Posted: 6:00 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Nathan Deal, Jason Carter trade blows over education with nasty attack ads 

By Greg Bluestein

The ad you see above is Jason Carter’s most biting criticism yet on Gov. Nathan Deal’s education policy, claiming the governor shorted schools out of billions of dollars to help his “big corporate friends.”

“I’ll be a governor who cares about education every year – not just election year,” the Democratic state senator intones.

The spot, which was released online this morning, is a speedy response to a pair of attack ads from Deal’s campaign that will hit the airwaves today and continue through the month.

Both of Deal’s 15-second spots, which you’ll find below, question why Carter voted for the three budgets before he ran for higher office but decided this year to oppose the state spending plan.

That proposal included a more than $300 million increase in K-12 funding, which Deal is quick to trumpet on the campaign trail and Carter dismisses as a campaign ploy.

The first is called “Funding:”

The second, “Politics,” has a rather sharper edge:

These aren’t the first attack ads of the gubernatorial campaign. The Republican Governors Association is pounding Carter with two waves of attack ads targeting his willingness to expand Medicaid and labeling him a “liberal trial lawyer.”

Yet they are the most cutting ad attacks yet pushed out by each of the campaigns, which both previously released a string of upbeat spots. This nastier turn may only be a sign of things to come as polls show a tight race between the two.

Deal, for his part, echoed his campaign’s sentiments in remarks to the media early Thursday. He said education funding has increased each year he’s been governor, and that Carter voted for those budgets – until he “decided he wanted to be governor.”

Said Deal:

“The conclusion is clear. It’s a political statement on his part. And it’s disingenuous to say I was the one who cut funding.”

As for whether the education increase was timed to coincide with a November election run, Deal pointed to his decision to let local school districts spend the increased funding as they choose:

“If I really wanted to play politics on funding for education, you know exactly what would have happened … the money would have gone into teacher pay raises.”

And Deal spokesman Brian Robinson tried to get the last word in, as he is wont to do:

100 comments
JohnSmithson
JohnSmithson

The three votes for, and the one vote against, coupled with the timing of it, is pretty damning. Carter proves to be another hypocritical politician who plays party politics and engages in mudslinging. What a shocker. No accomplishments of his own. He just runs on Daddy's name. And Jimmy's name is not well thought of after his Presidency. Humanitarian, yes, leader, no.

FeliciaKing
FeliciaKing

Nathan's DEAL is with corporate interests trying to take over public education. He has thrown educators under the bus, kicked the driver out the door, and said to hell with the kids on board.

tinala
tinala

Derwin0, the teachers were up set that we couldn't have a choice for our health providers and only one was selected as the carrier. I guess that insurance company must have given DEAL a lot of money to pull that one off. Maybe not all but I can tell you a lot of teachers were really upset about that along with not having a pay raise in years. We can only wait and see on election night and apparently the jurors in the ethics court case believed the defendant an awarded here and her attorney's over a millon and that will be an issue as well.

tinala
tinala

DEAL we the TEACHER'S UNION will not be casting our votes for you! Remember what you did to our health benefits and not giving us a choice and now we have a choice who we will elect as our next GOVERNOR.

JaperJones1918
JaperJones1918

Cronyism in Georgia is Rampant! The Superintendent in Haralson co makes $187,000/year, had $15000 in travel expenses last year all the while they were furloughing teachers and bus drivers. He gave his self a $60,000 year raise and said instead of hiring a personnel director he'd do it himself. Like there isn't someone out there that could have really used that job!  

Quandry
Quandry

@honested

It depends... Marketing is the key.....

Quandry
Quandry

Sometimes – it’s picking the lesser of the two evils.

Republicans are going to vote for Deal no matter what, period.

Democrats are going to vote for Carter no matter what.

Deal has his issues with GA state citizens having to pay to settle his ethics lawsuits (if there was no wrong doing on the governor's part  – why settle).

Carter is viewed by many as a weak,  Obama loving liberal and he maybe seen as too liberal for the red state of GA.

So who will win?It depends on:

1. The turnout

2. Will enough independents vote for Deal or Carter?

No rocket science here.

Again – it’s a matter of picking the lesser of two evils…

ATLien66
ATLien66

One educator to all the others:  Deal has done absolutely NOTHING for education and that is a fact.  It is election year politics and if we vote him in for a second term, expect nothing for the next 4 years, unless he decide to run for senate in 2020.  Come on all of Georgia, get this shady character out of office!!!

Jke
Jke

@honested --Thanks for the response.  I don't have any beef with anyone who supports Carter and/or dislikes Governor Deal, or any particular politician.  And while I may disagree on politics, or anything else with another, I think fair and honest debate is a great thing and that all informed and educated opinions are valuable. It's better to make an informed argument, as many people do here, rather than make personal attacks, which often occurs here.


What I dislike, just like you dislike, is a hypocrite.  In this instance, someone who professes to be educated, enlightened and tolerant and then employs stereotypes and prejudice of any kind (whether race, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion or the lack thereof, etc.) to put down those who believe differently and then use that put down as a tool to make than person seem inherently inferior.  If it were a matter of simply having no class or, just being plain ignorant, that wouldn't be as bothersome and easily ignored.                

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

Attack ads?  I suggest you check your Funk and Wagnall's for the definition of the word "attack".  

GMFA
GMFA

Let's see. Deal recently settled three or four Lawsuits that cost taxpayers over 3 million. He sold his state run no bid business for 3.2 million. His son is a lobbyist for Healthcare and we all know what his daughter does. He came into office broke and now he is a millionaire. Once named one of the most corrupt Congressmen. But I guess see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil works for the people of the hard right.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

Anyone with any ethics or morals could not support  " Shady Deal."

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Jason " Empty Suit " Carter's plan is to exchange Deals set of friends for his own, he has no plan other than that.

AtlantaBorn4Life
AtlantaBorn4Life

Now you see why Georgia is the laughing stock of the country. You idiots support the Deal. Truth is you don't care who you support as long as they are not democrat. Heck, Blegojevich can get out of jail and come here and win as a resnubligan. You have Deal-- they should be cell neighbors!

BuzzG
BuzzG

Education is a black hole where we send our money and out comes a bunch of kids with degrees who don't know the difference between "there, their and they're."  Anyone who reads the AJC knows that.  You can send more tax money in and give them advance degrees, but will you really accomplish anything other than growing the education industry?

Derwin0
Derwin0

@tinala Is that any different than anyone else in any other job?  My company gives a choice of UnitedHealthCare.  My father has a choice of BCBS.  Very few people anywhere have a choice of multiple companies.  Why should teachers be any different.


As for raises, people in the private sector aren't getting them either.  And with revenues declining, the State is in no position to give out raises either.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@tinala There's a teacher's union in Georgia?


As it is, those same "teachers" were behind Barnes and Taylor before him.  Both lost badly.  The teachers "union" people do not speak for the teachers, as poll after poll has shown the teachers still vote the same as the public at large.


Again, there is no teacher's union in Georgia in the first place.

honested
honested

@Quandry 

Marketing, in this instance, should be simple......if Voters are willing to face the truth.

Every measure of civilization in Georgia has been in a tailspin since 2003. When (if ever) does the republican plan (cut everything, cut taxes at the top, 'privatize', etc.) kick-in to benefit Georgians?

Charles50
Charles50

@Quandry I agree with 99% of what you said.  However I don't think it's the lesser of two evils.  I think it's evil versus good.  And our current Governor is not the good one I'm talking about.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@Quandry  In the first lawsuit guilt was in fact declared, and THEN the settlements began. In Georgia "too liberal" could include Hitler. Turnout is the key - it's up to us. 

honested
honested

@Quandry 

IF that is the case it should be simple.

One has a clearly demonstrated history of 'evil' (well at least grossly unethical behavior and inexcusable incompetence).

The other is apparently hampered by an inaccurate perception that has not been borne out by facts since (at least) 2003.

Will Georgians vote based on facts and in their best interests?

honested
honested

@Jke @honested 

So can we agree that the style of 'old south double-dealing crooked politics' as practiced by both of our Governors since 2003 is detrimental to ALL of us?

GaBlue
GaBlue

@ATL56Native


Exactly. Unless you are the exact same person as your grandfather, it's ridiculous to judge one man in this century by what another man did in the last.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Atl56

So, just because Jason's last name is "Carter", or the fact his grandfather is Jimmy Carter, that is sufficient reason for you to vote against him? Are you really that shallow? What if everyone judged you based only on your last name or based on some other family member? That's seems fair and unbiased doesn't it? Only to Fox News groupies.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@GMFA Life long conservative here.....Governor is a crook.  He'll get no vote from me.

jaggar1
jaggar1

@Infraredguy Oh-that makes sense. Vote for a man who has cost this state 3 million is ethics lawsuits, has ruined the education system, and is voted one of the most corrupt politicians in the US ? How do you know that Jason Carter won't change things for the better? You don't. Instead, let's put a man who will we know has no morals back in the position to ruin our state. That makes no sense honey!

jaggar1
jaggar1

@AtlantaBorn4Life It is absurd. I was a republican and now have no party affiliation, because it makes no sense. You need to vote responsibly, and that equates to doing your research and voting for the candidate that will best serve the states or countries needs. Deal has his turn, and it has been a disaster!

DontTread
DontTread

@AtlantaBorn4Life "you don't care who you support as long as they are not democrat."


Absolutely.  Communism, socialism, and fascism (nowadays called "progressivism") don't belong in a country whose legal system is based on individual rights.


When you people stop proposing and passing unconstitutional crap (and voting for another tax increase every time a raindrop hits the ground), then we can discuss.

Charles50
Charles50

@BuzzG Education is low hanging fruit for both parties, but seems to be a favorite of the GOP.  If they can't beat you up with it, then they move on to social issues like abortion and welfare.  The reality is GA has been at the bottom in education for as long as I can remember.  It's going to take someone who is sincere about changing that for a difference to be made.  I'm willing to bet on that being Carter.  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Forget about the kids, it's the Administrators and Staff that have to be taken care of first with big bonuses , golden pensions and medical perks.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@BuzzG  Point is that education is basically our only huge discretionary fund, and it has been sucked dry. Thus the lowering of quality of our educational system. Please actually do some homework on that.

Charles50
Charles50

@Derwin0 @tinala Actually there have been at least 3 providers for State workers (not just teachers) for several years.  Most of the employees that I spoke to were extremely satisfied with UHC.  Those who had Cigna were just as happy.  Then out of the blue you find out there is only going to be one provider AND the type of plans are going to change entirely.  Oh and just one more thing--it's going to cost you more.  You can't tell me that the State doesn't have enough members to get a very good insurance plan for its members at a good price.  

jaggar1
jaggar1

@Derwin0 @tinala No Derwin, there is not a teacher union. She was stating that teachers are their own union! Get a clue! Teachers are very powerful and will come out string when they choose!

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@Derwin0 @tinala  Better check your facts again. The teachers turned on Barnes when he moved to eliminate tenure and to cut retirement benefits, and that has often been credited with his loss. I wish them great luck again. Our education budget is a shell game, and the citizens guessed wrong in electing Deal the first time.

SoGAVet
SoGAVet

Carter doesn't have to make things up.  Simply telling it like it is with Deal's shady record should be enough.

jaggar1
jaggar1

@honested @Quandry I myself, have had enough of Deal and his corrupt politics. I am ready for someone new and will take a chance on Carter. If Deal is re-elected, it will continue to go downhill.

JohnSmithson
JohnSmithson

@GaBlue @ATL56Native Name recognition is a huge asset. It got W elected and how do you Dems think that went, yet you want to support a Carter who really has nothing to run on but his name. Ironic that Nunn's daughter is also capitalizing on the same thing. Hypocrites.

JohnSmithson
JohnSmithson

@PoliticalOutsider Please tell me what exactly Jason Carter has accomplished so far? Other than play politics with his voting record.

MclarenCardwell
MclarenCardwell

@PoliticalOutsider shh we dont want him to look into the Regan family tree, Ron Regan 2016 (i have no clue if he is running for anything) you can get enough republicans to vote for him because Regan, and Democrats cause he is liberal lol.

jaggar1
jaggar1

@jarvis1975 @GMFA I have always voted republican, but I am changing party lines. I will no longer be affiliated with either party but will vote in all elections based on whom is the most qualified politician. Deal has done this state wrong and needs to go. I am sorry this state is filled with people that refuse to vote across party lines. Our politicians country wide are corrupt!

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

DontTread

You clearly don't know the definition of communism, socialism and fascism. Tea Party whackos love to throw those words around, but since most dropped out of school after the 5th grade, they have no clue what those words mean.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@OldEngineer @Derwin0 @tinala Yes, they turned on Barnes when he ran for re-election against Purdue.  But they supported Barnes when he later ran against Deal (which is why I said Taylor before him).


So you might want to check your facts.


Either way, the only ones who turned against him are the self appointed leaders of the teachers.  They teachers themselves still voted the same as the State at large.  As those "leaders" are leaders of nothing, as Georgia teachers are not unionized.

JohnSmithson
JohnSmithson

@jaggar1 @jarvis1975 @GMFA And I tried crossing party lines to vote and Obama made healthcare his #1 priority, instead of the economy, and now this country is completely buried in debt. He wants government to run more, yet government does a crappy job with what they're running now. So it makes sense to put more burden on government workers? Brilliant!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@PoliticalOutsider 

 You clearly don't know the definition of communism, socialism and fascism.

The words communism, socialism and fascism have lost their true meaning and are now merely code words for "fear".