Posted: 10:38 am Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Carter, Nunn play defense on Port of Savannah snub 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

State Sen. Jason Carter, who officially qualified Wednesday to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal, said the White House’s decision not to include funding to dredge the Port of Savannah in its budget was the result of a “stick in the eye” approach to powerful Democrats by state GOP leaders.

The news that the White House wouldn’t fund the dredging of the Savannah port — the state’s biggest economic development priority — complicated Carter’s official debut. Flanked by former Ambassador Andrew Young and businessman Michael Coles, the Atlanta Democrat said he was “disappointed” the port project won’t move forward. Said Carter:

“But the way I look at it is you have a governor who has played Washington politics at every opportunity, and tried to put a stick in the eye of the administration. And that type of attitude doesn’t help us move forward as a state.”

Carter said a more straightforward bipartisan approach help save the project, though he said he’s confident that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and other GOP leaders are giving White House officials the hard press. When asked specifically whether the “stick in the eye” approach may have turned off White House officials, Carter had this to say:

“We have seen consistently over the last three years the governor putting Washington politics first and solving problems in Georgia second. And that clearly contributed to what happened. Absolutely.”

Deal, who pledged to go ahead with the harbor deepening despite the stumbling block, had a snarky response when caught later Wednesday:

“Surely to goodness, someone who wants to be governor of this state wouldn’t say the head of his own party is stooping to partisan politics on an issue that is so important to the economy of the entire state of Georgia. I am shocked that he would say such a thing.”

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Michelle Nunn, a Democrat expected to formally join the race for U.S. Senate on Thursday, also got caught up in the ports furor.

This morning, she called on President Barack Obama to move on the deepening. And in answer to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s question, yes, she she says she raised the topic with Joe Biden:

“During my visit with the Vice President, I talked to him about the importance of the Port of Savannah expansion project and shared my disappointment that the administration was not allowing the project to move forward.  It’s the latest example of how Washington isn’t working. Everyone across the political spectrum agrees this is critical for job creation and our long-term economic growth.

“But at the last hour, government bureaucracy in Washington and red tape have stalled the project from getting off the ground. That’s the kind of inefficiency and obstructionism that we need to get rid of in Washington.  The President should immediately allow the Corps of Engineers to move forward with the deepening of the port, and if not, Congress should pass a law to start the project.”

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Republicans, meanwhile, continued to put their annoyance with the White House on full display – down to House Speaker David Ralston, who stepped to the well just a few minutes ago. Said Ralston:

“I’m frustrated…Georgians have stood together in support of this project, which is the most significant economic development project in this state in generations – a project that will not only transform Chatham County and southeast Georgia, but all of Georgia….

“We have waited. We have obtained every permit. We’ve passed every test. We’ve jumped every hurdle. And we have kept our end of the partnership. For the past 16 year, this state has included every year in our budget, including the budget that was passed out of this House a few weeks ago, funding – even during the tough times – to keep our word, to be a good partner.

“Two hundred and sixty-six point one million dollars in state funds. And yesterday, the administration in Washington proposed not construction money, but pre-construction of one point fifty-two million dollars. That’s why I’m frustrated.”

Ralston commended Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for their efforts.

The House speaker also expressed full support of Deal’s announcement that he would proceed with the dredging without federal cash.

But he had this to say about Joe Biden:

“We do things different here than they do in Washington. I think we found out yesterday that when we say things here, that we mean things different than they do in Washington.

“Because we found out yesterday that ‘come hell or high water’ means about the same thing as ‘if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.’”

97 comments
stubbikins
stubbikins

Deal speaks out AGAINST federal funding all the time. Millions of people lack healthcare because he refused the Medicaid expansion. 


Obama is simply doing what Deal has claimed he wanted, a smaller federal government.... 

pubby
pubby

And all along I thought the GOP's plan was to continue to deny global warming, accelerate climate change with the result being a significant rise in sea level and making dredging of Savannah harbor superfluous.

lvg
lvg

Jack-ss Deal would not meet with Obama last year when he came here to showcase pre-k programs in Georgia s model for the rest of the country. Where did Deal go  that was so important when Obama was here??- to a meeting of Future Farmers of America in South Georgia. He sure had no problem taking prek funding from th efeds afterwards and lied about how hard he worked to get it while dissing Obamacare.

Deal wants to limit federal spending- Fine!!! Let the state and Teapublicans pay for the port.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Let walmart finance the port, since 75% of the goods coming through it will go to their stores. Besides we're paying for their labor force, through Food Stamps and EITC. One would think they would show a little gratitude.

SeenItBefore
SeenItBefore

Thank you, Govenor Deal, for your conservative stand on Federal spending.  The President has heard you and has acted accordingly.

Tealiban_Party
Tealiban_Party

But but but BIG GUB'MINT!

You reap what you sow Teapublicans.

Ogosatah
Ogosatah

honested and Rafe Hollister, correct me if I'm wrong but I understand that the law won't allow any such bill to originate in the house?????????????.

Eric100
Eric100

About the last thing this state needs is another Carter to foul up things and make us all look like redneck doofuss idiots.


What people dont know is that the shipping industry is full of criminals, mob influence, unions and general all around corruption.



Let the liner shipping criminals, the port authority government employee criminals, and the rest of this filth pay to dredge the port. They will make billions off our backs and then screw the employees, the customers, and the general public. 


Fill in the port with concrete and lead the executives from the GA Port Authority out in handcuffs.

WWTJD
WWTJD

I am shocked, shocked I tell you to learn that gambling is occurring in this establishment."  Round up the usual suspects... good grief


N-GA-Online
N-GA-Online

Exactly how have Georgia Senators and Congressmen responded to President Obama's Jobs Bill?????

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Jason Carter:   "But the way I look at it is you have a governor who has played Washington politics at every opportunity, and tried to put a stick in the eye of the administration. And that type of attitude doesn’t help us move forward as a state.”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


This is very true.  I am pleased to read that Carter does not equivocate in his opinions.  He speaks truth forthrightly, as does his grandfather.

cc423
cc423

The only thing Gov deal cares about is how much his pockets are getting lined by those he's doing business with. He could care less about the welfare of the people of Georgia.

GaLatino
GaLatino

Don’t piss off your waiter before you get your food… and don’t piss off the POTUS, turn down federal money for medicaid expansion, and then expect a $600MM handout.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Kinda a stick in the eye to John Barrow as well, what good is a Dem Rep if he can't get some pork for his neighbors.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

So Obama is President of all the people, except those that live in states with a Governor he doesn't like.  So, whose our President? 

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

It's to be expected that Gov. Deal would get no assistance from President Obama. But the President snubbed his nose at his fellow good buddy Democrats Carter and Nunn, and Kasim Reed to boot.

It's obvious that, if elected, neither Carter or Nunn could bring an improved working relationship with the President and the Federal Government to the table. This doesn't help their General Election chances.

stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

Honestly this is small change compared to obamacare effecting millions of Georgians that they must defend. Little jimmy and Miss numb have no business in our gubmint...

dreluv
dreluv

Nathan Deal is awful he can put money up for the savannah port but cut funding for Medicaid.

Also Deal think poor people should not go to emergency room.

I can't wait until election so we can vote Nathan Deal out.

I guess the fed going to send him to jail

Ignatius J.Reilly
Ignatius J.Reilly

Why in the world is GA waiting around for "Federal" money when it's a state issue?  

Go spend the money, dredge the port, tell the Feds to go pound sand, and reap the rewards.

BSNBC
BSNBC

These two Democrats are a joke! Trying to make on name is no enough!

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Georgia Republicans should just pass a nice big tax cut and fund the port expansion with the revenues themselves.

coj
coj

Hey, I thought Georgia didn't want no stinking government funds from Washington. Doesn't tea party republicans want smaller government. Now you have your wish. Stew on it.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

So they keep trying to get in digs while trying to salvage things? Seriously, GA, stop digging the hole you are in so you possibly can get the federal funds to dredge the port you want. That, and stop equating accepting federal funds as bordering on communism.

WTF
WTF

Typical Obauthole I'm taking my ball home if I can bet the quarterback.

fatleo
fatleo

Geeeezzzzzz - Gov Deal only wants washington money when it helps big business.  The stick in the eye right up to his slur about the nations new health law isn't making any points with the people that were elected above him.

E.K. P.
E.K. P.

Why is it the Federal governments responsibility to fund expansion of the port of Savannah? I understand the importance to the people of coastal Georgia and their local economy. Why do we expect federal tax dollars to be used?  Why not have a port tax to pay the bill.  Certainly the local governments and the development authority's could find financing up front and then use the tax to pay off the debt.

Eric100
Eric100

@AuntieChrist  I agree with you. But you are still a pathetic excuse for a human being.

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist  

Now there is an idea worth pursuit.

We could change the name to 'Port Walmart'.

Kamchak
Kamchak

What people dont know is that the shipping industry is full of criminals, mob influence, unions and general all around corruption.


Got proof?

Thanks in advance.

honested
honested

@N-GA-Online  

Barked about socialism and whined for more tax cuts.

Is there anything else they know how to do?

honested
honested

@RafeHollister  

Yes, Representative Barrow could go to Speaker boehner for a special allocation.

Let's hold our breath until boehner cooperates.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RafeHollister -Why should this President be nice to Mean, Nasty and Argorant GOOBERS from the South who think they know Better than ALL?

when they know NOTHING at ALL about anything.

uh...huh

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RafeHollister  

Obama is President of all the people, except those that live in states with a Governor he doesn't like.

Posted by no one here but you.

Just sayin'.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@BurroughstonBroch - First we would have to rid ourselves of the Rest of the CLOWN GOOBERS from Congress...and then Yes..things will change.

uh...uh

Charles50
Charles50

@Ignatius J.Reilly  Hmmm, you'd think they would do that wouldn't you.  But just like Deal doesn't care if people have affordable health insurance which impacts all of us, I don't give a rats behind if some of his buddies don't get money they expected from the Port project.

Bosstone
Bosstone

@BSNBC  

Hey!  You finally used the word "Democrat" properly.  Good for you!  

Remember kids..."Democrat" is a noun and not an adjective.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@BSNBC Don't know how much you paid for that ESL course, but you were ripped off.

Charles50
Charles50

@WTF  Excuse me, but our Governor is the one who is selective about when he wants Federal dollars and when he doesn't.  He'll take it to help with storm damage, but won't help people get affordable health insurance.  This time the Administration is making the decision about when they want to give the money.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

Bet the quarterback?

Is that what the kidz are calling it nowadays?

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@E.K. P. Interstate commerce! The port serves shipping/goods destined and from the Midwest...up I 75 and I 85!

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@Bernie31 We will never rid ourselves of every nincompoop in Congress so, by your theory, things will never change and both Carter and Nunn would make zero improvement in DC.

Want to rethink your theory?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@honested @WTF Nah, bob jones university. Graduated top of his class, because he knew to take the wrapper off the gum before he chewed it.

honested
honested

@consumedconsumer @honested@RoadScholar@E.K. P. 

Wake up, you've been played!

While every port on the east coast has been screaming for enlargement money, the Chinese (through the Brazilians) have spent billions on the Port of Mariel as a transshipment facility. The Chinese (the Shippers) don't need for every port on the East Coast to be enlarged to maximize THEIR efficiency. 

But construction (or destruction in the case of the Savannah River) companies want THEIR SHARE of Federal Dollars.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@honested @RoadScholar@E.K. P.The dredging is so that the larger cargo ships that will soon be able to move through the Panama Canal, which is being enlarged, can dock there. No dredging and those ships go somewhere else.

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