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Carter not ready for 'blame game'

Carter not ready for 'blame game'
Photo Credit: Jason Getz / AJC
Jason Carter State Senator, District 42 Atlanta Age: 38 Carter continues to follow in the political footsteps of his grandfather, President Jimmy Carter, first as state senator, now as a candidate for Georgia governor. Carter, also a Democrat, often found himself at odds with Senate leaders during the 2013 legislative session, but points to achievements, such as changes to the HOPE grant, that he believes will make Georgia a better place. Photo by Jason Getz

Carter not ready for 'blame game'

The face of Georgia Democrats says he is not ready to lay blame for this week’s response to the storm just yet.

Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta), who is running as a Democrat for governor, says he is awaiting the outcome of an investigation into how officials handled the response before pointing fingers.

“We will recognize people are angry and sad, but we’re not going to do that name calling or blame game today,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.

But Carter does say Deal should have declared a State of Emergency sooner.

“You have to get out ahead, because if you fall behind the storm as we’ve seen now twice in three years,   it’s too late,” he says.

But Deal’s Senate floor leader Sen. Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) does not believe declaring a State of Emergency sooner would have made much difference when it came to the traffic.

“I think the governor did everything he could do given the information he was provided,” he says.

Bethel says Alabama declared a State of Emergency Monday night and still had students stuck in schools for two nights.

He also says there should be some personal responsibility when it comes to the decisions people make.

“I don’t know that I want to live in a Georgia where I have to call my government to find out whether I can or can’t get in my car,” says Bethel.

He says the state is reviewing its response as well as what can be done to prevent the same situation from occurring.

Deal will announce the members of the new Severe Weather Task Force for future storms in a news conference Monday.

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