After Amendment 1 defeat, Nathan Deal vows: ‘I haven’t given up’

Gov. Nathan Deal discusses the Opportunity School District referendum with moderator Karen Greer and members of the audience at Impact Church in East Point last week. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal discusses the Opportunity School District referendum with moderator Karen Greer and members of the audience at Impact Church in East Point last week. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

The resounding defeat Tuesday of Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to empower state control of failing schools could prove a damaging political blow to the Republican’s hopes for a vigorous second-term agenda in his final years in office.

That plan, the centerpiece initiative that emerged after his 2014 re-election, was defeated by 800,000 votes and lost in almost every one of Georgia’s 159 counties. It was a broad-based, nonpartisan thumping that could make some lawmakers nervous about trying to tackle bigger education legislation over the next two years.

Deal’s top aide, Chris Riley, seemed to welcome the challenge of being cast as a lame duck. And Deal indicated he won’t scale back his agenda an iota.

”I haven’t given up on those children,” Deal said. “We can’t afford to give up on any of our children.”

Read more about the fallout of Amendment 1’s failure here.

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Bobby Warren
Bobby Warren

This corrupt immoral old man has crossed the line by stating he will continue to work on something his constituents don't want. He called African Americans colored people, left thousands stranded in the snow while getting a man of the year award, and had numerous ethics investigations. We deserve better. We should demand better.

Tray Turner
Tray Turner

If the people by their vote.... mandate that they don't like his agenda for failing schools.....why does he not give it up. He was elected by the people and the people of Georgia rejected this special interest proposal. Move on....full employment and make Georgia a better place to live.

Mary Bohanon
Mary Bohanon

give up lying old fool we will fight you baster

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Remember this in two years it will be time to turn Georgia blue.

Stephen Sorrels
Stephen Sorrels

Our politicians clearly ignore our mandates and votes... devise a workable plan that people can support... Instead of devising a plan to shove this down our throats.

Suzanne Owen Holzhausen
Suzanne Owen Holzhausen

I hope, if he is serious, that he will work with people in education to come up with something that will work - not recycle a broken plan that failed in other states.

Beth Oliver
Beth Oliver

You will get it whether you want it or not. He tried to do it the nice way but we rejected it. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

El Catracho
El Catracho

what's the difference we ll elect another republican governor .. in the south all they have to say is I believe in Adan and eve to win a election. we don't care if is smart or stupid as long is a Republican ... remember Miller .. or The olimpics in atlanta wow days are gone now .. Republicans know how to play good politics they hide behind THE BIBLE THE FLAG AND CHILDREN'S and yet everyone of them have cheated on their wifes .. fly the usa flag but telling everyone liberty is for whites only. and children's need better schools but never tax the rich so we can have better teachers

John Washington
John Washington

Well, he's persistent... ...in trying to push through measures that will enrich himself and his cronies.

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

Deal’s goal is to privatize education in the state of Georgia....Thank god we only have 2 more years of this idiot to put up with.

Tim Langan
Tim Langan

We need to do more and something different for our struggling kids. OSD wasn't it.

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson

Reminder. He was a Democrat first then switched to republican? For votes? Fact remains, he will, in true Democratic fashion throw money at a problem and then say "see what I've done."

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

He was my Representative for years; I don't remember ANY attempts to solve "a problem". And any money he voted to "throw", went directly into his/his family's pockets! He belongs to whichever party can keep him in office and On. The. Payroll!! His loyalty is only to himself...gee, has Trump called him yet??

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson

Apparently you dislike Trump and would have preferred hillary Ms. Elaine Mattson.

Joel Shipp
Joel Shipp

Give it up; it's never gonna get off the ground.

Derrick Davis
Derrick Davis

More evidence that the politicians who run this country are completely separated from the needs of the people. This is a product of the investment class controlling our elections and government through campaign finance and corporate lobbying. Bravo, America. You win again.

Parker Lewis
Parker Lewis

We have certainly seen the results of our failing schools over the last week. Utter ignorance of our governmental system has been on display.

Derrick Davis
Derrick Davis

We should give more tax breaks to billionaires.

newsphile
newsphile

If only it were about the children.  We have seen time and time again the appointment of unqualified, inexperienced friends of the governor to key positions in GA.  We have seen new positions created to allow more friends to receive high-paying jobs.  How can anyone believe this is about the children and not about more power and more tax dollars for more of Deal's friends and supporters?  Deal has been vindictive in the past, and I hope he does not go down that path again.  Both parties rejected this amendment.  I hope he can show true leadership and drop this very bad idea.