Republican Congressman Nathan Deal was cleaning the proverbial floor with Roy Barnes until it came to light that Nathan Deal was into making bad deals. It has been suggested that Barnes is playing dirty because his camp pointed out that Nathan had some bad business dealings. But since when is telling the truth playing dirty?
The plain truth is that Nathan Deal has been less than upfront about his financial dealings. He is at least $2 million in debt because he put his home and savings on the line to help his daughter and son-in-law start a business that went under. When the kids filed bankruptcy, Deal was left holding the bag. This is a fact. Mentioning that your opponent is in a financial mess is telling the truth, not being underhanded. To make matters worse, we are still hearing about financial mis-steps that the Governor hopeful has made. Let’s just say that he did not disclose everything he should have.
So why does Nathan Deal’s finances matter to voters like me? It’s very simple. If you have made a mess out of your own finances, how are you going to handle finances for the state? If he handed his personal financial security over to his daughter and her husband for them to lose, what is he going to do with state finances? Even in trying to understand the father-child dynamic, if you are going to hand over that kind of money to anyone, you need to have an active stake in the business to protect your investment. Better yet, you might realize that a sporting goods company is not going to work in a failing economy and not grant the loan. There are no signs that Deal did any due diligence before forking over the cash. I don’t care if he is red, blue, or purple, this state cannot afford to put someone into office who loses millions like that.
This doesn’t mean I am absolutely sold on former Governor Roy Barnes to be our new Governor. After all, he only managed to stay in office for one term the first time before he was ousted. Still, if he is guilty of anything, it is from being too aggressive and quick to act and angering those who don’t like change. Interestingly enough, and just for comparison’s sake, Roy Barnes seems to have a knack for raising money, where Deal has a talent for losing it.