March 1st, 2010
10:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Georgia House Republican to step down next week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia, announced Monday that he would resign from Congress next Monday to focus on his run for governor."](CNN) - Republican Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia announced Monday that he's resigning from Congress next Monday to concentrate full time on his run for governor.

Deal was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 as a Democrat and switched parties three years later. He represents Georgia's 9th Congressional district, which is located in the mountainous northern part of the state. Deal won more than three-quarters of the vote in his last two elections and the district is considered safe for the GOP.

Deal is one of 11 candidates in the race to replace Republican Gov. Sunny Perdue, who is term limited and can't run for re-election this year.

Deal's departure next week will bring the number of vacancies in the House to four. Three Democratic-held seats are currently vacant. Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida resigned at the beginning of the year to head up the Center for Middle East Peace, Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii stepped down this past weekend to concentrate full time on his bid for governor, and Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania died in office earlier this month.

Deal's announcement comes two days after Rep. John Linder, a fellow Georgia Republican, said that he won't run for re-election this November.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    John Linder retiring could be good, or it could be bad. He's my rep. With this district, we could end up with a Tea Partier. I'm beginning to think GA can't find anyone but old white men who yearn for the good old days of the 50s, to run! Doesn't say much about us, does it? Or maybe it says a lot?

    March 1, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Goodbye and good riddance. Go home you Red.

    March 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    They are quitting left and right (no Pun intended). More congressional members better follow their lead because come fall the voters will retire them all, no matter what party they belong to.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    March 1, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. redisgreat

    More rats are jumping from the ship......

    March 1, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Sue

    Now read closely liberals.........he said that he is "resigning to run for governor".

    He is not resigning because he is weak, frightened, etc.--he is resigning because he is running for governor.

    March 1, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Pragmatic

    at this crucial time, why is another elected representative dumping the interests of those who voted for him!

    Quitters never win ... he wants to quit now, avoid all the tough votes and then try to convince the people of Georgia than he's the best choice! Beware! Even republican governors will bail out 1/2 through their terms .... see the file under "Palin"

    March 1, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Maggie

    Interesting... I'm sure his sudden departure has nothing to do with his ethics violation investigation.

    March 1, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Now read this closely, Sue @ 11:24am. He's under investigation for ethics violations for awarding a no bid contract where he personally pocketed $150k a year for 4 years straight. He's resigning to run for Governor to escape the possible jail time from his ethics violations and knows that his fellow Republicans like you will conveniently ignore all his transgressions because he's a conservative and most likely elect him. Given that Sonny Perdue is GA's governor, Deal might actually be an ethical step up for Georgia politics.

    March 1, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    The Rats are jumping ship Left and Right (PUN INTENDED) in the House but it appears that in the Senate we will have to find a good vaccuum to clean out the Senate. Those Old Buzzards think they own the place and it is time they got a little reminder of who really owns it.

    March 1, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Angie in PA

    Buh Bye can some follow please?

    March 1, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I wonder. Is Georgia really ready to step out of the 18th century and into the 21st century? Given the people it elects to represent them, now and in the past, and the quality of people that feel emboldened enough to run for office, I don't think so. This guy quit the [D]s to go help the [R]s inflict their worst FAILURE on America since the Great Depression. Sure Georgia, pick this LOOSER again....maybe he can lead you all the way back into the Stone Age.

    March 1, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |