Posted: 4:56 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Deal defends staff’s contact with ethics chief, comparing her to ‘prosecutor’ 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal issued the liveliest defense yet to the bombshell ethics memo rocking his campaign for re-election.

The remarks came in an interview with Erick Erickson, a conservative talk show host on WSB Radio, as he faces mounting pressure to explain why his aides contacted the commission’s chair, Holly LaBerge, days before a key hearing. In the interview, he compared LaBerge to a prosecutor and the commission’s five members to judges.

It was a friendly interview in a friendly venue. Said Deal:

“There was no communication from me and my staff to the commission members. Holly LaBerge is sort of like a prosecutor in the case. Would you not expect us to try to engage with the prosecutor to find out when is the case going to be heard. The commission members are the judges – and when it finally got to them, they found it lacked merit.”

Some backstory: My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin reported Monday that LaBerge drafted a memo in July 2012 documenting calls and messages from Deal chief of staff Chris Riley and chief counsel Ryan Teague.

The pair had contacted her about the Deal complaints just days before the commission was to act on them. LaBerge says in the memo that Teague threatened the agency if she didn’t move to settle the cases without a public hearing.

Read our full story here. And listen to the session yourself in these four segments:

84 comments
Point
Point

Nathan Deal is also a lawyer, but seems out of touch with current law...in the 2 audio clip, he refers to one attorney "getting ready to go out on maternity leave.  Who know how many months that would take?"

Bad form, mentioning maternity and taking time off from work.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Both parties in this interview were puckering up.  Though at opposite ends. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

A 30 minute interview and not one word about Blue Cross, United Healthcare, $60 million dollars, competitive bidding, or the federal investigation and United's lawsuit.  Let's get to the meat.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Not a few readers are concluding that if this is all the Democrats and the AJC can come up with—Nathan Deal does deserve their trust for another four years of leading Georgia out of the Obama Recession.

JaySly
JaySly

who paid all the millions nathan owed after guaranteeing that loan for his daughter???

Scamwatcher
Scamwatcher

Erick, do,you really believe a man who was run out of congress for being one of the 15 most corrupt,lol?

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

Our Governor is ethically and morally challenged.  Poor baby.  He just needs a rest.  He will get all the rest you need after November.

JaySly
JaySly

erick lobbing softball questions to his good buddy nathan---nice.  don't make nathan's people mad---they know how to "get even."

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

For all this grief, Deal should've cheated more. That said, he did do a lot of cover up. He basically is bad at cheating and bad at getting caught. I'm guessing he won't be good at defending himself (I see a pattern).

I believe even white collar criminals will laugh at how pathetic he is.

Eustis
Eustis

td1234 & EdUktr,


Are you trying to convince us or yourselves?



DS
DS

Very interesting. The WSB Landmark poll was taken on day 2 of the LaBerge news, so that's factored into the results. 

Carter had an 8 point lead over Deal with women voters a few days earlier in the PPP poll, but after the LaBerge news, they've dropped him like a bad habit---now Carter has a 2-to-1 advantage among women voters over Deal. Of course, polls are just a rough estimate, but that's a huge change across two polls over just a few days.

Deal spins his narrative in the Erickson interview as if we don't know about the details in the LaBerge memo. He's dissembling about how hard it is to itemize a credit card receipt while we're looking at threats his staff made to an investigator and evidence being hidden by the AG from discovery in a trial.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Listen to the WSB Radio program tapes and you get the clear impression these accusations are baseless. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Deal is digging his own grave as fast as he can.  He may have enough illegal loot to retire and his best maneuver at this point would be to bow out gracefully and move to Mexico.

td1234
td1234

Carter hired Axelrod who is from Chicago and ran the Obama campaign so that means Carter is just trying to win the governorship to do Obama's bidding in Georgia.  (HueyMahl logic 101)

NWGAL
NWGAL

If Deal loses this election, he only has himself to blame. His greed is defeating him.

td1234
td1234

" Jason Carter’s campaign for governor is getting some expensive, high-powered help from another major force in national Democratic politics.

His most recent disclosure, in which he raised over $2 million, also shows that the campaign paid out $67,907.85 to AKPD Message & Media, LLC for campaign consulting.

Based in Chicago, the firm was founded by longtime Democratic operative David Axelrod. He’s most famous as being a top adviser to both of President Obama’s runs for the White House.

Both Axelrod and the firm’s role in both Obama campaigns feature prominently in a website that touts AKPD as “one of the nation’s most successful and prominent firms representing Democratic candidates and progressive causes.”

Current and former members of the firm include top Obama hands like David Plouffe, Isaac Baker, John Del Cecato, Mike Donilon, and Larry Grisolano."


http://georgiatipsheet.com/2014/07/10/carter-brings-key-piece-obama-machine/

td1234
td1234

David M. Axelrod (campaign manager for OBAMA in 2008) has been hired by the Carter campaign to come down here from Chicago in an attempt to throw mud at Deal. 


Did you know that Jason Carter grew up in Chicago, graduated HS in Chicago, then went to Duke before coming to Georgia in just the past 10 years to attempt to fool us into believing he has always been from Georgia. 


Are GA voters going to take the Obama tactics and elect this Chicago grown, Chicago connected, Chicago educated so called moderate Obama supporter? 

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@Point Maybe not, if the concern is for a ranking of first in "doing business" rather than 49th in per capita income growth.

fatleo
fatleo

@EdUktr you do mean the Congressional recession, don't you?

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Yep, you and the tiny dog seem to have that group wrapped up.

That equals 2 votes in November.

btn
btn

Two is not a few.


honested
honested

@JaySly 

Let's see, what offices has erick-the-wrong-wing-party-hack-who-is-ignored-by-anyone-not-in-the-extreme-wrong-wing been elected to?

td1234
td1234

@EdUktr I am not a Deal fan and did not vote for him in the primary but this whole event stinks like an Obama style ambush. Since I have found out King Roy is financing the chief accuser Better GA and Carter has brought in his fellow Chicago buddy Axelrod now I know there is no real validity to the accusations.  

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@td1234 


Sir:


Just yesterday, according to your sources, Roy Barnes was behind all this.

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@td1234 Carter hired Axelrod (me) who ran the Obama campaign so that means Deal is innocent of all charges and all you meanies out there should just leave him alone!! (TD Logic 101)

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@EdUktr Especially since here in Georgia so many stuff their fingers in their ears and hum loudly so they don't learn anything!

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@EdUktr Mr. Educator, please see the post below.  Deal is now down by 8 points to Carter.   Huffington Post is out of date.

Chris30338
Chris30338

@td1234 And this has WHAT to do with Deal's scandal??? Trying to change the subject are we???

Chris30338
Chris30338

@td1234 And AGAIN we ask, what does this have to do with the topic??? td's getting pretty desperate.

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@td1234 Dang TD, you figured me out.  I'm really David Alexrod!!!

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, wow td, you sure are going off the deep end.  You seem to be in a full panic.  Maybe you should take a break like The_Centrist.

Chris30338
Chris30338

@btn EdUktr is counting the voices he hears too.......

honested
honested

@td1234 @Ralph-43 

What difference does the 'interview' make on the 'evidence'.

Just because the sitting governor wasted time to prattle on to a 'known wrong wing hack' what does that change about the impending indictments?

td1234
td1234

@HarryCrews @td1234 King Roy is still the main money man behind the curtain and pulling the money train at Better GA. Axerod has been brought down by his fellow Chicagoian to sling the mud.  

Chris30338
Chris30338

@HueyMahl @td1234 Yes, Axelrod having proven himself to be an outstanding Campaign Manager had NOTHING to do with it. LMAO!!!

td1234
td1234

@HueyMahl No matter how you perceive yourself you are not Axerod bcause Axerod is way smarter then you are, But you do work for the Carter campaign.  

EdUktr
EdUktr

@HueyMahl @EdUktr

Then why bother yourself voting on election day? Be smart; stay home.

td1234
td1234

@Chris30338 @td1234 As Deal said in the interview this is nothing more than a political stunt by the Chicago boys (Axelrod, Carter and Obama) to sling mud at his campaign and depress the conservative vote in the state. 


Can you see where it is relevant to the conversation? 

td1234
td1234

@HueyMahl @td1234 I doubt that you are Alexrod but you do work for the Carter campaign and have been well schooled in the Chicago style mudslinging politics.. I am sure that is a FACT because the evidence is overwhelming. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @HarryCrews 

Even if he were, so what?

Who funds all of the teaklan astro-turf groups.

What does that change about the guilt of a State administration about to face charges of suborning perjury and witness tampering?

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@EdUktr I'm going there just to party and hang out with my homies.  Plus, it is a full day for me, us democrats have a lot of voter fraud to take care of.

Chris30338
Chris30338

@td1234 @Chris30338 LMAO!!! Sure. And Deal and his staff GAVE Carter and the Democrats the SLING and the MUD to fling at Deal??? Yeah, sounds perfectly logical..........NOT! LOL

EdUktr
EdUktr

@HueyMahl @EdUktr

Believe me, Democrats will stuff inner-city ballot boxes just fine without your help. And in the end it won't matter anyway.