Posted: 4:15 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

David Pennington on why ‘politics is not real good for my income’ 

By Greg Bluestein

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington released the last five years of his tax returns on Thursday. And it’s clear the mayor’s office didn’t exactly help his bottom line.

The insurance executive, who is challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in the GOP primary next month, took in about $430,000 in 2009 and roughly tripled his take in 2010 after he sold one of his insurance firms.

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington is waging a long-shot insurgent campaign against fellow Republican Nathan Deal.

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington is waging a long-shot insurgent campaign against fellow Republican Nathan Deal.

But his income dwindled as his job as Dalton’s mayor grew and he began campaigning around the state as a conservative reformer. His earnings the last three years hovered between $160,000 and $170,000.

Put simply, said Pennington, “politics is not real good for my income.”

Pennington, who stepped down from the mayor’s office in March, said he was reluctant to release his tax returns because he’s a “very private person.” He was essentially forced to do so at a bizarre press conference last week outside the governor’s office.

That, in turn, led to Deal and Superintendent John Barge, another GOP contender, to pledge the same though they haven’t detailed a timeline yet. No word yet on Democrat Jason Carter, though we expect him to follow suit.

Pennington, for his part, said he has nothing to hide.

“I’ve never filed for bankruptcy. I’ve never brought a company to bankruptcy,” he said. “I’m an extremely private person. I’m sacrificing my privacy and I don’t like that. But this state deserves better.”

And what if he loses come May 20? Pennington said he’d go back to building businesses.

“I will never look back if I don’t win,” he said. “I’ll never run again.”

9 comments
Charles50
Charles50

His "salary" may have been reduced, but I doubt that his "income" has.  Otherwise how exactly what is a man who makes about $170,000 going to use to  "build businesses"?  

honested
honested

Just what does an insurance executive have to do with 'building businesses'?

NWGAL
NWGAL

Can we hold him to the promise he will never run again?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

The wall behind Pennington in the picture above is filthy.


Have they never heard of pressure washers in Dalton or is public sanitation one of those things he doesn't believe is the business of government?

Kamchak
Kamchak

Daily whine about the liberal ajc by Anything_But_A_Centrist and plagiarism boy extraordinaire in 3...2...1....

DontTread
DontTread

This story illustrates why most honest, regular people don't run for office.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

So...this str


Has Pennington's income suffered because of his time sacrifice as mayor or because his clients fled when they found out he is a psycho?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@DontTread  

I will also add:

Most 'regular' people don't run for office because they are neither interested in politics nor care about politics.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@DontTread  

Since when do 'regular' people make $400k/yr?  

He is not regular...his income puts him a standard deviation or two above normal.


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