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.

From the Gainesville Times:

The new report filed with the state Ethics Commission on Thursday also notes that Deal’s campaign manager and former congressional Chief of Staff Chris Riley owes Deal $120,000 for the purchase of 14 acres of land adjoining Deal’s property. Riley purchased the property from his boss in two separate transactions in 2003 and 2008. Instead of taking out a loan for the $175,000 cost, Riley said he is paying Deal back directly at 6 percent  interest.

Deal restates his ethics filings (second time in a week!) and reveals:

  • The $2.5 million dollar loan for “business expansion” and “to create jobs” according to last week’s statements, were actually for loan consolidation and day-to-day operations. The loan didn’t create a single job, apparently.
  • Which contradicts last week’s statement by the Deal campaign that they created ten jobs due to the loan.
  • Last week’s statement that the 2009 loan was used to buy a second salvage yard in Metter has been discredited, as the Metter property was purchased in 2004. OOPSIE! says the Deal Campaign.

Bonus! The Gainesville Times reports that the new updated ethics filings show that Deal’s campaign manager owes $120,000 to the Congressman for purchasing 14 acres of land adjoining Deal’s property. Instead of taking out a $175K loan, the campaign manager is just paying Deal directly.

  • The new revised disclosures show that Deal has 38% more assets than a few days ago. Keep revising these statements, fellas, at this rate he’ll be Bill-Gates-rich by Election Day.

From the Gainesville Times:

Amanda Swafford has won election to the Post 1 seat on the Flowery Branch City Council.

Swafford received 194 votes, or 66.2 percent, while her opponent, Chris Strickland, got 99 votes, or 33.8 percent. Fewer than 10 percent of the city’s registered voters cast ballots at City Hall.

Swafford has little time to rest on her laurels. She is set to be sworn in at Thursday’s council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Congrats Amanda!

From BfD:

Today we learn that Deal’s daughter and son-in-law didn’t mention candidate-Deal in their bankruptcy filings last year, despite the fact that Deal himself described his role as a “partner” in a “family business” in his own filings.

Those IRS schedules Deal won’t share would tell voters more about his role in Wilder Outdoors. That’s important since his campaign now acknowledges that the losses he took in 2006 and 2007 were related to his investment in Wilder Outdoors. (Deal paid only $5,575 in tax on gross income of  $188K in 2006 and in 2007 paid only $2,068.00 in tax on $205K in gross income.) The schedules would also tell voters whether or not Deal accurately represented his income and assets to the banks that kept lending him money.

Every day, a new revelation. It’s a constant stream of new information and shady practices from the Nathan Deal campaign.

Public relations requires some skill, and it’s apparent that whoever is running the show at Real Deal HQ- the candidate, the campaign manager, the state GOP, probably a bit of all three- has no idea how to handle this crisis.

Simply put: Get it all out there at once in one news cycle. Lay it out on the table, man, and let’s pick through the garbage.

An unrelenting stream of new information revolving around the same issue, dribbled out over a week or longer, is more damaging than just releasing your tax returns and manning-up over the course of one press conference.