Ethics could tip sales in Georgia governor race
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.
Democratic challenger Jason Carter, a 39-year-old state senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is using multiple ethics investigations going back to Deal’s tenure as a congressman to cast the governor as a politician who serially abuses public office for his own benefit.
Reminiscent of his grandfather running for president in the wake of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, the younger Carter promises “honest government” at nearly every campaign stop. “We’re absolutely going to keep reminding voters of it,” Carter said of Deal’s record.
It’s the third piece of a message that also casts the governor as short-changing public schools and mishandling Georgia’s economy.