You may think Congress is bad. The gridlock. The partisan politics. And all those politicians on the take from big corporations.
But imagine what it takes to get run out of Congress?
Nathan Deal spent 17 years in Congress before he quit to avoid penalties for using his office to strong-arm an exclusive state contract for his Gainesville junkyard.
If even D.C.’s career politicians rejected Deal, there must really be something wrong.
And it’s true. Plenty is wrong with Nathan Deal.
He brought his unique brand of self-serving politics to the Georgia governor’s office and the results have been devastating for all of us.
The Pawn Shop: Gov. Deal lied to voters about his 90 percent ownership of Wilder Outdoors. Instead, he let his daughter and son-in-law take the blame for the failed business. Then, he sold the failed business to a California sex shop owner who has a track record of turning pawn shops into sex shops.
The Junkyard: Gov. Deal audited his biggest competitor, stuck them with a $74 million tax bill, then made millions “selling” the company his failing business. And now he conveniently refuses to collect the tax.
Jets and Helicopters: Gov. Deal illegally funnelled campaign cash to companies he owned and failed to disclose.
The First Ethics Chief: In the middle of her investigation of criminal charges against his campaign, Gov. Deal used the power of his office to fire ethics chief Stacey Kalberman and stop subpoenas from being issued. A Fulton County jury found in favor of Ms. Kalberman and awarded her more than $1 million – a bill taxpayers had to pay.
The Second Ethics Chief: Gov. Deal replaced Stacey Kalberman with Holly LaBerge, a ladder-climbing bureaucrat who was not a lawyer and had no experience leading an ethics agency, but who he believed he could control. Then, even after she shut down the investigation, he used his staff to pressure her to settle his case with no more than a slap on the wrist.
Friends, Family and Donors: The Georgia nursing home industry is one of the largest contributors to Gov. Deal, so when they asked for a big rate increase, he was more than willing to go along – so willing that he removed two State Health Department Board members when they refused to go along. This is only the most recent example of Deal using strong-arm tactics to create jobs for political convenience or to appoint his big donors to the most powerful boards.
Dining at the Ritz While Georgia Froze: On January 28, while Gov. Deal lunched at the Ritz Carlton, thousands of Georgians became stranded on icy roadways as snow began falling. Instead of taking responsibility, Gov. Deal blamed his failed response on the weatherman, falsely claiming that the storm was not predicted.
A Broken Promise of Job Creation: Gov. Deal said that job creation was the most important priority for his administration. But after four years with Gov. Deal in charge, Georgia has the highest unemployment in the nation, and more than 1 in 4 of our children live in poverty – more than many Third World countries.
Standing in the Hospital Door: Five hospitals have closed on Gov. Deal’s watch, including four in rural Georgia. While nine Republican governors have worked to provide greater access to health care in their states under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Deal has taken an extreme position to block the full benefits of the law in Georgia. His lack of leadership has hurt hospitals and the communities they serve.
It’s hard to give Congress credit for doing anything right these days.
But Congress got this one right.
Gov. Deal was too corrupt for Congress and he’s proven to be too much of a failure to keep his job as Georgia’s governor.