Just a few weeks ago I was spammed by the Maria Sheffield campaign. She is running for Insurance Commissioner here in Georgia. It turned out her campaign manager, who was John Oxendine’s former campaign manager, may have “shared” the mailing list from the Oxendine campaign. I don’t have to clarify my position with either of their campaigns do I?
I had planned to wait a while before I endorsed another candidate or explained why I won’t be voting for them, but Nathan Deal made such an impression on me that I have to write something right now.
I. WILL. NOT. BE. VOTING. FOR. NATHAN. DEAL.
You may have heard that Rep. Deal (R-GA) announced his resignation from Congress last week.
At the time of his announcement, all I could think about was the pending health care vote. By resigning, Deal would be reducing the number of votes needed by the House leadership to pass the bill.
Two days later, he reversed course.
Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill.
I would have been alright with that decision, because it was the right one, if he had made it himself. From the written statement on his own website:
Deal discussed the change with Governor Sonny Perdue, who encouraged him to stay.
Why on Earth would I vote for him to serve as Governor of the State of Georgia if he has to be “talked into” the obviously correct decision by our current Governor? Why didn’t he realize that the Obama administration would try to make the most of his decision? Why didn’t he just figure on staying until after the health care vote?
How can I be sure that, as Governor, he will be able to make the right decisions when needed? How can I be sure that he won’t be calling former Governor Purdue at 3am when he can’t make up his mind?
We need a strong Governor who can walk the walk and talk the talk, not someone who ping pongs back and forth over obviously simple decisions.
We need the real deal, for real, and that I’m afraid is not Nathan Deal.