The governor made his remarks at Georgia Tech after a higher education announcement. Monday is his 72nd birthday, and he was in a bullish mood. Said Deal:
"That's silly and he knows that's silly. Any governor appoints people who think the way he thinks, who are going to carry out policies that he believes are important in board settings. Some of these boards are very important boards. they do help set the direction and course of our state. I don't want to appoint somebody that I don't know, or I don't have any confidence that they won't have the same general point of view."
The governor said he doesn't "dictate" his views to his political appointees or vet how they feel on individual issues.
"I just want good competent people and that’s what I’ve always tried to do," he said.