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POSTED: August 9, 2010 3:35 p.m.
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Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal speaks Wednesday in Richmond Hill.

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Nathan Deal, Republican gubernatorial candidate in the primary runoff election, addressed the Richmond Hill community at What’s the Scoop Cafe on Tuesday and spoke on issues, such as personal ethics, campaign tactics, health care and immigration.
Nearly 30 people turned up to hear Deal speak. Deal faces Karen Handel for the Republican nomination in the primary runoff election, which is Tuesday (see related story, this page).
At the meet and greet, Deal, a former congressman for Georgia’s 9th District, responded to allegations that he took unlawful measures to protect a state program that profits his personal business, Recovery Services, a company that provides inspection stations to the state for salvaged vehicles.
Deal said that his company never received “no-bid” government contracts and attributed the allegations to anti-conservative sentiment within a Washington-based organization entitled Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
CREW has listed Deal as one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress, citing “abuse of his position for personal gain,” according to the group’s website. The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated the allegations and found by a vote of 6-0 that Deal violated House rules and DEAL
standards of conduct.
Deal also responded to Karen Handel’s campaign tactics, claiming them to be “highly destructive.”
“Karen Handel’s campaign is the political equivalent of Sherman’s March to Sea,” stated Deal.
He went on to say that his supporters are people that know both him and his challenger.
“‘The folks who know you have endorsed you. The folks who know Karen Handel have endorsed you. The folks who don’t know anything have endorsed Karen Handel,’” said Deal, quoting one of his supporters.
Deal also spoke at length about healthcare and immigration.
“My last vote in Congress was to vote against Obamacare,” he said, adding that the Affordable Care Act is “unconstitutional and unjust.”
As congressman, Deal said he served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health within the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
On immigration, Deal denounced birthright citizenship as “a misinterpretation of the fourteenth amendment.”
“China is now scheduling trips for pregnant women to have their children in the U.S. so they can become citizens. That’s not what the fourteenth amendment intended,” he said.
Deal told those in attendance that he supports Arizona’s strict new law on immigration.
“Georgia ought to take legislative action similar to the way Arizona did,” he said.
If elected, Deal said he will implement a statewide program that would grant local law enforcement agencies the authority to enforce immigration laws, much like the one enacted recently in Arizona.
Deal noted that he has been endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Deal concluded the meet and greet with a plea for votes and campaign donations.
“I can win this election. A highly reputable and accurate poll in Washington shows that I can beat Roy Barnes by a margin that Karen Handel can’t,” he said.

 

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