A Done Deal in Georgia
by Charles Lemos, Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 05:44:59 PM EDT
You just gotta love the opening paragraph in this story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Yesterday, Karen Handel called Nathan Deal a “corrupt relic of Washington.” Today, however, Handel said she is endorsing him as the GOP nominee for governor.
In a statement just released from the Handel campaign, she said she called Deal this morning to concede the nomination. The November ballot is now set. Deal will represent the GOP and face Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds.
Good riddance to "Mama Grizzly" Handel who proved herself just to be another hypocritical Christian bigot.
Whether Ms Handel cares to profess it or not, Nathan Deal remains a "corrupt relic of Washington." From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
Rep. Deal, along with his business partner Ken Cronan, owns a lucrative business, Recovery Services, Inc., that – through a no-bid contract – provides inspection stations to the state for the inspection of salvaged vehicles. The business earned $1.4 million between 2004-2008 and Rep. Deal personally took home $150,000 a year.
In 2008, Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham took over responsibility for the inspection system and found the operational costs and locations of the inspection stations to be too costly and restrictive. Comm. Graham decided the best course of action was to reform the system and award contracts through a competitive bidding process.
Rep. Deal and his staff, with assistance from Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, arranged meetings with Comm. Graham at which Rep. Deal and his chief of staff were present, to persuade him to reconsider his decisions, including the proposed elimination of $1.7 million that has been allocated for the program. After Comm. Graham’s plan was passed by the Georgia House, Rep. Deal’s chief of staff used his House email to contact Georgia state officials in an effort to stop the plan from passing the state Senate. The money for the program was eventually kept in the budget.
Rep. Deal’s abuse of his position and taxpayer resources to maintain a personally lucrative business deal does not reflect creditably on the House.
But Deal isn't just corrupt, he is also the most notorious birther in the House. As AJC columnist Cynthia Tucker writes, Nathan Deal is the reincarnation of Gene Talmaldge, the infamous staunch segregationist, anti-New Deal Governor of Georgia in the 1930s and 1940s. Birtherism is nothing more disguised racism. While Slate's Dave Weigel notes that "dipping a toe into the birtherism fever swamp didn't stop Deal from winning a statewide primary," I hope that Georgians will reject a birther as their Governor. Nathan Deal is a throwback to a racist nativism that this country has long rejected.