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Huckabee gives late support to Deal
Politico ^ | 8/5/10 | Jessica

Posted on 08/05/2010 1:01:54 PM PDT by pissant

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is throwing his support to former Rep. Nathan Deal’s campaign for governor of Georgia on Thursday, just five days before the Republican runoff primary that pits Deal against former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

The endorsement puts Huckabee at odds with two other potential presidential candidates — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — who have endorsed Handel, and places him in the same company as former House Speaker and Deal endorser Newt Gingrich.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson predicted that Huckabee, who won Georgia’s presidential primary in 2008, would help boost Deal among grassroots conservatives.

“It’s huge. He’s just got so much credibility with Georgia conservatives, and that’s who’s going to show up at the polls,” Robinson told POLITICO.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; huckabee; nathandeal; pissacid
Huck is wisely setting himself up as the anti-Mama Grisslies.
1 posted on 08/05/2010 1:01:57 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

That is the end of Nathan Deal.


2 posted on 08/05/2010 1:03:26 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Nah. Huck has a better track record than Precious.


3 posted on 08/05/2010 1:04:51 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Nah. Huck has a better track record than Precious.

His boy came in fourth in South Carolina right?

4 posted on 08/05/2010 1:06:08 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (a glass half full kind of guy)
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To: pissant
Handel v. Deal is pretty disappointing. Even if one wins in November I can't see them doing much for the state. Maybe they'll stay out of the way and let the legislature lead.

I thought Eric Johnson's candidacy looked pretty good.

5 posted on 08/05/2010 1:06:15 PM PDT by Crichton
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To: pissant
From Wikipedia:

Ethics

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) lists Deal as one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress, for trying to influence officials for personal gain.[5] According to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal "personally intervened with Georgia leaders to preserve an obscure state program that earns his company nearly $300,000 a year." The state funded DOR salvage inspection program is paid for with $1.7 million taxpayer dollars annually. This program makes use of two salvaged vehicle storage facilities (one in Gainesville and one in Hazelhurst) in which Deal is part owner. The state pays a $100 fee to Deal's businesses per car inspected at their site, this fee is the highest in the state.[6]

[edit]Office of Congressional Ethics report

Nathan Deal exceeded congressional limits on outside income and used his U.S. House office and staff to protect money coming from a no-bid state business deal.[7] On March 29, 2010, the Office of Congressional Ethics released a report concluding that Mr. Deal improperly used his office staff to pressure Georgia officials to continue the state vehicle inspection program that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for his family’s auto salvage business.[8]

6 posted on 08/05/2010 1:07:11 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NeoCaveman

Oh, he’s lost a few, don’t get me wrong. As has Palin. Huck just hasn’t endorsed a gaggle of rinos.


7 posted on 08/05/2010 1:07:13 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Darn.

And I was gonna vote for him. Voted for him the primary. He’s been my representative for years.

Karen Handel it is.

Thank you Huck for making the choice clear(er).


8 posted on 08/05/2010 1:09:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: pissant

Gaggle, the only RINO’s Palin endorsed were McCain (kind of had to) and Fiorina, which probably saved us from Uber Rino Tom Campbell.

In fact adding in Kansas and Washington senate races, she has even been more conservative than Jim DeMint.


9 posted on 08/05/2010 1:09:50 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (a glass half full kind of guy)
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To: Little Ray

LOL. In other words you’re PW’d?


10 posted on 08/05/2010 1:10:20 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Little Ray

LOL.

GOOD ON YOU!


11 posted on 08/05/2010 1:10:56 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Little Ray

Imho, anyone that Huckabee supports is suspect.


12 posted on 08/05/2010 1:13:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Absolutely!


13 posted on 08/05/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: pissant
The Huckster came in at the last minute with TV spots endorsing Mike Cox for governor. Cox finished third.

Now, if the Falcon Party would have come in and endorsed Cox ... or Duncan Hunter, Sr. ....

How's life in alternative universe today Pissant? What color is the sky today? Pink? Green? Yellow?

Remember to take off your tin foil hat during thunder storms. If we lost you, what would we do for comic relief at FR?

14 posted on 08/05/2010 1:19:30 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: trisham

You really, really need to consider the sources. I live in Georgia and in Nathan Deal’s former district.

The Atlanta Urinal and Constipation employs Cynthia Tucker. The nutball Cynthia McKinney has been a frequest guest editorialist. I wouldn’t take that paper if they paid me.

As for CREW:
Melanie Sloan serves as CREW’s Executive Director. Prior to starting CREW in 2003, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, after having worked for Congressional Democrats John Conyers, Charles Schumer, and Joseph Biden.[7] She currently serves on the legal team of Valerie Plame.[8]

As for the “Office of Congressional Ethics,” well, if there has ever been an oxymoron, that’s it.

As far as I’m concerned condemnation by the likes of the Urinal and Constipation, and CREW are resume ENHANCERS for Deal. Deal has been good conservative for his entire career. They hate him for it.

Any questions?


15 posted on 08/05/2010 1:20:49 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: onyx

Hey, onyx. Nice to see you!


16 posted on 08/05/2010 1:20:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pissant
Huck is wisely setting himself up as the anti-Mama Grisslies.

Nahh, the Huckster is just plain jealous of her.

17 posted on 08/05/2010 1:25:08 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Little Ray

You might want to read this:

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/agreement-with-state-benefits-121572.html


18 posted on 08/05/2010 1:27:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I did.

Tell me you wouldn’t do the same thing for your business.


19 posted on 08/05/2010 1:29:40 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Little Ray

And this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/us/30ethics.html?hp/


20 posted on 08/05/2010 1:30:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Little Ray

Are you kidding?


21 posted on 08/05/2010 1:31:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Little Ray

Nathan Deal was a Democrat during his tenure in the Georgia State Senate and during his first 2 Congressional terms. He switched to the Republican party after the 1994 election.


22 posted on 08/05/2010 1:37:00 PM PDT by Padams
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To: pissant

“Huck has a better track record than Precious.”

What’s Huck Spin’s Win-Loss record on 2010 endorsements?

- JP


23 posted on 08/05/2010 1:37:00 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: trisham

CREW is not an objective source! Its staff is a collection of leftists with union, nonprofit, advocacy and Congressional staff (Dem, of course) backgrounds. CREW leadership bios are here:
http://www.citizensforethics.org/about/staff

This is a left-wing smear of Nathan Deal, who has represented Georgia's most Conservative district since 1993, and has one of the most Conservative voting records (100% ACU; 97% ACU Lifetime) of anyone.

My Congressman is Lynn Westmoreland, a great Conservative and a close friend and supporter of Nathan Deal -- and someone I have known for many years. Here is what Lynn's wife, Joan Westmoreland, has to say about Karen Handel's trashing of Nathan Deal:

"Although I appreciate the enthusiasm for conservative ideas that Sarah Palin has been spreading across this country, I think she’s made a mistake here.

"Alaska is a far cry from Georgia and I’m pretty sure Ms. Palin can’t smell our peaches from her front porch. This is not just about who wears lipstick, it’s about who will govern this state with integrity and conviction.

"Sarah Palin doesn’t even know Nathan Deal, but my husband Lynn and I do!!! He is a kind, honest and generous Christian man. Like my husband Lynn, he was one of the most dependable votes in the House of Representatives for our conservative values. He is a staunch defender of the sanctity of life, and he’s endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.

"I am appalled that Karen Handel would smear the name of a man who has served his nation and his state honorably for his entire life, and that is why I had to speak out today. I care about conservative values and I care about this great state, and I know that Nathan Deal is the only choice to lead the State if Georgia."

24 posted on 08/05/2010 1:38:41 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Josh Painter

Is it a win or a loss to get a retarded RINO like Perry, McCain or Carly elected?


25 posted on 08/05/2010 1:39:28 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Padams

I know. I didn’t vote for him the first time around because he was a Democrat. But I followed his career, and he was a better conservative than most ‘Pubbies for those terms and changed sides to better represent his constituents (and ride the tide of change!).
Hell, Strom Thurman was once a Democrat. Did you have a problem with him?


26 posted on 08/05/2010 1:41:06 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Always A Marine

Thanks, but anything that Huckabee has a hand in raises a red flag for me. I also wonder why Deal resigned when he did.


27 posted on 08/05/2010 1:42:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Little Ray
And I was gonna vote for him. Voted for him the primary. He’s been my representative for years. Karen Handel it is. Thank you Huck for making the choice clear(er).

In this case, Huckabee got it right -- and I am no fan of Huckabee!

Karen Handel's only tactic is to accuse her opponents of corruption. The allegations against Nathan Deal are purely political, and designed to destroy one of the the most conservative members of Congress.

Other than the fact that she is a woman, just who is this Karen Handel?
- Karen Handel is NOT endorsed by the National Rifle Association
- Karen Handel is NOT endorsed by Georgia Right to Life
- Karen Handel is the only candidate who refused to participate in the GOP Gubernatorial Debate (I wonder why?)
- Karen Handel denied contributing to Log Cabin Republicans -- until a copy of her handwritten dues check surfaced. (I think we call that a lie.)
- Karen Handel voted as a Fulton County Commissioner to give a large grant to Planned Parenthood.

If Sarah Palin was looking for a Conservative candidate other than Nathan Deal, she could have supported Eric Johnson -- who barely missed the runoff. But backing a woman was more important to Sarah than backing a Conservative -- so she endorsed the lease conservative candidate in the race.

Karen Handel represents the abandonment of core Conservative issues by the Georgia GOP. Once those issues are lost to the socially-liberal "County Club Republicans," we will not get them back. Thank you, Sarah Palin.

28 posted on 08/05/2010 1:44:44 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: trisham

Like I have any faith in an “Office of Congressional Ethics.” They are probably upset because his isn’t crooked enough.

Tell me that you wouldn’t go after people in the state legislature and government to protect your business. The only difference is the access (and knowledge of the process) that gives Deal an advantage.


29 posted on 08/05/2010 1:46:57 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: pissant

Look at me, look at me, I count too. Somebody ask me my opinion, I want to feel important, says the Huckster.


30 posted on 08/05/2010 1:47:19 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: Little Ray
Tell me that you wouldn’t go after people in the state legislature and government to protect your business. The only difference is the access (and knowledge of the process) that gives Deal an advantage.

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It's unethical at best, but vote for whomever you please. You're going to have to live with it, not me.

31 posted on 08/05/2010 1:51:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Thanks, but anything that Huckabee has a hand in raises a red flag for me. I also wonder why Deal resigned when he did.

Mitt Romney endorsed Karen Handel; does that raise any flags? All but one member of Georgia's GOP Congressional delegation supports Nathan Deal; that exception is Tom Price, who recently switched to Handel.

Deal resigned from Congress in order to run for governor. I was introduced to him by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland shortly after he announced his candidacy and his resignation, which he delayed until after the Obamacare vote.

32 posted on 08/05/2010 1:53:18 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

Not according to this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/us/30ethics.html?hp/


33 posted on 08/05/2010 1:57:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Always A Marine

I know you’ve been on FR for many years, and you’re a Marine. I respect that enormously. Thanks for a courteous discussion, but I’m going to bow out now, since I don’t have a dog in this race.

I will however, continue to detest Huckabee.


34 posted on 08/05/2010 2:00:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
It's unethical at best, but vote for whomever you please. You're going to have to live with it, not me.

Trisham, I don't expect someone who lives in Massachusetts to know very much about the people involved in this race. But I would expect you to consider the source and timing of the allegations against Nathan Deal. This is a political hit -- aimed at one of the most reliably Conservative politicians around. If this smear works, expect much more of the same from the leftists at CREW...

35 posted on 08/05/2010 2:01:51 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

“Mitt Romney endorsed Karen Handel; does that raise any flags?”

It simply means Chicken Little sees Handel ahead in the primary and ahead in the polls and wants to be part of her victory. It’s much like his endorsement of Susanna Martinez, the day after she won the NM primary.


36 posted on 08/05/2010 2:03:04 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Always A Marine

I’ll take your word for it, AAM. And thanks again.


37 posted on 08/05/2010 2:03:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

You use the Soros organization CREW as a source?????


38 posted on 08/05/2010 2:07:16 PM PDT by Nextrush (Slocialist Republicans and Socialist Democrats need to go)
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To: pissant

Is it a win or a loss to get a retarded RINO like Perry, McCain or Carly elected?


That would be like....in the NFL....you brag about your 3 wins...and they were all against the Detroit Lions....

You betcha


39 posted on 08/05/2010 3:06:43 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: Little Ray

Are you serious?


40 posted on 08/05/2010 4:08:24 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam
Its gettin’ a bit iffy. I was for Deal in the Primary. After the Huckster endorsed him (a bad thing), I was swayin’ to Handel. The I heard one of her ads on the radio, and started swayin’ back to Deal.

Neither of them seem to be RINOs so what I have here is an embarrassment of riches...

41 posted on 08/05/2010 5:48:03 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Raider Sam

I suppose I should just check and see who polls best against Roy Barnes.


42 posted on 08/05/2010 5:48:54 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Raider Sam

I suppose I should just check and see who polls best against Roy Barnes.


43 posted on 08/05/2010 5:49:02 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: pissant

Me thinks some of the Deal people are smiling out of one side of their mouth.


44 posted on 08/05/2010 7:24:07 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (NYC to Jihadist: WE SURRENDER!)
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To: pissant

You said Huck had a better track record than Palin. I asked you what his record was. I see you prefer to dance around the question rather than answer it.

Par for the course for pissant.

- JP


45 posted on 08/05/2010 9:54:57 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: Josh Painter

A better track record of picking conservatives. Period.


46 posted on 08/05/2010 9:56:26 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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