Ethics could tip sales in Ge­or­gia gov­er­nor race

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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