Storm gives Deal’s opponents an issue | www.myajc.com

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Storm gives Deal’s opponents an issue | www.myajc.com

As metro Atlanta’s Snowjam melts into the region’s consciousness, Gov. Nathan Deal’s political opponents hope the government’s troubled response to the weather bogs down his march to re-election.

The governor’s backers say the icy gridlock that stalled metro Atlanta will fade from voters’ minds by the sunny May 20 primaries and be a faint memory by November’s elections. But his opponents are painting it as the latest in a series of tone-deaf moves from Georgia’s top leader.

Deal has responded with a vigorous public schedule and a slate of national TV interviews to try to show he’s learned from the mistakes of his lackluster response. The governor’s office plans a series of announcements in the coming weeks on new state emergency procedures designed to show the governor is embracing needed changes.

For Deal, though, the weather is only his latest political headache. Unrest from teachers over his administration’s changes to the state insurance plan and ongoing ethics questions have further muddied Deal’s path to re-election. His two GOP primary opponents and the well-financed campaign of Democrat Jason Carter are ready to pounce.

The governor doesn’t seem overly concerned about how the storm will affect his re-election bid. He expects voters to be swayed more by the 230,000 jobs he says were created under his watch and his mantra of stay-the-course conservatism.

“Sometimes people remember things like that, sometimes they don’t,” Deal said of the weather debacle. “It happened. It’s an event of history now, but it’s recent history.”

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