Jimmy Carter’s Record as Governor Versus Nathan Deal


Since President Carter has decided to be a bit more active in the campaign for his grandson in the closing weeks of the campaign I decided to compare and contrast the record of Jimmy Carter with that of Nathan Deal as Governors of Georgia. I find some of the attacks against Jimmy Carter absolutely disgusting and reprehensible. Here are just a few.

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Life After the Presidency

To many people, Jimmy Carter has provided Americans with an ideal model of post-presidential life. In fact, some consider him to be the nation’s greatest former President. He has emerged as a champion of human rights and worked for several charitable causes. To that end, Carter founded the Carter Presidential Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The center, began in 1982, is devoted to issues relating to democracy and human rights. Additionally, Carter worked with Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that works worldwide to provide housing for underprivileged people. Through such projects, Carter has maintained a high profile; he is often seen on television, helping with Habitat home construction or providing his opinions on the issues of the day. But this article is not concerned with all his great accomplishment post-presidency, I want to specifically look at what he accomplished as Governor and compare that to Nathan Deal.

Is Nathan Deal Running against Jimmy Carter and President Obama or Jason Carter?

It is actually a very serious question. You would think they are his opponents and not Jason Carter who is far to the right of his grandfather or President Obama. Democratic candidates in the deep South often would  be considered Republican in the rest of the country much to the chagrin of many liberals here. Many Republican congressmen in the North are to the left of John Barrow for example on many issues.

I see more attack ads against Obama and Jimmy Carter than any ads telling us what he has accomplished in his first term or what he plans to do if re-elected. Out of curiosity I looked into what Jimmy Carter accomplished while Governor of Georgia since Deal keeps attacking Jimmy Carter who has earned his place as an elderly statesman and through his efforts with the Carter Center and Habitat has helped millions all over the planet. If you happen to read this article, happy 90th birthday and there are many in Georgia who are proud to have you as a native son. Thank you for all the great work you continue to do in service to others.

Jimmy Carter as Governor of Georgia

“Carter was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971. He declared in his inaugural speech that “the time of racial segregation was over. No poor, rural, weak, or black person should ever again have to bear the additional burden of being deprived of the opportunity for an education, a job, or simple justice.” The crowd was reportedly shocked by this message, contrasting starkly with Georgia’s political culture and particularly Carter’s campaign. The many segregationists who had supported Carter during the race felt betrayed. 

With Carter’s reluctance to engage in back-slapping and political favors, the legislature found him frustrating to work with. He looked to aggressively expand the governor’s authority while reducing the complexity of the state government. Therefore he negotiated a bill allowing him to propose executive restructuring and to force a vote on it. He implemented zero-based budgetingwithin state departments and added a Judicial Selection Commission to verify the credentials of judges appointed by the governor. Ultimately he merged about 300 state agencies into 30.

Civil rights were a heartfelt priority for Carter. He expanded the number of black state employees, judges, and board members. He hired Rita Jackson Samuels, a black woman, to advise him on potential appointments.He placed portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., and two other prominent black Georgians in the capitol building, even as the Ku Klux Klan picketed the unveiling ceremony.Still, Carter tried to keep his conservative allies comfortable. He co-sponsored an anti-busing resolution with George Wallace at the 1971 National Governors Conference. 

Carter pushed reforms through the legislature to provide equal state aid to schools in the wealthy and poor areas of Georgia, set up community centers for mentally handicapped children, and increased educational programs for convicts. He took pride in his program for the appointment of judges and state government officials. Under this program, all such appointments were based on merit, rather than political influence.

Substantial reform in the operation of the state’s criminal justice system also occurred during Carter’s governorship. These revisions included significant movement toward the creation of a unified court system, the systematic use of a merit system in the selection of judges, a constitutional method of regulating judicialconduct, and much needed penal reform. 
Carter also initiated significant new mental health programs and took a variety of actions, both substantive and symbolic, to promote civil rights and equal opportunity for women and minorities. The governor reflected his commitment to fairness and justice most obviously in his appointment policy. He appointed more women and minorities to his own staff, to major state policy boards and agencies, and to the judiciary than all of his predecessors combined.”
Now compare Jimmy Carter’s ACTUAL résumé as governor above to that of Nathan Deal who has accomplished almost nothing and tell me why I wouldn’t want to have another Carter as governor again! So much misinformation and hatred for Jimmy Carter by Republicans really has me perplexed when you look at his records and not blindly listen to biased hyperbole. Nathan Deal isn’t half the man of Jimmy Carter but still prefers to attack a 90 year former president instead of facing his real opponent. How cowardly.

Compare that to Nathan Deal’s record as Governor


Did I leave anything off Nathan Deal’s accomplishments? These attacks against an elder statesman like Jimmy Carter who accomplished and continues to accomplish great things for Georgia and people all over the world will hopefully backfire. For them to stoop so low as to call Jimmy Carter an anti-Semite or Hamas supporter which is a bald faced lie is despicable.