ATLANTA – Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Nathan Deal (R) has a heaping load of trouble these days, from ethics investigations from his time on Capitol Hill to his personal financial woes. Now he has another issue–his whining youngest daughter.
Katie Deal, an actress of sorts, issued an ‘all about me’ manifesto to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on September 22, and her feelings were publicly aired via Jim Galloway at the AJC.
Deal is facing foreclosure on his multi-million dollar home in Gainesville, Georgia. He invested his life’s savings in a busted outdoors center venture owned by his older daughter, Cindy Deal Wilder and her husband. Then he provided personal collateral for bank loans. Subsequently, his daughter and her hubby filed bankruptcy and left Daddy Deal holding the whole multi-million rotting bag.
Deal claims he merely did this to support his child in what she wanted to do, and he is not going to apologize for that. Yet, why would a smart businessman and United States Congressman invest in such a wild adventure at a daughter’s whim?
Katie has now spoken. In a three page letter delivered to Jim Galloway by a family friend, she says,” One blogger on the AJC questioned how the other siblings felt about this mess. So to answer the question I’ve been asking myself of where does this leave me financially, I can only say that I don’t know. I have struggled the past several days with my feelings on the topic and have concluded that it just doesn’t matter.”
Apparently all this came about because someone attacked Katie personally on You Tube. She admits she knew nothing about the venture because she and her actor husband are too busy living hand to mouth and working in shows to know what was going on. I suppose she always thought that her parents, with their millions, would support her life’s whims as well. Katie relates that her parents understand “this is the path we have chosen for ourselves and they respect us for living our simple life to the best of our ability. My parents have made it clear to us that when we need their help, all we have to do is call.”
Nathan Deal has come under some fire about his stance on public education. Although he touts on his website that his parents and his wife were all involved in the public schools, his own children attended private school.
Katie relates that she has been angry for years about being in the public political spotlight, although she certainly has enjoyed her parent’s big house and other perks. She says, “… I had issues with the life that I was born into, where I was verbally attacked and threatened at school about things beyond my comprehension at such a young age. I held on to some deep-seated resentment towards my dad for a long time because of it.”
She also reveals her other feelings that, “He didn’t do it for his family because most of the time it has brought us nothing but grief. He is a politician because he loves his country more than he loves himself.”
The youngest Deal daughter also states that this has encouraged her. “This shake-up has required me to wake-up and try a little harder to make something of myself.”
Perhaps this ‘Me-Me-Me Manifesto’ will jump start her tiny acting career-maybe she will be interviewed on television. The Deals certainly know how to use recognition to promote their personal career agendas, whether or not success is guaranteed. Is the Georgia Governor’s Mansion just another money-making endeavor for the Deal clan?
Sources: “Now It’s Personal” letter to the AJC by Katie Deal (pdf file), Political Insider with Jim Galloway column at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nathan Deal for Governor, WDEF-12 Chattanooga: Deal and Barnes Debate Education