We know Governor Nathan Deal's staffers are paying attention to our political coverage at GPB.
The Governor’s staff heard the conversations and reached out to us wondering why Deal wasn't included.
We told him what we also told you last week — GPB never got a response to our interview request.
So Thursday, Governor Deal finally did sit down with GPB. He started by saying that he’s proud of the record he’s running on from his first term in office.
"When I became governor, the unemployment rate in our state was hovering in the 10 to 10-and-a-half percent range, we're now down to seven, the lowest we've been in five years," Deal said.
"We were seeing jobs disappear. In the time, less than three and a half years, we have created about 243,000 private sector jobs in Georgia."
Those numbers track the national economic trends, stemming from the 2008 financial crash and the ensuing recovery.
"We were faced with two real crisises [sic] when I came into office. The first one was we were told that we had only enough money in our rainy day fund to operate state government for about two days," Deal said.
"We’ve now increased the rainy day fund to in excess of $700 million," he said. That's enough to run the government for about two weeks, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.
The other crisis Deal cites is the significant state budget shortfalls he has faced in prior years. Those shortfalls led him and lawmakers to pull back on education funding.
"We have not had the money up until this year to make significant new contributions back into our K-through-12, but this year [we've put] over a half a billion dollars into K-through-12 education, which has allowed school boards to go back in a re-set their calendars for next year, more of them have eliminated furlough days," Deal said.
Deal's record on education has been the main target of state school Superintendent Barge, one of the two men challenging the governor in the Republican primary.
But Deal doesn’t seem to be taking that challenge very seriously — he declined to debate Barge and Pennington on GPB-TV earlier this week, something for which the governor makes no apologies.