Atlanta, GA (WiredPRNews.com) As the Georgia gubernatorial race approaches its close in November, both major candidates have turned the focus of their campaigns to political attacks. For GOP nominee Nathan Deal, there is no shortage of controversial information that are having a significant impact on his run for office.
As politicians often do, Democratic nominee Roy Barnes has dedicated a fair share of his campaign ads to attacks on Deal. For instance, in one of Barnes’ latest campaign ads, the voiceover declares, “A governor can create jobs by selling the advantages of Georgia to firms looking for a home. But it would be hard for industry to take us seriously if our governor was named one of the most corrupt in Congress, hid loans, had millions in debt, and filed false reports.” With ads like these that bring attention to Deal’s ethics, Barnes is managing to close the gap in political polls by November.
Interestingly, though, Roy Barnes is not the only one bringing Deal’s ethics into question. Seth Woodard Persily, a Harvard-educated search engine guru, has taken it upon himself to expose the ethical concerns that Deal is struggling to hide from voters. Motivated by his own interests, Persily decided to take action after Deal’s campaign ads in the Republican primaries attacked YouthPride, a non-profit organization that advocates for LGBTQ youth throughout Atlanta. As a member of YouthPride’s Board of Directors, as well as a gay father of two, Persily was upset when Deal attempted to misrepresent YouthPride as “a group that promotes homosexuality among teenagers as young as 13.” Unlike the gubernatorial runners, however, who have access to an exorbitant amount of funding from their respective parties, Persily is waging his personal campaign against Deal in an exceptionally unique manner.
As the Vice President of Penn Multimedia, a successful internet-marketing firm based in Atlanta, GA, Persily is able to utilize his professional experience with search-engine optimization to make certain that Nathan Deal’s ethical blunders receive the attention they deserve. By ensuring that Google, the search-engine giant, suggests “Nathan Deal ethics” as a query to anyone who types in the GOP nominee’s name, Persily has provided web-savvy voters with easy access to a wealth of information concerning the numerous ethical scandals that Deal has allegedly been involved with throughout his political career. Because of these alleged ethical scandals, as well as Deal’s blatant homophobia, the thought of Deal taking office is incredibly alarming to Persily; he wants Georgian voters to be aware of the type of man that Nathan Deal is before they vote in November.
With the combined efforts of Barnes and concerned citizens like Persily working to expose Deal’s ethical indiscretions to Georgians, the polls may soon start to reflect the voters’ growing doubt in Deal and his ability to lead Georgia as governor. While currently leading the race by nearly 8 percent, the enormous amount of negative publicity that Deal has received recently may be enough to cost him the election on November 2.