Posted: 4:59 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Jason Carter’s campaign seizes on economy in fresh attacks 

By Greg Bluestein

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Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign has undergone a distinct messaging change this week in the wake of the news that Georgia’s jobless rate is the second-worst in the nation.

The Atlanta state senator has long centered his message on the need to better fund education and pounced on each flare-up in the ethics case swirling around Gov. Nathan Deal. But his campaign has unleashed a three-day blitz attacking the Republican’s stewardship of the economy in the wake of the bad news.

He attacked Deal’s embrace of a “grab bag” of economic policies on Monday and on Tuesday called for a new tax to improve infrastructure to unburden Georgia of the transportation “anchor” weighing businesses down.

His third-day message was what his campaign touted as a three-page takedown to Deal’s defense of the jobless numbers. The governor told reporters that Georgia’s economy was “holding its own” and pointed to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures that showed Georgia added more than 70,000 jobs last year.

Said Deal: “You’ve got to keep in mind that there are states that have lower unemployment rates than ours, but their workforce drops. We are a growing state and people continue to come here.”

Team Carter’s takedown said that the state labor force decreased in July by more than 4,800 workers and cite statistics that Georgia added only 9,000 or so workers since January.

“With more than 370,000 Georgians out of work, Gov. Deal is making excuses,” said Carter. “Gov. Deal is showing once again that he just doesn’t get it. Georgia families are facing declining wages and a terrible jobs market, and Gov. Deal is patting himself on the back.”

There was also a deluge of tweets from Carter’s official campaign. Among them:

13 comments
Andy123
Andy123

It's primarily uneducated young blacks out of work so why preach to the choir, which is already going to vote for the Democrats who have given them handouts since they were babies? 


It sure as hell isn't college educated whites over the age of 30 who are unemployed in any significant number. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

People are also leaving (like yours truly).

Ga sucks. Pure and simple.

Why would anyone want to go there? The economy is crap, there is no transportation infrastructure other than what DC has given, and the schools suck.

I have said it before, but it bears repetition: nobody willingly moves to GA. Bu threat of unemployment people move there so their employers can pay them less money.

GA is the India of the US.

MrSnarky
MrSnarky

"The governor told reporters that Georgia’s economy was “holding its own”"...what? Hat out asking for change? Sign saying "will work for healthcare"?


Site Select says we're great, but that's a fantasy...Reality bites.

MrSnarky
MrSnarky

It's time to put Ol' Yellerteeth down.

DS
DS

I think Jason Carter has made a good point, and I think he should connect a few more dots for voters on this.

Georgia is blessed with lots of assets that make this state great. Things like Atlanta Airport, Savannah Port, our universities, the Hope Scholarship program, several military bases, metro Atlanta (which has attracted lots of businesses and attractions), pro sports team franchises, tourist spots, farming. These assets were created by visionaries and supported by politicians with an inclination for action, an ability to inspire others, and a willingness to take a chance to make Georgia better.

Nathan Deal inherited these assets but has done nothing with them. He's not even keeping up with taking care of what we've got.

Still, good things keep happening, like businesses moving to the state or opening another location. Deal takes credit for it, but he doesn't have anything to do with it.

We're coasting along on momentum built up by previous leaders.

That's why Georgia is falling behind other states in our economic recovery. Nathan Deal has failed to show initiative and leadership. He's taking credit for good outcomes that are lingering effects of work done by his predecessors. But whenever anyone talks about a new initiative, Deal starts hemming and hawing. No transportation bill. No new water resources plan. Kicking the can down the road on medical marijuana. Hospitals closing. He's fiddling while Georgia crumbles.

That's why we need a new governor, someone who's inclined toward action and getting things done. I'd rather see someone taking a chance by suggesting new ideas or working with legislators on new ideas, some of which might not work, than a useless do-nothing.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Deal has made enough money off the state. We need someone who thinks our success is his success.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@Baumer_1 Georgia is my home and it really is a great place...but unfortunately Georgians are not very bright when it comes to electing our leaders. That is why this state is such a mess. Time and time again Georgians vote for people who have no interest in helping the state and only vote for those who are out for themselves...not only as governor but those we send to Congress as well. Deal is the latest example and will probably get re-elected because Georgians simply don't pay attention.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MrSnarky - Here! Here!.....I second that motion.  Time to Flush and Walk Away!


CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@DS Excellent post. This state has so many resources; we should be at the top of most every metric of success.

Instead, we're competing with Mississippi for the bottom. Why? Because our 'leaders' would rather stand and shake their silly little fists at the Muslim Kenyan Socialist in the White House.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

I hope I didn't convey the idea that GA isn't a great place. Politically and economically it isn't, but I did very much enjoy my time there.

GA has loads of natural beauty and there are a couple wonderful cities and towns down there.

For the sake of posterity and the People of GA, I hope things turn around before it is too late.