JEFFERSON — Gov. Nathan Deal, fresh off jobs announcements in Clarke and Jackson counties, hinted at more to come Friday as he spoke to Republicans from the 9th Congressional District.
Deal told Northeast Georgia Republicans that nearly 30,000 new jobs have been created in Georgia since he became governor in 2011.
Deal mentioned a February announcement of 1,400 new jobs in Clarke and Oconee counties by tractor manufacturer Caterpillar.
“You’re going to hear some more good news in the not-too-distant future,” Deal told the crowd.
He declined to be more specific on coming jobs announcements after his speech.
But he said a future announcement likely will be as big as the February Caterpillar announcement in Athens.
“We’re hoping there will be some big ones — probably not anything as big as Kia, because that was a huge, a huge, one,” Deal said. “Probably nothing that big, but we’re working on some big ones.
“We have a lot of other good prospects out there.”
Deal’s remarks came Friday at a banquet in Jefferson that kicked off the congressional district’s GOP convention, where Republicans are preparing to send delegates to the national convention in August.
Until he ran for governor, Deal represented much of the current district in Congress.
When state lawmakers redrew political boundaries last year, the 9th District moved east, encompassing all or parts of some 20 counties in the northeastern part of the state.
The five people seeking to be the first to represent the new district in Congress — Hunter Bicknell,
Doug Collins, Roger Fitzpatrick, Clifton McDuffie and Martha Zoller — will address the convention this morning.
Parts of counties included in the new 9th District have recently been represented by 10th District Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens.
Broun also spoke to the group Friday night, and rallied district Republicans for the upcoming election cycle, calling President Barack Obama a “Marxist president,” Sen. Harry Reid, a “socialist running the Senate” and the federal health care plan the greatest attack on personal liberty since the Revolutionary War.
He said this election “is probably the most important that I faced in my lifetime.”