Deal to return to Georgia GOP convention after missing last year’s event

Gov. Nathan Deal. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

What a difference a year makes.

Gov. Nathan Deal is returning to the Georgia GOP convention next weekend, with plans to attend the Augusta event’s June 2 opening dinner.

He missed the two-day convention last year, citing a long-planned ceremony to honor the state’s high school valedictorians.

It also was opportune timing: Some Republican activists were seeking to rebuke Deal for his vetoes of “religious liberty” and campus gun legislation.

(Deal argued that he couldn’t be in two places at once and, in a fiery outburst, assailed your Insider for our coverage of his no-show: “I’ll send you a dictionary so you can learn how to spell valedictorian.”)

Whatever the reason for last year’s absence, grassroots activists aren’t as fired up about Deal as they seemed in 2016.

For one, he signed a version of the “campus carry” legislation that many have long sought. And the “religious liberty” legislation stalled this year after leading legislators rallied with Deal to block it.

As noted in last year’s coverage – it really is worth a look back at it – he didn’t miss much: The convention wound up approving a resolution that was only mildly critical of Deal’s vetoes of the “religious liberty” and “campus carry” legislation.

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Ed Helton
Ed Helton

He allowed guns in classrooms, they should be on their knees worshiping him.

Edwin E. Akins II
Edwin E. Akins II

GOP: Guns at tailgate parties finally? Yee-hah welcome back bubba! Thanks!

Running Wolf
Running Wolf

Get rid of this stupid piece of garbage.

Michelle Beasley
Michelle Beasley

GOP party of body slammers and liars! Keep it up YOU will be voted OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

Better check the facts on that body slamming....more ignorant DEMOCRATIC LIES

Harry K. James
Harry K. James

You losers lost over two thousand seats nationwide last election and you can't depend on illegals and Syrians to vote the Republicans out now. So keep it up, DUMBASS

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

He cant. He left Congress under Ethics violations.

Donna King
Donna King

I had forgotten that. What had me floored at the time was that we would elect someone to look after our state economy when he bankrupt his own. Later I thought maybe God felt sorry for his family with his house foreclosure, so they got to live in the governor's mansion. \U0001f604\U0001f604\U0001f604

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Donna King hes actually surprised me. Been a very good governor. Way better than that boob Sonny.

Donna King
Donna King

Yes. I had hopes foe Sonny as Ag Sec. Disappointing there, too.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Maybe wanting to go is what made him sign that utterly ignorant campus carry bill into law.

Jonathan Jiles
Jonathan Jiles

What exactly does the Campus Carry bill do that bothers you so much? Everyone I've posed that question to thus far has responded with a false statement that the legislation does not in fact allow. What say you?

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Georgia college and university campuses are very safe places, according to the facts. Campus carry cannot solve a problem that doesn't exist. Campus carry will create problems. There are several areas on campuses in which guns remain banned, so gun carriers will be forced to lock their guns in their cars, which already happens. Only now many more cars in campus parking lots will sit unoccupied, with guns in those cars. Would you like to lay odds on the probability of a rise in car break-ins and gun theft? I'll take that bet. Sorry, but guns just don't mix well with partying college students who have raging hormones and are still developing their social skills, with newly acquired Independence of their parents. College students attend for a few years and then move on. Faculty and staff make their careers on those campuses. And the overwhelming consensus of faculties and staffs is that they absolutely abhor the thought of campus carry. Why don't their opinions about their work environment matter? I believe in the right to own a gun within the parameters of the 2nd Amendment. I also believe that the rights of the people to domestic Tranquility and a general Welfare do reign superior to an individual's right to bear arms outside of service in defense of this nation. How's that?

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

way better than any other Ga GOP will ever be. A fine Governor.