State Sen. Jason Carter announced today that he will run for Georgia governor to unseat incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.
Sen. Carter, a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is a true progressive candidate, whose Senate record shows strong support for Georgia’s schools and the middle class.
“We can’t wait as a state. The bottom line is we can’t afford four more years of an economy that’s not working for the middle class and an education system that’s underfunded,” Carter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview.
Sen. Carter’s campaign was made possible by Gov. Deal’s own dismal job performance. Gov. Deal has shortchanged our schools, blocked access to affordable health care and choked the state’s best pipeline for skilled jobs. Just this week, Gov. Deal celebrated his loyalty to corporate CEOs, a revealing symbol of how he has ignored middle class families. And then we get to the constant state of suspicion that Nathan Deal is simply a crooked governor:
- The state ethics commission recently called for an independent investigation of charges stemming from Gov. Deal’s last campaign for governor. The state’s top ethics attorney said the governor’s office was involved in efforts to destroy documents in an open investigation involving the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office. The ethics commission has now reversed its call for an investigation without a vote.
- An independent reporter recently discovered that Gov. Nathan Deal is collecting political contributions greater than most Georgia families make in a year and failed to file reports for two years.
- The governor is making millions of dollars from a company that won’t pay Georgia what it owes. The company owes the state $74 million in back taxes, but Gov. Deal won’t do anything about it, even though he made sure he got paid.
Sen. Carter is not alone in challenging the governor.
Gov. Deal’s poor performance and soft support among a wide-range of voters has already drawn two Republican primary challengers and another Democrat.
Better Georgia is glad to see a competitive race for the governor’s office in 2014. Georgia can’t afford four more years of Nathan Deal. Ask any Georgia family.
From failing schools to transportation gridlock, Georgia has BIG problems — problems Gov. Nathan Deal has failed to solve.
On Gov. Nathan Deal’s watch, Georgia’s high school graduation rate has slipped to 47th in the nation. That’s right. Nearly a third of Georgia students fail to finish high school in four years.
That’s what happens when more than five billion dollars is cut from our local schools.
Class sizes increase. Teachers face furloughs. Schools close. Students fail.
It’s no accident that Georgia is now the 5th poorest state in the nation. Instead of taking care of our schools, Gov. Deal’s been busy taking care of his friends.
No wonder Georgia is ranked as most corrupt state in the nation.
Better Georgia is ready to fight for you and for all of our families. At Better Georgia, we’re preparing now to make sure these issues are front-and-center when Georgians go to the polls next year.
Georgia is home to an emerging progressive majority, but if we want to win in 2014, we must act now. Conservatives are already building their war chests with out-of-state corporate money. There is too much at stake. We’re not backing down.
How about you?
Are you with us?