Posted: 10:26 am Friday, August 8th, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides to join campaign with three months to go 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal's chief of staff, Chris Riley, is leaving his post temporarily to join the governor's campaign.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff, Chris Riley, is leaving his post temporarily to join the governor’s campaign.

It’s all hands on deck for Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign.

His chief of staff Chris Riley, chief spokesman Brian Robinson and legislative liaison David Werner are taking leave from their official gigs to work for the campaign in the final stretch of the contest against Democrat Jason Carter.

“We aren’t leaving anything on the table,” campaign manager Tom Willis said in an email to supporters.

Riley sent an email to staffers explaining the decision:

“As you all know, I have had the opportunity to work for Gov. Nathan Deal for the past 22 years,” he wrote. “I have been involved in each of his campaigns since 1992, and there’s no way I’d miss the last campaign he will ever run.”

Riley said in the note that the office will “continue to work as it normally would,” with Chief Operating Officer Bart Gobeil as the main point of contact for state agencies. Robinson’s deputy Sasha Dlugolenski will be the office’s main press contact. The trio will officially join the campaign on Aug. 16.

The news brought this response from Carter campaign manager Matt McGrath:

35 comments
PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Chris Riley had better be interviewing some good criminal defense attorneys. I believe he's goon a need them.

Jke
Jke

The point is not that we shouldn't care for the poor. Obviously we should. The point is nothing is simple as we'd like it to be. Who are the "poor"? Widows and orphans? Those who are temporarily in dire straights? Those who have little because they can't, rather than those who won't? And how do we separate them out and how do we help them?

It's complex, and simple non-thinking name calling is no solution.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

His chief of staff Chris Riley, chief spokesman Brian Robinson and legislative liaison David Werner are taking leave from their official gigs to work for the campaign in the final stretch of the contest against Democrat Jason Carter.


I hope they have already applied for one of those $13 per hour jobs Nathan Deal is campaigning on as a success story for Georgia because the tax paying subsidized job that I help pay for will be no more after the election.  Let's see how much they are grinning and smiling then when they have to make a penny stretch to buy health insurance, food and clothing. 

Bubba30342
Bubba30342

Exactly what is surprising or newsworthy about this?


Point
Point

Seriously what kind of leave are they taking? The rest of us Gov employees can't just take off to work on another project and then waltz back in to the same job. Unpaid leave requires they pay employee and employer portions of health insurance. Better not be double dipping being paid by state and campaign.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Will their health insurance be covered by the state during these months?

Charles50
Charles50

My guess is they are taking a leave before someone finds out that they've been working on the campaign during State time anyway.  Someone really should look into this.  


By the way, exactly what kind of leave are they taking?  How could they possibly have enough Annual Leave built up in 4 years to take off for 3 months?  Or will this be leave without pay?  Inquiring minds want to know.  

Jke
Jke

Bernie--


2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV


For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.


Proverbs 10:4 ESV

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.


1 Timothy 5:8 ESV

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.


Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.


Proverbs 19:24 ESV 

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 6:6 ESV 

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.


Proverbs 12:24 ESV

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.


Proverbs 20:4 

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.


Matthew 25:14 ESV

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.


Proverbs 28:19 ESV

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.


Jke
Jke

McGrath tweet---2 for 1 sale:  (1) would Mr. McGrath please name and identify by color the top 3 advisors on the Carter campaign staff and; (2) would he please explain what he has done to quiet the criticism and dissatisfaction expressed by black politicos because of the lack of blacks in important positions within the campaign.  

AvailableName
AvailableName

So, I guess these guys aren't exactly crucial to a well run state?

Bernie31
Bernie31

Our Young DAVID aka Jason Carter with slingshot in hand, is readying to Fell Our Modern Day GOLAITH, by the name of Satan.,,,,I mean Nathan aka Governor Yella Teeth. He is now running SKERRED for he now sees the HATRED of his own Works.


Proverbs 21:13 “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.”

There will be a Whole lot of Tears Shed and Crying in November.

td1234
td1234

If you go back and look then you will see that Riley left Congressman Deals office to join the campaign in the last few months. If you go back and pay attention you will find that several Obama staff left the white house and went back and joined the campaign for the last several months before the election. 


It is no big deal and happens in almost every campaign for high office. This is done so that the main people working that will run the campaign will not be accused of doing so while on the pubic's payroll.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Why? I thought Shady was a shoo-in. He must not have consulted with Ed, or td, or _centrist. (Is _centrist still "boycotting" the blog, btw?)

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

"Riley said in the note that the office will “continue to work as it normally would,”"

So these guys aren't really needed in the Gov's office? Why bring them back? To intimidate....er...I mean to deal with the ethics committee?

Kamchak
Kamchak

 “We aren’t leaving anything on the table,” campaign manager Tom Willis said in an email to supporters.

Sounds like the Deal campaign is running skeeeeeered.

honested
honested

Do they think that working for a losing campaign will make them more marketable after November?

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bubba30342 That they haven't left already. Must have thought it would be an easy race and they could run the campaign on their lunch hours.

Charles50
Charles50

@Point Actually unpaid leave means the employer pays their portion, but the employee has to pay their own directly to the insurance company.  If they don't, then the policy will lapse.  


My question is, who is going to check to see if they really are taking any kind of leave.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Jke another conservative  bible thumper giving his partisan view of why God tells the republicans to do bad things to people.  The chritian conservative world is the only one where God sanctions treating people He created in His own image horrible.  History shows how the bible was used in this country to justify slavery, segregation, anything mean and hateful done to citizens of this counrty has been done by conservative christians.  It's expected of thugs and criminals because they do not profess to know Jesus.  I bet you two to one everyone before you with your beliefs bust hell wide open. I give your post, a one way ticket to hell along with the baby killers conservatives use as a poster child for evil.God is a loving God He has put forth no word to do anything different from that.  Ok

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Jke Good thang you had access to the Good Book! how long did it take yer? Ya must had to call that old racist Billy Graham or his Muslim Hating son fer that one. But ya know he aint't ALL there these DAYS! as a matter of fact he ain't gonna be round much longer anyway!


Is yer eyes burning from reading and writing the WORD? Dey should be!


PS> what does the Good Book it say BOUT LYING CHEATING Leaders and dey Evil Ways? Especially when it comes to how dey treat the Poor and Needy.


Governor yella Teeth goin git a lot of Questions, when he arrives at dem pearly Gates! First thang he will notice is a Sign...If yer Name is NATHAN. Take the elevator over there to the Ground FLOOR!


cause Frankly WE Don't Not give A Damn, bout No STINKIN NATHAN. Jest like he said to the POOR & Needy...Ain't gonna do it! NOPE!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Jke A little context for your first verse. Many in the church at Thessalonica were convinced that Jesus's return was imminent, so they quit their jobs and normal routines, waiting on the rapture. Paul instructed them in this verse not to do that.

The verse was never intended to be used as many Christians use it today, as an excuse to avoid helping those less fortunate.

And your remaining verses are just wisdom - if you work hard in life, you'll generally have greater financial rewards. That has nothing to do with the thousands of Bible verses instructing us to help those who are not as fortunate as we are.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty This is called showing a work ethic. You have to work harder than the other guy to be successful in any business you want to be successful in. 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@CherokeeCounty 

Well he is expect for when he isn't. 

He still posts comments from time to time.  I doubt he is too far away. 

Charles50
Charles50

@Retired-Soldier That three of Deal's henchmen are "officially" joining his campaign instead of trying to hide the fact that they've been working on it all along while taxpayers pay for it.

Point
Point

Anybody can check...open records and it's not medical leave

Point
Point

The employer pays for fmla but not leave without pay

NWGAL
NWGAL

@CherokeeCounty @Jke As I usually point out: Your beliefs don't mark you as a better person. Your behavior does. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

And let's not forget the other side, there are plenty of hard working people who will never be successful...probably about 290 million in the US right now fit this bill.

The conservative assAult on labor rights and their praise for big business, always willing to bend over for them, has created a political economy that is hostile to working Americans. You will work until you die and leave the next generation to pay off your debts...but it is ok because ownership's profitability raises all boats.

Thank a conservative. They keep education underfunded, they keep the working class down, and they want the poor to stay poor.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

That's right. Deal has an uncompromising work ethic. He went from serious debt to multimillionaire in a matter of days all because of the honest, hard work he is known for.

No cronies or favors or luck...just good old fashion elbow grease.

Charles50
Charles50

@Point Thiswouldn't qualify for sick leave or FMLA.  It would have to be leave without pay or annual leave.