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When will Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle answer questions?

He’s been silent on the Deal’s secret meetings with his office regarding the no-bid state monopoly on his salvage business. He’s been silent about his role on the bank board of directors that shoveled $500K to Deal in the failed sporting goods store.

Can he remain silent during this debacle?

And the first calls for resignation begin:

First, the politicos should consider the message they’ll send to their party faithful announcing that they are acting in the best interests of everyone involved.

A conciliatory measure of sadness and concern has to be directed to the Deal family as they face this crucial time with a vast financial burden. While Mr. Deal won’t appreciate this overture, one day he’ll see that the group is doing the proper thing.

Second, these leaders need to formally ask Deal to set the record straight, and disclose anything, everything and anybody that could bring down the ticket. The conversation must include the uncomfortable topic of whether Deal should withdraw.

Perhaps there should be a stalwart messenger assigned to make the visit to Deal and his staff. Two statesmen come to mind: U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson would set the tone for such a significant meeting.

Finally, if it is concluded that Deal can’t complete the task, the governor and crew will be required to name a candidate to qualify and fill the gap. I suggest Karen Handel.

Newly elected state rep. Buzz Brockway on Peach Pundit:

I must say, I was disappointed that Deal made no attempt to reassure us that there is nothing else out there. It’s easier to go to bat for someone when you know no other shoes will drop. I hope there’s nothing but we just don’t know.

WIN List Chair Amy Morton on Blog For Democracy:

The real story-the one Deal seeks to distract us from- is that his fiscal track record shows a pattern of poor judgment, irresponsibility and shady dealings.

Former DPG Communications Director Martin Matheny at Beyond The Trestle:

Deal has yet to really own up to his own mistakes. Putting yourself in the corner of everyday Georgians feeling the pinch of tough financial times is easy to do, but it’s not exactly accurate. Most of the Georgians who are feeling that pinch didn’t have the resources to secure millions of dollars in debt;

Our take here at Left on Lanier:

And if you’re one of the folks who ignored every single hint that maybe this guy had some baggage, dismissed all the ethical issues and the tax secrecy, accepted his lame non-responses as fact, and voted for Deal anyway, then you’re getting exactly what you deserve.

Libertarian Jason Pye:

With financial instability to the point of possibly declaring bankruptcy, how can Deal be an effective steward of taxpayer dollars as Governor? That’s a question that we’re going to hear a lot over the next 40+ days.

Tyler at Peach Pundit:

But, given the ethics complaints against Deal, the investigation, etc. I couldn’t help but think that something was bound to come out sooner or later. Well, this massive weight of debt was EXACTLY what I was afraid of as a Republican voter in Georgia. I’m not about to paint Deal as a victim… I am now asking myself the question: “Do we want a candidate managing the finances of our state when he can’t manage his own finances?”.

Peanut Politics:

Electing Nathan Deal as governor is too risky for Georgia when we have problems with our schools, the lack of job creation, high unemployment, tax increases, water issues & more.

…If we missed your blog’s take on the Nathan Deal situation, leave it in the comments and we will add it to the post.

Referencing the jaw-dropping news that Nathan Deal is on the hook for an additional $2.8 million loan that he never disclosed, the Gainesville Times has an accurate story.

And, unlike the news article yesterday, comments are open on this story.

Kudos to the Times, which appears to have pulled its head out of its rear.

Jeezus, it’s even worse than we thought:

A review of records has found that Republican Nathan Deal did not disclose two active loans on which he and his business partner owe a combined $2.85 million.

The loans from two banks were made to Deal and Kenneth Cronan in 2009. They do not appear on the financial disclosure Deal filed with the state Ethics Commission when he announced he was running for governor.

Deal on Thursday called it an “oversight” and said he planned to amend his financial disclosure with the state. He said the debts were business loans for his Gainesville Auto Salvage business. Real estate records list only Deal and Cronan as the guarantors.

One $350,000 loan is from Verity Bank in Winder, Ga. The other is a $2.5 million from Branch Banking and Trust Co. in Gainesville, Ga.

How does Deal call his refusal to disclose $2.8 million dollars in loans an “oversight”? And this is on top of the previous $2 million loan that is due in February?

Deal. Unreal.

Blind partisanship rarely helps.

For months, Nathan Deal supporters (and yes, the candidate himself) have played a purely political game of one-upsmanship. Mention the ethics investigation and they said congressional democrats! Not credible!

Mention the lack of disclosure in his tax returns and they said fully disclosed! It’s a partisan witch-hunt!

The “15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress”? That’s Soros-funded! Not believable!

Problem is, none of these are partisan attacks, and the folks in the Deal campaign know it. All of these issues are real issues. They aren’t a flurry of punches directed toward Deal, but legitimate questions and investigations into his conduct while in office. Regardless of how many times Georgia Republicans stuck their fingers in their ears and repeated la-la-la-la, it didn’t change the facts.

The questions are real, even if the ‘spin’ is not.

Which brings us to today’s revelations that Nathan Deal is facing bankruptcy.

There’s no shame in having financial problems in this economy. Not at all. Times are tough, brother, and if you’re making money in this environment, you’re one of the lucky ones. Georgians are hurting.

Ask your local teacher.

But if you’re having financial problems of this magnitude, you probably shouldn’t run for governor.

And if you’re one of the folks who ignored every single hint that maybe this guy had some baggage, dismissed all the ethical issues and the tax secrecy, accepted his lame non-responses as fact, and voted for Deal anyway, then you’re getting exactly what you deserve.

The signs were there. You chose to disregard them. Your partisanship blinded your judgment. And here we are:

A state with a billion dollar budget hole and a very real chance of having an ethically challenged governor declare bankruptcy within days of his inauguration.