It’s hard to follow the Chip Rogers story — as told by the governor’s office.
Just over a week ago, Gov. Deal claimed that his office had nothing to do with Chip Rogers losing his $150,000 per year, taxpayer-funded job at GPB.
But now — thanks to an open records request — that story has changed.
“Gov. Nathan Deal played matchmaker to arrange the hiring of Chip Rogers last year to a six-figure gig at Georgia Public Broadcasting. His office’s fingerprints were all over his departure, too.”
Even as we learn more about Gov. Deal’s role in arranging the departure, the governor claims he didn’t know that Chip Rogers worked full-time as a V.P. for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) while collecting $150,000 in taxpayer-funded salary from GPB — to essentially do nothing.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Gov. Deal claims to have been in the dark.
Gov. Deal has a history of being late to every brewing crisis.
- Gov. Deal claims he didn’t know severe weather was moving into Georgia as he posed for photos at the Ritz-Carlton.
- Gov. Deal claims he didn’t know an out-of-state corporation owed Georgia nearly $74 million in back taxes even as his taxpayer-funded staff helped him sell his struggling auto salvage business and he started to collect a $20,000 rent check every month from one of Georgia’s largest debtors.
- Gov. Deal claims he didn’t know Georgia’s food stamp program was losing $1.8 million each month just on overtime pay and was on the brink of losing $75 million in federal funds.
- Gov. Deal claims he didn’t know that his signature policy to drastically change the HOPE Scholarship would be “one of the state Capitol’s biggest economic blunders of 2011” and leave thousands of students without an opportunity to go to college or trade school.
- Gov. Deal claims he didn’t know that his office recruited a new ethics chief to replace the one who was on the verge of issuing subpoenas for his own campaign finance records.
So is the governor really always the last person to know? Or are all of his “I didn’t know’s” simply excuses to avoid responsibility?
Either way, as the highest elected executive in Georgia, Gov. Deal has failed at his job.
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