There’s more to the story about Nathan Deal’s $600,000 personal loan to a California sex shop owner than he’s admitted.
Gov. Deal sold his bankrupt outdoors shop to Steve Diamond, a man who has a track record of buying pawn shops and fighting local communities to turn them into porn shops.
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But there’s a key part of this story that Nathan Deal has never owned up to.
Deal collects a $4,500 check every month from a guy who admits he may one day turn the governor’s failed business into an adult bookstore or adult entertainment venue.
While Nathan Deal and his campaign team say the property that he is personally financing and profiting from will never go risqué — “It’ll be a pawnshop, and that’s all” — the owner of Diamond Jewelry & Loan has always sung a different song.
Diamond was very direct and honest with the Baldwin City Council.
When a woman asked Diamond at a public meeting if he would have “adult entertainment” available at the governor-financed property, he said he “would not ever rule it out. But, at this time, it would not happen.”
Download the City Council meeting notes, read Page 2: Will Wilder Outdoors become an adult entertainment venue?
And he told Fox 5 I-Team reporter Dale Russell the same thing, with even more detail:
“I never rule anything out,” Diamond told Fox 5. “If I’ve got to make the payment every month, you know, we’ve got to make sure we can do it.”
As Dale Russell reported, when Diamond makes that mortgage payment every month, he writes the check to Gov. Deal.
For his part, Diamond never hid his intentions.
Nathan Deal, on the other hand, told us a different story:
Even with all we know about Deal, Inc., it’s still hard to believe that the person telling us the truth is the California sex shop owner, not the Georgia governor.