point.  It is absurd to not vote for someone based solely upon what his freakin' grandfather did (or didn't) do.

But, no I don't recall, as I'm likely a fair bit younger than you.  But, point taken, most states probably light up all red/blue for the home team.  My main point stands though.  I think Carter would be a better governor than Deal, so I'm glad that the snowjam has provided him a little fodder that he needs.  It probably won't be enough, but it'll help a little.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Retired-Soldier @MoFaux @dcdcdc He was so unpopular in Georgia, that he carried the entire state for POTUS.  Every district, 100%.