Update: Candidate Deal defends ethics

GAINESVILLE, Ga.  - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal fired back against ethics allegations, calling the decision by congressional investigators to release the findings of its probe of his financial dealings "political payback."

A fiery Deal made the remarks at a news conference in his hometown of Gainesville today.

His comments came as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice asking them to launch a criminal probe of Deal's business dealings.

On Monday, the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics released a 138-page report which said Deal may have violated House ethics rules by using his position to lobby state officials on behalf of his auto salvage business. Deal resigned from Congress March 21.

 

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