Posted: 1:40 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A flap over ‘political’ ribbon cuttings in the governor’s race 

By Greg Bluestein

Jason Carter claims the economic development office has been politicized.

Jason Carter claims the economic development office has been politicized under Gov. Nathan Deal.

A part of Democrat Jason Carter’s economic pitch is a pledge to “professionalize” the state’s business recruiting office.

The Atlanta state senator said he wants to launch a nationwide search to find a “top notch” head of the Georgia Department of Economic Development rather than make what he views as a political appointment.

It’s a dig at Gov. Nathan Deal’s last two appointments to the post: Chris Cummiskey, a former Mirant executive who was a longtime GOP operative, and Chris Carr, who was U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff. Carter has said he has no ill will toward the men, but that another leader was needed to better sell Georgia.

“Right now the economic development office is essentially a political office,” he said Tuesday. “They set up ribbon cuttings.”

Carr said his office is “proud of each and every one of those ribbon cuttings,” which have led to about 100,000 jobs since 2011 and nearly $17.7 billion in investments. To suggest the office has been politicized, he said, “does a great disservice” to its more than 200 employees, some who have worked for years to land big projects.

The governor said in an interview Wednesday that Carter’s statement shows a “lack of understanding” about what the economic development office does.

“Anybody who thinks that all it is is ribbon cutting doesn’t understand and lacks the experience and knowledge as to what it takes,” Deal said after unveiling the new College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. “It takes a lot of work, and we have one of the most respected departments of economic development that any state has.”

He added: “Ribbon cuttings are simply symbolic representations of many, many thousands of hours of work of many dedicated people.”

And his campaign, as it often does, knocked the Democrat’s Midwest upbringing.

“As we’ve seen over the last six years, state senators from Chicago need additional help in understanding how business works and how the private sector creates jobs.”

64 comments
StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 "Besides NYC, there are more corporate HQ's located in GA than any other state in the country but you keep your propaganda going". td1234  

Why do you tell lies when all it takes is google to expose you?  GA (16 companies) is number 12 on the list of headquarters for fortune 500 companies.  CA (54 companies) is one, NY (52 Companies) is two, Texas (52), and Illinois (32).  td1234 will never stop obfuscating, deceiving and lying for the grande ole party that is so out of touch with the average American.

Bernie31
Bernie31

I was thinking today, if only President Obama had named the Medicaid Expansion Program, "The Football For The Future Program".

I would be willing to Bet the Yella Teeth Governor would NOT be so stubborn against it. I think the Governor would have been the first one to cross Party Lines saying...


"We Gotta have Good Football Players in Georgia in the Future to play in that New Palace we is building in Atlanta. And I am going to do everything in MY Power to insure Georgia  Football Players have everything they need to be as competitive and kin even beat the Florida State Football Players.

Sometimes yer gotta Be smarter than the DUMMY!


uh.huh.

NWGAL
NWGAL

People are moving here in droves and because of that our unemployment rate has risen. Right. Guess it's better than saying the dog ate the jobs.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Here is a question I have wanted answered for several days:  What is the unemployment rate for Deal's friends and relatives?  How many of them hold tax-payer paid jobs?  And how many jobs has he "created" for them?

Bernie31
Bernie31

Oh Yes Our Porn King Renting Governor is responsible for creating A whole Lot of JOBS. A lot of Jobs that require the Workers ta Be BUTT NAKED and on their Backs! 


Yes Governor yer are a Job Creator fer sure...Creating more Jobs for the Porn Industry by offering de Porn King a Place to do his Business. The Rent money from the Porn King is going to the Georgia Governor has the STENCH of SEX on every Dollar bill that goes in his pocket. I use to wonder why ole Governor Deal always kept one hand stuffed in a Pant Pocket when meeting,greeting and speaking ta People.


Now I know why!  Dem Dollar bills is Moaning in his Pockets


WWJD - Vote For Jason Carter



Ralph-43
Ralph-43

If the Georgia Department of Economic Development is doing such a great job, why does Georgia have the second highest jobless rate?  Obviously, attention is not being paid to what needs to be attended to and these corporate dogs currently staffing our tax-payer supported office are well trained in corporate logistics - ask David Perdue - stuff your own pockets as fast as you can.  Eventually, someone will find out that you do not know anything and you will be moving on to the next dimwitted corporation. Perdue managed to drop in on 8 corporations and an additional 10 Board of Trustees before he was found out.  Did he create jobs?  Only for himself.  These Department of Economic Development jokers are playing the same game.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Ya think?  Political?  Nathan Deal?  Using his office for his own benefit?  Say it ain't so! 

td1234
td1234

Carter is showing exactly how progressive he really is to believe that some professional (egghead from an elite university) can do a better job than a person from the business world at convincing corporations to move their companies to Georgia. 


This is exactly what Obama has done and the reason this is the worst recovery since the great depression. 

nick1234
nick1234

As we’ve seen over the last six years, state senators from Chicago need additional help in understanding how business works and how the private sector creates jobs.”


Obviously given our unemployment rate for last month, the Governor is the one could use this understanding. 

mrob
mrob

Governor, you right --it doesn't take much to cut a ribbon. However, it takes a lot of love for our govenor to not corrupt the governor Office and it's affiliates.


Furthermore, just hand your scissor to Jason, Governor. We rather have you cut taxes for the middle class and the poor than cutting ribbons to celebrate political and corporate corruption.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

So far Carter has:


(1) Stated he wants to do away with HIPE for rich kids

(2) Revisit TSPLOST that was voted down in metro Atlanta

(3) Ripped Deal for ribbon cutting

(4) Had donors pay $20,000 for the honor to sit by him & his crazy grandpa in church


No thanks Jason.  You suck as a state senator; you would suck as the governor.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

“Anybody who thinks that all it is is ribbon cutting doesn’t understand and lacks the experience and knowledge as to what it takes,”

Yeah he's right ! You have to hold the scissors by the handles! If not you may get hurt!

DS
DS

I'm sure that department employees would prefer the department be run by a top-notch professional with knowledge and experience in this field, rather than by a patronage appointee given the post in exchange for political favors.

Andy123
Andy123

His nationwide search would conveniently lead to a campaign donor's recommendation.  Carter tries to play like the Democrats aren't as sleazy and corrupt as the Republicans. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL - Yer know Folks is movin to Hell everyday, by the tens of thousands...dat don't mean dat is de place ta be. 

Same thang here in Georgia wit de Children of Darkness....Dey want as many comers as dey kin Git. if yer willing to give up yer Soul fer a few gold coins...guess what? dey is gonna take it. yes siree Bob, dey is...wit a smile...But what dey ain't goin tell ya.


De SUN ain't gonna shine always....dat is where de trick is. yer thank cause de Sun is out ain't goin be no Rain....its goin be sum TWISTER weather fore yer kin bat yer eye.


what yew goin do den?


De lawd ain't gonna wanna hear from yer and yer filthy ways. Naw ! Naw! He is goin look de udder way. and all yer goin have is yer King of Porn and yer Yella Teeth Governor lying ta yer again.

Sayin Blue skies is over head....de problem is you can't see um fer all od de Dark low ones Booming like crazy.


what yew goin do den?

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL Do you actually have a clue as to how unemployment is calculated? 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Wascatlady A good question. Apparently more than a few of his buddies work on Economic Development. But another question is how a man $2.3 million in debt managed to become wealthy on a government salary in four years.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Ralph-43 Aw, Ralph, be fair.  Well-paying companies take a look at Georgia, including their voting patterns and "leadership" and they stay away.  Now, we got those minimum wage, part time jobs!  Whoo-boy!

td1234
td1234

@Ralph-43 As the census report released one day earlier this week stated. GA is still one of the highest % of move to states in the country. When you have people moving to GA without a job and they start looking for a job then the unemployment rate will remain high as compared to states where people give up and quit looking for jobs. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 - Td we maybe de State Of Georgia needs go in de Green card Hiring Business like you. Maybe you kin suggest to da Governor who would be King ta invest in yer Nail Shop business and open up Nail and Toe Paintin Shops in every little RAT TRAP in Georgia. 


Maybe yer Crew could do all de training too!


Maybe den they can make mo money and git some worker's comp insurance coverage and

then apply for MEDICAID. cause yer ain't Paying no healthcare but fer yer self and dem little Princesses at home.


What yer goin do when dat Asian Pipeline of yourn is SHUT Down and you is told NO MO!


Yer gonna have sum problems on dat dey!


But Hey you is de Business Man and yer NO MO dan me.....

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@td1234  The recent economic downturn started during the Bush Administration.  Can't blame him for that, goober 

td1234
td1234

@nick1234 Tell people to stop moving to GA without jobs then the unemployment rate will go down. 


As the stats say this Governor has convinced business to bring 100,000 jobs in the past 3 1/2 years. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MiltonMan 

...do away with HIPE[sic]... 

First day of that brand new ESL class?

Just askin'.

mrob
mrob

@Andy123


There's no difference between "Total Dummy" TD123 and "Total Dummy" Andy123. 

Same brother, from the same mother.

honested
honested

@Andy123 

Probably because they are not sleazy, especially as compared to Georgia republiklans!

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bernie31 @NWGAL This is a parody, right? No one really believes in unicorns any more.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Wascatlady - I dat answer....The Porn King rentin Man dat is Paying de Governor  is HOW he did it.


When yer sell yer Soul ta Satan..thangs look Bright...fer a while...but den yer see a Young David a coming with his SLANG SHOT whirrlin....and he ain't smilin.


Yer know he is aftar yer Job and de Porn King wants MO so he can bring his filth ta yer State.


But...Shhhhhhh....I ain't gonna tell no body....


But Jesus.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Wascatlady @Bernie31 Am I Lying or is it The Truth? Does The Governor Georgia collect Rent money from a PORN KING from California? The Porn King may operate another business in the Governors Property, but where is the Porn King's money derived from....The Porn Industry. 

Now when the Porn King writes the rent check to the Governor, no matter what account the money comes from the Owner/Renter is STILL a Porn King.


Lets call a Spade a Spade...If it walks like a duck and talks like a Duck, it ain't no chicken!

Its a DUCK!


Georgia is the Heart Of the Bible Belt...Doing business of ANY KIND with ANYONE in the Porn Business makes you a contributor to PORN. 

That makes you an ENABLER to the PORN Business. That makes anyone who receives income from The Porn Dealer possible to carry on with his FILTH.

The Governor might as well rent to a BUNCH of STRIPPERS!  it don't matter...Same Profession.

Pure and Simple!


If yer do not believe me..just ask ANY Southern Baptist Preacher...They will LOOK STUNNED! 

Because DEY did not know this!

td1234
td1234

@Wascatlady @Ralph-43 Besides NYC, there are more corporate HQ's located in GA than any other state in the country but you keep your propaganda going.  

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

Earlier today, you said the reason Georgia has such a high unemployment rate was due to "seasonal jobs". Now your excuse is because so many unemployed people are moving to Georgia. Your logic just went from dumb to dumber

You can spin this anyway you want, but the bottom line is Georgia ranks 50th in the unemployment rate under Nathan Deal. Period. No B.S., just facts.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@td1234 @Ralph-43 In our neck of the woods, the majority of 

move ins are not looking for work.  They love Georgia's tax system for the elderly, so they retire here.

td1234
td1234

@The_Real_Centrist Did I say downturn? I said recovery. According to the economist the recession was over in the 3rd quarter of 2008 and the recovery began in the 4th quarter of 2009. The job growth and GDP growth since then has been the worst during any same period of time after a recession than any period since the Great Depression. This can not be blamed on Bush because it has happened all in Obama's terms in office. 

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@td1234  And 90% of these jobs pay $6.50 an hour.  Try raising a family of four on that, goober.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested @Andy123 This ought to be fun td123 is using his twisted alter ego Andy123 today, his THOT must still be holding out.   Let's get ready to rumble.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Bernie31 - Jaysus, ain't no Dat GUM unicorn!  Heathen!

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bernie31 The film industry is more diversified than straight pornography. And film jobs pay more than minimum wage.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @The_Real_Centrist  but it can be blamed on the Republicans in Congress who admitted that their sole reason for existence was to block anything Obama tried to do to fix the problem.

td1234
td1234

@The_Real_Centrist Are you lying again? Minimum wage is higher than $6.50 per hour so you are lying. On top of that fact. Go and look at what the starting wage is at Baxter and Caterpillar.  

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Bernie31 - My Dear...I bet the Good God Fearing Church going Real Christian Folk of Georgia and their Pastors would have a different opinion on that Subject than YOU.


I would be willing to Bet you this will be a subject matter in the pulpit all across Georgia this Sunday.


What is the Price of yer SOUL?


Look what Judas did fer a few gold coins....maybe you do not care about yer Soul. Maybe yer think because it ain't being used right now, 

you can jest RENT it OUT to SATAN like Governor Nathan Deal. 


Houston, we got a Problem...

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Bernie31 - SO what you're saying even if the JOBS is from SATAN and his Filthy Legions. We are to be HAPPY,accepting and accommodating?


How much is a SOUL WORTH? I ask of you.....


How much more valuable than FILTH is a SOUL Worth?


So now You are excusing the FILTH? By saying  this here Filth is not so bad...it is just a Little cleaner than the regular Filth?

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty No it can not because Obama passed his stimulus under total Democratic controlled Congress ($! trillion) and told the American people that everything would be great with the stimulus spending. 


On top of that fact, Obama used all his political capital the first two years in office on passing Obamacare instead of the economy. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bernie31 Bernie, I'm not a Christian. I look at the Hubble images of the universe and imagine the multiverses surrounding us and I don't see an old guy sitting in the clouds judging us. I do acknowledge an amazing diversity of possibility and the magic of atoms congregating and dispersing outside of me and inside of me. I don't believe in souls or gods. I do believe we can be kinder to one another and make this life better.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@td1234 Actually, td, those of us with memories know that Obama told us that getting out of the recession would take time. Part of that was because Obama didn't ask for more stimulus money because he knew Republicans would block it. 

But you don't really care about facts.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Bernie31 - SO yew is one of dem ATHEIST!

You ain't from around Here...cause round Here, Jesus is Our Lord & Savior. 

We don't worship de MOON and de Stars Likes you. You is what de Pastor would say is a HEATHEN! and we should Pray fer yer.


Gotta pray Now...

Lawd Lawd...de heathens telling Us de FILTH is OKAY!


I gonna hav ta disagree STRONGLY wit yer on yer politics.


We kin have a child of God like Jason and Michelle but without de FILTH.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bernie31 @NWGAL So much hate, Bernie. So much hate. I am not an atheist. It is an irrelevant issue for me.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NWGAL @Bernie31 - Where is de Hate? I said I was goin ta Pray fer yer. Never did I call yer a demon..but yer may meet one of em sooner dan later. cause dey like Souls like yers...They kin swing you over to de udder side.

In a snap dey kin git you...a new BMW..a Shiny New House..a few gold coins and you will be like de Governor, in de pocket!

jest like dat.

I did not tell yer where you was goin. I want dat ta be a SURPRISE! fer yer....Cause you is one of dem know it Alls. from de sounds of yer writins  yer gots all de answers. mo dan me....


I am jest a Squirrel in your world tryin to Git a NUT! dats ALL.


No hate in my Heart..if yer want to Pray ta de Moon and de Stars, dat is your bisness and not mine.


Me and de church folks goin be prayn fer yer anyway..we Love yer. We jest cant buy what yer sellin.


uh..huh.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Bernie31 This is a parody, right? No one actually believes in unicorns any more.