Posted: 9:07 am Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
As Mercer tries to continue its bracket-busting run in the NCAA tournament with a game tonight against Tennessee, we thought it was time to reprise a Twitter tiff that erupted a few days ago between the campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal, who graduated from the Macon school, and Democrat Jason Carter, a graduate of Duke University.
It started a few days ago when Brian Robinson, one of Deal’s top aides, posted this to Twitter:
As the legislative session ticked toward an end, Carter posted that he had his alma mater, a three-seed, defeating Mercer and going deep into the tourney.
The next day Deal showed his pride for Mercer, an underdog that few predicted would win.
Mercer stunned Duke, and Carter’s bracket was left in shambles.
Deal’s camp saw an opening – for a free meal.
A few minutes later, Carter’s camp had a snappy response.
And then the final word.
At least there’s one thing the two campaigns can agree on.
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.