Please read the following letter from Senator Tommie Williams, Senator Williams I know to be not just a great man, but a great family man, and an astute businessman as well, he is also a trusted friend.
State Representative 110th district
From The Honorable Tommie Williams, President Pro Tempore,
Georgia Senate District 19
You say that Nathan Deal has a lot of baggage attached, but I want to tell you some of the real baggage that he carries:
1. Nathan graduated with honors from Washington County High School .
2. Nathan graduated with honors from Mercer University in 1964.
3. Nathan graduated with honors from Mercer Law in 1966.
4. When Nathan graduated from Mercer in 1964, he was named the male recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award which designates the top senior.
5. While at Mercer Nathan was president of the student body.
6. While at Mercer Nathan was the commanding officer in the ROTC.
7. Nathan served his country with distinction in the US Army JAG Corps.
8. After serving in the Army, Nathan moved to Gainesville (where his wife, Sandra, is from) and began to practice law, serving as Assistant District Attorney for several years before going into private practice.
9. Nathan served as Juvenile Court Judge for a number of years in Hall County.
10. During these years Nathan was a member of various civic clubs, serving as president of the Jaycees and Rotary, among others.
11. Nathan grew up a member of the First Baptist Church of Sandersville, and he has been a faithful member and leader of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville for over 40 years.
12. In the early 1980s Nathan ran for the Georgia Senate from his district and won. He served his district for twelve years, rising to become President Pro tem of the Senate.
13. In 1992 Nathan ran for the United States House of Representatives for the Ninth District of Georgia and won. He was reelected by his constituents each two years thereafter and resigned early this year to focus on the campaign for governor.
While in Congress, Nathan wrote, among other things, the law that prohibited Social Security benefits for illegal aliens. This piece of legislation alone has saved this country over 20 billion dollars.
You may ask why I have gone into such detail. It is because I know this man and have watched him closely since we were first graders together in Sandersville Elementary School. We went all the way through elementary school and high school together, participating in many of the same activities. Then, we went to Mercer together. We pledged the same fraternity because we had made a pact that we would join the same one (he became president of that, too). He was in our wedding, but my wife was the star of that event.
I can say with all truthfulness and soberness that during these years of being close to Nathan, I have never heard him use a swear word of any kind, drink alcohol of any kind, use tobacco of any kind or do or say anything that was or could be construed to be immoral, illegal, unethical or dishonest. One may say that I am blinded by being so close to him. I say, on the contrary, I am grateful that the State of Georgia is being offered one of the best and most experienced of her citizens for its highest elected office.
I know of no one, either personally or by reputation, who is better qualified and trustworthy and can serve this State with more devotion, care, and carefulness than Nathan Deal.