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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Petition asks Deal to make more diverse hires and appointments

Over the past several months, Better Georgia has continually needled Georgia Republicans. The progressive advocacy group is at once again, this time to call attention to Gov. Nathan Deal's hiring practices.

Their latest effort piggybacks off a recent Politifact report that examines allegations state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, made regarding the lack of diversity among Deal's political hires and appointments. The state lawmaker said that "less than 3 percent of appointees, since [Deal had] taken office, by the executive branch have been African-American."

Deal spokesman and Friend of CL Brian Robinson told Politifact, which rated Fort's claims as "half-true," that the governor's office doesn't track racial diversity in its hiring process. He also added:

[M]any agency heads hired by Governor Deal are African-American, and the governor recently appointed the state's first Asian-American woman judge to sit on the Court of Appeals," Robinson said. "The governor's actions in the recent DeKalb County school case also provide a telling example. Our liaisons were a white man and a black man. Our nominating panel was majority African-American, and five of the six board members that he appointed are African-American.

It's not the first time Better Georgia has urged the governor to take action. In October, the group rebuked Deal's alleged involvement in landing former state Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, his current Golden Parachute Georgia Public Broadcasting job. They also caused a media firestorm after Robinson labeled the group's campaign, which called on Georgia Republicans and the governor to help fund a (already funded) Wilcox County High School integrated prom, a "silly publicity stunt."

"In a state of more than 9 million people, 51% of which are women and 40% of which are non-white, it would be almost impossible for his appointments to be overwhelming white and male unless that was his specific intention," Better Georgia political director Don Weigel tells CL in an email.

Read Better Georgia's petition, which you can sign here, after the jump.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Hire people who look like Georgia, not your donor list
To be delivered to: Governor Nathan Deal

Petition Statement
Tell Gov. Nathan Deal that we want a government that looks like Georgia - one that is diverse and brings together people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and genders - from every corner of our great state.

Petition Background
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has dropped a bombshell on Gov. Nathan Deal's record of diverse appointments, or lack thereof.

We were shocked by the numbers.

800+ appointments:

93% are white

70% are men.

This does not look like Georgia.

For the record, Georgia is 51% female and 40% non-white. So if you're like us, you see something very wrong with these numbers.

We need a state government that looks like Georgia.

Georgia is diverse, Georgia is majority female and Georgia wants to move our state and culture forward into the 21st Century and not turn back the clock 60 years.

We can do this.

We can make Georgia the state we know it can be: a leader, once again, in the South.

Georgia can be a state where people move to start a business and raise a family because we welcome everyone and support a strong and diverse community.

Tell the Gov. Deal that we want executive appointments to reflect what Georgia really looks like and all the people who live in Georgia - and not just who donates to the Governor's campaigns.

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