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16 August 2010

Irony: If Deal Becomes Governor, He'll Owe A College Dropout Some Credit

Here's a little case of irony for your collective consumption:

In the waning days of the Republican race for governor, former Congressman Nathan Deal attacked former Secretary of State Karen Handel on her not having a college degree [Associated Press (2010-8-7). Handel, Deal in morning debate. Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved on 2010-8-16.]. Handel, in a June interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, admitted having taken classes at Prince Georges Community College and a satellite campus of the University of Maryland, but never finished [Gould Sheinin, Aaron (2010-6-11). Handel's challenging past led to deliberate future. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-8-16.].

The Marietta Daily Journal, Monday, did a profile on Republican Governors Association (RGA) executive director Nick Ayers [Howard, Marcus E (2010-8-16). Cobb native becomes power player in D.C.. Marietta Daily Journal. Retrieved on 2010-8-16.].

Ayers, a Georgia-native, dropped out of Kennesaw State University at 18 to work on Gov. Perdue's first gubernatorial campaign. Ayers went on to manage Perdue's successful re-election bid before being named RGA executive director.

Ayers, for those unfamiliar, has turned the RGA into a fundraising powerhouse and is seen as an up-and-comer on the national stage.

In his interview with the Daily Journal, Ayers said the RGA is "absolutely committed to getting Nathan Deal elected the next governor of Georgia and redefeating Roy Barnes."

If Nathan Deal is elected Georgia's 82nd governor, then Nick Ayers will almost certainly get some credit for the win.

How ironic is it that, after all that hippity-hoopla over Karen Handel being a college dropout, another college dropout may end up sharing responsibility for Nathan Deal becoming Governor Deal.