Sonny Perdue: ‘Don’t fret about where flood aid dollars are coming from’

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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10 comments Add your comment

Cutty

September 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Wonder how Westmoreland votes for aid in his own state. Won’t hold my breath tho. Where was Tom Price when the VP came to town? He’d be sniffing Cheney’s (insert anything here) had he still been in office.

mission man

September 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

Westmoreland was vindicated on his Katrina vote when it was revealed how much of the money went to waste and outright fraud.

Nick

September 29th, 2009
4:16 pm

I thought Obama spent too much money?

Base

September 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

Maybe Sonny can get back some of the movie tax breaks he approved in the current mismanaged budget.Maybe he can put some of his henchmen on finding it. If it was a corporate tax break they would have no trouble.

Base

September 29th, 2009
4:20 pm

Sonny will probably cut the budget one more time.Why doesn’t he take it from his office budget.

WWJD ?

September 30th, 2009
10:35 am

Westmoreland did not want to help his neighbors in their time of need. Now he has his hand out. No surprise considering that he doesn’t know the 10 Commandments.

Whatever

September 30th, 2009
11:12 am

Hypocrisy and Republican should always be in the same sentence

jr

September 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

Jim -
Why should Congressman Westmoreland show up in Cobb for a meeting with VP Biden? It’s not even his Congressional District.

Sam of Georgia

September 30th, 2009
4:03 pm

The flood waters did not care whether the homeowner was democrat or republican. When will me move forward to help each other.

Rone

October 14th, 2009
4:16 am

Maybe Governor Perdue can call another prayer meeting to stop this rain? Oh, I forgot, God works in mysterious ways. Chuckle, chuckle, barf.