With every candidate for Georgia’s top offices onstage at the Georgia National Fair this week, it’s clear to see why Nathan Deal is the odd man out.
Veteran AJC political reporter Jim Galloway participated in the debate and wrote about why Gov. Nathan Deal’s rhetoric is off key:
Every candidate for U.S. Senate and every candidate for Georgia Governor knows that we’re facing an economic crisis.
Every candidate except for Gov. Deal, that is.
Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians all see the crisis. But not Gov. Deal.
Instead, Gov. Deal insists we’re at the pinnacle and wants us all to believe this is the best we can do. His entire campaign is built on an award from a small circulation magazine and a top 10 list from a cable television show.
Gov. Deal’s campaign is struggling because Georgians are living every day with the economic mess he helped create and now ignores.
And when it comes to Gov. Deal’s rosey assessment of Georgia’s economy, he stands alone.
Even David Perdue, the Republican candidate for United States Senate disagrees with Deal.
That’s what we learned on Tuesday night when the candidates for Georgia’s top offices debated at the Georgia National Fair.
As the six candidates talked about Georgia’s struggling economy, only Gov. Deal refused to acknowledge the realities Georgia families face every day:
- Georgia has the highest unemployment in the nation
- The average Georgia family makes $6,500 less than they did five years ago
- 80,000 fewer Georgia students receive the HOPE Scholarship, making college cost more
- 363,000 Georgians are looking for work
These aren’t just statistics, though. These are the realities that make it tougher for us all to get ahead.
But don’t tell that to Gov. Deal and his campaign team.
No, he wants you to believe the last four years have been the best. And he’s eager to promise more of the same if he gets re-elected.
Nathan Deal must have spent too many years in Washington, D.C. serving in Congress because he’s completely out of touch.
Unlike Gov. Deal, Republican senate candidate David Perdue pointed to high unemployment, low Middle Class wages and said, “70% of us know we’re headed in the wrong direction.”
That 70% apparently doesn’t include Gov. Deal.
The truth is, Gov. Deal knows he can’t admit Georgia’s economy is leaving the Middle Class behind without acknowledging his own failed leadership and promising a new direction.
Gov. Deal has accelerated a culture of corporate welfare that caters to the interests of big business at the expense of Georgia families, and those corporations are spending millions to keep their gravy train running.
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