Posted: 12:13 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Nathan Deal gets back-up in race against Jason Carter 

By Greg Bluestein

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gives his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta last week. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gives his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta last week. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign is getting some heavy-duty backup. The Republican Governor’s Association has snapped up blocks of advertising in metro Atlanta to bolster Deal’s run against Democrat Jason Carter. Only a few of the reports have so far posted, but we’re told group is investing significant dollars in the incumbent’s campaign.

It comes as a wave of polls show a tight race between Deal and Carter, a state senator who is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. One of the latest, from the GOP-leaning Rasmussen Reports, put Carter at 48 percent to Deal’s 41 percent.

The governor’s campaign has already unleashed a few of its own feel-good TV spots and Deal said Tuesday he’s not too worried about what the polls are showing this early in the campaign. As we noted in a Sunday takeout of the race, June to November can be a geological era in politics.

“I am very pleased with the response I’m getting as I go around the state of Georgia,” Deal said. “And we’re going to work harder between now and November.”

60 comments
dreluv
dreluv

Who going pay that 1 million Bill Nathan Deal got from ethics violation..Georgian are seeing the true about Nathan Deal this is the beginning Deal polls is falling...Deal must go we don't need a governor who don't listening to all Georgian.

leefrommeeks
leefrommeeks

Carter at 48 percent this must be another of the New York polls for AJC. I remember the last Governor Carter and would not vote for another one period.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Maybe he should work on taking care of ALL Georgians, instead of his big-money supporters.

honested
honested

The constant whine of the wrong-wingers amazes me......


"This is a red state, despite knowing the governor is an old school crook, republicans are such dullards they would never vote for a real leader".


Spin it however you wish, that is the root of your rant.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Deal will have a huge fund-raising advantage from local, national Republicans along with friendly PACS.  The red state of GA will reelect him by a landslide just like the Senatorial election.  Unsure of my personal votes, but just stating what is extremely likely to happen.


honested
honested

Now would be a wonderful time for the Feds to report on their ethics investigation of the former Congressman.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

I've been around Georgia politics a long time, and I've known the last 7 or 8 Governors fairly well. But what I have observed first-hand over the past 12 years in unprecedented. Now were the Democrats a but of angels? Not hardly! Did they use their position to help their friends and punish their enemies? Absolutely! But, for the most part, the Democrats always put the interest of the state above their own personal interest. There were some exceptions, but that was rare.

However, beginning with Sonny Perdue and now with Nathan Deal, that is no longer the case. Both men have made millions for themselves while in office, usually in illegal and always unethical and improper ways. I used to laugh about the elected officials in Alabama making no bones about being dishonest and corrupt. And now, many of those folks are sitting in federal prisons. Sadly, over the past 12 years, Georgia has become the new Alabama. Corruption is wide open for everyone to see. Sally Yates could have a field day if she wasn't such a huge Republican.

td1234
td1234

Deal was deeply flawed 4 years ago running against a former Governor that had better name recognition and more money to spend. If I saw and heard one then I saw and heard more than 100 ads talking about Deal's unethical behavior, being bankrupt or about his junk yard that had an exclusive contract with the state. It did not matter because Deal won by 10 points. 


We heard Pennington and Barge hit Deal with all the unethical things he has done since being in office and then Barge attempted to get the teachers and state employees together due to Deal hosing them on their insurance and it still did not matter. Deal beat them by more that 40 points. 


Carter can not talk about guns because he voted for the bill to expand gun rights.

Carter can not talk about spending more money because he voted for the Constitutional Amendment to cap the states income taxes. 


The expansion of Medicaid is off the table because now it must be approved the the veto proof Republican controlled legislature. 


What is Carter going to run on?  

DS
DS

Another strong sign that Deal is struggling and vulnerable. His approval rating is terrible, his ethics problems are strangling him, and his performance has been lackluster.

According to Pennington, Georgia has the third-highest teenage unemployment rate, the fourth-highest long-term unemployment rate, and the fifth highest-poverty rate in the country.

Georgia has more resources than many other states, and it's pathetic that we're doing so poorly.

We need someone who's bright, competent, ethical and energetic to help this state start reaching our full potential. That definitely isn't Nathan Deal.

Milton1960
Milton1960

Dream on.  Looks like the AJC is using its cross eyed poll reader again.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Giving North Carolina a run for the money,  GA is.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

Unfortunately too many Georgians don't pay attention to actual facts when it comes to politics...they only look for the (R) next to the candidates name. I am still trying to figure out why 67% of Georgia Republicans voted for him last week when there were two very good opponents with no questionable ethics, no lawsuits, no FBI investigations, no special personal deals with the state's largest tax debtor, etc. BUt the answer is Georgian's just don't pay attention to actual facts.

honested
honested

@leefrommeeks 

Actually it was a razmunchken poll, a faux-centric organization that ALWAYS produces results tilted toward republican candidates.

Better check again.

td1234
td1234

@Wascatlady How do you take care of anyone? The citizens of Georgia are given the same opportunity to work hard in school, make good grades and go to college and become successful if they do this and not get into drugs or have children outside of wedlock. 


Deal has done a pretty decent job and bringing in new companies to employ the people that make the right decisions and do the hard work. 


The rest is on the individual and is not up to the government to provide. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Maybe if you libs would, as you say, nominate a "real leader" the cons would be voted out.  Roy Barnes sure was not a real leader and Jason Carter is nowhere near being a real leader.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Nope - they are too busy freeing illegal immigrants and spinning the VA debacle.

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider Really? What do you call the state park being built right next to Zell Miller's property in the N GA mountains? I bet you his family will make way more than Sonny will with his property in the swamp. 


Roy rewrote the entire civil court laws in the state and appointed most of the superior court judges he is now making millions if not hundreds of millions off of since he has left office. How does this compare to Deal? 

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@td1234 Well, if he can mobilize teachers, retired state workers, their families, and those who cannot afford health insurance but for whom Medicaid is foreclosed in this state, Carter CAN win by a landslide!

MoFaux
MoFaux

@NOlongerRepublican No debating the candidates at all sure as heck helped him out.  He still would've won, but if they were required to debate several times, it might not have been such a landslide.  Same with Nunn.  I voted for Dr. Rad myself, but apparently his foreign-sounding name is too scary for folks to pull the lever for.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@NOlongerRepublican


Sadly, too many of them could tell you what the person who got kicked off American Idol the night before was wearing, and in what part of which song he or she messed up. They can repeat word for word some BS that Hannity pulled out of his behind, too, without bothering to check any other source whatsoever to determine if it was even remotely true.


I don't understand people like this. I know many; some of them are lovely, decent, hard-working people. But I will never understand the intellectual laziness exhibited by people who really are old and smart enough to know better. Where's the shame?

DulceJunglelove
DulceJunglelove

@td1234 @Wascatlady How can anybody get a good education and a job in education when Deal is spending it all on the falcons stadium? Deal hasn't done anything good for georiga

GaBlue
GaBlue

@td1234 

How do you take care of anyone? Ask the folks at COPART, INC how Daddy Deal fixed their little wagon up. From Better Georgia: 

"Gov. Deal finally sold off Gainesville Salvage to bury one of his greatest political liabilities and to fix his personal finances — a move that made him a multi-millionaire overnight while governor. Public records show Deal’s taxpayer-funded staff worked on the personal business deal and also show the company that is responsible for Deal’s rags-to-riches story owes the state of Georgia nearly $74 million in back taxes and penalties. Gov. Deal says he’s not responsible for making Copart to pay up. - See more at: http://bettergeorgia.com/content/nathan-deals-failures-and-scandals#sthash.Aft3rcQm.dpuf

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@td1234 - Nanny state, big government Democrats disagree with your assessment.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

As I said, the conserrrrrrrrrvatives prefer an old school crook that they can 'work with'. (at least that seems to be the viewpoint of what passes for a conservative today).

Ever wonder why the whole world laughs at us?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@MiltonMan - Carter will be a strong Democrat after 4 more years of experience and moderation.  

td1234
td1234

@MiltonMan No Democrat wants to run for the office because they know it is probably the end of their career when they lose. Carter actually believes that due to his age he is doing the party a favor and setting him up as the frontrunner for 4 years from now against Reed in the primary when there will not be an incumbent on the ticket.


Remember the Democratic party in Georgia tried to recruit Barge to run on their ticket because they had no one before Carter stepped forward.

td1234
td1234

@MoFaux Will not speak for The_Centrist but the likely outcome is a Deal 5 to 10 point win. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @PoliticalOutsider 

The only major systemic legislation Governor Barnes 'rewrote' was the best anti-predatory lending law in the country.

That was quickly repealed when the b-team took over in 2003 and the Georgia contribution to the housing disaster is now history.

 

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

I've never really known of a state park making the surrounding land significantly more valuable. If republican Miller had family land that increased in value due to a state park, the county tax records should show that. Have you checked it out to be factual, or are you just making your typical baseless charges?

As for Barnes, he did not "re-write the entire civil court laws" as you claim. That is blatantly false. All Governors appoint Superior Court judges when there is a vacancy, so Barnes is not guilty of anything there. As for what 12 jurors award his clients in a courtroom is purely at the jury's discretion.

You seem to be just like Fox News. Just make up a version to fit your pre-determined opinion.

td1234
td1234

@Wascatlady Seeing that Barge could only get 60,000 of them to the polls in a very low voter turnout it is doubtful many more will vote for Carter.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Wascatlady - Too many Republicans and independents who reject the Democrat socialist agenda.  Carter will need to drop his support to means test the Hope SCHOLARSHIP.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@MoFaux 


You're right that Dr. Rad's name would probably not have helped him win a US senate seat in November, something that requires a certain amount of trust and faith from people in all corners of the state. While he did have the support of many sane, thinking, highly-respected progressives in Georgia, he is a doctor, and new to the political scene. We see WAY too much of this in the Ga Dem Party: Folks who think, "Hey I could do that job better than so and so," and run for a national seat on the basis of their "ideas." No base, no experience in government, the public sector, party activities, fundraising, or even working on someone else's campaign to learn how it's done.

PLEASE, folks! If you want to enter politics, start by working your way up. Helps elect somebody else. Run a local campaign. Fix some problems in your own back yard first. THEN you have a resume and a base to run on. It's not realistic to ask the foot soldiers of our democratic process to help you when you've never done any of the work yourself. And yes, elections are WORK.

honested
honested

@GaBlue @td1234 

Unfortunately, the average deal voter is unconcerned about such blatant corruption (or they can't read).

honested
honested

@The_Centrist @GaBlue 

Daddy State:

Georgia Ports Authority (and Perdue trucking)

Coastal Developers (we don't need no stinkin' buffers)

Ensconced Insurance Providers (whoaaa, expanding Medicaid is bad for bidness).

Shall I go on?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 @MoFaux The electoral vote was 332-206, which by all accounts was a landslide victory.  But, using the popular vote, it was not a landslide.  Presidential landslide victories by popular vote are difficult to achieve.

td1234
td1234

@MoFaux @td1234 Considering Obama won in 2012 by 4 points and it was called a "landslide" election then I can see where the claim for a 5 point win could be considered the same. 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 @MoFaux And you consider 5% to be a landslide?  That is the margin of error for many polls.  He keeps on talking about a landslide victory and I would like to know exactly what his definition is.

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider Zell never changed parties. Juries decide on what is laid out before them and the instructions given to them by the judge. The rules were rewritten so that the instructions changed and gave the jurors more direction on giving more money. 

GaBlue
GaBlue

@MoFaux 


A few years back I worked a US Senate campaign of a newbie challenger who had no business running for that seat. I thought he was brilliant, personable, honest, and had the chance to go far and do some real good for our state and this country. I believed in his ideas and integrity, and his unspoiled newbie position. Trust, I know the pain of that disappointment.


After that, he disappeared from the scene entirely. He could have run for a smaller local seat and got it on the second try at least. He could have built up his resume in the state house and then worked for more, but he went away, and it is still our loss.


Bottom line: we have a system, and it is what it is: Ugly, but it's what we've got. Without a base, name recognition, and knowing how to get the support of those who WORK and FUND our elections, you don't have a chance. Stick around and help others, and guess what? You might get support your next time out.  Just sayin'.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@GaBlue @MoFaux It works just fine if you're already famous though.  For some reason, famous people don't need to bother with grassroots campaigning.  They learn politics on the fly, post-election.  But, I get what you're saying...it just only applies to people who aren't already super rich or famous.  If Dr. Rad was a billionaire, he might have bought himself 2nd place.