Last Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Chris Carr, one of his top deputies, to become the state’s next attorney general. Based on his alliance with Deal and connection to big business, Chris Carr seems to have been chosen to support Deal in his legislative goals and provide additional cover for Deal’s shady business practices with Copart and his other scandals.
Here’s the worst part: Carr has never tried a case in court. Let that sink in. Georgia’s top attorney, put in place by the governor, is grossly inexperienced and under-qualified.
Corporations were quick to step up and support Carr. Georgia Power Chief Executive Paul Bowers and AGL Resources executive Hank Linginfelter, the chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, both sent statements endorsing Carr as a pro-business force.
The “religious liberty” legislation could become a heated focus of Carr’s 2018 campaign. Especially considering that State Sen. Josh McKoon, a leading advocate for “religious liberty” legislation, is thought to be one of the possible contenders.
Clearly starting to lay the adversarial grounds against Carr, McKoon said recently, “It is equally important that [Attorney General] be free of undue influence from any other official.” One thing is for sure, I don’t think anyone can accuse Deal or Carr of being “free of undue influence from any other official.”
Previous Attorney General, Sam Olens’ position on LGBTQ rights and his midterm appointment to Kennesaw State, might suggest that he was being moved out before the “religious liberty” legislation is brought back up. In which case, Deal is relying on Carr and his big business support, to help squash it.
One thing is certain: Deal’s appointments have nothing to do with qualifications and everything to do with relationships and money. That’s how cronyism works. Unfortunately, it’s the people of Georgia who suffer when corruption reigns supreme in state offices.