Posted: 12:27 pm Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Jason Carter: ‘This election is not going to be about guns.’ 

By Greg Bluestein

Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter became one of the hardest folks to track down last week as Gov. Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun rights into law. He turned to a familiar audience Wednesday to explain his vote for the measure, which disappointed many supporters and donors backing him in his quest for governor.

Rashad Richey, a former Democratic Party operative who landed him on his WAOK radio show this morning, told the lawmaker he was “really hurt, really disappointed” by that vote. “I need an explanation,” Richey demanded.

Carter told Richey that he’s heard from a range of supporters who feel the same way but he stands by his vote.

“This election is not going to be about guns because the issues that Gov. Deal and I differ on are going to be manifold and important.”

Interjected Richey: “I want to make sure that you’re not saying that the ‘guns everywhere’ legislation is not important.”

“Not at all,” answered Carter. He said he was one of the “few Democrats down there that the NRA talks to” and that he played an important part in helping make sure provisions that would have legalized the carrying of guns on campus and required houses of worship to allow guns unless leaders ban them didn’t make the final version.

Said Carter:

“We’re never going to solve these problems unless we’re able to work together. And that’s something I bring to the table. The ability to sit down with folks from all different places in this state, from all different corners and walks of life, to be able to say, ‘Hey we can find ways to move forward on some of these incredibly important issues.’”

Richey also asked Carter about the scene that unfolded at another bill signing ceremony we noted yesterday.

With two of Martin Luther King Jr.’s children at his side, Deal signed legislation Tuesday mandating that the icon’s statue be placed at the statehouse. Shortly after, he signed a bill that would effectively close the door on Medicaid expansion in Georgia – upsetting King supporters who have blasted Deal for refusing the expansion.

Carter called it an “interesting choice of venue,” adding:

“Many of my friends who were there criticized that particular juxtaposition. But at the same time we all have to recognize what a big deal it is, how good it is, that the Republican Party is reaching out to the African-American community. I think it’s good that they’re doing that. I think it helps everybody. But we all still have a long way to go.”

125 comments
BarryHirsh
BarryHirsh

Why in the world should he apologize for his vote to restore rights that were being trampled to begin with?


If his supporters advocate such intolerable government interference, then he really should get different supporters.


Such people may have "American" on their passports, but not etched into their souls.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

The only thing so far that I can praise Jimmy's grandkid on is the fact that the honorable Governor Deal is going forward with the MLK statue. You see MLK would be a conservative Republican today because he preached about men being responsible heads of households & spoke of self-reliance by living a Christ-centered existence. Of course, Jimmy's grandkid should be congratulating the honorable Governor Deal on this and everything else He has done including cutting taxe$, creating job$, standing up to Washington and her unfunded mandates. Unfortunately, Jimmy's grandkid falls far short on that and so much more including the fact that he absorbed his grandfather's Marxist and anti-Semitic philosophy. Sorry, but Jimmy's grandkid might speak with the rightful NRA, but it ends there: this kid holds anti-colonialist/anti-capitalist feelings and for that, he needs to lose and allow Governor Deal to properly finish the job and that includes making sure that ObamaCare never invades the state and stops at its borders. Governor Deals NEEDS to expand the military in the state and continue to cut taxes and regulations. Amen, Bill 

OldAdvocate
OldAdvocate

Give Jason a chance to focus on some issues that overshadow the gun debate. The gun manufatures love keeping their business plan on the front page. Lets talk about Medicaid Expansion and Public education which effect every Georgian. Why are we turning down the Yankee money that would create 70,000 high quality Jobs.

On another topic. Why are Fulton Commission candidates not telling us why they have cut all the County funding for homelessness. It wasn't enough and now it is nothing. Shame on them and shame on us if we don't make them answer.    

DecaturDramaQueen
DecaturDramaQueen

WTF?! On the very day that Deal signs a bill that denies millions of Georgians healthcare and will certainly close many rural hospitals, Carter PRAISES Deal on the King statue??? I can't believe this. As a Democrat who'd hoped Carter would be a fighter for the people of Georgia, I find that Carter is a milky-toast, weak "d" that believes in nothing. Very disappointing.

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

All you've got to remember is that ever since the stolen (Diebold-aided) election of '02, Georgia, under total Republican rule, has gone from the 'Leader of the New South' to the laughing stock of the Nation. This is our next, and perhaps final, chance to kick the bas$$$ds out and salvage what's left of what was once the envy of the region.

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

The informed support Carter - the 1950s crowd supports Deal and will keep Georgia left behind.


BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Jason Carter's increasing use of his grandfather as guide and contributions bundler will be used by the Republicans against him. Many Georgians remember Jimmy Carter's racist and anti-semitic past and this will be repeated to today's voters who have been encouraged by the AJC and others to think of Jimmy Carter as a sort of saint. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

btn
btn

Jason Carter has a plan, and apparently that plan is to hope that Democrats don't realize that he is a Republican with nothing to offer other than the status quo with a (D) after it instead of a (R).



lvg
lvg

Bottom line- NRA owns this state and no one will defy the NRA.  Just tell us Jason what other interest groups have bought your vote?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

So much for another of Jim Galloway's favorite (female) Republicans with Debbie Dooley's AJC covered attack on Speaker David Ralston:

"An InsiderAdvantage survey of voters in Speaker David Ralston’s home district shows him leading his opponent Sam Snider by a 61%-to-26% margin, with very few likely voters (13%) in the district left undecided."

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Most of us would say - Jason - say what you think and the hell with it - but we are not successful politicians.  Is this the baloney that successful politicians have to vomit up, even though they know it is malarkey?  I guess we should be thankful someone is willing to endure this torture.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

“This election is not going to be about guns".....yes, in part it will be. But when all is said and done what we have left is going to be a choice on who is the better party to cast our votes for. One being the Radical Right Conservative wing nuts, trying their best to out-crazy each other. The second choice being a politician (Carter) that temptation and hopes of getting at least SOME votes from the gun toting crazies that permeate all walks of life in Georgia - and while I disagree with his sucking up to the paranoid gun faction, on all other issues he is still a FAR better choice than ANY nut job he faces from the radical right wing loonies!

We need to embrace science, not deny it. We need to improve (vastly) our educational system, not shred it. And corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes. Major tax breaks for companies that do not pay a living wage must end. Vote for common sense solutions. Vote Democratic!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

First, how much did they have to pay for the Kings to attend?  It sounds unkind, but it fits their brand of "work."


Secondly, I am sure that there are MANY people who feel "let down" because of our "leaders" here in Georgia.  They recognize theater when they see it.  They do not pay for theater, they pay for GOVERNMENT.

mrob
mrob

This is an election year for the Governor and Carter had to play Deal game to defeat him on other issues. Carter believe that there are many Georgians who does not have a problem with owning guns, however, Carter understand the risk he took for him to take a stand with Deal on the issue.to allow guns in public places.


Carter idea was to balance the ballots box for a victory in the Governor race. He wanted some Republicans voters.


Carter now have received his perks from the Governor signing of the dangerous gun bill. I personally believe that Carter is playing politics on the issue and will allow himself to become a one time governor if he is elected as Governor. What Carter would have to do is compromise to withdraw some language of the dangerous gun bill to please his base to at least have a fair chance for a second term, unless more dangerous and senseless shooting get Deal or Carter attention to otherwise force a change of the dangerous gun bill.


This is very sad that Deal have cause a divide in Georgia on this dangerous bill that prior Governors never signed.


Whether I liked the past Governors or not, I have to give thanks to them for not creating such a mess and thanks for sticking to the real issues that all Georgians are concern with such as,  jobs, healthcare, roads, and education.


Deal must go. He is no longer fit to manage this State of Georgia. Please go work in the Mountain somewhere at a pawn shop as a gun dealer. Deal is full of drama.


"Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism'---mrob

AvailableName
AvailableName

If Senator Carter's argument is that this idiotic law is better because he "sat at the table" I need to know the specifics of what he saved us from.  My guess, nothing.  He was there sitting and voting so as to not be anathema to what he thinks is most of the voters in Georgia.


I won't vote for Deal but every day that Carter panders (or god forbid believes in bills like this) I'm more likely to sit this one out.  After all, if he's the Governor, what's he going to do that is in any way good?  The General Assembly would treat him like a low rent Obama.

dreluv
dreluv

I hate to say we have a lot of back wood extremist republican in Georgia no way Nathan Deal should be governor with all the ethic corruption he involve...This man is destroying Georgia before he is voted out of the office..I whether vote for a dog then vote for Nathan Deal..A dog know how to take care of his home and family Nathan Deal only know how to take care extremist republican in this state...No way poor Georgian who does not have Medicaid should die because of Nathan Deal dirty

Politics..

Georgia we can do this by voting Nathan Deal out of office.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Crack pots will always have a yearning for the power of a gun - having been laughed at and ignored by the literate population. All advanced societies (except the U.S.) have found ways to limit access and significantly reduce gun violence.  In the same way, these societies have found economical ways to provide universal healthcare.  The U.S. has intelligent leaders who have tried to be out in front in both these areas but the uninformed and frightened have been allowed to drag us backward - making us a third world country in many respects (firearm homicides 20 times higher, hundreds of thousands dying of treatable disease, and personal healthcare costs at least twice as high as in other developed countries which have superior health and survival times).  Shameful and stupid.   

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

Great move, he hits both voting audiences.  

Republican audience: I am on RECORD as voting for guns

Democrat audience: Compromise, meeting GOP in the aisle

Carter is even applauded by the King's actions during the ceremony...

NWGAL
NWGAL

One way to improve employment in the state - have it be so gun friendly that any business open to the public has to hire armed security guards.

Starik
Starik

Jason Carter voted for the gun bill because he had to.  He would like to be elected. 

Anybody who fails to vote for him because of his vote is acting like a mirror image of the tea party.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

From the AJC article headlined about the FedEx gunman leaving a note:

"off-duty officers have been hired by FedEx to patrol the facility as a result of the shootings."

You bet they are armed, unlike the defenseless employees and the security guard who was shot.  Great example of 'Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted'.

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

How long before Kennesaw - the first community in Georgia to require residents to possess a gun - with the question of where all the 'good guys with guns' were at the Fedex place - before they issue 'blanket carry permits' to everybody... Then it'll be truly 'guns everywhere'. At least there.

petel
petel

I don't know a single person who supports this "guns everywhere " law.  We consider ourselves Christians in this state, yet we allow guns in God's house and in bars.  What would Jesus think?


And we deny insurance coverage to the poorest Georgians.  Again, what would Jesus think?

AlexanderJames
AlexanderJames

@Bill OrvisWhite  Are you high? In no way would Dr. King ever be a Republican in today's GOP. In case you didn't notice, we have a black man as President a democrat. Think he won't go that way? You are delusional. 

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@btn Or, his plan could be that enough Republicans won't realize that he has more to offer than the status quo; and such presumption at least offers hope. And, given the choice between the status quo and that hope, I'll opt for the hope.

AvailableName
AvailableName

@Ralph-43  My concern is that he isn't "enduring this torture" but rather believes NRA propaganda.  Google his name and NRA - he was endorsed by the NRA in 2012.  Takes a lot of "enduring" to get that.

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

@JohnBoy10 - yes, if you care about your life and your money, it's BEST to vote Democratic!

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@mrob  The movers and shakers of Georgia have decided that Deal will be re-elected. That is why he has around $ 5 million in his campaign fund , with more to come if he needs it.

DS
DS

@AvailableName  Jason Carter is big on education and promoting small business to improve the economy. He seems a competent and ethical middle-of-the-road moderate. These qualities would be a huge improvement in the governor's office and would help Georgia move forward.

honested
honested

@blah blah blah  

As opposed to the former 9th District Congressman who couldn't cast a vote without permission from his funders and the appropriate committee chair?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Starik


Jason Carter understands the political art of compromise.  That is what good politics should be based upon.  Abraham Lincoln understood that realistic fact of politics.


(That is why I never considered running for public office. ;-)  I'm better positioned to make a positive impact upon society by speaking my truth from the sidelines as an individual, but at least I understand, and value, the political art of compromise, unlike the Tea Partiers.)



AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist or maybe it's a great example of FedEx executives finally  realizing, "We're in an area home to lots of crazy people, and they are all well-armed."

DontTread
DontTread

@DirtyDawg  The good guys with guns weren't there, as evidenced by the "no weapons" policy posted at the front door.

td1234
td1234

@petel  You should get outside 30 miles of central Atlanta and get to know some regular folks then and ask them. 

Mitchellbrooks
Mitchellbrooks

@petel  

I'd bet you and the people you know don't have a clue as to what current firearm laws are in GA or what impact HB60 actually has on those laws.  . 

mrob
mrob

@tomkat1111 @mrob  


He will need more than money I hope. He need votes. Go ask slick Mitt did tons of money work.


Lets vote this guy out!

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

@tomkat1111 @mrob 

yup.....Like you say (without even realizing it) "the best politician money (NRA) can buy"....what a disgrace!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@AuntieChrist


Thanks be to God that it now appears the Security Guard will survive.  I must say, to all, that the Security Guard's gun did not help him, in this particular situation. Instead, it was the spiritual grace of the employee, who was a former medic and who was rushing out of the building to save himself, but by God's spirit working in him, he instead stopped to try to save the Security Guard, at risk of his own life, This is what has probably saved the Security Guard's life.  Love is stronger than either fear and hate. Love is stronger than guns in bringing peace among people.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread @DirtyDawg Maybe you can explain why Ft Hood TX has had two incidents of mass shootings in ten years. Were there no guns at Ft Hood?

Charles50
Charles50

@DontTread @DirtyDawg  And yet the State Capitol is full of gun-toting law enforcement officers but the general public can't bring guns there.  So much for how having guns prevents others from doing anything.  Let's see them prove it.

honested
honested

@td1234 @petel 

Why get outside of Atlanta?

I grew up out there and nothing much has changed since then.

Same narrow minded rednecks unable to realize the harm they are doing to themselves, their children and their environment.

BUT they still cling to their superstition and 'pray' that things will get better, while voting against their own best interest.

Yep tiny dog, you stay out there and tell us how it goes for you.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 @petelwhat, you think only rural people are "regular folks"? Times have changed son.


Besides, it's not just your "regular folks" that are now packing legit like. Urban areas have lots of guns - real and perceived . . . it's why the "regular folks" fear coming to the ATL ain't you heard? I'm sure the "regular folks" will be very, very, very supportive when everyone - and I do mean everyone - is packing. LMMFAO. Yeah, don't hold your breath.

honested
honested

@Mitchellbrooks  

Then change the law to only 'Open Carry' so it is easier to shun those who fear going outside without armament.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@mrob


Thank you for your words, mrob, not for me, but for the love and the loving power of the Holy Spirit.

mrob
mrob

@MaryElizabethSings  


Great point Mary, it's too bad that the extreme right are so thick skinned to fear love because of their guns, dangerous politicians, and bad money-- to me illustrate their "chest plate" as a form of armor to protect their evil heart--instead of the true Christ.


The rest of us will be just fine because we believe in love and not in fear.



mrob
mrob

@AuntieChrist @DontTread @DirtyDawg  


I was station at Ft. Hood and I manage / repaired many military weapons there. Of all the weapons accounted for on base, not one stop the killer.


I agree with you 100%.

NWGAL
NWGAL

MPs still carry.

DontTread
DontTread

@AuntieChrist @DontTread @DirtyDawg  Soldiers on base are also not allowed to carry weapons...only MPs.  Conservatives have introduced legislation to change this but fat chance of your Dear Leader signing it.

NWGAL
NWGAL

It is so nice to know that I am a regular person - because I live considerably more than 30 miles outside of Atlanta. Do I get a t shirt as a prize?

DontTread
DontTread

@honested @Mitchellbrooks  New York City is ready when you are.  I'm sure you'd much rather be in there with all the brave, intelligent people instead of in "gooberstan".


Oh and by all means, avoid places like Alaska and Vermont.

honested
honested

@Mitchellbrooks @honested 

I do.

I would prefer 'NO CARRY' but here in Gooberstan that would be dang near impossible.

At least 'Open Carry' (much like in the Woody Allen movie 'Bananas' requiring 'wearing underwear on the outside so we can check) seeing the hardware would help to teach young children what a coward looks like in public.

Mitchellbrooks
Mitchellbrooks

@honested  

Go ahead. 
You have elected representatives.  

Tell them what you expect. 

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