Your morning jolt: Meet Sonny Perdue, your new helicopter instructor

Some people spent Labor Day weekend at the beach, some over a grill in the backyard. Gov. Sonny Perdue worked on what may be his next vocation.

From RotorNews, a publication of Helicopter Association International:

Two-term Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue has managed to add two significant aviation ratings to his commercial pilot certificate. On September 6th, the Governor took advantage of the Labor Day holiday and passed both the Helicopter Commercial and Helicopter Flight Instructor practical check rides.

An experienced 3000-hour Commercial Pilot, the Governor added a Private Helicopter rating in August of 2008. Since then he has worked with Ron Carroll of Blue Ridge Helicopters in Lawrenceville, GA to gain the skills necessary to accomplish these ratings.

A spokesman for Perdue confirmed the accomplishment, but was unable to say whether the governor was in actual pursuit of future employment.


This week, the liberal group Media Matters captured a clip of FoxNews’ Sean Hannity unveiling a TV ad that the Republican Governors Association plans to launch against Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in Ohio:

Media Matters objected to the use of FoxNews as a focus group. But the group may have missed something more important. The topic of the TV ad was employment, and the scene is a set of office cubicles.

The script:

Male actor: One thousand two hundred and fifty jobs. Gone.

Female actor: NCR?

Male actor: Yeah. Strickland couldn’t hold on to them. Moved to Georgia.

Female actor No. 2: ..Novelis moved jobs there, too.

Male actor: We lost 400,000 jobs under strickland.

Female actor No. 1: Got to be a world record.

Female actor No. 2: Strickland doesn’t get the jobs done.

Male actor: Wonder when ours go…..

The ad hasn’t been posted online yet, so far as we can tell. Hannity praises it, but one wonders whether it might spark a diplomatically risky discussion of interstate job-poaching.

Both of those companies mentioned in the TV ad were lured to metro Atlanta, in large part, by the administration of Gov. Sonny Perdue, a former RGA chairman. For him, they are bragging points.

Here’s the top of a piece my AJC colleague Dan Chapman wrote in February:

First up was NCR, the famed, 125-year-old cash register company that moved its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, to Duluth last June.

Then came Fischbein, which announced in July that Suwanee, not Cleveland, would be the site for a new production line.

Finally, earlier this month, aluminum can maker Novelis quit Cleveland and moved its North American headquarters to Buckhead.

For those keeping score: metro Atlanta 3, Ohio 0.

And that’s just in the past eight months.

Poaching business from the Rust Belt isn’t a new phenomenon. Midwest companies have been heading to the Sun Belt for decades to take advantage of balmy weather, tax breaks and non-union workers….

“We don’t have a ‘Target Ohio’ strategy, ” said Hans Gant, a top Chamber recruiter. “And we’ don’t really say to the Rust Belt: ‘Come to the New South.’ We always target companies that have essentially outgrown their current locations. As companies become global players, their needs change dramatically.”


Over at the Savannah Morning News, Larry Peterson is pointing to the fact that Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes owned 25 percent of an engineering firm that did nearly $19 million in work for local governments and the state:

The Democratic governor hopeful’s economic disclosure report says Marietta-based Croy Engineering received the money from 2005 to 2009.

The former governor, listed as one of three company directors in a 2006 state document, sold his interest in Croy last November.

Croy or its employees gave $15,800 to Barnes’ campaign, official reports show.

A campaign spokesman noted that Peterson could find the information because Barnes had posted his complete tax returns online. Similar information can’t be found on Deal’s finances, he said.


Over at 11Alive, Doug Richards tried to pin down gubernatorial candidates Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes on whether legally concealed weapons should be allowed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:

“Well, I think in the non-secure areas (of the airport), I don’t have a problem with that,” said Deal.

The city of Atlanta has successfully blocked efforts to enable permit-holding gun owners to carry in the airport terminal. Georgia Carry expects another legislative effort next year. Deal says it makes sense.

“So many times, people have weapons either on them or in their vehicles. And to make that a prohibition obviously just runs into some innocent violations, and I think that’s not something you want to do,” Deal said.

Democrat Roy Barnes also says he’s a Second Amendment backer. But he declined to opine on the question of carrying guns at the airport, saying the courts are deciding the issue.


Chuck Donovan, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, takes a crack at Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson in his first TV ad. We’ve got no information on the size of the buy behind it, or the markets:

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8 comments Add your comment


September 9th, 2010
11:07 am

Sonny boy…up, up, and AWAY!

You Asked

September 9th, 2010
11:30 am

At least our Governor has a vocation.

All of Illinois former Governor’s have guaranteed employment making liscense plates in prison.

Alabama Communist

September 9th, 2010
12:16 pm

Ask yourself one question? Would you fly with Sonny after watching his political party destroy Georgia and the United States………..

Jenny Lee

September 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

snow is measured by feet in cleveland and inches in atlanta. it snows from 4-7 months of the year in ohio.

Jenny Lee

September 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

sonny bbq can now fly and fish at the same time. will he keep his helicopter on his boat ramp?

Question Man

September 9th, 2010
5:27 pm

Who keeps saying that Sonny Perdue hasn’t done anything? Is this new info about Sonny working to improve his commercial pilot certificate enough to satisfy you?

Wake Up People!

September 10th, 2010
12:04 am

Sonny… is pretty well documented he used state helicopters as his personal toys in getting his flying experience. Though this is among the least of his abuse of powe. There have been so many….remember his daughter and the state patrol guard reassignment??? Anyway, he is an abuser unlike any Governor before.

Jayne M. Barker

September 10th, 2010
5:06 am

Come home to Houston County and fly right!!!