Posted: 9:50 am Monday, July 21st, 2014

Nathan Deal says he won’t ‘leave anything on table’ in re-elect bid 

By Greg Bluestein

nathan deal

 

Gov. Nathan Deal’s conference call with GOP lawmakers this morning was less of a defense of his office’s role in the fallout over the ethics memo and more of an impassioned plea for fellow Republicans to regroup against Democrats mounting a growing threat to their political supremacy.

Trailing in fundraising and lagging in a recent poll behind Democrat Jason Carter, Deal suggested that the ethics memo has given his campaign a jolt. He said he’s been “somewhat deferential” during the long runoff period to avoid distracting attention from GOP races for Senate and superintendent, but that will change with tomorrow’s contest.

“If you don’t think I’m willing to fight, let me remind you of my background,” he said, recounting 15 election victories since 1980. “I have never lost and I do not intend to lose now. This is my last race. I am looking for no higher office.”

He told more than 50 GOP legislators that they would suffer if Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, were to wrest control of the governor’s mansion. Said Deal:

“He will use the bully pulpit of the governor’s office to beat you into the ground and you will have no opportunity to respond. He will pick you off, one by one if necessary, until he regains control of the Legislature … He will set you up as the target of demagoguery.”

And he added: “If we have a Governor Carter, do you not believe he will immediately start to follow his grandfather’s footsteps so he can be a second President Carter?”

Carter’s campaign spokesman Bryan Thomas said the conference call was a sign that “other Republican leaders are reluctant to jump to his defense.”

“You know you have problems when you have to beg your own party officials for money and air cover,” Thomas said.

Deal said the hubbub around the memo, in which ethics chief Holly LaBerge accused his top aides of threatening her to make campaign complaints “go away,” amounted to a “political effort to discredit me.” And he questioned the “strange” timing of its emergence, noting that it was released in public for the first time last week.

“Let me ask you a practical question: What could the governor’s office threaten her with? We could not fire her … We could not cut her salary … We could not take or give rule-making authority to the commission.”

(In each case, he said, the answer either with the ethics commission’s five-member board or state lawmakers — although the bid to restore the rule-making authority of the state ethics commission, which passed in 2013, required the signature of the governor.)

Deal said the GOP’s successes “infuriates” Democrats, particularly CNBC’s recent ranking of Georgia as the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.

“When CNBC ratified that we were the number one state in the nation to do business, it drove them crazy,” he said.

“We are the beacon for progress in the United States at the state level. Let’s not abandon it,” he said, adding: “We have great things that lie ahead of us. But we have to be there to make it happen.”

He urged the GOP officials to “step up” and donate to his campaign, and rally supporters to the wave of fundraisers he’ll be hosting in the next 45 days. And he asked them to support him in the media and at local gatherings when voters raise questions about his ethics and his record.

“I told you this is my last race,” he said. “And we’re not going to leave anything on the table.”

95 comments
SouthernDem
SouthernDem

Republicans may say what they choose, but its pretty clear that Deal's reelection is in serious jeopardy. My money is on Carter: Young, intelligent, fresh faced, idea-driven. That's the opposite of the aging relic that is Deal: A man who talks too much, does too little, and doesn't know his behind from a hole in the ground. Moreover, he's a crook.

GOPers are hoping this latest scandal will pass over but voters are tired of hearing about Deal's growing stockpile of coverups. Where there's smoke there's fire.

What did she have to fear from the governor's office--the most powerful position in the state? The possibilities are endless. But I certainly think Deal would probably have left "nothing on the table" in keeping this woman quiet had the AJC not brought the matter into the public realm. Kudos once again, AJC.


Its time for a change. Voters want it, and its way overdue. Deal knows this. He is a dinosaur and a mediocre governor who has held sway in this state for far too long. "16 elections" says it all: Its time for us to retire him at the polls permanently.



Burt54
Burt54

Just inspired me to send another ten bucks to Jason. Yee Haw!!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@peewilly  he is a loser and he will lose.  There all better now?  Should I call you school teacher or professor of the net?  This is a blog not an institution of higher learning.  IDK who u think u r.

peewilly
peewilly

@StraightNoChaser


You either never completed grade school or flunked your English class?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

"This is my last race. I am looking for no higher office.” ~~~ Nathan Deal July 21, 2014

Even if he was looking higher outside of Georgia he could never win at the national level he would loss in a land slide and he knows this. 

CJKatl
CJKatl

Why hasn't Deal fired those involved in contacting Holly Laberge? The fact he keeps those people employed makes it clear he stands behind their actions. Obviously he is afraid those closest to him will turn states evidence and start singing to the FBI to save their own butts from jail, but Deal should not be permitted to have his cake and eat it too. C'mon, AJC, ask Deal why those implicated in wrongful conduct have not been shown the door? Ask Deal why they haven't been canned, as they should have been. 

peewilly
peewilly

Progressive= Liberal Democrat


I don't care what the polls say,Deal will win hands down.

Carter is pulling out  anything and everything to win.

Govenor Deal has done an excellent job and served this state very well.

A vote for Carter is a vote for Hillary and dear God no one wants that but the illegals,gays,and Obama lovers.

Wise up people. Reelect the good Deal.

Charles50
Charles50

This is really pathetic.  The Governor has to resort to scare tactics to win?  Are the people on these calls THAT gullible that this kind of rhetoric can sway them?  Notice his message wasn't what he's done for the State, it's about scaring them into believing what Carter will do.  As far as this being his last race all I can say is from his lips to God's ear.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

And if you disagree with him --- He will FIRE you !!!

Shar1
Shar1

Rough translation of Deal's remarks:  "We've got these crackers right where we want them.  Don't screw this up.  I got mine and if you want to get yours, get your butts out there and cover this up with a blizzard of lies and distraction."

td1234
td1234

I have voted in every election in Georgia since 1984 and in all of that time I have never seen a Conservative (Be it Conservative Democrat or Republican) split a ticket and vote for a progressive in one race and conservatives in all the other races. 


Conservatives will be the majority of the voters in November so for Carter to win would mean that at least 20% to 30% of them would have to do something that has never been done in the state's history. 

ToddSanders
ToddSanders

@SouthernDem It is time for a change! Deal is a crook 100% and without a doubt. The only part that concerns me about your comments is the statement "a mediocre governor". He is not fit to be any kind of political leader at all and has certainly not proven to be even mediocre, if you look around Georgia you will see he is a total FAILURE as governor. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@peewilly "You either never completed grade school or flunked your English class?"
  I guess peewilly was learned in home school that you always end a declarative statement with a question mark.  Oh the irony!!  What else was you learned, peewilly?

honested
honested

@peewilly 

What other state was deal a governor in where he did an 'excellent job' at ANYTHING?

It certainly wasn't Georgia where at best he hewed to the failed policies of his predecessor and helped Georgia 'find the bottom' in so many measures.

What the Governor didn't mention is that without him at the helm to rubberstamp their endless flood of ALEC legislation, the folks at ALEC would probably not be as forthcoming with the largesse. Remember, they want something for their big bucks and swanky 'retreats'. Heck, the legislators might find themselves having to mingle with the unwashed Voters again and listen to what they wanted done!!!

Charles50
Charles50

@peewilly Carter hasn't even attacked Deal yet.   Deal, however, began running ads against Carter for which he had to respond.  Why would a confident incumbent do something like that so early in the game?  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@peewilly 

 I don't care what the polls say,Deal will win hands down.

Whistling past the graveyard.

Just sayin'.

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 Fear works as it did two years ago in the south to keep record numbers of blacks to the polls because Republicans were taking their right to vote away by making them prove who they are with a photo id. 

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 Man, what was that jingle..."Let's Put Paul Coverdell in the Senate and Vote for Bill Clinton and Joe Harris, Too!"

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 "I have voted in every election in Georgia since 1984 and in all of that time I have never seen a Conservative (Be it Conservative Democrat or Republican) split a ticket and vote for a progressive in one race and conservatives in all the other races. "

LMAO. What an idiot.


1992:
Joe Frank Harris (D)
Paul Coverdell (R)
Bill Clinton (D)

1998:
Roy Barnes (D)
Paul Coverdell (R)

2000:
Zell Miller (D)
George Bush (R)

DS
DS

@td1234

I suggest you read the cross tabs on polls. Now, I'm not saying that polls are the gospel truth; they're just a rough estimate. But they show some interesting information.

First, Georgia voters aren't majority conservative. It just seems that way sometimes. There's a big chunk of conservatives, a big chunk of moderates, and a small chunk of liberals.

Second, there are conservatives who prefer a moderate candidate, especially when the conservative candidate has problems.

As a moderate myself, I vote across the spectrum every time I vote. Been doing it for years. I pick candidates who I think will do the best job.

I think the ideology test is a poor way to make a choice. Too many candidates seem to have the right ideology but are no good at governing.

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 Oh please. Carter's team at Better Georgia has been attacking Deal for better that 6 months now. 


It is the other way around. Deal has not even began to launch all its attacks linking Carter to Obama and Obama policies. 


I still believe Carter will lose by 5 to 10 points in November. Would like to go on the record predicting a Carter win?  

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @Charles50 You guys have used FEAR for years.  The voter ID law is a fact, not something made up.  People used all kinds of ID for years and then the "government" which you guys claim to hate decided that you had to use GOVERNMENT issued ID to vote.  How is that for smaller government?

td1234
td1234

@RadicalRuralDem And which one of those are progressives? The Clinton, Miller, Joe Frank Harris (southern Conservative) wing of the Democratic party is long gone and has been replaced by the Reid, Obama, Pelosi and Carter far left progressive wing of the party. 

td1234
td1234

@DS


1: I would predict that the Constitutional Amendment to cap the states income taxes at its current level will pass by more than 70% of the vote. All these voters are fiscal conservatives. 


2: All 66,000 of them voted for Barge in the primary. 


3: There are some moderates that cross lines and vote but all I am saying is that since 1984 I have not seen very much evidence in Georgia that there is even close to the 20 to 30% necessary to put Carter in office. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Conservatives would not vote for the moderate Barge and Barnes received more votes than Barge, Pennington and Carter combined in the primary so what has changed to the point to make you believe that the voters that voted for Deal, the Tea Party voters that voted for Pennington and the voters that voted for Barge are now all of a sudden going to cast a ballot for the progressive Carter? 

HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@td1234 @Charles50 I'll go on the record with a Carter win prediction. And it will be by double digits if the FBI's indictment comes down before the election.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Charles50 

Attacking deal?

How is exposing the obvious wrongdoing of a sitting Governor an attack?

Do you prefer crooked elected officials?

Charles50
Charles50

@CherokeeCounty @td1234 @Charles50 Exactly.  fliers being passed around telling people that if they owed child support they would be arrested.  Or that due to the high volume, some people would be voting on Wednesday instead of Tues.  Now I don't know if the last one happened in GA, but I think it has in the past.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem And you can keep playing name association all you want, but polling and sentiment around Georgia shows that nobody's buying that ridiculous attachment of Carter to your favorite punching bag name-dropping schemes. What about the Bush-McCain-McConnell-Hitler-Mussolini wing of the Republican Party that Nathan Deal inhabits?

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem Uh, all of the Democrats, when you look at their economic policies. Just because they whistled "Dixie" to the rural masses doesn't mean that they were "Southern Conservative". The only real social issues that are "progressive" today didn't cause hoopla or were non-existent then, and the only real social issue still around back then was to do with civil rights/racism. Guess which side those Ds were on?

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty I would like to think that ethics and honesty are important to conservatives. Surely all this mess will cost Deal some votes. If an actual indictment comes through before NovemberI think it may be enough to get Deal out of office.

Plus Carter is not a liberal...even though the Cons will try to portray him as a leftist. He is very much middle of the road and I think most Georgians will realize that if they have a reason to look beyond the labels. Hopefully this will make thinking Georgians look beyond the "R" and the :D."

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@honested

How is exposing the obvious wrongdoing of a sitting Governor an attack?

Oh, the same way that reporting it is clear evidence of "librul media bias."  

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 And this is voter suppression by the government how? 


It is not even close to "walking around money" in ethical disgust that the Democrats have been doing for years.  

td1234
td1234

@RadicalRuralDem Nobody? The political ads have not even started yet and most voters in this state are not even paying attention yet. 


Deal has just began to talk about the cost to spending billions on Education and expansion of Obamacare in interviews just wait until you see these placed in television ads in August and September. 

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican Carter was voted into his current Senate seat representing some of the most progressive, rich, informed voters in the state so to say they did not put a progressive in the seat is very far fetched. Carter does not want to sound like a progressive but he is very much in line with the Obama progressive wing of the Democratic party. 

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem Did he talk about the billions he's sucking up with his new car tax? Did he talk about the billions in lost revenue and economic growth by being a penny-pincher on Medicaid and eating his seed corn now, which doesn't actually save money? While he talks about that bogus #1 in business rating from an org that does business with the state, did he talk about the 80,000 jobs he's cost us by not expanding? Just wait...and yeah, the issues you whine about are supported by Georgians. 60%+ support Medicaid expansion. Are you guys seriously going to run against funding education? Because if you try to attack him on it, that's exactly what we're going to make you look like.

And yes, NOBODY, other than the 45% of the state that would vote for Nathan Deal if the Devil himself came down to Georgia the night before the election and copulated with him on live television. Those people don't matter; we already know what they're going to do. Georgia's horribly inelastic, but there are enough swing voters to win this for the Democrats. You guys take for granted the fact that you've been getting 3/4 of them for the past 15 years; that doesn't mean they're YOUR voters.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @NOlongerRepublican Says you.  If you look at his voting record and talking points that is not true.  You guys even point out the fact that he voted for Deal's education budget and the guns everywhere law.  Can't have it both ways.

td1234
td1234

@RadicalRuralDem


"60%+ support Medicaid expansion."


Until the voters are informed that this is Obamacare and then the numbers reverse. 

td1234
td1234

@Charles50 I remember a couple years ago stories running on the news about his arguments on the Senate floor about turning the Hope into another means tested welfare program. Then you have his call to expand Obamacare and spending more on education but promising not to raise taxes "now". 


The picture of him and his cousin shaking hands with Obama after turning the 47% tape over to his campaign. How many votes do you think that will cost him in November? 

Techfan
Techfan

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem  It means getting more people health insurance and more hospitals reimbursed for coverage which lowers the costs for everyone. It also means tax credits for people up to 400% of the poverty level to help pay insurance premiums. Yeah, people will hate that, especially since we're paying the taxes anyway and just not getting the coverage or the tax credits all over a political ploy. Who cares about the citizens or state? Definitely not Deal, Hudgens, or the GOP. Zero cost to the state for 3 years, then we have to pick up 10%. We'll make that up on the middle class getting the tax credts and not losing our rural hospitals. Maybe the Ga GOP should decide people in the state shouldn't get the tax dedution for having children too. Go all out and refuse all federal tax breaks.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem I wouldn't do that if I were you. They might just start liking the whole damn thing and throw Ralph Hudgens out for telling insurance companies to purposefully raise premiums in Georgia to generate negative sentiment.

You guys have had 4 years to tell them, and you have. They still don't care. You guys ran an entire presidential election on it, and lost. Georgia barely slid one point in 2012 compared to 2008 after you gave it your all. It's a state-managed program with federal dollars that come back from Washington. If you guys were going to make a dent in its appeal, you already would have. Boys who cried wolf and all that.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @Charles50 None. I doubt that anyone who is butthurt because he exposed Romney's true feelings was going to vote for him anyway. 

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @Charles50 Hmm, well let's see if the bankroll for Deal brings these things up.  Because I doubt if they really  matter to anyone.  

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Yes, those 60% of Georgia voters that disapprove of Obama will want this information. 



Charles50
Charles50

@CherokeeCounty @td1234 @Charles50 butthurt?  I'm sure he was concerned about Independent votes and that's probably where it cost him the most.  Just like if the tables were turned, Obama wouldn't have been worried about dyed-in-the-wool Republicans.  

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem Nice way to change the subject. If you win, it won't be because of some imagined message war on Medicaid expansion and attacking education.

I think that's why your track record is so piss-poor; making a prediction this far out is useless. If I were a betting man, then I'd bet that Deal doesn't get a majority in November - that's all I'm willing to put next to my name this early out (normal).

td1234
td1234

@RadicalRuralDem @td1234 Piss poor track record? I have predicted one race incorrectly since I have been on this blog and I have predicted most of them months out in advance. 

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @RadicalRuralDem People don't forget. What about Romney?

And yeah, no real expertise in saying in the past, "Republican nominee will win in Georgia!". For the longest, that's been like saying "tomorrow will be a day!".

Your most recent error was in perhaps the most easily-predictable Republican primary - which is where real skill in prediction is required. Practically comparable to wagering that Gary Johnson would have won the 2012 presidential election, so yeah...

Kingston beats Perdue 55-45.