A Group Thanks Governor Deal for His Veto of HB 757

Georgia Republicans for the FutureAttendees to this weekend’s Georgia Republican convention will see a large banner in the convention hall thanking Governor Nathan Deal for vetoing House Bill 757, the religious liberty bill. The banner is the work of Georgia Republicans for the future, a group of Georgia Republicans that opposes discrimination.

In a statement, the group’s founder, Allen Fox, said,

We are proud to stand with Republicans from across the state of Georgia in thanking our Republican Governor in vetoing House Bill 757. There are many delegates in attendance that agree with the courageous leadership of Governor Deal, but there are thousands more that are not in attendance who support his leadership. We agree with him that Georgia is a welcoming, loving and inclusive place. That sentiment, along with Governor Deal’s conservative leadership, has made Georgia the best place in the nation to do business. There is nothing more conservative than that. We are blessed that our state avoided the economic catastrophe seen recently in North Carolina and Mississippi. That is solely due to Governor Deal.

At April’s District conventions, the governor was the subject of several resolutions of disapproval over his veto of House Bill 757, including a resolution to censure him from the third district GOP. The governor will not attend the convention this weekend, citing a scheduling conflict with an annual event honoring Georgia’s top students held at the governor’s mansion.

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gcp
gcp

Will there be any banners criticizing Deal not necessarily on 757 but on any issue? I can think of many issues where I disagree with Deal but few where I agree.

John Konop
John Konop

Really? Overall he has done a very good job as governor. Nothing in life is a 100 percent, but his prison reform, medical pot, transportation, mental health courts…..are moving in the right direction.

gcp
gcp

I would grade him C- or D+. I like his criminal justice reform but he opposed further medical marijuana legislation, significant tax reform, casino gaming, campus carry and he supported 170 which is mostly more road building.

John Konop
John Konop

gcp,

You and I. both agree on further medical marijuana legislation and criminal justice reform way before it became vague to even discuss. I agree medical marijuana legislation needs to move way more forward. We just disagree on how to grade, getting it moved forward verse final product.

The same can be said about transportation, gaming…..

IrishPat
IrishPat

While I don’t agree with the Governor (or anyone else for that matter) 100% of the time, I believe he has acted in the best interests of the State of Georgia 80% of the time and that according to former President Reagan make us friends not 20% enemies.

Nathan
Nathan

#RINO

Will Durant
Will Durant

I have been critical of the near dictatorial powers of the Governor’s office in Georgia many times and not just with this one. They effectively can hire and fire state employees at every level. Judgeships are handed out as boons for legislative votes… That being said I’m going to paraphrase a comment read elsewhere. Many attending this convention are too ignorant to realize that Governor Deal fell on a grenade on behalf of the Republican Party by vetoing the RFRA bill. I am fine with the power of the veto, jury is still out on the line item variety however.… Read more »

DAinGA
DAinGA

I’m a Democrat but I will acknowledge that I only dislike Deal about 50% of the time. I’m sure that just adds fuel to the fire for those who dislike him (see, he’s not a Republican if some Democrats like him), but whatever. Being a Dem in a red state means you are going to have to deal with a GOP lead state government and all you can really hope for it that they a) don’t just sit on their hands and do little (see Perdue), or b) go crazy and just sign off on any crazy ass thing they… Read more »