Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Jason Carter’s two-pronged response to GOP ad assault 

By Greg Bluestein

Jason Carter’s campaign this morning unleashed a double-barreled response to the first wave of attack ads aimed at derailing his gubernatorial bid.

The Atlanta Democrat released a pair of statewide ads this morning that seek to position him as an education-minded politician and a ready alternative to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, stocked with plenty of pictures of his young family to burnish that image.

The campaign said the ads have long been in the works, but the release comes just days after the Republican Governor’s Association let loose more than $500,000 worth of attack ads targeting Carter’s willingness to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Above you’ll find the minute-long “Our Kids” ad, which seeks to define Carter as a “fiscal conservative” and bipartisan leader” and talks of his plans to create a separate education budget and overhaul the ethics commission.

At the end, the narrator intones: “Nathan Deal may be satisfied with where Georgia is today. Jason Carter isn’t. He says it’s time for a new direction – for our kids and all Georgia’s families.”

The second ad, “10th generation,” is a play on Carter’s deep roots in Georgia without mentioning former President Jimmy Carter, his grandfather. Jason Carter narrates the ad, which shows images of his two young sons and other young families throughout:

“I want them to grow up in a Georgia that’s going to be prosperous, that’s going to be successful. That they don’t ever have to move away to get a good job or a good education. I don’t just want that for my kids. I want that for every kid. Every kid in Georgia deserves to live in a state where they get a good education … And right now we’re not on the right path.”

The campaign won’t say how much funding it’s putting behind the ads, but records indicate it is well above $100,000. Amid tight polls, Carter’s camp is using its more limited resources to counter the television blitz for a few weeks in the summer rather than conserve cash for ads closer to November.

With polls showing a tight race, Carter’s team apparently felt the need to answer swiftly. Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas explained it thusly:

“These ads are the first chance that a lot of Georgians will have to hear about Jason’s vision for Georgia’s future.”

 

43 comments
dreluv
dreluv

I love this ad and Jason Carter will bring Georgian together in new direction..Nathan Deal attack ads are not working..Jason Carter is good for Georgia.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

It takes a special breed of people to celebrate and run on the fact that it's ok to deny sick and poor heath care.  Yes that just about sums up the current republican party.

EdUktr
EdUktr

The trouble with the education ad is ... too many voters are old enough to remember that it was Democrats who put us almost dead last among states in test scores. And it's been Democrats who fight against charter schools and other reforms.

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Good ad to start the real campaign and replace our sad excuse for a Governor.  We do need a leader who will focus on remedies for the shortcomings of Deal and his minions in the Legislature.  There are so many needs in our state that have simply been ignored during the last twelve years---Carter will have a tough job making things happen with the present Legislature, but he's willing to try, and that's what counts. 

honested
honested

Senator Carter could have mentioned the how easy Governor deal has made it to find that new direction.


Now that we are at the bottom, it is time to hand the reins over to people with some sense of purpose other than stuffing their pockets. 


With new leadership, everything is UP!

MoFaux
MoFaux

Governor Deal has just opened himself up to a wonderful attack.  Carter's next ad should be about how dismal our transportation system in Georgia is and how little Deal has done to improve it (beyond continuing to push for the Savannah harbor deepening that every other politician from GA has done).  Deal has once again shown himself to be a complete buffoon by refusing to allow the scheduled increase in the state gas tax to go into effect.  Apparently, he thinks Georgians are so stupid and poor that we cannot afford to pay an additional 64 cents on a full tank of gas in order to pay for a better transportation system.  I'm surprised that the only article on this on AJC is short and buried such that you have to do a search to even find it.  This is a travesty and Carter needs to pounce on this opportunity.  We deserve better.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Jason " Empty Suit "Carter, still hiding his drooling old Grandpaw Jimmy except when he needs out of State Liberal money then it's Jimmy on the phone calling buddies like Soros and the Kennedy's . Carter is placing his bets on the State of Atlanta coming through and getting enought low information voters to the voting booth by promising some new State handouts.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"He says it’s time for a new direction – for our kids and all Georgia’s families"

Uh, no thanks Jason.  My family is doing well; the kids are uber-successful students and I do not want a moonbat like you who wants to penalize them simply because the wife and I are making a good living due to our education.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

I know this is shallow, but good grief, I'd vote for him just so I could look at him and his pretty wife instead of the ever grimacing Shady Deal.

(Now, Mr. Plagiarism Boy, I'm headed to the tropics, so you can have the floor today.  I know.  Scum)

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@EdUktr I do believe that one of those Democrats you are talking about would be Nathan Deal, way back then he was a Democrat.  All Dixiecrats are now republicans that is why the party is so full of bigots now.  Just saying.......

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@EdUktr


But we all know those 'democrats' that screwed up education throughout the South were segregation loving, bible thumping, conservatives.  They just switched parties when it became electorally convenient.



AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr  too many voters are old enough to remember that it was Democrats who put us almost dead last among states in test scores.

And all those voters remember that those "Democrats" included sonny perdue, nathan deal,and about 3/4 of the current repuppy party.  But I guess you aren't old enough to remember that. Or could it be you are indeed old enough, and in fact so old you are now too senile to remember, or you just prefer to dissemble and ignore facts just like 98% of your tp brethren? A, B, C, or all of the above?

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Sorry Ed, under Deal and Perdue, the GOP has CUT $5 BILLION from public education! And it's is the GOP who wants to do away with public education and privatize education so they can teach religion in schools again. The GOP is no friend to education in Georgia.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@MoFaux All the new 4-lane highways outside of the Atlanta metro area beg to differ.  People outside the metro area are very happy to get around easier, that will easily counterbalance those in the metro area complaining about traffic.


Also, the gas tax constitutionally can not be used for anything else besides roads & bridges, so diverting any of it to mass transit is a non-starter.  And raising the tax kills him will car driving voters.

KatherineHelmsCummings
KatherineHelmsCummings

If the best you can do is stoop to describing Carter's "drooling old Grandpaw" you don't make much of an argument for your perspective.

JackClemens
JackClemens

@Infraredguy Nathan "Suit Stuffed With Ill-gotten Cash" Deal is a great alternative.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

MiltonMan:

There you go again with your name calling. I guess you can't win your argument on merits and facts. I'm glad your family is doing well, and you will not understand this, but everything is not just about you. Georgia kids needs a quality public education system; 650,000 Georgians need access to healthcare; the Georgia middle class needs tax breaks instead of the dozens of special interest tax breaks that are passed every year. And MOST of all, Georgia needs a Governor with strong ETHICS and not one entangled in scandal after scandal.

Now go back inside and resume watching FOX News and living in fantasyland.

KatherineHelmsCummings
KatherineHelmsCummings

Try saying you make a good living due to your education to a college degree holding, underpaid and overworked public school teacher. Deal has done everything he can to break our public schools. He's done enough damage and needs to be voted out of the Governor's mansion.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

You need to realize, not many of us want to live under a rock, therefore we clearly see the need for a New Direction for ourselves and our families.

You just keep the gate closed on your defensible position and keep the binoculars shined up.

Just don't be sad when you realize nobody is coming for you.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@PoliticalOutsider Money really has no bearing over the quality of education.

The worst performing districts generally have more funding than the better performing ones.  The same bad districts were bad before the cuts and the same good districts were good before the cuts.  Money really affects nothing towards the quality of teaching that happens.


The rest about the GOP wanting to do away with public education is partisan rambling, as none of them in the General Assembly have made an argument for doing away with it, and is thus not a factual argument as you would call it.


Now there have been calls for doing away with the Fed Dept of Education, but that was for the sole reason that education is a State matter, there have never been calls to do away with public schools all together, only for school choice and vouchers for such choice.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@PoliticalOutsider

Why not consider moving your family to Detroit or Chicago, where education is firmly in the hands of Democrats and teachers' unions? 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Derwin0 @MoFaux You really have no clue about transportation and also how traffic effects our environment.  So, your "argument" is that as long as rural folks can drive around just fine, then we don't need to worry about Atlanta?  I guess you also think the extra smog and pollutants caused by increased traffic delays somehow stay within the confines of the metro area right?  Counterbalancing, I think not.


I didn't say GDOT is no longer able to build anything and I also never mentioned mass transit, so why you even brought that up is beyond me.  I'm referring to the fact that GA is already ranked 49th in the country in per capita spending on our transportation system.  We keep lagging further and further behind, and this is only making it worse.  The gas tax is an antiquated funding mechanism, in need of a serious overhaul.  Our roads and bridges are getting worse, even if you have some warped perception otherwise.  Statistics and facts back me up, whereas you only have political rhetoric on your side.  Transportation should be a fairly bi-partisan issue.  You have shown that you lack objectivity if you think this decision is anything but a complete show of abject political pandering.  Deal is hoping more people like you don't understand the issue at all.  Enjoy your lemming-like march with Grover Norquist.

honested
honested

@KatherineHelmsCummings 

Good Morning Katherine!

You have to remember, these are people who mistakenly think the tarubuttons are 'fine upstanding citizens'!

Derwin0
Derwin0

@KatherineHelmsCummings Unfortunately being Jimmy's grandson is the only reason he's in this race to begin with.  So the comparisons will come up.

Andy123
Andy123

@PoliticalOutsider 

Funny how government/taxpayer handouts will supposedly fix everything in a leftie's world.  


How many scores of billions in tax money have been thrown at poor blacks and their education over the last 50 years and what's been the taxpayer's ROI so far? 

Derwin0
Derwin0

@KatherineHelmsCummings The school systems (ala APS) have done that to themselves.  

Also, Roy Barnes did much more damage.

All Deal has done is cut money during a fiscal crunch, same thing that Zell did in the last recession.


As for teacher salaries, not exactly too bad

http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/careers%5Ccareershr.nsf/1E9AF6BA19EE8BD285257CDA000E6DE2/$file/Teacher_Salary_Schedule_FY15.pdf


Many other professions get less for the same education without the long breaks.


PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Derwin0

While money is not the cure-all for education, adequately staffing the classrooms and funding a180 day school year does cost money, so your point is wrong. And if you think the state GOP elected officials don't was to end public education, I suggest you do some homework. The 529 super Pacs that Chip Rogers is associated with pour thousands into state candidate who support their plan to privatize all public education. So, you're wrong again old buddy.

honested
honested

@Derwin0 

'money really has no bearing over the quality of education'?

The hits just keep on comin'.

The only consistent, replicable, demonstrative factor in improving educational output is small classes with a the addition of a full time teacher's aid.

That costs money!

We were moving in that direction until the first republican administration wrecked our education budget.

It has been downhill ever since!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr   "Why not consider moving your family......."

Actually that is a very good response. You don't mind if I use it myself do you, to reply to you, td, da centrist, andy, toad123, et al when they complain about what a mess the country is in because of Reid, Pelosi, Obama, etc. 

Surely, you won't complain if I use it will you?

GaBlue
GaBlue

@EdUktr 


How utterly obnoxious (yet somehow a standard retort from those who can't dispute the facts) to suggest to another that they leave our state if they don't like it. Staying, standing up for one's beliefs, and trying to improve one's own community is a personal choice that people of integrity often make -- to the chagrin of those who are too cowardly to confront a substandard status quo.

anothercomment
anothercomment

@MoFaux @Derwin0  I bet that Carter will end up getting as much if not more money from the highway contractors. They have been starved by the Republicans. Basically all of the Contractors have been foolishly starved by the Right leaning Republicans. Which is why certain folks have come out to finally thump the tea party candidates. Folks are starting to realize that economies do better under Democrats than no tax pledge Republicans.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@MoFaux @Derwin0 Antiquated or not, the last attempt to change the fuel tax funding in the State Constitution went down in flames in the referendum.  The T-SPLOST to raise taxes also failed miserably.  Deal knows that to allow an increase in the gas tax is political suicide as the majority of Georgian's are against it.


As for talking about rural vs. Atlanta, I wasn't going strictly rural, I was talking about Atlanta vs. the rest of the State (contrary to ITP opinion, the rest of the State is not rural).  The rest of the State also has a larger population than Atlanta, therefore keeping them happy is politically expedient, and why the GRIP was a success in those areas.


Ask Carter if he'd have allowed the gas tax to go up?  I bet his answer would be no as well.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Andy123 I guess the same amount that has been thrown at poor whites and their education.  Too funny...It's always about race with you dixiecrat republicans.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Andy123

Wow! What an ignorant and racist statement. Go put you robe on.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Andy123 

How many scores of billions in tax money have been thrown at poor blacks...

And there's your sign.

honested
honested

@Andy123 @PoliticalOutsider 

You have a point.

It is definitely time to cut military expenditure in half (big government handout) and eliminate all subsidies to the hydrocarbon industry.

With the savings, we could return to being an education beacon for the world!

honested
honested

@Derwin0 

'Roy Barnes did much more damage'?

In what universe?

Stop for a minute and remember where the biggest test cheating scandal in the country was? That would be Washington DC, so why isn't michelle rhee in prison today rather than hawking wrong-wing for profit education scams?

honested
honested

@Derwin0 

The 'tsplost' devolved into nothing but a pet-project ploy for small town mayors and paving companies. The original idea had potential for Statewide mass transportation improvements but doing so would have required something known as 'leadership', a quality that is noticeably absent under the Gold Dome.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Derwin0 The tax increase is already law.  This was written long ago, and for a good reason.  Transportation funding was not meant to be cut off by a political ploy by the Governor.  Deal thinks that the majority of Georgians are ignorant, and you are only helping him prove this to be true.  You do understand that we are talking about a minuscule increase right?  Individuals would barely notice it at all.


But, I am very interested in how Carter handles this as well.  If he agrees with Deal, then I feel exactly the same about his opinion.  If Carter was smart, he would find a way to articulate to Georgians how stupid Deal's decision was and why we need to properly fund our transportation system.


And, by the way, T-SPLOST did not seek to change anything, but rather add a new funding mechanism.  I thought it was done very poorly as well, but I did vote for it anyway since it was the only way to move forward at the time.


All those rural roads you love are paid for because so many people in Atlanta are paying gas taxes.  Without Atlanta, you guys would be driving on dirt roads.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@honested @Derwin0 T-SPLOST was a bad idea.  We don't need to ask the general population what projects to approve of, to further bog down the process.  This is why we elect leaders.


All we need is a fundamentally sound, future-proof funding mechanism, coupled with a non-partisan way to determine which projects are to be designed/built.  Perdue's creation of the governor's pet "Transportation Planner" was a step backwards.  Deal's appointment of an Agricultural Engineer into this position was another step backwards.  He's a nice enough guy, but you mean to tell me that there were no actual Civil Engineers available?!?  Eventually, we, as a nation, will have to address the problem with our current taxation for highways, which allows electric vehicle drivers and hybrids (and, for that matter, those who can afford newer, more economical cars) to drive on our roads without paying their fair share.  In fact, if you drive an electric vehicle, you pay NOTHING towards maintaining/building our highway system and therefore are legally evading taxation.  Eventually, we will require a "black box" type of equipment that measures the miles you have driven, and that will determine how much you pay for gas (along with other factors like vehicle weight).  The idea is...the more you drive and the more you damage our roads (Hummers, 18-wheelers, etc.), the more you should have to pay for your gas (or, for electric/hybrid vehicles, your tax for the privilege of using the highway).  Tolls are another way to do it, but it isn't feasible to place tolls on every road.