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Carter wants investigation into Deal allegations

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Carter wants investigation into Deal allegations

State Sen. Jason Carter, left, and incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, right.
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State Sen. Jason Carter, left, and incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, right, will meet in the November elections.

State Sen. Jason Carter, left, and incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, right, will meet in the November elections.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Jason Carter is asking for an investigation of what he’s calling a “taxpayer financed cover-up” of allegations against his opponent, Gov. Nathan Deal.

Carter’s campaign is seizing on new claims by state ethics commission director Holly LaBerge that Deal’s office tried to quash ethics charges against the governor stemming from his 2010 campaign for governor. For more information on the allegations, check out this article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Deal told the AJC he didn’t know about the accusations.

The AJC article says the state Georgia spent $3 million to settle lawsuits related to the ethics investigations.

In a statement to supporters, Carter said, “It’s inappropriate, and possibly illegal, for Gov. Deal’s state-paid advisers to intervene in an investigation of his campaign. It’s outrageous that they apparently used their positions of authority to threaten the ethics commission. The governor is not above the law. I am renewing my call for a full investigation of the original charges against Gov. Deal and the subsequent cover-up.”

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