Sonny Perdue abandons Gingrich ship for Tim Pawlenty

One wonders if a lifeboat might have been packed and waiting before the iceberg struck. This from the aggressive Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, whose campaign is being run by Nick Ayers, a former aide to a certain former governor:

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign announced today that former Governor Sonny Perdue will join its national efforts. Until today, Gov. Perdue was Newt Gingrich’s national campaign co-chair.

“Tim Pawlenty is a great man, he was a phenomenal governor, and he is the person I now believe stands the greatest chance of defeating President Obama. He is the only candidate who has laid out a real plan to grow the American economy, and his track record in Minnesota is proof he’s the right man for the job,” Perdue said.

“I am thrilled Governor Perdue is joining my campaign. He is revered among governors as a thoughtful, sincere man whose faith, character and passion for good policy is second to none. He’s a dear friend and with his help we’re going to continue to build momentum to win the nomination and ultimately the presidency,” Pawlenty said.

With all due respect to Herman Cain, Perdue’s quick realignment is an indication of the fact that Georgia is now in complete play — look for Mitt Romney to challenge Pawlenty for the state.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Obama in 2012!

June 9th, 2011
7:02 pm

another flip flopping republican–sonny perdue, jumping on the bandwagon of another republican who has no chance against obama. Obama will beat any of these candidates easily. Don’t the republicans have anyone with some new ideas?

pn

June 9th, 2011
7:03 pm

“Revered among governors?” Oh really? He was at best a part-time governor who was more interested in feathering his own nest than looking after the needs of the citizenry. Like so many of his peers, he apparently sought public office mainly because it offers so many opportunities for financial gain. Perhaps he did it so well at it that he is now revered among governors, who aspire to enrich themselves as efficiently as he did.

Just Wait

June 9th, 2011
7:15 pm

The Republicans would do well to concede the 2012 election. They don’t have any chance of a victory with the 300 or 400 people who either have announced or thinking about running. All they will do is shoot themselves in the foot while aiming at the others. Folks, it’s gonna get ugly.

Paul Revere

June 9th, 2011
7:18 pm

Perdue is a turncoat. A lying spawn who spent 8 thieving years as governor. This “news” is no shock to those who know Sunny.

I heered he was an Ayrab

June 9th, 2011
7:19 pm

i think these yahoos will be beaten like a drum. no ideas except cut taxes and drill baby drill.

morons

arnold

June 9th, 2011
7:28 pm

I guess there won’t be a Palin/Gingrich or Gingrich/Palin ticket next time. Too bad, so sad. :-(

observer

June 9th, 2011
7:28 pm

pn hit the nail on the head

arnold

June 9th, 2011
7:29 pm

Just Wait

June 9th, 2011
7:15 pm

It’s not going to get ugly. It’s going to be fun.

khc

June 9th, 2011
7:32 pm

kiss of death for tpaw

Avid fan

June 9th, 2011
7:39 pm

Keep up all the political jokes and insults.
I’m bored.

BABY SAY

June 9th, 2011
7:41 pm

BABY BIN SAYEN DAT HUMMIN KANE GOIN WEND GEOORJEE>><,( BABY SAY ((** $ WAT BABY SAY IZ GIOIN BEEE$$!!!!!

DHD

June 9th, 2011
7:42 pm

Sounding better for Herman Cain!! Get on the Cain Train!!

boo

June 9th, 2011
7:44 pm

Should have hitched his horse to Herman Cain….sorry sonny.

Wake Up Georgia!

June 9th, 2011
7:49 pm

Sonny Perdue abandoned Georgia too years ago. The republicans running for president this year are the most negative bunch of folks in my memory. They deserve each other.

huh

June 9th, 2011
7:56 pm

Was there another former governor Perdue named Sonny?

Martin Williams

June 9th, 2011
7:59 pm

Sonny is smart. Newt got zero chance against Obama and any other fool in line. Another reason why Sarah Palin is on the waiting list. I have zero sympathy for the GOP when Obama kicks any challenger in the behind very badly in 2012. Maybe 2016 the GOP will get another chance. Tax cuts are very old ideas and of course it is NOT creating JOBS. Even Ronald Reagan raised taxes for the economy to pick steam…………

eatmotacos

June 9th, 2011
8:01 pm

Sonny was just the warm up act for the “Shady Deal”. Speaker Ralston’s lobbyist sponsored European family vacation pales in comparison to Deal’s world tour boondoogles. It would be interesting to know how many family members accompany him. Shouldn’t the details of these Georgia citizen funded trips be entered in the public record?

Robert

June 9th, 2011
8:02 pm

What a mess!

WhosNailinPalin?

June 9th, 2011
8:17 pm

At least he’s not wasting his time on the skirt-wearing idiot from the frozen north.

deegee

June 9th, 2011
8:18 pm

“Until today, Gov. Perdue was Newt Gingrich’s national campaign co-chair.”

So much for making a commitment. What prompted Sonny to accept the position in the first place? Didn’t he know from the start that Newt is a self serving jackazz?

Mike

June 9th, 2011
8:22 pm

Thanks Sonny, In just 24 hours you have help me know two different people not to vote for. Anyone who hangs with a crook like you has no need to be President. Hell they don’t need to be a citizen!

Obama is toast

June 9th, 2011
8:24 pm

Obama is a goner in 2012. He makes even ding-dong Jimmy Carter look like an effective leader. Obama has done more to promote Conservativism than anyone in the last 100 years, including Ronald Reagan.

This Guy Can Win. | Bulldawgy

June 9th, 2011
8:25 pm

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Do nothing Gov.

June 9th, 2011
8:32 pm

Don’t look now but we are close to another drought and that bobo didn’t do a thing about it. And I vote Republican.

Joe

June 9th, 2011
8:32 pm

Well, if Perdue is Pawlenty’s staff, then I will vote for Perry or other such as Cain. I will never vote for someone as corrupt as Sonny and staff.

Bobby

June 9th, 2011
8:34 pm

For anyone to describe Sonny Perdue as a man whose faith, character and passion for good policy is second to none must make the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all shake their heads.

As Governor the man was deceitful, as well as dishonest in appropriating bills and monies for his own personal use with the help of his personal attorney in the Georgia legislature. Governor Sonny Perdue has/had no redeeming moral values I am aware of.

Rainy Day

June 9th, 2011
8:34 pm

Bush tax cuts kept in place, troops still in Afgan and Iran (with a surge), Patriot Act renewed, Gitmo still open, military tribunals okay, etc ….Yeah, Obama’s full of new ideas.

What about

June 9th, 2011
8:36 pm

Perry/Rice 2012
or
Perry/Christie 2012

Frederick Douglass

June 9th, 2011
8:37 pm

Newt’s arm candy Callista is of no use to him now. Look for a blond, blue eyed, middle aged, diamond bedecked matron to be on the auction block any day now.

Joe

June 9th, 2011
8:39 pm

Yea, although repub field is weaker than normal, and I am a libertarian, Obama is close to toast! If gas and employment is still down next year, Obama gets run out of office!

Greg

June 9th, 2011
8:47 pm

Perdue is for sale to the highest bidder, so I guess Newt got outbid.

My Name should be POT Head

June 9th, 2011
8:48 pm

2 words, SONNY LIED!!!

obama/binden=obomb us bindladen

June 9th, 2011
8:50 pm

Obama in 2012! Exactly what ideas do Obankruptus have? Change we can foreclose in.

obama/binden=obomb us bindladen

June 9th, 2011
8:52 pm

obama = head up his arss!

rally

June 9th, 2011
8:57 pm

Folks there is more to this story than just Newt having his entire campaign staff walk out on him and it doesn’t include over campaign resources. Newt did something that they couldn’t hide….lie about….or have a platform to run on and they knew it. Kudo’s to them for it. Whatever he did it will come out shortly.

Frederick Douglass

June 9th, 2011
9:04 pm

Joe @ 8:39:

The electorate at large is probably a little too intelligent to think that Obama controls gas prices, and what of substance have conservatives offered to address job creation? Whether they want to admit it or not, the smart money knows that this recession is global, and simplistic approaches like cutting taxes on the rich isn’t going to cut it.

Jay Stenda

June 9th, 2011
9:05 pm

Let’s see, the political action Gingrich steps: announce National Office campaign, then take a vacation trip to Greece, ring up a half million dollar charge at Tiffany’s, Gingrich election staff resigns. What a great way to get you name out there. But no sexting. Jay Stenda

Drew

June 9th, 2011
9:08 pm

Herman Cain in 2012. Sick and tired of all the republican hacks who claim to be conservative.

Rich

June 9th, 2011
9:09 pm

Newt’s campaign wagon wheels came off already? I was hoping for more entertainment from him, oh well.

Cain / Bachmann

June 9th, 2011
9:21 pm

Herman and Michelle in 2012—a winning team. obama’s toast—the worst president since jimmy carter.

NObama

June 9th, 2011
9:24 pm

Hello to Obama2012. I understand, maybe, how someone could vote for Obama once. But to vote for him again, for reelection, you have to be a total MORON! The USA is in the tank. We are 14+ trillion in debt, and Obama cannnot even provide for a budget…for 2010, OR 2011. He is a poor example of a leader. Let’s just keep giving out aid to anyone and everyone who want a government check. Forget fiscal responsibility, or self-reliance and personal responsibility! Without a teleprompter, he turns into someone who looks like they may be suffering a stroke (Google it)! The unemployment rate is unchanged…or getting worse. The U.S. economy is nonexistent. He tours the world bowing to world leaders, as he proudly states the U.S. is just your average country. He is an embarrasment as far as I am concerned. And anyone who votes for him, must be gettin some gubmint cheese…or be unable to be independent of governement aid. How sad!

PR

June 9th, 2011
9:24 pm

Glad to see Newt’s boat going down. He’s a dirt bag who can’t keep his zipper up. Hope he goes down with the ship…no loss!

Newt

June 9th, 2011
9:27 pm

I’m still in it to win. Don’t count me out yet! Time for another Greek cruise…with my honey. I’ll catch y’all later.

Tired of BS

June 9th, 2011
9:28 pm

I’ve not seen one name that represents real change. Ron Paul as the Repealist in 2012!

big dog

June 9th, 2011
9:28 pm

Like Sean and Rush did to clinton. We should vote for newt operation we win with newt in. hahahahahahaha

Herman Cain

June 9th, 2011
9:29 pm

Cain for President! Vote for me and let’s make History and elect an African-American President of the United States! Wait…I’m a couple years late! SNAP!

John Edwards

June 9th, 2011
9:31 pm

Would anyone vote for me if I switched parties? If I’m a convicted felon, would that be a negative thing in voters minds? I may run with Arnold in 2012! Hooowaaaaaa

ted i'm dead kennedy

June 9th, 2011
9:33 pm

I’m with you John Edwards

ted i'm dead kennedy

June 9th, 2011
9:33 pm

Oh sorry John Edwards, thought you said switch panties!

John Edwards

June 9th, 2011
9:34 pm

Ted, Amen brother!!! Thanks for sticking with me! Let’s go get a stiff drink!!!!!! Wait…are you still dead?