Political Notes — In the Lewis-Trump feud, Deal isn’t going there

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal was asked by reporters Tuesday for his comments on the nasty feud that erupted over the weekend between U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Donald Trump.

Deal didn’t waste any words getting as far away from that conflict as he can.

I have no interest in getting involved in that.

I understand that Congressman Lewis has a point of view, but one of the point of views that I have is that no matter who wins or loses, our process provides that once that is established, we’re not like other countries.

We’re not going to have revolutions. We’re not going to have those who say, well, we’re going to throw the election out, we’re going to storm the streets.

That has always been the unique experience of the United States, is peaceful transition of power, and I support that and I will continue to support that. I really believe Congressman Lewis does as well. And let’s hope we don’t have to listen to that or be involved in it anymore.

Deal’s response was calmer and more reasoned than that of Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter, a white Republican who called Lewis a “racist pig” in a Facebook posting that also referred to Democrats as “Demonrats.”

Hunter later took down the Facebook posting, but not before it attracted nationwide media attention and calls for his resignation.

The verbal dispute started when Lewis was being interviewed on “Meet The Press” by Chuck Todd and was asked if there were any circumstances where he might work with the Trump administration. (Lewis is boycotting Trump’s inauguration.)

“I believe in trying to work with people,” Lewis said. “It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

Trump, as he typically does in these situations, then fired off a series of tweets attacking both Lewis and the Fifth Congressional District that he represents, accusing Lewis of being “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump added.

The Fifth District, which Trump claimed is in “horrible shape,” actually includes such things as the Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta University complex; Hartsfield Airport; and Druid Hills, one of Atlanta’s priciest neighborhoods.

Conservatives re-thinking the death penalty

A group of conservatives who have come to question the validity of the death penalty are holding a news conference Thursday to announce the group’s formation and mission.

Participants in the group include state Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), Republican activist David Burge, Richard Lorenc of the Foundation for Economic Freedom, Austin Paul of the Mercer University College Republicans, Jennifer Maffessanti of the America’s Future Foundation, and Marc Hyden of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.

“I am skeptical of our government’s ability to implement efficient and effective programs, and so a healthy skepticism of our state’s death penalty is warranted,” Harrell said.

“Many individuals have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to die,” Harrell said. “Meanwhile, taxpayers are forced to pay for this risky government program, even though it costs far more than life without parole.”

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