The very picture of a gubernatorial couple

Gov. Sonny Perdue (left) and First Lady Mary Perdue watch the unveiling of their portrait by Secretary of State Brian Kemp (right) on Monday. John Spink/

Gov. Sonny Perdue (left) and First Lady Mary Perdue watch the unveiling of their portrait by Secretary of State Brian Kemp (right) on Monday. John Spink/

From the Associated Press:

Gov. Sonny Perdue has unveiled his official portrait to hang in the halls of the Gold Dome.

The painting debuted Monday in a ceremony at the Capitol in downtown Atlanta. The painting includes his wife, Mary Perdue, making it the first gubernatorial portrait to feature a First Lady.

The portrait was done by artist Rossin, whose full name is Rossen Raytchev Raykov. The Bulgarian artist is known for his photograph-like oil paintings of famous individuals, including Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy.

He also did the painting of civil rights icon Andrew Young, a former U.S. ambassador and former Atlanta mayor, that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Former Gov. Lester Maddox in 1996/AJC file

Former Gov. Lester Maddox in 1996/AJC file

The Capitol holds portraits of 46 governors — all who have served since the building opened.

Now, not to be difficult, but the late Gov. Lester Maddox might have something to say – very politely, no doubt — about Mary Perdue’s place in history.

In his official portrait, Georgia’s last segregationist governor gathered up his dearest love and dearest hatred in a single frame. A prominently displayed photograph of his beloved wife Virginia sits on his desk. Just behind his back, barely to be seen, is a copy of The Atlanta Constitution wrapped around a fish.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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24 comments Add your comment

No Dog in this Hunt

December 6th, 2010
5:44 pm

Great Picture, of a great woman!


December 6th, 2010
5:52 pm

Deal’s portrait may be the first to have a prison number beneath it.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 6th, 2010
6:01 pm

I wonder if there is a way to get rid of Sonny and just show his wife. Certainly, she has cleaner skirt than he does…


December 6th, 2010
6:02 pm

Look at Sonny’s left hand.

He seems to have it stuck in the taxpayers pocket. Trying to cover it up with the black blanket wont work. The artist really captured Sonny, his true essence.

Sonny land deals, Sonny tax breaks, Sonny highways, Sonny Ports Authority office. Sonny loans.

Oh what a Sonny day.


December 6th, 2010
6:53 pm

See you later..and not a moment too soon. Go back to Houston County and run all of those businesses you’ve been running real well the past 8 years. I know being governor is a part time job. Maybe “go fish” at one of the lakes you spent $19M on constructing boat launch ramps!

Alabama Communist

December 6th, 2010
7:17 pm

The recent departed former Governor of North Carolina had his picture hung in the State Capital along side with his recent guilty plea mug shot! If I was Sonny! I would make sure the picture has a flip side to it to show how two face some pols are in office………


December 6th, 2010
8:31 pm

They forgot to add the wheelbarrow full of cash.


December 6th, 2010
8:34 pm

Oh, also: we couldn’t find a Georgia painter that could do this work? We’ve got 10% unemployment, and they’re farming out big money portrait-painting jobs to Bulgarians?

Keith Helms

December 6th, 2010
8:57 pm

A correct picture of any Democrat would be the south en d of north bound jacka$$. That would be the end that any thing good comes out of and the jacka$$ would be headed home.


December 6th, 2010
9:28 pm

And another thing, since we can’t comment on any of the other stories on (why I’m not sure): The botched Atlanta Eagle bar raid didn’t cost ATLANTA $1 million. It cost the Atlanta TAXPAYERS $1 million. Get it right.

Also: when is Georgia Tech going to start issuing handguns for personal protection? The campus police and Atlanta rent-a-cops don’t seem to be making a difference over there. Maybe if a few students were actually able to defend themselves by shooting some of these crooks dead, these robbers would stop preying on them.


December 6th, 2010
10:28 pm

@CobbGOPer Uhh, check the artist’s website -he’s an Atlanta resident who has lived in the U.S. since 2001.


December 6th, 2010
10:49 pm

@Yikes: Then I take it back.

Frances Bouchillon

December 6th, 2010
11:03 pm

I think the picture of Mary Perdue wearing a dress at the unveiling looks so much more like a First Lady. Wearing pants for that special “painting”, to be hung in the Capitol, in my view was a bad idea.


December 6th, 2010
11:28 pm

To respond to a previous comment…… the artist is Bulgarian born and now a U.S. citizen who resides in Atlanta (these details were not mentioned in the article).
I am proud to have such a talented artist as a fellow Atlantan.


December 7th, 2010
6:51 am

Frances, you are correct. Why didnt she wear a nice dress in the portrait? Love the Lester Maddox
portrait! That dude knew how to ruffle some feathers!

North Carolina’s EX governor, Mike Sleazely is now a convicted FELON. It was a plea deal to avoid
countless other investigations/potential charges. He nearly RUINED NC during his 8 years of rule.
Thankfully, NC is turning against the evil controlling party of SLAVERY, the democrackkks, who’ve dominated and desecrated NC for the past 112+ years!!! NC’s current first female Governess BEV
Perdue is having to walk on eggshells in fear of her 25 year record of ‘inclusion’ in some of this…but
she’s so sweet and pleasant, fiddledeedee, that you’d NEVER suspect HER of any wrongdoing…no.

T.J. Jackson

December 7th, 2010
7:54 am

I agree with Frances Bouchillon’s comments. Women wearing pants in any public situation is a bad idea. What if I showed up wearing a dress? I would be talked about, women wearing pants are not.

T.J. Jackson

December 7th, 2010
7:55 am

By the way, I love the picture of Gov. Maddox. He was one of the best governors in Ga. history.


December 7th, 2010
8:40 am

Maddox was right about the fishwrapper. It is still true today except now there is not enough paper left to use for fishwrapping.


December 7th, 2010
8:46 am

Goober-natorial is more like it…

Double Zero Eight

December 7th, 2010
8:55 am

Most would be hard pressed to name one piece of legislation that Sonny championed which benefited the citizens of Georgia. There are many pieces of legislation that were passed by
the legislature that personally benefited Sonny. The special legislation passed allowing him
to buy the land in Florida near Disney World, made Sonny a multi-millionaire. He peronsally got involved to change the route of a state highway in his home county to benefit himself, and a
longtime friend. He appointed his cousin to an executive position over the port authority.
He was largely elected as a result of the flag issue, and lied about ensuring that the voters
get to vote on the issue. He was not held accountable for that promise and was easily re-elected.
His failure to keep that promise is about the only positive thing I can come up with for his legacy.

Fist full of dollars

December 7th, 2010
9:09 am

What a self serving Governor!


December 7th, 2010
10:12 am


Sonny had so many corrupt transactions that the press or a full time law enforcement agency could not keep up with it. But he had control over ther law enforcement, didn’t he.

Nineteeth Century Georgian

December 7th, 2010
10:27 am

This IS Georgia, after all! Wimmins should know there place: In a dress or skirt at all times, barefoot at home, and pregnint every two years. Silent all the time, don’t make ‘im tell ya twice!


December 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

Be nice, you all!!! It’s Christmas time in the city… We will look forward to your return to
Warner Robins, Houston County.