Friday, in his interview with the AJC, Roy Barnes focused on Georgia’s economy. Today, in his interview with the AJC, Nathan Deal focused on his own economy. There’s no better example of the immediate difference in these two candidates- one prepared to focus on Georgia, the other distracted by a personal financial crises.

With every day that passes, with every new installment in the now-daily saga of  Deal’s questionably financial or business decisions, people I talk with grow more and more concerned that they can’t trust anything Deal says. I have Republican friends who are either quietly supporting Barnes, Monds or simple prepared to “skip the race.”

Today we learn that Deal’s daughter and son-in-law didn’t mention candidate-Deal in their bankruptcy filings last year, despite the fact that Deal himself described his role as a “partner” in a “family business” in his own filings.

Those IRS schedules Deal won’t share would tell voters more about his role in Wilder Outdoors. That’s important since his campaign now acknowledges that the losses he took in 2006 and 2007 were related to his investment in Wilder Outdoors. (Deal paid only $5,575 in tax on gross income of  $188K in 2006 and in 2007 paid only $2,068.00 in tax on $205K in gross income.) The schedules would also tell voters whether or not Deal accurately represented his income and assets to the banks that kept lending him money.

My guess is we’ll never see the schedules, but Deal could stop the Chinese water torture that has become his campaign if he’d just tell us the “whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Surely, he remembers that phrase from practicing law.

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2 Responses to Sins of Omission

  1. JMPrince says:

    Some of the relevant TV coverage is below. And despite what former GOP stalwart Matt Towrey might think? This is a huge ongoing issue. Paying between about 1-3% on your Federal taxes for several years in a row? Is crooked. There’s no other way to put it. Not ‘fortunate in his tax returns’, it’s a deliberate plan to deceive the public about a carefully arranged & planned tax dodge. He may be claiming everything he’s ever done for his daughter as some sort of exotic tax shelter scheme.

    http://www.wsbtv.com/video/24996415/index.html

    JMP