5) Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Georgia looks like it is about to elect the subject of a congressional ethics investigation and a "birther" as governor. In Congress, Nathan Deal was a co-sponsor of the Birther Bill and supported ending "birth-right citizenship." This year, the Board of Congressional Ethics found, by a vote of 6-0, that Rep. Deal had violated House Rules and Standards of Conduct. At issue was a Georgia corporation named Recovery Services and co-owned by Deal that did inspections on salvaged vehicles for the state, making $1.4 million a year on a no-bid contract, of which Deal was pocketing an undisclosed $75,000 salary as well as at least an equal amount in dividends. According to the official report, he "sought to preserve a state vehicle inspection program that had generated significant personal benefit for him and a business partner." Worse, Deal brought his congressional chief of staff to meetings over the keeping the contract and allegedly got the lieutenant governor to weigh in. Deal was crafty enough to avoid further congressional discipline over the affair by resigning his seat in order to run for governor, but seeking to preserve a government contract for the purpose of one's own enrichment would seem to violate every principle that falls under the Tea Party's "low-tax, small government" umbrella.