Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday will host a briefing on the ongoing efforts to solve the tri-state water war for those who want to succeed him.
Perdue’s communications director, Bert Brantley, said Friday that the governor offered the 2010 gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to learn more about the situation and the state’s efforts at resolving the crisis.
As of Friday afternoon, Republicans Karen Handel and Eric Johnson and Democrat David Poythress had confirmed they would attend. Vivien Scott, wife and spokesman for Republican Austin Scott, said she believed he would be there as well.
We have contacted the other campaigns to see who else plans to attend.
Update 2:30 p.m.: Republican Nathan Deal also plans to attend, his spokesman said. Update 3:05 p.m.: Republican John Oxendine will also be there. Update 3:29 p.m.: Democrat Roy Barnes will be there, too, sitting across from the man who unseated him as governor in 2002. Update 4:45 p.m.: Democrat Thurbert Baker will also attend. Update 6:23 p.m.: U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal’s office says their man will attend a briefing for the congressional delegation on Monday and NOT the gubernatorial session on Wednesday. Update Saturday: Democrat DuBose Porter will also attend.
Georgia is immersed in a decades-long fight with Alabama and Florida over access to and the use of water from Lake Lanier and other sources.
The fight took on crisis proportions earlier this year when a federal judge ruled that the metro Atlanta area must stop drawing drinking water from Lake Lanier in three years.