Deal on CREW’s ‘most embarrassing’ list for 2010
Gov.-elect Nathan Deal left Congress this year but still made the list of 2010’s “most embarrassing re-elects” compiled by a Washington advocacy group.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed the 2009 complaint that led to a congressional ethics investigation of Deal, described him as a “new governor to watch” in a just-released report.
CREW’s report notes Deal’s involvement in a no-bid state contract to provide a site to inspect salvaged vehicles; failure to disclose $2.8 million in loans; and his office’s payments to lease aircraft from a company founded by his chief of staff, Chris Riley.
Eleven members of Congress (none from Georgia) also grace the list, ranging from Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann to Maxine Waters in Los Angeles. Seven Republicans and five Democrats, for those who are counting.