Now, because of statements made under oath by the current attorney for the state ethics commission and others, authorities, including the FBI, are again asking questions.
Once again, Gov. Deal is looking for an easy way out.
We’re not surprised, but with your help, this time can be different.
Today, after you finish reading about Gov. Deal’s latest scandal, we ask that you pick up the phone, call the Governor’s office and demand that he take action.
This time, there can be a full, complete and independent investigation, and those responsible for violations of law or public trust can be held accountable.
Gov. Deal has the authority to make sure an independent investigation begins TODAY.
Gov. Deal has been under fire because of suspicions and allegations that members of his administration worked closely with the state ethics staff to destroy evidence from an open investigation into the governor’s financial records.
In an emergency meeting a few weeks ago, the ethics commission voted to request a special assistant attorney general to investigate the charges.
Better Georgia applauded that move along with other watchdog organizations and voters of all political stripes.
The commission understood, correctly, the allegations that Gov. Deal and his team worked to cover-up financial abuses are damaging, serious and potentially criminal.
Nothing should prevent an independent investigation. Not money. Not politics.
But last week, the commission suddenly reversed their decision, without any public meeting, vote or discussion.
Gov. Deal has said that he is not involved in any way with the problems inside the state’s ethics office.
But every allegation does involve his financial documents and the actions of his own team.
So there’s a quick solution: Gov. Deal should eliminate all doubt that he’s involved in a cover-up — not by his words, but by his actions.
Gov. Deal said earlier this year, “Our success as leaders of Georgia depends heavily on the public’s ability to trust us.”
It’s time to prove it.
Gov. Deal should immediately disclose all of the documents that are in question. He should post them to his website, gov.georgia.gov.
And Gov. Deal should pick-up the telephone to call Attorney General Sam Olens to personally request an independent investigation.
Today, we’re asking you to join us in taking action. Pick up the phone and call Gov. Deal at (404) 656-1776.
Tell him that a real leader would act today to make sure those responsible are held accountable.
If Gov. Deal has nothing to hide, he should work to clear his name instead of working so hard to blame others.
Some of the governor’s closest allies have described this as a “public relations mess.”
It’s more than that.
It’s a complete breakdown of the public’s ability to trust our governor.