Political Notes – This isn’t the first time Republicans have been peeved with Deal

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to veto the “religious liberty” bill has triggered an outpouring of verbal condemnations from the social issues wing of the Republican Party that shows no signs of abating.

The latest display of the anti-Deal sentiment surfaced during last weekend’s GOP district caucuses when delegates to the Third District meeting adopted a resolution censuring the governor for his veto:

Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Governor Deal would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. . . .

Governor Deal has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his campaigns only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and

WHEREAS Governor has amassed a long and terrible record of governing in association with liberal Democrats and crony capitalists, on issues ranging from gun rights, religious liberty, T-SPLOST, tax increases, and Common Core; and

WHEREAS Governor Deal has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party. . .

Those are fighting words, for sure, and sentiments like that among the party faithful will probably ensure that Deal doesn’t show up for the state party convention in Augusta on June 3.

This is not the first time, however, that Deal has stepped into the line of fire with GOP activists. He was booed and mocked five years ago when he tried to engineer the election of his personal favorite, Tricia Pridemore, as the state party chair.

A majority of the GOP convention delegates that year preferred to keep Sue Everhart as the party chair, and they let Deal know it when he spoke to the party gathering in Macon.

Here’s an excerpt from this correspondent’s account of that speech:

Deal had received a generally positive response during the first part of his speech to the convention, but that changed as soon as he raised the issue of who delegates should pick as the next state chairman.

“I have the utmost respect for Sue,” Deal said, causing an uncomfortable stir among some of the delegates. “I appreciate the job she has done. She has led this party and I appreciate that.”

But the Georgia Republican Party, Deal said, “has some challenges that we must face aggressively. We must broaden the base of the party . . . I am grateful that Tricia Pridemore has stepped up and offered herself for the chairmanship.”

Those remarks triggered a torrent of boos from the floor, which overpowered the smattering of applause by Pridemore supporters.

When it became obvious the booing would not stop, Deal wrapped up his remarks and left the Centreplex stage.

“I will respect your judgment and I will work with whomever you select as the leaders of our party,” said Deal, who had to catch a flight to Europe Saturday afternoon for a business trade mission. “Thank you for what you have done, thank you for what you will continue to do.”

It was the most sustained display of booing at a Republican state convention since delegates jeered Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2007 after he mentioned the need for a guest worker program for the state’s agriculture industry.

Lewis is ‘amazed’ at Tubman bill

U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, one of the state’s most prominent civil rights leaders from the 1960s, pronounced himself to be “amazed” at the news that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the twenty-dollar bill.

“It is so meaningful that this nation has finally come to a point where we can demonstrate our reverence for the contributions of the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, women suffragettes like Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the civil rights activism that has taken shape on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” Lewis said in a statement. “We are a better nation because these individuals lived.”

“When young people, and those who are not so young, see faces like their own on these bills, it will help confirm their worth and the value to this nation,” Lewis added. “It will communicate that they too can make a contribution that will go down in American history.”

Any sign of Barksdale?

Jim Barksdale, the state Democratic Party leadership’s choice to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Johnny Isakson, continues to be the invisible man in Georgia politics.

He qualified March 10 for the Democratic primary but to date has held no press conferences, issued no news releases, made no campaign appearances, and granted no interviews that we know of with any members of the media.

For someone who is unknown to an estimated 99 percent of the state’s electorate and would need to boost his name recognition, that’s a questionable campaign strategy at best.

Matthew Cardinale of Atlanta Progressive News tried in vain to contact anyone with the Barksdale campaign and couldn’t break though, prompting this disgruntled assessment:

Jim Galloway, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider blog, laments that even he can’t get access. This must be quite frustrating given whatever special relationship apparently existed between the Michelle Nunn campaign and Cox Media Group two years ago.

When even the man called “Chief” by his cohorts in the capitol press corps can’t get a sitdown with a candidate, you know something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Mohawk expands

Floor coverings manufacturer Mohawk Industries announced it will spend $100 million to expand its operations in Dalton, an expansion that could create up to 200 jobs for the region.

Mohawk executives said the company will increase production of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products for both residential and commercial uses. Mohawk now employs about 10,250 people in Georgia.

“This major investment to expand our U.S. LVT production will meet increased demand for our unique products and enhance Mohawk’s position as the global leader in LVT, the world’s fastest growing flooring category,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Industries’ flooring North America segment.

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