Your morning jolt: Sonny Perdue comes down with a case of Bulldog frustration

Note to Mark Richt: Bulldog frustration now extends to a certain address on West Paces Ferry Road.

From the Savannah Morning News:

[T]he alumnus in chief – Gov. Sonny Perdue – has joined those who are barking at the Dawgs.

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Gov. Sonny Perdue. Ben Gray bgray@ajc.com

Perdue, who played for Georgia in the 1960s, said Monday the team needs more “intensity” and must get “serious about winning.”

“I hope it’s temporary,” he said at a news conference that was about politics until someone noted Georgia is 0-3 so far in the Southeastern Conference.

“I love Coach (Mark) Richt,” said the former high school and college quarterback, who now calls plays for state government.

But Perdue, who recently gave an inspirational talk to the fledgling Georgia State University team, had only tough love for his alma mater.

“There is a level of intensity that we’ve got to demonstrate for the rest of the season,” said Perdue, who had a cameo role in the film, “We are Marshall.”

The governor said the Dawgs must “let the fans … know we’re serious about winning.”

“We have a national championship threshold,” he said, “and we ought to be dissatisfied every season that doesn’t happen.”

Here’s the thing: You can imagine Perdue giving nearly the same pep talk to the Republican who wants to replace him. Just replace “Dawgs” with Nathan Deal.

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At the same presser in Savannah, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, declared that it would be “a heavy lift” to get the federal cash necessary to dredge the harbor of Savannah in time to match the completion of similar big-ship improvements to the Panama Canal.

Again, from the Savannah Morning News:

“I think it’s going to be tough,” said Kingston, a Savannah Republican who met reporters Monday with Gov. Sonny Perdue. “I think the challenge is real.”

Perdue said one hurdle is getting approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which he said will act on the matter next summer.

The Corps is studying environmental and economic impacts of deepening the harbor from 42 feet to 48 feet – deep enough for the new ships.

But Kingston said an even bigger barrier is finding the $450 million needed for the project.

He said the state has committed $150 million, which means supporters must persuade federal officials to ante up the remaining $300 million.
That will be the hard part, said Kingston, who added that he’s been pushing the project for 13 years.

“Right now, for every dollar we spend, 40 cents is borrowed,” he said, referring to deficit spending, “And we are going to have tough budgets ahead of us for the next several years.”

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On Monday, Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal got an all-important shout-out from talk show archbishop Rush Limbaugh, who took up the matter of GOP candidates and poor finances.

Said Limbaugh:

”Chris Dodd gets all these sweetheart deals from Angelo Mozilo, whatever his name was at Countrywide on these mortgages?

“That’s something you and I can’t get. That’s something Christine O’Donnell can’t get. That’s the kind of stuff that’s acting people. This is what the ruling class doesn’t get.

“The fact that some guy named Nathan Deal had a failed business venture and might have to sell his house and liquidate other assets to cover the debt, that’s something people with relate to. He’s not stealing from anybody. He’s not being shown any favoritism. He took a risk, he’s paying the price, and he’s running for governor. He can relate to a lot of people.”

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Ken Hodges, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has delivered absolute proof that the modern political campaign season extends far, far too long.

Scratch that. Melissa Hodges, his wife, took care of the delivery.

The couple announced the birth of John “Jack” Bryant Hodges in the wee hours of Monday. The newest Hodges weighed in at seven pounds, six ounces.

This is the second child born during Ken Hodges pursuit of the attorney general’s office. Margaret Hodges was born in May of last year.

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Blog for Democracy has posted what it says is a robo-call paid for by the campaign of state Rep. Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta) – or someone close to her. Chambers faces Democratic challenger Elena Parent in the Nov. 2 general election:

”This is an important voter alert for PTA members in DeKalb County. Candidate Elena Parent has taken over $22,000 intended for our school children in campaign contributions from a law firm representing the corrupt DeKalb school board.

“DeKalb County can no longer afford to have politicians Crawford Lewis, the indicted former school superintendent, and Elena Parent jeopardize our school system’s future. Since these contributions became public last week, Elena Parent has repeatedly refused to return the money.

“Please call Elena Parent today and tell her to return these contributions….”

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51 comments Add your comment

SpaceyG

September 28th, 2010
8:11 am

I sure wish I could relate to a 2M loan from my dad. He grumbles if he has to pick-up the tab at the Piccadilly.

Big t

September 28th, 2010
8:17 am

Term Limits….vote them all OUT
And don’t LET them back in

3 Arrows

September 28th, 2010
8:27 am

Deal financials are wrong AGAIN.. from the Augusta Paper.

ATLANTA – When Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal amended his campaign disclosure form last week, he added some business properties to his asset column and increased the value of another property – boosting his net worth.

Now, questions are being raised about whether the correct property values were used.

The head of the state Ethics Commission, Stacey Kalberman, said Monday that candidates are required to use the assessed value set by county tax officials. Deal’s camp used a higher appraised value.

Last week, Deal listed his half ownership in a Metter, Ga.-based property owned by his Gainesville auto salvage business at $300,000, saying the entire 37.7-acre property in Candler County was worth $600,000. But local tax records show the overall property was valued by county officials as about $304,000.

Deal also listed his half ownership on business property in Gainesville as worth about $2.5 million, with the entire property worth just over $5 million. Again, local tax records value it as almost half. They show the total value for the three parcels of property which make up the salvage site is $1.2 million.

On Monday, Deal’s campaign referred questions to Tifton, Ga.-based accountant, Jimmy Allen, who said he believes the higher values are correct.

“I’m going to stand by the way I filed the form at this point,” Allen said.

Emil Runge, a spokesman for Deal’s Democratic opponent Roy Barnes, said his candidate used the most recent local tax assessment to value his property on his disclosure.

The higher values have helped boost Deal’s net worth, which is listed in the latest form at $2.8 million despite facing questions about his financial solvency.

Deal’s campaign filed a revised form with state ethics officials on Thursday, the second time in a week they had changed the document which provides the public with a look at candidates’ liabilities and assets. The Deal campaign acknowledged mistakes in the earlier versions and suggested that after 18 years of filing federal disclosures when Deal was a congressman they were not used to the state requirements.

Deal’s finances have been under scrutiny for several weeks after word that he is facing a Feb. 1 deadline to repay a $2.3 million loan for a failed sporting goods venture launched by his daughter and son-in-law. He also failed to disclose $2.85 million in business loans on the initial form.

Allen has maintained Deal is solvent and is liquidating an IRA to help pay the debt.

SpaceyG

September 28th, 2010
8:28 am

We can dig a port deep enough to go all the way to China, but we have NOTHING in Georgia to ship back to China. Shipping containers are dirt cheap right now for that very reason… China ships stuff here in ‘em; we have nothing to put in them to send back. (Ask Carol Porter about this. She bought two containers for her farm because they’re so darn cheap right now. The shipping containers.)

Road Scholar

September 28th, 2010
8:30 am

” Candidate Elena Parent has taken over $22,000 intended for our school children in campaign contributions …”

What? Please explain the conditions of this alledged “theft”. Doesn’t the law firm have the right to spend their money?

Dr. John Trotter

September 28th, 2010
8:31 am

I agree with the Governor. I want to see more intensity. I looked this up the other day…Georgia has the fourth most current NFL players. Miami is #1. I am beginning to ask the now-famous question often asked by Coach Spurrier: “Georgia gets all of these great players, but what happens to them?” We are consistently in the top ten recruiting classes — and more often than not, in the top five. Not all of them quit or get kicked off of the team. What happens to them?

I graduated twice from UGA. I guess that I was spoiled by the intensity demostrated by Coach Erk Russell. Seeing the blood rolling down his bald head before the games could get any player pumped. I am not looking for Coach Richt to have blood rolling down his brow, but just a scintilla of emotion demostrated every now and then would help, in my opinion. This cool, calm Tom-Landry-like demeanor only goes so far with college-age kids. They have to be motivated…and sometimes by the demonstration of emotions from the head coach.

I donned an Auburn hat (my father graduated there in ‘48) and a Florida shirt (for real) to Taco Mac on Sunday to watch the Falcons. That’s my level of disgust. I love the Dogs, but I too am disgusted. With the arrests. With the lack of intensity. With the same pattern of not being able to beat the Big Boys.

roughrider

September 28th, 2010
8:31 am

I don’t think a republican could do any wrong in Limbaugh’s opinion.

Young Lady

September 28th, 2010
8:34 am

So the Grand Poobah Pillpopper is complaining that his cronies don’t get enough free rides.

Pooooooor babies. Sorry, I just can’t be bothered feeling sorry for a bunch of doofuses that can’t keep their own lives in order yet want to have a position of power.

Dick in Gainesville

September 28th, 2010
8:42 am

3 Arrows

September 28th, 2010
8:27 am

If you think Deal lied about his business property look at his weekend house that is valued at nearly $1,000,000, it wouldn’t bring $400,000. This supporter he brought in to cook the books, sure cooked the books but he sure got caught cooking the books.

Go Fish, Georgia

September 28th, 2010
8:44 am

Sonny tried out for the UGA football team, but did not make it. That does not qualify as “playing college football.” Sonny did enjoy the Romanesque opulence that his cohort, Mike Adams, lavished upon him and members of the Legislature when Georgia was winning games. Perdue is almost over and so are Adams and Richt. Sonny remains the most corrupt governor in the history of the state, and Adams has been his equal at the University. Remember, unemployed teachers can fish for free at Sonny’s Fish Farm.

Robert Reeves

September 28th, 2010
8:44 am

Coach Richt has far too much class to comment on Perdue’s sordid record as governor. Perdue should grant him the same deference.

td

September 28th, 2010
8:50 am

Well Democrats the election is over now in Georgia. Limbaugh’s endorsement is the final straw that will push Deal over the top.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

September 28th, 2010
8:58 am

If Deal hadn’t been a politician with numerous supporters in positions of power- i.e., running the banks he borrowed from- he would have never been able to get those loans. His son-in-law’s previous bankruptcy was not disclosed in the loan or business documents for the same reason: Deal wanted the money, and his supporters were going to give him the loans, collateral or worthiness be damned. Republicans condemn those that got ’sub-prime’ loans as being people who borrowed money that they should have known they couldn’t repay. Why not the same opprobrium for Deal?

minime

September 28th, 2010
9:00 am

Sonny P needs to keep his head in politics, where he is not doing so well either……..

findog

September 28th, 2010
9:01 am

Proving Rush has no clue he cites sweetheart loans from banks in defense of Congressman Deal

deegee

September 28th, 2010
9:07 am

HAHAHAHA! Jack Kingston goes to the well in Washington and says, “Your projects are pork, my projects are projects.” It looks like it is going to be a tough couple of years for the Republicans if they win the House on a deficit busting, no new spending agenda. Kinda hard to bring home the bacon, isn’t it? Maybe they will be more apt to bargain with the other side.

lmno

September 28th, 2010
9:24 am

I don’t know A LOT of people that can relate to the financial troubles that Deal is facing. I know people who bought more house than they can afford. I know people who have lost their jobs. I know people who couldn’t afford their increasing health care premiums. But I don’t know anyone who cosigned a 2.8M dollar loan for their kid, who lists 6M in assets including a $700,000 weekend house, who has government sponsored Health Care for his entire family for life, who will always receive a huge government pension even though they quit in the middle of their job term. I just don’t know anyone that can relate to the crisis Nathan Deal faces.

Fred

September 28th, 2010
9:25 am

I really don’t understand why the idiot Republicans made Deal the nominee. Why do they want such a blatant scumbag to be our Governor?

These new financial woes just seal the deal. He HAS to get elected now so he can steal State money to repay his creditors. Since he resigned his seat in Congress to avoid prosecution, he can no longer steal federal money, the only option left is to get elected Governor. It will happen. The pub’s are stupid enough to vote for this crook and the big money boys he owes now have more incentive to make sure it happens.

Dick in Gainesville

September 28th, 2010
9:51 am

lmno

September 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Deal paid $700,000 for the house, his last disclosure valued it at $975,000 and it is maybe worth as much as $400,000. Deal is flat broke & brought in a crooked accountant to cover it up.

“● Home planned for retirement in Demorest — current value listed as $975,000 ”

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/deal-discloses-finances-again-620432.html

retiredds

September 28th, 2010
9:55 am

If the governor had been the coach of GA over the period of time he governed (and I use governed loosely) the Dawgs would have been about 5 and 60.

The Thin Guy

September 28th, 2010
9:55 am

There’s no doubt about it. King Roy is better at stealing money than Nathan Deal. I’m going with John Monds. Time for some real Hope and Change. Wish Governor Sonny was as fired up about being governor as he is about the won and lost record of the highest paid employee of the State of Georgia, Coach Richie Rich. Back during one of the great gas shortages, it was suggested to Governor Sonny that he cancel the Big Football Game between Thuga and Bama so that us peons might have enough gas to get to work, the supermarket, our doctors, etc. He refused to interfere with the most important thing in the life of the gap toothed Herr Bout Em Dergs types. Bama stomped Thuga and I loved every second of it. When Grady Hospital was about to go under Governor Sonny showed his deep concern for the State of Georgia by attending Little League Baseball games. But I voted for Governor Sonny twice because my other choices were King Roy and The Fat Guy. Now with John Monds I have someone I can vote for without putting a bag over my head.

ByteMe

September 28th, 2010
9:56 am

If Deal is “liquidating an IRA” — an IRA that does not have enough in there to even come close to covering the loan after you take out taxes owed on the IRA — he’s going to be technically insolvent unless he can sell his overvalued real estate assets… anyone want to bet on how easy it is to sell a $700K house in the middle of Nowhere, Georgia?

ByteMe

September 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Is it me, or does Perdue look thinner in that picture? He losing weight??

SpaceyG

September 28th, 2010
10:01 am

I struck-up a chat with a shopper in chef’s gear at Whole Foods the other day. Her buggy was full of fresh veggies and fruits and other healthy stuff. I asked here where she cooked, as that was surely a restaurant I’d like to visit. She said she was chef at the Governor’s Mansion. Sonny’s eating healthy these days, that’s fer sure.

Hmmmmmmm

September 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Vote John Monds. Tell these other losers to just stay at HOME!

GetReal

September 28th, 2010
10:15 am

UGA is at national championship “threshold” every year? Give me a break. They are a good program but not a contender year in and year out. They weren’t even a contender the year they started at #1!!

An American Patriot

September 28th, 2010
10:17 am

Yeah, I know how Sonny feels…….we’re a little frustrated with him too.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
10:21 am

td:

” Limbaugh’s endorsement is the final straw that will push Deal over the top.”

You are correct. Rush has a lot of listeners throughout the state. The negative stuff coming from the “news media” has been countered by a few seconds of radio time.

DJ Sniper

September 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Rush Limbaugh, please sit down and shut up. Nathan Deal can NOT relate to me right now. He is in this financial situation right now because he either did not do his homework about his son-in-law’s finances, or he knew about them but chose to ignore it. Now he’s paying the price. On top of that, he appears to have crooked accountants trying to inflate his net worth. This is the man who people are seriously considering putting in the governor’s mansion???? If by some chance he gets elected, this state will continue to move backwards.

Uncle Jessie

September 28th, 2010
10:22 am

Woof Woof Woof

GoldenDawg

September 28th, 2010
10:24 am

I think Sonny and the rest of you need to wake up and learn UGA football history. In the 60’s we only had 1 10 win season and at no other time in the 60’s did we have more than 8 wins. Not to mention both of our NC came on coaches that had long careers at UGA and both did it after they had been here close to 20 years. Richt has never had a losing season at UGA. You guys act loke this is NCAA 2011.

Bobby Kahn

September 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Don’t fret Dawg fans, King Roy and I will sit down with our buddy Michael Adams and straighten out these issues plaguing the Leeburn Athletic Association after we get back in power in January.

George

September 28th, 2010
10:32 am

DJSniper

Agree that Deal is not very good but we do not have an alternative. That’s why he is ahead in the polls. Nobama.

DJ Sniper

September 28th, 2010
10:38 am

George, Roy Barnes may not be perfect, but he’s a way better choice than Deal at this point. Hell, I’m still wondering how Deal beat out Karen Handel in the runoff. Karen isn’t perfect either, and I didn’t like how she tried to throw certain groups under the bus, but I thought she would have made a better selection than Deal. Deal’s whole campaigns seemed like he was out to prove how much he hated gays and abortion.

Just Saying

September 28th, 2010
10:47 am

the fact is that both candidates are garbage, we having nothing to gain.

RGB

September 28th, 2010
10:49 am

So the Grand Poobah Pillpopper is complaining that his cronies don’t get enough free rides.

Pooooooor babies. Sorry, I just can’t be bothered feeling sorry for a bunch of doofuses that can’t keep their own lives in order yet want to have a position of power.

Limbaugh cleaned up his act with regard to prescription drugs (but you know that) and overcame a serious hearing difficulty–along with other obstacles. Not bad for a high school graduate, right?

With 20 million listeners weekly, he is the most listened to talk show host in history. He has been on the air nationally since near-1988, saved much of AM radio, owns a Gulfstream V, and signed an $85 million contract several years ago which I’m sure has been extended.

He is quick, smart, and advocates liberty as no Democrat or liberal would ever do.

Liberal talk hosts (including prospective wannabees such as you) are welcome to compete against him any time, any where. See, conservatives like competition and don’t seek to use the government to suppress free speech.

But the fact is few people outside the D.C. Beltway crowd agree with you–which is why Limbaugh reigns supreme–and has for more than 20 years.

The fact you are envious of his success and cannot defeat his ideas is not lost on me or anyone else who read your petty little comments.

Wallow in your envy and in your defeat, my friend.

Finally, you may be “young” but you are certainly no “lady”.

susan moss

September 28th, 2010
10:58 am

AJC has spent 3 weeks portraying Deal as a bankrupt nair-do-well. Turns out he and his wife appear to have two healthy retirement accounts and a net worth of $2 to $4 million dollars. Like many of my neighbors, they aren’t worth what they were 5 years ago. The AJC should be ashamed of their lack focus on the real issues that affect Georgia.

ByteMe

September 28th, 2010
11:05 am

$2-$4 million if you overvalue the assets, sure. Just try to sell them or take a loan against them and you get to find out the real value. And the IRA’s as noted above do not take care of the loan, so he has to turn to selling real estate in a down market… if he can. Good luck selling your brand of political cream.

No Dog in this Hunt

September 28th, 2010
11:32 am

I think Sonny needs to replace Adams (with himself) and right the ship. Afterall, what is the Governor going to be doing after Jan.?

michael thomas

September 28th, 2010
11:41 am

Sonny P

What advice can you offer when you have put the state in the situation it is in today. Everyhing with GA on it these days is going bad and you want to put a Bad Deal in office to continue your mess.

Equating the success of the DOGs with your tenure in office, one can clearly see that Dogs’ success has been subpar, far from their glory days. So stop offering advice and just go on a long vacation until your tenure expire. Hopefully Bad Deal is eliminated from the race and a fresh ideals for all of Georgia will result in a better Bulldog team to!

td

September 28th, 2010
11:43 am

DJ Sniper

September 28th, 2010
10:38 am
George, Roy Barnes may not be perfect, but he’s a way better choice than Deal at this point

Even after all of this coming out about Deal, he is still a better choice than Roy. Deal made a bad investment. Roy sued his own state to allow illegals and conveicted felions easier access to our voting booth. Now how does this make Roy a better choice?

findog

September 28th, 2010
11:50 am

Make Deal the UGA Football Coach and his financial problems will go the way of your SEC hopes this year

Base

September 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Sonny needs to fix Georgia football like he fixed the State!

Why doesn’t the Ga.Port Authority pay the match instead of the taxpayers.GPA makes plenty of money!

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

RGB:

Well said and so very true! Liberals and democraps HATE Rush because they can’t argue any point intelligently with him and win. There are no liberal talk radio hosts because they can’t get sponsors. Rush has never had that problem and I would imagine that he has a waiting list of potential sponsors.

It is always a mistake for libs/dems to underestimate the impact Rush has with voters.
I’m sure that someone will counter with the usual “mindless masses” rhetoric. Save your time because we both know it ain’t true!

RGB

September 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

WHFO:

Agreed. When statists can’t defend their performance they pull out the only hammer they have in their armamentarium: name-calling. They can’t defeat Rush’s ideas (which are really our Founders’ ideas) so they take shots behind his back.

And as we both know, name-calling doesn’t reduce unemployment, expand the economy, or strengthen our physical security.

But to libs, the end-game is not solving the country’s problems–it’s winning some sort of intramural political game.

Alabama Communist

September 28th, 2010
12:58 pm

The fact that some guy named Nathan Deal had a failed business venture and might have to sell his house and liquidate other assets to cover the debt, that’s something people with relate to. He’s not stealing from anybody. He’s not being shown any favoritism. He took a risk, he’s paying the price, and he’s running for governor. He can relate to a lot of people.”* Russ

No doubt Russ is comparing his recent investment in the Saint Louis Rams as a risk that went nowhere for Russ in seizing control of the National Football Leaque

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When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

The Centrist

September 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

Other than GIECO, how many conservatives really utilize Rush’s sponsors such as: Lending Tree, Life Quotes, e-Harmony, Inverness Medical, OnStar, or Hotwire? Liberals are too dumb and aren’t using their money to buy up radio stations, prop-up talking heads, and underwrite “grassroot” organizations like the Koch Brothers, John M. Olin, and Richard Mellon Scaife. The main-stream-media print is irrelevant since most Americans either can’t or don’t read, and the network broadcast media is still stuck on 30-minute news in a 24/7 world.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

September 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Richt is almost as sh*tty a coach as Perdoofus is a goobernor.

A couple of bible-thumpin’ conmen.