Posted: 3:16 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Nathan Deal’s non-answer on courting casino magnate Sheldon Adelson 

By Greg Bluestein

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is one of the GOP's biggest benefactors. AP Photo

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is one of the GOP’s biggest benefactors. AP Photo

Gov. Nathan Deal is back from a trip to Las Vegas to address the Republican National Lawyers Association. Whether he also returned with a coveted campaign pledge from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is up in the air.

We told you over the weekend how Deal’s allies hope Adelson, a GOP benefactor who boosted Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential bid, could chip in to his re-election campaign. The event was held at The Venetian, an Adelson hotel, though Deal was tightlipped Tuesday when asked whether he met with the billionaire.

“I don’t discuss who I meet with on purely political issues, or those that support us or don’t support us,” the governor said. “We meet with people who hopefully are supportive of conservative causes and Republican efforts, and we meet with a lot of those people all across the country.”

When pressed on whether he’s courting Adelson’s support in particular, he added this:

“I would hope to have the support of anyone who wants to contribute to our re-election.”

If Adelson backs Deal’s campaign, it may have more to do with Deal’s opponent than the governor’s position. Jason Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, whose criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has upset many in the Jewish community.

Deal, meanwhile, has stepped up efforts to tie his opponent with his grandfather’s view of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that the U.S. considers a terror organization. After the former president called on Western powers to recognize Hamas as a legitimate political actor, his grandson said attempts to connect the two are a distraction.

Jason Carter, in that interview, didn’t comment specifically about his grandfather’s column. But he said he often talks about the ways in which he disagrees with the former president and said he believes Israel has a right to defend itself – “especially against Hamas’ terrorist actions.”

(And the former president, by the way, has said in an interview that he acknowledges his views on the Middle East could pose problems for his grandson’s campaign, but said he overcame similar opposition from the Jewish community when he negotiated the landmark peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.)

The governor, not surprisingly, made clear Tuesday he would continue to draw dotted lines between the two.

“If he thinks that it’s something that doesn’t need to be talked about, I would suggest he divorce himself from his grandfather’s statements that are very critical of Israel,” Deal said of his opponent. “He’s using his grandfather as his primary fundraiser all across this country. He’s taking money from his grandfather on one hand, and then trying to disassociate himself from his grandfather on issues such as this.”

 

89 comments
Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Deal obviously tries to get money from Adelson and yet he tries to disassociate himself from him while pointing his little fingers at another for the same thing. Deal is a loser.

gavalue
gavalue

Who is the bigger crook Adelson Or the Crooked Deal

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Who has the most to lose ?  We know you babies will cry. .....

td1234
td1234

Perdue is blowing out Nunn by 6 points in a Metro Atlanta poll and Carter is only up by less than 1 point. 


Bad news is beginning for the Dems. 

Mr_B
Mr_B

"“I don’t discuss who I meet with on purely political issues, or those that support us or don’t support us,”


Understandable. If I were Deal, i wouldn't want anyone to know where my support was coming from either.

Bernie31
Bernie31

I Love Governor Yella Teeth's injection of the Nation of Israel (God's People) into the Governor's race in 2014. Especially coming from One who has a proven and documented Track Record of Defiant Stubbornness demonstrated in Very BOLD CONFIDENCE against EVERYTHING the Teachings of Her most Favorite Son, Jesus. YOU, are a Very Bold one! (you should hear the Laughter)

The Story line reminds of one her Greatest Stories Too. The Story Of David and Goliath. Which in turn reminds of the REAL CHOICE of our Next Governor.  Our Young David aka Jason Carter and Goliath thee Yella Teeth questionable, ethically challenged, Po People Hatin, A Woman's Right Denyin, Charter member of the Children  of Darkness Club, Freedom Taking, No Healthcare allowin, You can bet, I will get more money fo my pockets Satan...I mean Nathan Deal.


You know the Story and How it ends.


Get some Pop Corn and Bring them in.

mrob
mrob

This upcoming Governor election is not about Israel, it's about the future of The State of Georgia. The "fake" Deal is badly governing Georgia and he is not the governor of Israel.


Our Teachers and students are in Georgia, Snowgate mismanagement was in Georgia, Deal ethnics problems and chronic behaviors are in Georgia. Guns allow everywhere are in Georgia, high taxes, high unemployment, and Medicare lack of expanding are Georgia problems and this is where Georgia voters have the power to make change alone with the residents who are now living in Georgia from Israel and many other welcoming countries who have the right to vote in Georgia come November as register voters.


So please stop trying to make Israel a political choice in the upcoming Georgia governor election. The election is about Deal and Jason Carter, making a very clean effort to convince Georgia voters to chose between the two as our next elected Governor. 


Making Israel the hot topic of Georgia current problems is foolish and does not change my view on Deal and the lack there of.


Vote Carter come November. Follow the "C" as in Caring and not the "D" as in Dummy.

Andy123
Andy123

Take the money Deal then once you're re-elected call your poor people's slave down in ATL and tell Kasim he's got a casino coming his way.


Kasim will do whatever his white master tells him.  


Uh huh! 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Here us a quick lesson for you: if a money grubbing misanthrope like Adelson supports a candidate, don't vote for them.

People like Deal and Romney get support from people like Adelson because they have no conscience. They would sell out their mothers for a quick buck...or in the case of Deal, his daughter and her husband.

honested
honested

Nathan 'shady' deal, "I may have failed in my quest to secure adequate funding to bamboozle the intelligent people in this state, so I will have to count on the pointy headed prejudices of the vast array of stupid people I have helped keep in stupidity".

Point
Point

Who paid for this trip? Was it campaign funds or tax payer funded? If Tax payer funded I want a full itinerary!

DohBee
DohBee

"THOOP!!" : The sound of Gov. Deal removing his nose from the orifice on the dorsal south-side of Adelson's torso.

td1234
td1234

Missed the poll information on the previous blog. Poll was taking in metro area (they include a exburban counties as rural but Hall and Forsyth were not included).. 


Perdue is up by 6 on Nunn and Carter up by less than a point on Deal. 


This is very bad news for Democrats considering they get the majority of their votes in Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton counties. 


No wonder the progressives have been so angry this afternoon. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@td1234


Dude, the race was over when the primaries ended.  What gives?


Do you like rubbing in how your fellow partisans are wrong, but can win because they have an (R) next to their names on the ballot?


Get a life you hack!

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Mr_B


And that is why the right-wing has fought so hard to evade disclosure requirements.  They don't want their electoral base knowing who really benefits from conservative policy.


Toss the right-wing an anti-gay law here, a restriction on reproduction rights there, maybe try to repeal the Civil Rights Act or make it easier for felons to obtain firearms...all just to shut those simple minds up and focus on the real business: lining the pockets wealthy misanthropes, offer tax breaks for outsourcing to foreign nations, bust unions, allow companies to raid pension funds, start wars so defense contractors can bank, repeal financial reform so banks can screw their customers out of money and engage in predatory lending, etc.  Then blame all of the fallout on a democrat.



Andy123
Andy123

@Bernie31 

You might have missed the part where gubberner yellar teeth went to Israel recently and brought an Israeli manufacturing company back to GA.

But don't let the facts get in your way Bernie.

Uh...huh!  

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Andy123 

The Blog Bigot is out trolling again.


Shallow minded coward talking big from the safety of his home.


Loser

Andy123
Andy123

@honested 

Yet it's OK for Michelle Nunn to secure out of state money and out of state financed advertising.

Typical bed wetting hypocritical liberal that didn't amount to anything in life.  

td1234
td1234

@honested Well he certainly is not talking about the average Democratic voter in the state. Check out those standardized test scores in the districts that are represented by Dems vs the districts represented by Republicans. 

td1234
td1234

@Point I do not know how it was funded but if he went as the guest speaker then not a big deal. I am sure you have no problem with all the fund raising trips Obama has made on taxpayers money. 

honested
honested

@Point 

You need to speak to AG olens in the campaign office.

honested
honested

@DohBee 

Excellent visual.

It just leaves out the satisfied look on adelson's face.

honested
honested

@td1234 

Angry?

At what?

Carter up by less than a point on Deal?

Which one is the sitting, incumbent governor who has been smooching the wrong wing where they like to be smooched (although he is, well, a crook)?

Carter is in better shape than Governor Barnes was when perdue-dues cousing was running for Governor.

Nothing whatsoever to be angry about there!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Andy123 @Bernie31 - As soon as these Hebrews the see the White's of his Lies and they will know what ta Do. It won't be in North Georgia with the KUDZU Growing Neo- Nazi's. De one's who dey jest love the Colored People Hatin Governor. 

The Yella Teeth Governor is one of DEY BOYS. They promised to do only a Few Cross Burnings a year plus a mail box spray painting every 6 months to keep em tuned UP.  Dey promised also promised de Yella Teeth Governor, no Violence but ya know when dey get Drunk anythang can happen.

Dem is de Facts as we alls knows dem....


Now dat side deal wit de Governor bout His Cut....Ya gotta see Him bout Dat. Don't spect he dun wanna talk bout dat one. Kinda Private ya know! 

Come on.... Do Peachtree go to Buckhead.  You know the DEAL.

Andy123
Andy123

@Bernie31 @Andy123 

My own what?  Casino?  I don't gamble, that's for the poor, the colored and the old to waste their money on.  You know, it's a tax for people who think they shouldn't have to pay taxes.


Unlike Deal, I have no desire to have my own City of Atlanta slave.


Thanks though!


Uh...huh! 

honested
honested

@Andy123 @honested 

What a sad little feller your acquaintances must see.

The article is about shady smooching up to one of the most scurrilous violators of campaign finance law in the Country in a last ditch effort to inflate his flagging campaign.

It is sad that shady is the best candidate the gop can come up with.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Let's lok at which party represents the districts of the top universities.

Awe, the GOP doesn't quite stack up...you hack.

Fyi, the richest are also democratic.

And the wealthiest americans are as well.

And just about every American Nobel laureate is, too.

Shut up you hack!

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

False comparison (as usual).

But what would the standardized test scores have been ACROSS THE STATE if all districts had been fully funded with staff and para-pros for the required 180 DAYS?

honested
honested

@td1234 @Point 

Excuse me, tiny dog, but what Federal Office (and all the Homeland Security requirements) is that crook, shady, running for?

What is the comparison?

After all President Obama won a resounding Victory across the United States.

Shady may not carry Hall County.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 Carter is ahead by less than one point in Metro Atlanta (where most of the Democratic votes come from. This means when you add all of north and south GA into the mix Deal is probably up by 5. 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @Nobody_Knows 

Yes you have met him more times than you can count


Your acknowledgement is noted

td1234
td1234

@Baumer_1 How many of those Kids that live in those Districts go to that University? 1, 2? 

td1234
td1234

@honested Since when does money equal education? That has been debunked over and over again. 


You can have 100 kids per classroom and only go to school for 150 days per year in the Walton High school district and these kids will learn more and score higher on test than a 10 to 1 ratio, 180 school year kids in the south Atlanta district. 

td1234
td1234

@honested 3 point win for the entire US and a 8 point loss in Georgia. 



honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Well, you can ASSume whatever you want.

Just get used to making your lips form the term 'Governor Carter' while you inculcate young and misguided fascists to believe that noots is a messiah.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Since the beginning of Education Funding.

I have no time to fiddle with your bogus false comparisons.

You know what they say about bullfrogs and wings.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

You have to remember, we still have a large number of people in this state who venerate their treasonous ancestors and their foolish quest for the 'lost cause'.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

So?

Now shady has to demonstrate what he has done for the average Georgian.

That would be graphically illustrated as a giant goosegg.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 We still have 80 days but I am still sticking to my prediction of a 5 to 10 point win for Perdue and a little less 4 to 8 point win for Deal. 



td1234
td1234

@honested I know the average kid at Walton HS scores twice as high on the SAT than the average kid at South Atlanta. 



td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 2800 jobs he has brought into the state since June. 


Highest number of blacks taking and passing AP test.


4th highest in the nation all students taking and passing AP test.


Only one of 7 states to have gains in the AP, SAT and NAP test. 


No tax increases. 


Sounds like a pretty good record for average middle class taxpaying Georgians to me. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Well, you stick to that little feller.

I hope you have something to fall back on when all your 'state contracts' are up for legitimate competitive bidding.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

As always apples and oranges.

Let's cherry pick a school in APS or Dekalb County (home to the highest scoring high school in the state) and give you the slap-down you deserve.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Oh gawd, there you go again with the bogus jobs numbers and the bogus AP numbers that shady had absolutely nothing to do with.

What would the AP, SAT, ACT and 'NAP' (is that some jeebus test) numbers have been had the schools been adequately funded and been in session with a full staff for the required 180 days a year?

Oh yeah, that may have cause the dreaded, forbidden tiny little tax increase, so we'll 'Take the zero' as Eddie Murphy says.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 Do not have even one state contract buddy. 


I hope you have the testicular fortitude to come on this blog the day after the election. I will be one by 9 am. 

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 Lets not cherry pick then and take an average of Dekalb vs Cobb or Gwinn or any Republican Congressional District. Same results. 

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 There is absolutely nothing "bogus" about the job numbers. I posted everyone last Friday night with a source. You just refuse to open your eyes and see the facts. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

What happened to the last Governor that fell below 50%?

I realize that only stretches back to that traitor zell, but we can interpret what is coming by what has happened since then.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

I hope you have your apologies prepared.

I thought you had the contract for mowing the grass at the Capitol?

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

What results?

Maybe the same wrong-wing, pretend generalizations.

The reality is that underfunded auslander schools are no better in any measure than underfunded Metro schools.

How do you feel about returning to sane funding levels and appropriate classroom staffing?

At some point even you have to accept there is more to education than test preparation.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

blah, blah, blah, blahhhh.

Was that a 'red state poll' or was that a real poll?

Must have had something to do with the 'Consent of the Governed'.

td1234
td1234

@honested BTW: When you are only polling in Metro Atlanta then most Republicans would poll under 50%. I bet his approval rating is above 80% in counties like Hall, Forsyth and Cherokee. 


Like Nate Silver said all these polls right now are to biased to give a true reading and lean to a political party (Democrat when you only poll in Metro).


Same poll talks about Perdue being up by 6 in Metro and by 2 with woman voters. Mary is looking like she is in deep trouble,

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

I just saw this guy slapping an oriental woman over the head who was not working fast enough so I was sure it was you.

td1234
td1234

@honested Real middle class people that vote and run this state live in N. Dekalb, N. Fulton, Cobb, Gwinn, Hall, Forsyth, Cheorkee and all counties to the north, east west and south of Clayton county.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

So let's wait until the well funded, direct contact polls occur....and the wrong wing is squashed like a confederate moth.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 I have no idea, educate me? I know Obama lost the entire state by 8 points and that is right around the same amount Nunn and Carter will lose in their upcoming statewide races. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Of course you don't.

But, you demonstrate that the best shady can hope for is the moron vote in the auslands.

Good luck with that!

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 It is not a hope it is a reality. 


Carter and Nunn will split the votes in metro. Carter will take Dekalb and Clayton and Deal will cancel those votes with Gwinn and Cobb. Deal will destroy Carter in the exburbs and all the rural areas of the state. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Shady isn't even likely to carry Hall county.

Whether you like it or not, many even in the Georgia gop are tired of a failed crook as a Governor.

td1234
td1234

@honested Now you are showing just how delusional you really are. Deal will not only win the state but he will take Hall county with more than 70% of the vote.