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June 19, 2014

Carter: Support for Deal uncertain

The Carpet Capital of the World and the floorcovering industry’s turnaround are featured in  a political advertisement supporting Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election, but his Democratic opponent questions whether Whitfield County truly supports the incumbent.

The camp of Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor, fired off a press release Wednesday titled “New GOP Web Ad Highlights Town that Overwhelmingly Rejected Gov. Deal in His Primary.” The press release questions the ad from the Republican Governors Association posted to YouTube titled “American Comeback.” The ad also references Georgia being ranked No. 1 in Site Selection magazine’s business climate rankings.

“The ad is based in Whitfield County, where Gov. Deal lost more than 6 in 10 Republican voters in his May 20 primary and was bested by challenger David Pennington by 18 points,” according to the press release. “The ad also extensively relies on a widely-debunked rating from a magazine that declared Georgia the No. 1 state to do business. Gov. Deal’s administration gave more than $100,000 to the magazine in advance of the ranking. The magazine has 215 paid subscribers and a history of non-transparent methodology and a coverage-for-payment model.”

Pennington, a Dalton native and former mayor of his hometown, soundly lost to Deal in the Republican primary last month. Deal received 430,170 votes (71.15 percent), while Pennington received 99,548 votes (16.7 percent) and state school Superintendent John Barge received 66,500 votes (11.15 percent).

In the ad, two members of the Dalton floorcovering industry speak in support of Deal and the work he has done to help northwest Georgia: Bryan Macon, president of Dorsett Industries, and Joe Yarbrough, president of the Carpet and Rug Institute.

“The governor and his administration and the leadership that we have in our Legislature has worked very well together and worked as a cooperative team of leaders when it comes to the political process to ensure that everything that we can do is at the forefront of how do we make Georgia the place to be No. 1 in jobs, and I give the governor great credit for his desire and his efforts to make sure that Georgia is the No. 1 place to do business,” Yarbrough said.

To view the political advertisement, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVObiWWy3ZY&feature=youtu.be.

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