Just when I thought that Nathan Deal could sink no lower…
Roll Call has released a report detailing yet another potential ethics scandal involving Nathan Deal, Chattahoochee Logistics, and Chris Riley. It seems that Deal’s office paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Chattahoochee Logistics from 2002 to 2008. Chattahoochee Logistics, LLC is currently “owned” by Bambi Riley, wife of Chris Riley, Nathan Deal’s former chief of staff and current campaign manager. House ethics rules forbid Congressmen from purchasing goods and services from their staffers, but the rule is silent regarding services purchased from staffers’ spouses.
This seems to me to be splitting hairs to a terrible degree. When people are married, they file joint taxes and their income is considered in a lump sum. Income earned by one spouse is earned by both spouses. By paying large sums of money to a company “owned” by Bambi Riley, Deal was lining Chris Riley’s pockets. The company was founded by Chris Riley, is listed in his wife’s name, and is listed at Riley’s home address. On what planet does this disassociate Chris Riley from Chattahoochee Logistics???
Note, for the record, that this is not the first time that you have seen the name Chris Riley raised in conjunction with Nathan Deal and his ongoing ethics issues. Chris Riley’s name just keeps popping up. Riley seems to be the evil mastermind behind Nathan Deal’s many, many questionable ethics decisions. One has to wonder, how much more special treatment will Chris Riley seek (and receive) should Nathan Deal become governor? How many more tax payer dollars will be handed to people like Chris Riley — people who grab on to the most corrupt coat tails they can find?
I don’t want Nathan Deal running my state, and I don’t want Chris Riley anywhere near a house of power.
No Deal, Georgia.