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From Georgia Politico:

Of the five properties we have records for, Cagle’s disclosure values them at $1,210,000. Tax Records value them at approximately $745,100. It APPEARS Cagle has over-estimated his property values by nearly half a million dollars.

The reason I bring this up is twofold.

First, property value has become a big deal in these races. Nathan Deal is manipulating his for obvious reasons – Why is Cagle significantly overestimating his?

Second, I am by no means an expert of property taxes, but it seems like the school system could use that money. In Gainesville, Cagle paid roughly 1% of his property’s value in tax. If his property is actually worth the extra $500,000, he should pay 1% ($5,000) to his local school board. I am sure they could use the money.

…is running for Hall County Commission and has a citizen input session on “Ways to bring civility back to Hall County Government”.  Visit Spout Spring Library tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 30) from 6-8pm and let Paul Godfrey know what you’re thinking…

Nathan Deal does something squirrelly? You don’t say!

The head of the state Ethics Commission, Stacey Kalberman, said Monday that candidates are required to use the assessed value set by county tax officials. Deal’s camp used a higher appraised value, which they said was set by a bank evaluating the property.

Last week, Deal listed his half ownership in a Metter, Ga.-based property owned by his Gainesville auto salvage business at $300,000, saying the entire 37.7-acre property in Candler County was worth $600,000. But local tax records show the overall property was valued by county officials at about $304,000.

It’d be nice to stop posting about Nathan Deal. Truly, it would.

This area has several Democratic challengers taking on entrenched Republican incumbents. We just completed a special election in Flowery Branch. There’s an interesting race for US Congress in Gwinnett.

But none of them serve up the daily dose of intrigue that spills from the Deal campaign on a daily basis. The Deal Diarrhea of Deceit never ends, like a rough night after an evening of bad clams.

Remember the movie Groundhog Day? It’s become like Bill Murray- every day. We wake up and search for the latest Nathan Deal scandal, and then shake our heads at the improbability of it all, and then have to bang out a post about it at work unexpectedly when the boss is at lunch. At first, it was interesting. Now, it’s just unbelievable.

I tried to compile a comprehensive list of all the shady stuff, and I couldn’t remember everything.

Seriously, this campaign is the worst in Georgia’s recent history. The campaign already re-assigned one spokesman earlier this year; they oughta fire this one too. The ex-chief-of-staff/campaign manager is entwined into the Congressman’s finances like a spouse; he needs to stop sucking off the government teat, ditch the bromance and find a legit job.

The question that remains: why would Deal run for office with all of the scandals revolving around him? Hell, he had this congressional job for life if he wanted it, and NO CHALLENGER EVER DUG THIS STUFF UP. Why risk it?

Seriously, why would Deal risk it?

Finally- we’ll try to write about some other stuff. Casey Cagle has some fertile ground to explore, and we can punch on some of the other politicos in Georgia when time permits (Jason Pye? Phil Kent? I’m game).

But if Deal can’t get it together, it looks like five weeks of webpage views all revolving around the horrible GOP candidate that might assume the governor’s office in almost five weeks.

It never ends…

Nathan Deal’s campaign for governor has paid a company in which the Republican nominee is a part owner more than $135,000 to lease aircraft…State ethics laws bar candidates from using campaign money for personal benefit.

Key details include:

  1. Nathan Deal owns an aircraft company that doesn’t own any aircraft.
  2. Nathan Deal’s aircraft company rents out aircraft from two separate companies.
  3. Those two companies are based out of his campaign manager’s home.
  4. His campaign manager is the pilot.

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