Deal revelations taint his candidacy

 

It's not an overstatement to say that this is a good year to be a conservative.

The conservative message about fiscal restraint, more limited government and political accountability are breaking through the static. Some old-guard politicians may ride the conservative wave to office, but it will come with a price, as is typical in politics.

Conservatives' hands have been forced in this year's gubernatorial election. The campaign to elect Republican Nathan Deal has turned out to be less than truthful and maybe worse.

When faced with the latest public revelations concerning Deal's financial situation, the Deal campaign answers that the loans that could lead to Deal's personal financial insolvency were meant to help out Deal's family members, and that the media are blowing the issue out of proportion to the issues that really matter to Georgia voters.

That may be partly true. But it does not change the fact that Deal has failed to be up-front with voters, and has failed to live up to the expectations that voters have for our elected officials. His candidacy has been irreparably tainted, and has left many conservatives with buyer's remorse.

God willing, in a year from now, after Mr. Deal's bittersweet victory in November, and after he has served as governor for 10 months in Atlanta, conservatives will be singing a different song and will be praising the progress that the new administration has made. This year, however, Mr. Deal will win on that first Tuesday in November not only in spite of himself, but as a result of the cancerous political ideology and utter incompetence of his opponent.

"Let's make a Deal," is a stinging phrase with new meaning for Georgia voters in 2010.

Brandon D. Elijah

Augusta

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