Tue., July 16, 2013 4:57pm (EDT)

Big Decisions For Deal
By Jeanne Bonner
Updated: 12 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
Governor Nathan Deal appeared at the state Capitol Tuesday to unveil an online childcare facility rating system. But, more pressing matters are weighing on the Governor, and putting him in the spotlight.
Governor Nathan Deal appeared at the state Capitol Tuesday to unveil an online childcare facility rating system. But, more pressing matters are weighing on the Governor, and putting him in the spotlight.
Governor Nathan Deal appeared at the state Capitol Tuesday to unveil an online childcare facility rating system. But, more pressing matters are weighing on the Governor, and putting him in the spotlight.

This week, Deal will have to decide whether to accept the recommendation of a panel to suspend DeKalb County’s Chief Executive Officer. Burrell Ellis IS facing extortion charges.

It was only last month that Gov. Deal assembled a panel on Rep. Tyrone Brooks, an Atlanta Democrat accused of embezzlement.

“I don’t take these things lightly, and I certainly don’t seek them. I seem to have more than my share of these kinds of opinions that have to be thrust into my office for a decision,” he told reporters after the event.

And the Governor is mediating more than internal issues.

After Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman, a Florida man accused of killing an unarmed teenager, Deal said he supports Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law. But he says debate over the issue is likely to continue.

“I’m fairly sure there will be someone in the General Assembly who will ask us to at least revisit and look at the Stand Your Ground legislation that was passed in 2006,” he said.

Deal said the law is similar to the Florida statute.

After he issues a decision of Burrell’s suspension, Deal would have to name an interim CEO for DeKalb County.