11Alive’s Jeff Hullinger was the first reporter to get reaction from the governor’s office.
The Governor’s response was half expected and half surprising.
On the expected side, the Governor’s office called us names.
“It’s interesting that this is a liberal group, placing a liberal ad, with a liberal message in one of the most conservative pockets of voters in the entire nation,” the governor’s office said. The emphasis belongs to the spokesperson, not Better Georgia.
The governor seems to think he can click his heels together and say ‘liberal’ three times to make Georgia’s poor job growth go away. But for the governor to deny that we have a jobs problem is an outrage and offensive to every Georgian.
This is the surprising part of the governor’s reaction. He’s dismissing Georgia’s bleak economic climate and Georgia’s poor performance with jobs growth.
To defend his job growth record, the governor’s office pointed to a Gallup Poll from Aug. 2011, which surveyed “employed adults” about “whether their companies are hiring workers.”
On the video clip below you can see the governor’s spokesperson point to a piece of paper with a green map with his explanation:
“Gallup organization, which is no right-wing group, and is actually an objective observer here, on this map, they have Georgia as being one of very few above average job creation states.”
The map used as a demonstration by the governor’s spokesperson includes this notice: “Job Creation and Economic Confidence Only Sometimes Related.”
Georgia Ranks Dead Last in Job Growth
Better Georgia placed the ad in The Gainesville Times to highlight the fact that over the past two years, Georgia ranks dead last in job growth. In fact, Georgia ranks 51st when Washington, D.C. is included.
The original ad included a citation to jobs data analysis by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The Economic Policy Institute also reported the analysis, which is based on jobs data, not political polling. (State of Working Georgia 2011 PDF).
The governor needs to learn that jobs aren’t liberal or conservative ideals. Jobs are a top priority to the majority of voters, even the voters in Deal’s hometown of Gainesville.
Better Georgia supports a progressive agenda for business growth. It includes a government that is effective, efficient and ethical. Businesses thrive in communities that invest in quality education and dependable transportation systems.