Posted: 1:49 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014

A pitch to GOP leaders to help Nathan Deal get ‘back on message’ 

By Greg Bluestein

 

Gov. Nathan Deal’s camp wants to change the subject from the ongoing fallout over the ethics memo.

The following message was sent to Republican state senators in the wake of that memo, in which ethics chief Holly LaBerge said she was threatened by Deal’s top staffers.

It’s another sign that Deal’s aides, accused of urging LaBerge to make complaints against the governor “go away,” want this story to head that same route. It included talking points to help them stay on a “singular message to get back on topic and win this campaign.”

Here goes:

Dear Senator,

As I am sure you have noticed, our opponent has succeeded this week in getting the media away from talking about the issues and concentrating on a smear campaign against Governor Deal. Jason Carter knows that he is losing the debate on jobs, the economy, and education. The only way for him to win is by driving up the governor’s negatives with false attacks. We are determined to win this campaign on the issues, but in order to get the dialogue back on jobs, we must first set the record straight with these allegations. That process started on Wednesday with Gov. Deal not backing down from Doug Richards’ ambush interview, continued with a lengthy sit down with Erick Erickson yesterday, and will culminate today with an interview with Dale Russell. In order for us to get back on message, Nathan Deal can’t be the only one pushing back against false attacks. We need you.

Governor Deal has asked me to gather all GOP State Senators and State Representatives for a conference call at 9am Monday morning for him to go through the facts of this story along with our collective response. The call-in information is below. I hope that you can join us. It will take all of us working together with a singular message to get back on topic and win this campaign.

Best,

Tom Willis
Campaign Manager
Deal for Governor

In other words, next Monday — on the day before Republicans choose their candidate for U.S. Senate, the political world is likely to be talking about something else.

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Meanwhile, Carter revived an effort to persuade Attorney General Sam Olens to open an independent investigation into the handling of the complaints. Two earlier attempts were rejected by Olens as political gamesmanship.

In the letter, which you can find here, Carter said the memo “adds significant new dimensions” to the case, and suggested that Riley and Teague violated state law.

“It is implausible that these individuals would go to such great lengths to quash the Deal investigation unless there were serious improprieties to hide,” he wrote, demanding a detailed explanation if the request was denied.

“In your view, what tools does the state government have at its disposal to investigate illegal activity by its top elected officials and their staff? If not your office, who is the appropriate actor to investigate this apparently illegal activity?”

No word back from Olens office yet, but we’re not holding our breath on this one.

87 comments
Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Avoideth not only wrongdoing, but the appearance of wrongdoing.


Or, if you hang around with dogs you will get fleas.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

So, let's see:  Our governor, AG and Speaker all are in major ethical trouble and in the news at the same time!

honested
honested

Back on message for Governor deal:


My fellow Georgians, I am fully prepared to Govern from whatever CELL I am confined!

DS
DS

I don't see how Olens can wiggle out of this one. This latest letter makes a pretty strong case that the AG office should investigate, even if through an appointed investigator.

If Olens days no, it clearly would be a political decision not in keeping with Georgia law. He wouldn't be doing his job.

We've arrived at a moment of truth.

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Yeah, you can bet that will be an interesting conference call Mon. between the Guv and his minion legislators...and no doubt we'll get to read a transcript or hear a recording of it later Monday.  And of course the AG either won't reply about reopening the ethics complaint investigation or will just say "no."  They're sweating this issue because they know they can't get the toothpaste back into the tube---it's just a big, messy lump.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Let's see - what are Deal's talents?  Tap Dancing?  Gathering money and stuffing it into his pockets?  Hillbilly songs? Guns everywhere?  Praying over sick people (saves money).  Closing hospitals?  Renovating the capitol?  Bailing out of Ebenezer Baptist when the crowd gets angry during the Martin Luther King Holiday celebration?  $250 million for the parking lot at the unnecessary new Falcon's stadium (so he doesn't have to take MARTA).  $150 million to shut up the teachers complaining about their reduced health insurance benefits.  Blocking Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion.  Blocking Food Stamps.  Yes sir - this guy is one fine piece of work.  Lots of talent.

likeitis
likeitis

Dear Chuck Clausen.....I have read both your comments and I can assure you that it is NOT your eyesight that is in question.

SaintGeorge
SaintGeorge

All that Georgians want is somebody who will worry about the people of this state more than they worry about their own hide.  They want someone who will do the job and hire and appoint good competent people to do their jobs, not based on their connections or cronyism.   Whoever proves their integrity as someone we can trust will be our next Governor.  

likeitis
likeitis

Deal's political "Spin Directors" will be working late into the night this weekend getting ready for Monday's Conference Call.

Eustis
Eustis

Hera 

"Writing anything positive for a Republican on the AJC is just a waste of time."

The article is about Gov. Deal, who is positively more crooked than Marvin Griffin.

Eustis
Eustis

"Jason Carter knows that he is losing the debate on jobs, the economy, and education."

Gov. Deal should be hoping the debate doesn't go to those three topics.

Hera
Hera

Writing anything positive for a Republican on the AJC is just a waste of time.  The choir will vote for Deal because he is the most educated and experienced person running for the job.  Democrats and whatevers will vote against him and for Carter for the same reasons they voted for an uneducated and inexperienced Obama.

Sad, but the idiots and the grifters outnumber the workers and the earners.  Some day soon the money will run out and what will all the Democrats do then?  Get a job in the private sector!!!???  Only if it is a UNION JOB!!!


I find it funny that Bill Clinton was reelected and his lack of any ethics meant nothing.

Obama can not move his lips without telling a lie but that is OK too.

Hillary does not know, does not remember, does not recall anything except she is broke.

Need I mention Jessee or Al or Charlie??  But they are just GREAT guys!!

And Jimmy Carter is still upset he could  not raise interest rates and gas prices more than he did when he was President.


But Deal, who has brought jobs and more jobs to GA has an ethics charge filed against him that is a CRIME!!!

pb
pb

One thing for sure. If I were any of Deal's advisors, I would not go anywhere near or talk to anyone on the Ethics board any more. It has not worked out well for them threatening people there. Even if Deal didn't know about it, it is his people doing it.

Eustis
Eustis

Nothing better than a photo op with an ethically challenged Governor. Too much history to blame it on Carter. 

radiohead57
radiohead57

The coverup is always messier than what's being covered up. And what is Gov. Deal covering up? Does it relate to the ethics charging he was facing when he left the U.S. House of Representatives to ru nfor Governor?

lest we forget, from Governor Deal's Wikipedia profile:

"The Office of Congressional Ethics released a report on March 29, 2010, that concluded Deal appeared to have improperly used his office staff to pressure Georgia officials to continue the state vehicle inspection program that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for his family’s auto salvage business. Deal stated: "I have done nothing wrong and am not going to let this tarnish my (...) record of public service."[12]

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), released their investigative report (Review No. 09-1022) on March 29, 2010. The report stipulate, "Representative Nathan Deal and his business partner own Recovery Services, Inc. a/k/a Gainesville Salvage & Disposal ('GSD'), located in Gainesville, Georgia... The OCE does not take a position on Representative Deal's motivations for inserting himself into discussions of potential modifications to a state vehicle inspection program... The OCE reviews the facts as presented at the time of review and does not take a position on whether Representative Deal's income from GSD was mistakenly reported as earned income since 2006 on his federal income taxes... [F]or all the reasons stated above, the OCE Board recommends further review by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct". (Note: Report was submitted on January 28, 2010.) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, otherwise known as the House Ethics Committee, never reported or commented on any investigation of Representative Deal,[13] as his resignation, announced March 1, 2010, excluded him from the Office of Congressional Ethics' jurisdiction.[14] Although this seemed too coincidental for some, Deal maintained in a speech to supporters that the resignation was so that he could "devote [his] full energies" to the gubernatorial campaign.[15]


Resignation

On March 1, 2010, Deal announced his intention to resign in order to focus on his campaign for Governor of Georgia.[16]

MoFaux
MoFaux

Hey, was that pitch a curveball or knuckleball?  Let's hope he gets released like Dan Uggla just did.

EdUktr
EdUktr

AJC & Jim Galloway = Carter for Governor Campaign


(I wrote that in big & bold to better catch Mr. Willis's eye.)

ChuckClausen
ChuckClausen

I'm 74 years old and as a football coached lived all over the country - Nathan Deal has been the best and most effective Governor I've seen in my life time.

Fucoff
Fucoff

In other words: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, pay no attention!"

Fucoff
Fucoff

Funny, anyone notice how the Kasim Reed-Twitter story link is now dead?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@likeitis It's going to be tough to teach some of our stupider lawmakers to speak in unison.  They'd better be writing a script with simple words.

NWGAL
NWGAL

They did a good job during the last election, making his 2.3 million dollar debt, revealed shortly before the election, into a demonstration that he could empathize with all of us hurt by the recession. Now he has money, but maybe they can spin this into how hard it is to get good workers, ones who won't rat on you.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@Hera There is room for different opinions in this country...but we are running out of room just plain stupid people, and that is the category where you belong. There is alot in your post that is just plain ignorant, but do you really think President Obama is uneducated? You lose all respect and consideration for your argument when you post something like that. You have no credibility for anything else you say when you post something so stupid. I am assuming that you are nothing more than a right wing hack and do know that President Obama graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School and is an expert in Constitutional law. He also taught at University of Chicago Law School. Do you have an equivalent background?

DisgruntledTN
DisgruntledTN

@Hera Obama, President of the Harvard Law Review = "Uneducated" 

Okie

Dokie

Yorick
Yorick

@Hera I wonder if you even realize you are making a straw man argument, or if you actually believe the nonsense you have posted is true.  Yes, you nailed it. All Democrats are welfare recipients who have never worked a day in their lives, and the "takers" will soon outnumber the "makers".  I'm actually posting this on my iphone in line to pick up my WIC benefits.  I'm not sure where financially successful and productive democrats like Warren Buffett fit into your narrative, but I'm sure you will enlighten me.  So long as the Republicans' naive understanding of the electorate is one in which anyone who votes for Democrats is a socialist or welfare recipient, and anyone who votes for Republicans is a productive member of society, it seems very unlikely they will win another presidential election.  

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@pb But personal responsibility isn't Deal's strong point.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@ChuckClausen With all due respect, I have to assume that you have been blind since birth with a statement like that.

NWGAL
NWGAL

He is extremely effective at funneling money into his pockets and those of his friends. But for the citizens of Georgia, not so much.

td1234
td1234

@Fucoff Yes, let us talk about a few men behind the Carter curtain:


Two time governor loser King Roy Barnes is the financial backer of the mud slinging Better Ga

The Obama architect David Axelrod is now behind the curtain pulling all the strings for Carter. 


Last but not least, Granddaddy Jimmy is running all over the country to bring in far left money to Georgia to run the Carter campaign.  

majiirob
majiirob

@Yorick.I don't understand the stereotyping and scapegoating that some republicans do to democrats and others, either, Yorik.  It's short-sighted to think that all who don't vote for republicans are slackers who are on welfare and want to "take" something from republicans.  I worked in a professional capacity for 35 straight years and paid my taxes while being a black female, but according to people like Hera, I've been loafing my entire life.  It's sad to witness people like her (I'm assuming the poster is female because of the choice of a screen name related to a Greek goddess) make ignorant statements like the one she made in her post.  I think you're correct when you note that this type of thinking will keep a republican out of the WH for quite some time.  Some republicans refuse to understand that a party can't persuade individuals to vote for its politicians if they continue stereotyping and scapegoating them.  

ChuckClausen
ChuckClausen

I lived in both San Francisco and San Diego did graduate work at both Stanford and Cal, lived in New Jersey and did some additional work at Rutgers - I was in the NFL for 15 seasons and can assure you I have incredible eye sight

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL Come on now you are better that that kind of off based spin. There is absolutely NO proof that Deal has stuck one penny in his own pocket.

Manman
Manman

@td1234 @Fucoff Most of Deal's cash has come from the Koch's so far. What exactly is your point?

NWGAL
NWGAL

And the very honorable Deal is only taking money from whom? Someone is paying for his campaign too.

Point
Point

We're you a referee? Some of them have poor eye sight.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Chuck

Have you filed for your claim with the NFL for your brain damage?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@ChuckClausen 

 I was in the NFL for 15 seasons and can assure you I have incredible eye sight

I've pitched 3 no-hit shutouts in 3 different World Series and I've won the golden boot in 5 different World Cups.

AWA1
AWA1

@td1234 @NWGAL perhaps not a penny ... but a whole lot of folding money has been stuffed in Deal's pockets.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Deal entered office bankrupt and now is pretty affluent. That money doesn't come from his salary.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL Almost every business in Georgia, more small donors individuals in GA and he may be getting a big check from me and then another one from my wife and another one from my son. 

pb
pb

@NWGAL He did not enter office bankrupt. I don't know where you got that information. Maybe you made it up, or believe what some of the Democrats say.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL Yes, Deal paid all of his debts off by taking his retirement fund by Congress and by selling the business to a porn distributor from CA. 



Eustis
Eustis

Hope your ROI on Deal is better than that on Romney.

td1234
td1234

@Eustis I did not give any money to Romney. I have never given to a Presidential campaign. I do not send my political donations outside the state.