Your morning jolt: Port authority members paid for Sonny Perdue portrait

Money for Gov. Sonny Perdue’s portrait in the state Capitol was donated entirely by members the board of the Georgia Ports Authority.

So board chairman Alec Poitevint, former chairman of the state GOP, tells Tom Crawford of Georgia Reports:

The portrait of Gov. Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary that will hang in the state Capitol. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

The portrait of Gov. Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary that will hang in the state Capitol. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

Poitevint declined to disclose how much money the authority members donated for the artist’s commission. “It was very reasonable for the quality of the portrait,” he said.

Rossin’s portraits of the high and the mighty – he has painted both presidents Bush and Sen. Saxby Chambliss – reportedly bring him commissions in the range of $18,000 to $35,000.

The decision to raise the money from Ports Authority members is ironic, in light of recent media reports that representatives of Perdue’s trucking and grain businesses had met several times with port officials for tips on how to increase the amount of business the Perdue companies do with Georgia ports after he leaves office.

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Close to the same topic, state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has an op-ed piece in today’s Savannah Morning News, asking readers to leave an exception in their earmarkless world for the $551 million dredging of the Port of Savannah:

Regardless of whether it’s through the president’s budget proposal or through a congressional action the federal government needs to step up to the plate. They are, after all, responsible for keeping the waterways cleared so that they can be navigated.

And if it has to be through congressional action, don’t call it an earmark, at least not one of the pork kind. While technically it may be labeled that, an economic development project of this magnitude is anything but pork.

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Jane Kidd, chairman of the state Democratic party, e-mailed a note to members of the state committee on Monday evening, indicating that she will not seek another term.

Names mentioned to replace her include state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin. The deadline for submitting notice of candidacy to the party is Dec. 16. The election will be on Jan. 29, in Warner Robins.

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Sonny Perdue, now down his final weeks as governor, has recommended state Rep. Mark Williams, R-Jesup, as his choice for commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources to replace Chris Clark. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal concurs, according to Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

Williams, a businessman and former teacher, is in his fourth year at the Legislature. He defeated Christian conservative activist Kay Godwin in a 2006 primary.

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Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) has posted a 12-minute clip from a legislative roundtable he hosted for the Atlanta Regional Commission earlier this month. Participants included House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, R-Milton; state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta; House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams, D-DeKalb County; and state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna.

A shorter, broadcast version can be heard here.

The topic of another push by Jones to create Milton County from the northern and wealthiest portion of Fulton County naturally came up.
Jones confirmed that she intends to introduce the matter when the General Assembly convenes in January, but doesn’t expect a vote this year.

Lindsey, who has opposed the measure in the past, said Fulton County has a limited amount of time to address the issue. “The problem is we have an inefficient county that desperately needs reform,” he said. “I have skepticism about their solutions, but I think their concerns are legitimate. If Fulton County doesn’t step up to the plate and reform, there will be a Milton County.”

O’Hayer pressed Jones on the role of race and party identification in the push for separation from Fulton. “It’s irrelevant,” she said.

How so?

“It has no meaning. It’d be like if you said, What does this have to do with people coming down from Mars? It has nothing to do with the issue, that Fulton County is inefficient. I lived in Atlanta for 12 years. As long as I’ve lived in north Fulton. It didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work as a north Fulton resident,” Jones said.

Abrams said that race doesn’t belong at the core of the north Fulton complaints, and warned against “avoiding the illegitimate conversations that ignore some of the inefficiencies.

“However, I do think it it is impossible to ignore the conversations about race and class. Atlanta has one of the wealthiest populations in the state, and also the poorest,” the Democratic leader said.

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Last week, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson – with all their Republican brethren – declared that nothing would move in the Senate’s lame duck session until the matter of the Bush tax cuts was decided to their liking. Former Georgia senator Sam Nunn has this warning today in an AJC op-ed piece:

Delaying ratification of this treaty, or defeating it, to inflict a political defeat on the Obama administration would damage U.S. security interests and U.S. credibility globally. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Strategic Nuclear Commanders and our intelligence community leadership all have stated that the treaty is essential to our nation’s security.

The ratification of New START will not solve all of our front-burner security issues. It will, however, make cooperation from other nations more likely and more effective and therefore enhance American security.

I am hopeful that the Senate will put our nation’s security first by providing advice and consent to this important treaty.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

Capitol Avenue Cal

December 7th, 2010
11:07 am

Looks tawdry to me. Sniff.

Susan

December 7th, 2010
11:10 am

If the members of Congress lived in the land of the living where most of us dwell they would be overwhelmed by the disdain and pure disgust so many of us feel for their actions. We have no leaders in Congress, only politicians. Former Senator Sam Nunn epitomizes statementship at its highest and his editortial should be mandatory reading for all of Congress. Sadly, even if they read it they wouldn’t have a clue as to how their actions and bipartianship are been a major force in dividing this country into warring factions.

God help us as we move into the coming two years before the next election. The busiiness of the country will fall to the wayside as the self-serving politicians jockey for re-election.

Susan

December 7th, 2010
11:11 am

Oops, make the partianship not bipartianship in my earlier comment.

SpaceyG on Twitter

December 7th, 2010
11:22 am

GPA clearly didn’t get their money’s worth. They sure don’t do portraiture very well anymore. Now Old Indian Killer Hickory here, not that’s a fine portrait!
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Scratch that name — Peach Pundit

December 7th, 2010
11:49 am

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The Ghost of Lester Maddox

December 7th, 2010
11:51 am

Sure is nice of Sonny to include his wife in the portrait.

Wonder why King Roy didn’t have Bobby Kahn peeping over his shoulder in his portrait.

And ?????

December 7th, 2010
12:01 pm

What’s wrong with that? In a couple of months Slippery Sonny will be the Ports Authority’s largest contract hauler and will deliver more grain to the Port of Savannah than any other tucking business. Why shouldn’t he be honored with a portrait. No Deal will somehow be the second largest contractor of some kind with them, but will have to wait until he gets out of jail before his picture is painted ……

chuck padden

December 7th, 2010
12:15 pm

Whatever happened about the Federal Grand jury that was investigating Nathan Deal? Did they give him a clean bill of health?

captguitarman

December 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

The artist should not be paid. He forgot to add the captions: “What, Me Worry?” and “I’m With Stupid.” Also the small open Merlot bottle was not included at the bottom right corner, symbolizing his 8 year administration’s greatest legislative legacy — Merlot To Go.

Willis

December 7th, 2010
9:59 pm

What amazes me is that Sonny and No Deal get away with the shakedowns and special deals. No one seems to really care or at least the people who really have the power don’t care..

missmollie

December 8th, 2010
10:26 am

Great picture, Sonny and Mary…I hope you can get a copy for your
home…When you leave the mansion, take only your pleasant memories
with you…

missmollie

December 8th, 2010
10:37 am

Just what the Democratic Party needs: more African Americans in all of
their key positions??? A mass Exodus will continue…
Roy Barnes overplayed his hand with all of his millions. Maybe he can
take part of what is left and built him a replica of the mansion on
a farm pond in North Georgia. However, some of my greatest disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise.

missmollie

December 8th, 2010
4:10 pm

I am glad that “Statesman Sam Nunn” didn’t choose to become a part
of the DADT Washington political correctness fostered by the President
with Gates and Mullens. The MT had a great editorial today on this
issue. Folks still remember Nunn’s position during Clinton’s Administration.

missmollie

December 8th, 2010
4:10 pm

I am glad that “Statesman Sam Nunn” didn’t choose to become a part
of the DADT Washington political correctness fostered by the President
with Gates and Mullens. The MT had a great editorial today on this
issue. Folks still remember Nunn’s position during Clinton’s Administration.