Full statement from Gov. Deal

“The release of the memo about a 2-year-old phone conversation backs up what we have said all along: We were granted no favors by the commission or its staff and had to fight our case tenaciously. The governor’s legal team advocated strongly for its client. Regardless, conversations with the executive director proved irrelevant because some parts of the case did not settle with the staff and were instead litigated before the commission. After hearing arguments from Gov. Deal’s lawyers, and the commission staff and its lawyers, the commission dismissed the complaints.

The fact that it took two years, stiff legal bills and a file full of negotiations with our attorneys to dismiss baseless claims shows that we were aggressively scrutinized, and our case won on its merits. Contrary to the suggestions otherwise, there was no free ride; instead, Gov. Deal prevailed on the merits in a hotly litigated case over the opposition, not the cooperation, of the commission staff.”

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