Would voters elect a debtor governor?

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The revelation that the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia is mired in debt -- $5 million-plus at latest count -- is sad for both Nathan Deal and the Republican Party. It also is sad for Karen Handel, his opponent in the primary, that the Republican Party and Deal kept his debt secret from the Republican voters. Given a second chance with this information, Handel no doubt would be the winner.

Most everyone has sympathy for a father who tries to help his daughter. However, can anyone have sympathy for years of miscalculations and the secrecy that Deal wrapped himself around to keep getting elected? He says he will make a great governor in a time of economic distress? If an elected official can't manage his own financial situation, how will he manage the state of Georgia? When the voters choose a candidate for governor, would they choose a debtor?

The Republicans and the Tea Party folks holler for transparency in government and public servants. Where was the transparency in Deal's deals with the state and his auto salvage business?

Roy Barnes has disclosed all of his tax records while Deal keeps most of it secret. Who is more transparent, Barnes or Deal? The answer is obvious.

The Augusta Chronicle ("Debts and dereliction," Sept. 18) hopes that another shoe doesn't drop. The other shoe will drop when the voters go to the polls. Secrecy is a short-time fix, and it is the Republicans themselves who were hoodwinked into making Deal their candidate -- a bad one at that for Georgia. We don't need his debts. The state has its own economic problems.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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impossible
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impossible 09/23/10 - 11:08 am
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Same old Lowell. Deal is the
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Same old Lowell. Deal is the perfect, most qualified candidate for you liberals if you are judging only by his tattered finances, since the tattering of America's finances seems so appealing to you and your man Obama.

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yawningloudly 09/23/10 - 11:33 am
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why not we elect tax cheats

why not we elect tax cheats adulterers shoot we had a man in congress for what 45 years that killed a woman in a car crash whats the difference they are all crooks

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Little Lamb 09/23/10 - 11:33 am
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Impossible does make a good

Impossible does make a good point. Deal could turn his financial woes into a good campaign tactic. It is Obamanomics that soured his son-in-law's sporting goods store venture and caused Deal's debt to go south.

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usafvet 09/23/10 - 12:07 pm
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We have heard accusations

We have heard accusations from the opposing party and that is expected. I have not seen proof of illegal activity by Deal any more than I've seen proof that dumbobama is a natural born American citizen. Brad, you are certainly right about one thing, if anyone supported and worked with charles walker, they could never get my vote.

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garner49 09/23/10 - 12:15 pm
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What a MESS we have gotten

What a MESS we have gotten ourselves into...
So, you vote for the lesser of the two evils - in this case it's Deal.
What a mess...
You are right Brad - if Barnes gets his crown back, Walker will become his court-jester for sure. Georgia will become the laughing stock of the country and we move.

Lowell; man, do you wear blinders????

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/23/10 - 12:17 pm
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No one in the state of

No one in the state of Georgia outside of the CSRA remembers or cares about Charles Walker and his dealings with King Rat Barnes. And inside the CSRA, I'll wager there are still more Walker supporters than detractors.

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ruudvonbaron 09/23/10 - 12:28 pm
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As usual it sounds like the

As usual it sounds like the only good candidate is the Libertarian, John Monds.

impossible
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impossible 09/23/10 - 12:34 pm
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Little Lamb. Sad but probably
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Little Lamb. Sad but probably true. Skin color seems to be the major consideration for too many of the CSRA voters. A black crook can win hands down. Charles Walker and Obama prove that. Maybe Deal supporters could fake up a resume that shows Deal to be in bed with Chicago hoods, terrorists, socialists and communists. He might then win in the CSRA.

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crackerjack 09/23/10 - 01:41 pm
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HOLD YOUR NOSE AND VOTE FOR

HOLD YOUR NOSE AND VOTE FOR DEAL!

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Rainbow Johnson 09/23/10 - 02:42 pm
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Republican voters were

Republican voters were hoodwinked in the primaries. Had Deal's finances been disclosed Handel would have won hands down. It'll probably backfire on them, and that's really sad. To think that Roy Barnes might make it back into the governors mansion makes me physically ill.
I'm sure Federal Prisoner Charles Walker is watching this race with child like glee.
Lowell, your candidates stinks worse than Deal. If I were you I'd not get too smug.

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Sweet son 09/23/10 - 03:57 pm
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I usually come in late but I

I usually come in late but I love it when the greenbaums post letters to the editor.. You guys and gals always have a free-for-all with them. I am still smiling and still don't know how to vote.

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chasboy 09/23/10 - 04:20 pm
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There's never anyone to vote

There's never anyone to vote for.

ColCo
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ColCo 09/23/10 - 09:32 pm
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I would much rather vote for

I would much rather vote for someone who was not Charles Walker's main character witness.

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