Savannah — The 2009 Georgia Republican Convention is about to get under way — delegates are finding their counties in the Savannah Trade and Convention Center and the candidates’ hospitality suites are restocking food and beverage.
There’s an energy out in the concourse where T-shirted volunteers for the various campaigns are offering stickers, hand bills and posters and various vendors are hawking their wares.
But, in a sign that all is not solidarity in Savannah, at least some feelings are still frayed over Gov. Sonny Perdue’s decision to veto House Bill 481, the bill from Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) that would have given employers a tax credit for hiring unemployed workers. It also would have cut the state capital gains tax in half.
Perdue vetoed it, saying its $1 billion price tag was too high in an era of diminished state revenue.
But that argument isn’t sitting well with some. FreedomWorks, the Dick Armey-backed, tea-party people, are here passing out lapel stickers that say: “REAL conservatives do not veto tax cuts.”
The sweet volunteer handing them out suggested a use for them. “Maybe you could put one on our governor if you see him,” she said.