Posted: 6:00 am Monday, August 4th, 2014

A Jason Carter counterpunch on missed votes 

By Greg Bluestein

In today’s printed pages, you’ll find a story scrutinizing Democrat Jason Carter’s missed votes as he prepared to run for governor. Carter’s allies added their own counterpunch late Sunday night.

The Democrat’s campaign initially countered when contacted last week by pointing to the dozens of votes that Gov. Nathan Deal missed in Congress as he revved up his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, no-shows that became an issue in his campaign four years back. “Governors in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” said Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas.

But late Sunday evening a Democratic operative sent us over a spreadsheet of Deal’s missed votes in 1991 and 1992 ahead of his first Congressional bid. In all, it found Deal, then a Democrat who was the chamber’s pro tem, missed about 130 missed votes those two sessions.

Their review is a bit different than the analysis of Carter’s past two sessions partly because of the logistics: Votes in the early 1990s weren’t broken out in separate webpages, as they are today, but were instead logged in journals that were later scanned online, making it harder to track each proposal’s intent and legislative journey.

Among the votes the Democratic review showed Deal missed was a decision on his chamber’s version of House Bill 277, which would hold gun owners liable if a child under 12 uses their unlocked and loaded gun to injure or kill someone.

We sent the details over the Deal’s camp last night and will update with their response.

70 comments
CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

A friend is holding his breath waiting on Deal to respond to the request about missing the gun owner liability vote.  Whoa...Dude, you have turned blue...Medic!!!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Nathan Deal on rape. Nathan Deal sponsored a state bill to alter the rules regarding evidence in rape cases, allowing the defense to raise questions regarding the victim’s social and sexual past.  

Nathan Deal on domestice violence victims.  Nathan Deal also fought against a family violence bill that would have offered greater protection to victims of domestic violence. “I don’t think that Superior Court judges should become referees within the home.” Quote from the Daily Times (Gainesville), Feb. 12, 1981, “Sen. Deal speaks against violence bill”  The sanctity of the family must be protected.” Quote from the Daily Times (Gainesville), April 18, 1981, “Moral affairs anniversary” 

Nathan Deal on minorities.  "We got all the complaints of the ghetto grandmothers who didn’t have birth certificates" and all that.  Nathan Deal Speaking before the Cherokee County GOP describing his role in legislation to demand proof of citizenship for federal or state health care benefits~~~ October 2009.

peewilly
peewilly

" smear "damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander."


Seriously, Isn't all political ads about Smearing the other candidate?

Because if not I haven't seen the first  political TV advertisement.

None and Carter make it very easy to "smear" them.

Such is the game of Politics.......

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

The same check getters on here everyday spouting the same hate. Thank goodness the rest of Georgia doesn't read this.


Also, I notice the article about Carter missing votes is behind the pay wall. I wonder why the AJC would do that.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

re: 'Deal was once a Democrat? Oh yes."


you know, I'd forgotten about that . . . I'm glad someone reminded everyone. ;)

Red_GA
Red_GA

Yes, let us be reminded of Deal's missing votes when he was actually a Democrat. What? Deal was once a Democrat? Oh yes. He, like his predecessor Perdue, is an opportunist bent on doing whatever it takes to survive in politics. As we see here he will go sleazy and negative rather than championing his own merits. Both Dems and Republicans should ensure this guy gets tossed.

gavalue
gavalue

Deal lost my vote when he came out for AMNESTY.Wonder who paid him for supporting AMNESTY.

peewilly
peewilly

I normally do not care for TV ads, but I LOVE the one I saw this morning on Mary"NONE" Martin/Mrs Doubtfire.

Boy if that ad does not say it all. By election time the GOP will smear both her and Carter and make all Georgians aware of who the are and what they stand for. Oh My, the picture they are about to paint, it will be very effective for both Govenor Deal and David Purdue.  Read it and Weep !

Sasnitsyrest
Sasnitsyrest

I'm sorry, but I just can't vote for a candidate who clearly stated he forgot to vote because he was "all adither." In fact, I can't vote for any candidate who says he's "all adither," PERIOD. How can one lead when one is "all adither?" 

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

And now, let the liberal choir preach to themselves on the JG blog.  All 45 of them..


Hilarious - And their "solution" is the grandson of the worst president the country has ever had.  Actually, really makes sense, given their blind partisan narrow mindedness.

Bernie31
Bernie31

looks like Good ole Governor Yella Teeth and his Band of merry MISCREANTS are up to their old political Tricks again. Throw everything at the competing competition and see what sticks! They will continue this efforet until they find something they can count on as sticking in a Negative Public View. As the candidate they support....He is an Angel, a Fearless Wise Leader if there is anything to be found wrong

around him it is someone else and not him. Fer sure!

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

No matter how you slice it or what poll you cite, he's a Bad "Deal" and you know it.  We need a new Governor for our state.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Either one missing votes is reprehensible, but they all do when they get that electoral rush running through their veins.  But the idea that anyone is going to vote for someone because he technically didn't miss as many votes as the other guy is loonytunes.  


All of this is somewhat ridiculous, 95% of the folks knew which one they were going to vote for even before the non competitive primary was over.  They are fighting for a few indecisive wishy-washy voters, that more than likely just want to say they voted for the winner,  and the rest of us have to suffer with the silly campaign ads, while those folks dither til Nov.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Carter & Nunn both are 2 feckless Democrats that's afraid to go on offense. Both are running defensive apologetic campaigns which has turned off the African-American voter.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

You can be a crook/crook lover or vote for Carter, or 3rd party.  No matter who wins, crooks support crooks.

DannyX
DannyX

How many US House votes did Deal miss while running away from ethics complaints?  

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

The HOPE scholarship is not funded with tax dollars.  The money comes primarily from those that can least afford it.  Republicans love that about it.  It just gives them another way to screw the poor and desperate.


Deal had lawsuits against him for his unethical actions.  Republicans try to project their politician's failures on others.  It's all they have.

peewilly
peewilly

Obozo is an unethical Democrat.   Other Democrats love that about him.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@LHardingDawg I think you mean fact checkers. Your facts are usually easily disproved fictions. But they seem to give you a feeling of power, bless your little heart.

Charles50
Charles50

@consumedconsumer Most of these thugs Republicans were once Democrats.  Sonny Perdue was as well.  He flipped shortly after sponsoring a bill for gas deregulation here in GA.  How that didn't come up during the election I'll never know.  Most people hate it!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@gavalue 

Deal lost my vote when he came out for AMNESTY.

1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got yer AMNESTY hangin' right here, sport."

Charles50
Charles50

@peewilly You don't find it a little alarming that based on your own comments the Nunn/Carter opponents only have a chance of winning by smearing bad things about their rivals?  


Who is it that keeps asking what doe Michelle Nunn stand for?  What are her policies?  Can we also ask that about David Perdue?

GaBlue
GaBlue

@peewilly


Your misogyny is showing, and doesn't match a thing in this century. Did you think you'd actually look GOOD wearing that? Bless your heart.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@peewilly re; the GOP will smear both her and Carter


true true true . . . but your choice of words is interesting


smear "damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander."


yup, the GOP will certainly try to smear. And you will eat it up apparently. 

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@Sasnitsyrest What he really meant to say..."I can't vote for someone I never had any, zero, no chance intention of ever voting for".  But this REALLY CLINCHED it.


Sing away, choir, sing away to yourselves.

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@dcdcdc Unfortunately the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has dug deeper on the list than even Carter.  But alas, I am not a fan of either of the Republicans running, but I will not be voting for the descendants of Sam Nunn or Jimmy Carter.  Sam Nunn I might have voted for, by not his offspring.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@dcdcdc


Please tell us all about your grandfather! Because according to your logic, (and based on your comments) you must be exactly the same as the man he was at your age, in a previous century, drinking and passing water in your own separate, color-coded facilities. No difference at all. No mind or capabilities of your own, having never evolved or adapted into a new time or generation. If you have a picture of yourself in Grandpa's outdated suit and smelly old hat, please post that too. Thanks!

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@dcdcdc oh, yes, the "worst president the country has ever had" insult . . . how original. 

honested
honested

@dcdcdc 

gw bush doesn't have any grandchildren old enough to run for office.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bernie31 The reality, however, is the Dems will vote for the Dem candidate and the Repubs will vote for the Repub candidate.  It doesn't really matter much what they think, believe, or say they will do.  This is pretty much what our country has come to in the past few elections, and I think all of the candidates know this.  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@lithoniaguy What do you expect, if they announced the policies they actually advocated, they would lose 30% of their voters.  


There are just not enough white proggies and black Georgians to elect either, if they openly campaigned on supporting Obama's radical progressive agenda.  So, they have to use the Democrats 70ish campaign tactics, lie to the home folks about their conservative credentials, like Fowler and Clelland, and then go to DC and vote with the Democrats.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@lithoniaguy - And you know this HOW? Being a Republican is amazing..you guys HAVE extra powers that ordinary Americans do not have. You ALWAYS KNOW what Jesus would DO! now you know what The African American Voter will do in the Next election. One thing you can count on as sure as Peachtree street goes to Buckhead. Not only will the African American voting Block will not be supporting Republican Candidates in Large numbers. So will Hispanics,Latinos,Women,Gays and other American immigrants. You are viewed as a mean spirited, callous, insensitive, wrong headed know it all bunch of OLD Angry White Men who are full themselves! and need to removed from the political landscape.


uh..huh

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@EdUktr i'm not certain why you're thinking he's got a steady lead. 


46.8 to 44.5 


44.7 to 44.3 


Not much of lead really . . .

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@RafeHollister @lithoniaguy re:  radical progressive agenda


brought to you by the likes of Goldman Sachs, the medical establishment, national security state, etc. 


yeah, yeah, yeah, such the progressive agenda we've witnessed . . .


and the end of the day, he's infinitely better than any of the other candidates who were running against him.


Kamchak
Kamchak

@RafeHollister 

... lie to the home folks...

We will be greeted as liberators.

The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.

Yellow cake uranium from Niger.

Thousands and thousands and thousands of high strength aluminum tubes.

Just remindin'.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@consumedconsumer @EdUktr - Our miguided thinking raging sack of Meat, has a very high opinion of himself as an expert in Political analysis. The funny thing is now one has ever hired him for that so called expertise. However he does tend to leave his mark every where he goes. Brown and Yellow Stains!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Kamchak @RafeHollister

They all lie- some more frequently than others.

If you like your doctor

If you like your plan

You will save $2500 per year

This will be the most transparent administration

There will be no lobbyist in my administration

Hope and Change

Yes, we can!

It was a spontaneous demonstration sparked by a video


Just remindin

DannyX
DannyX

@EdUktr,

Hey Eduktr, why is Deal, an incumbent Governor in a solid red state only at 41%?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@RafeHollister


we will be greeted as liberators


the war will pay for itself


mission accomplished


we don't torture


I don't believe anyone could have predicted


warrantless spying . . . on everyone.


compassionate conservative


i really don't spend that much time on him (OBL)


he kept us safe (after he didn't)


just remindin'