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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 9:35am

Deal Adopts Cabbage Patch Dolls

Governor-elect Nathan Deal and the soon-to-be first lady of the state Sandra Deal received two cabbage patch kids made in their likeness.

At the state capitol Friday, Deal adopted the dolls made in Cleveland Georgia, a city near his own hometown.

"This is an excellent example of entrepreneurship that has been very successful and has brought jobs to the mountains of north Georgia and I’m just proud to have little John Nathan with me today," says Deal.

This is the second product made to commemorate Deal since he won the election this fall--- a couple of weeks ago, Coke issued a bottle on behalf of his inauguration.

Deal will be sworn is as governor Monday--- that’s also when the state legislature begins its 40 day session. At the forefront of their agenda-- -the state budget.

"It’s not going to be as bad as we had initially thought it might be ,but nevertheless there is a deficit and we are going to have to make up that shortfall. And we’re trying to do it in responsible ways and there’s going to be some cuts that are going to be associated with it, that’s just inevitable," says Deal.

Deal will present his proposed budget Wednesday.