Perdue calls Riley, Crist’s bluff, invites govs to water talks

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday moved to restart stalled negotiations over the rights to Lake Lanier, offering the governors of Alabama and Florida 40 separate possible dates for talks.

In a letter to Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Perdue said he’d host any meeting or go wherever necessary.

“Water issues have dominated the headlines in recent days, and I have read statements from both of you that indicate your willingness to resume water negotiations,” Perdue said in the letter.

The governor said that the federal judge’s order barring Georgia from using Lake Lanier as a water source in three years if no deal was reached makes it imperative the three leaders return to the negotiating table.

“I have always believed that a negotiated settlement that protects the rights and resources of all three states is the most lasting solution,” he wrote.

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July 31st, 2009
6:53 pm

“Calls their bluff?” That’s a laugh. Perdue had to back down from “fight to the death” after his own troops agreed he was leading in the wrong direction (see what GA’s senators had to say).