Deal makes a promise to 'put Georgia back to work'

ATLANTA --- Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal was elected as Georgia's governor Tuesday, riding a Republican wave and beating back questions about his ethics and personal finances.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal greeted supporters after making his victory speech during an election-night party Tuesday. Deal defeated former Gov. Roy Barnes, who was ousted in 2002.   Associated Press
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal greeted supporters after making his victory speech during an election-night party Tuesday. Deal defeated former Gov. Roy Barnes, who was ousted in 2002.

Deal, a former nine-term congressman from Gainesville, defeated former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes, who was running to get his old job back after being ousted in 2002.

The win cemented Republican control in the state that had been ruled for generations by Democrats. Republicans claimed every statewide elected office.

"My faith in the people of this great state has been reaffirmed," Deal said as he took the stage to cheers from supporters Tuesday night. "We're going to come out of this recession. We're going to put Georgia back to work."

Barnes said he wished Deal the best in a concession call Tuesday night.

"I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. I have fought the good fight, I have run the good race," Barnes said.

Deal, who will replace term-limited Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue, was buoyed by a strong anti-Washington tide that energized GOP voters upset with President Obama and Democrats in Washington.

The race largely shaped up as a choice between Deal, who pledged to stick to conservative credentials and keep taxes low, and Barnes, who vowed to end teacher furloughs and reduce the state's high jobless rate.

During the campaign, Deal fought off questions about his ethics and his personal finances in a race that featured dueling attack ads and big ad buys by outside interest groups.

Deal was upbeat Tuesday night as returns began to roll in, saying Republicans in Georgia had "an excellent chance of sweeping the entire slate of candidates up and down the ballot this year."

Barnes acknowledged it might be a tough year for his party.

"It's hard for a Democrat to get elected anywhere," he said.

In a Republican state during a year when anger over Democratic leadership in Washington was running high, Deal should have had an easy road to victory, but Barnes kept the Republican on the defensive by questioning his ethics and finances.

Deal and national Republican groups repeatedly sought to link Barnes to Obama, while Barnes worked to demonstrate his independence from Washington.

Barnes pledged his support for an Arizona-style immigration law the Obama administration is challenging in court and also criticized portions of the president's health care overhaul.

In one advertisement put out by the Republican Governors Association, images of Barnes and Obama were overlaid under the title "Roybama."

Deal's consistent message was that Barnes did not deserve a second chance leading the state.

MEANWHILE, BARNES KICKED off the general election campaign before his Republican opponent was even decided.

He aired a TV ad on the day of the runoff in the Republican primary, when Deal defeated former Secretary of State Karen Handel for the nomination.

Needing to gain ground in a state that has voted reliably Republican in recent years, Barnes wasted no time attacking his GOP rival.

He labeled Deal corrupt and suggested he has used his congressional office for personal gain.

The Barnes campaign frequently cited a congressional ethics report released earlier this year that said Deal might have violated rules that govern the conduct of House members.

Deal stepped down from Congress in March to concentrate on the governor's race, effectively ending the congressional investigation.

Deal denied any wrongdoing, but Barnes assailed Deal's ethics in debates and on the airwaves.

Barnes also raised questions about Deal's fitness to oversee the state's finances after it was reported that Deal was so deeply in debt that he'd put his house on the market.

Deal and his wife, Sandra, were left on the hook for a $2.3 million loan after his daughter and son-in-law's sporting goods store failed.

Deal has said he will make good on the debt and has already liquidated about $750,000 in retirement funds to pay it down.

During one debate, Barnes asked voters who they would want to run the state's finances.

The strategy turned off at least one voter, Chris Simon, who manages a family-owned hotel on Tybee Island.

Simon said he was outraged that Barnes made an issue of the loan, and voted for Deal.

"I've helped my children, too, and I didn't think he should have brought that up," said Simons, 63, who says he is a Republican. "I wouldn't have voted for Roy Barnes if he was the only one running because of that."

An early part of Barnes' campaign centered on making amends for putting off voters, particularly teachers, during his first term.

This year he received the backing of the Georgia Association of Educators, which withheld their endorsement in 2002.

ATLANTA RESIDENT Ronny Gutfreund, 32, said he cast his vote for Barnes.

"I just like what his stance on most issues were," said Gutfreund, a radio promoter. "Most of the issues that I researched, he was in line with me on."

In the homestretch of the campaign, Barnes sought to rally female voters, rolling out a tough attack advertisement that suggested that Deal tried to weaken the state's rape shield law when he was in the state Senate in the 1980s and that he voted against toughening domestic violence laws.

Deal disputed Barnes' claims and said the attack on decades-old votes suggested Barnes was desperate for an edge.

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mable8
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mable8 11/03/10 - 04:27 am
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Nathan Deal: "My faith in the

Nathan Deal: "My faith in the people of this great state has been reaffirmed;" just make sure you keep the faith and don't disappoint us like others have. Congratulations for winning the position of Governor.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 11/03/10 - 05:34 am
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Congratulations Nathan. Now,

Congratulations Nathan. Now, the taxpayers can pay off those debts for you.

Lakefront
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Lakefront 11/03/10 - 06:35 am
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Glad it's not the other guy,

Glad it's not the other guy, but when they announced Deal as our new leader I grabbed by pocket and counted my change. With the White House housing a socialist, the senate still controlled by liberals, and the governor's mansion welcoming "Sticky Fingers" I fear all is not as well as we would like. However, I promise to be positive.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 11/03/10 - 07:07 am
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my 2 questions about Deal

my 2 questions about Deal are..

1. How much will he steal?

2. When will he go to jail?

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/03/10 - 07:14 am
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He is Republican, Lakefront,

He is Republican, Lakefront, he can't be that bad, at least he's not a socialist and wants give to the poor, he'll just keep it for himself......enjoy the change!

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Little Lamb 11/03/10 - 07:46 am
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Ga Values asked, “When will

Ga Values asked, “When will Nathan Deal go to jail?”

I don't know when. I don't really care. It would bother me not at all if Deal goes to jail. But at least Deal has served the citizens of Georgia with an important feat. He has given us the gift of a governorship free of Roy Barnes. For that he earns our gratitude and loyalty.

nerthus
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nerthus 11/03/10 - 07:56 am
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Georgia gets what they

Georgia gets what they deserve a governor who cannot manage their own affairs who will steal in a heartbeat and is personally broke. I wonder how broke he will be when he leaves office.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/03/10 - 08:12 am
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As Charlie Daniel once sang

As Charlie Daniel once sang "The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal. / He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind: he was willin' to make a "DEAL" I think Georgia has now goin to hell in a hand basket!!

DRRush
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DRRush 11/03/10 - 08:23 am
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Lowell, put that in your pipe

Lowell, put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!!

DRRush
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DRRush 11/03/10 - 08:24 am
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to all you Barnes supporters.

to all you Barnes supporters. wah! wah! wah!

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/03/10 - 08:28 am
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I did not vote for Barnes

I did not vote for Barnes either, so I am not going wah wah wah

dani
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dani 11/03/10 - 08:46 am
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The only way I could vote for

The only way I could vote for Deal was to think about the alternative. I could not endure Roy Barnes again. Bad is a little better than worse.

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MajorPaul 11/03/10 - 09:12 am
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About jobs, we shall see.

About jobs, we shall see. But Deal is certainly better than the guy we already fired. What kind of idiot would rehire a person who was fired for being incompetent anyway?
The folks who voted for Uncle Roy will probably be complaining that Deal did not keep his promises if everyone who wants a job in GA is not working by next Tuesday.

juantez
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juantez 11/03/10 - 09:30 am
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Let's make a Deal..
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Let's make a Deal..

What4
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What4 11/03/10 - 09:51 am
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There was nothing Biblical

There was nothing Biblical about this race!! Total mud slinging. Loved Barnes' Bible quote!! Wish we had had someone decent to vote for.

tabbit
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tabbit 11/03/10 - 10:21 am
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we will see if he puts GA

we will see if he puts GA back to work which i doubt!!!!!!!!

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Jane18 11/03/10 - 10:22 am
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Everything IS biblical

Everything IS biblical nowadays What4. If only you and others knew how to read and understand. Poor ole' Barnes, he couldn't go through a tenth(or less) that Paul did............... what a joke.

ripjones
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ripjones 11/03/10 - 10:23 am
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@mable8 - Excellent !! Well

@mable8 - Excellent !! Well said.

AugustaFella
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AugustaFella 11/03/10 - 12:18 pm
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Oddsmakers are putting the

Oddsmakers are putting the prospects of Deal making it four years without being indicted at about 50-50. What a great day for Georgia.

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 11/03/10 - 12:19 pm
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Kudos to all of the

Kudos to all of the enlightened voters who cast their votes for Libertarian John Monds.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/03/10 - 12:43 pm
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Ruud, he broke the LP record

Ruud, he broke the LP record for governor votes. I still figured he would do better than he did.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 11/03/10 - 01:11 pm
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Poitics won again, Georgia

Poitics won again, Georgia residents lost!!!!
Many persons were willing to put the state power in the hands of a crook. Poor exampke for our children.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 11/03/10 - 01:24 pm
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The 101,015 people who voted

The 101,015 people who voted for Monds did NOT have to hold our noses.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/03/10 - 01:47 pm
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I hope Deal realizes that

I hope Deal realizes that government cannot create jobs. The only thing that he can do to help is lessen regulations and lessen taxes. That's it.

If Deal really wants to make a splash, how about eliminating the GA income tax and making it a "fair tax" or consumption tax. Now THAT would help get Georgia's economy moving!

SheilaJ15
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SheilaJ15 11/03/10 - 02:09 pm
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This article stated: "Deal

This article stated:

"Deal and his wife, Sandra, were left on the hook for a $2.3 million loan after his daughter and son-in-law's sporting goods store failed.

Deal has said he will make good on the debt and has already liquidated about $750,000 in retirement funds to pay it down."

It did not say that he failed in business himself. Who of us has not tried to help our children, even when the results were not what we were expecting? Thus putting our finances in jeopardy.

I did not like either candidate, but it was a choice of voting for the lesser of 2 evils and Deal was better than Barns.

In order to take back our country we needed to get rid of as many Democrats as possible-and that meant putting in as many Republicans as possible--or Tea Party candidates. So I had to vote for Deal. Just my opinion.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 11/03/10 - 02:34 pm
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A lot of people still hung up

A lot of people still hung up on the Dem/Repub thing, suckers!

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InChristLove 11/03/10 - 03:47 pm
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SheliaJ15, I agree with your

SheliaJ15, I agree with your post. I'm just wondering if the daughter and son-in-law is helping dad and mom pay the loan down also?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/03/10 - 05:26 pm
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Another tragedy for Georgia.

Another tragedy for Georgia. Where are all the good men? Women have wanted to know for a long time.

lylagirl
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lylagirl 11/03/10 - 05:50 pm
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Oh well.....

Oh well.....

workedforit
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workedforit 11/03/10 - 06:54 pm
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Well one thing for sure, if
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Well one thing for sure, if the promise to put Georgia back to work sticks, it will make the Atlanta cesspool crime free as they will not have a reason to steal and rob if they have jobs. Go Nathan, get Atlanta working, then come to Disgusta.

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