Pennington concedes GOP primary to Deal
It was primary day in the peach state. Of all the notable races, one catching our eye was the GOP gubernatorial primary, pitting former Dalton mayor David Pennington against the incumbent, Governor Nathan Deal.
Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 11:31 pm EDT
Dalton native David Pennington relinquished his mayoral post in March to run against the well-funded and party-backed incumbent governor.
It was a move that many pundits and observers termed as "political suicide".
Channel 3 asked him late Tuesday night if he's now second guessing that decision, as the race is called for Nathan Deal..
"From a suicide, you're saying I was gonna be dead politically, I'm a businessperson, I'm not a professional politician and so I had nothing to lose from a political standpoint," says former Dalton Mayor David Pennington after his bid to win his party's nomination as governor went up in flames Tuesday night.
Pennington, in political and biblical terms, was a David taking on the proverbial Goliath, running an insurgent-styled campaign against the established, party backed incumbent Nathan Deal.
Via FaceTime, Pennington was asked why he thought he could engineer an upset that no one was forecasting.
"When you're in a state adding more medicare recipients than jobs that's not a good sign," says Pennington, who suggests he was simply outspent by Governor Deal, who cruised with a wide margin of victory against Pennington and Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, another challenger to Deal's reelection.
As for his future, Pennington says he'll keep working at his insurance company.
And as to whether or not he will vote with party and cast a vote for Deal, Pennington's answer was less than forthright.
"I'm a very private person and a very private business person, whatever I do, me and my family know what I do, how I vote and how I think."
The candid Pennington makes no apologies for his campaign.
"I would have done the same thing again because I know of the sad, sad shape this state is in and if we don't do something soon, its gonna get far, far worse, than this," predicts Pennington.
Thursday in a concession statement, Pennington thanked the thousands of georgians who voted for him.
As for Governor Deal, he'll face Jason Carter, the 38 year-old grandson of of former President Jimmy Carter in November's general election.