Georgia’s two senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, had no problem showing up in Cobb County to greet Vice President Joe Biden last week.
But the state’s Republican congressmen kept a lower profile when it came to pressing for federal aid. Possibly they feared charges of hypocrisy. Remember that, in 2005, Lynn Westmoreland was one of 11 GOP members who voted against $51.8 billion in disaster aid for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
But Gov. Sonny Perdue has no such qualms. For every $3 that Washington sends to help with the Flood of ’09, the state budget must cough up $1 to match it.
Perdue told Georgia Public Broadcasting this morning that the money will be found:
“These are not times where you count the dollars or fret about where they come from. It’s just a matter of doing what it takes, keeping people safe, and helping people recover their lives”.
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