Your morning jolt: Georgia’s illegal immigration bill goes too far, says Sonny Perdue

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue continues to surprise many Republicans with his comments about Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.

“The problem is the message it sends about Georgia as a friendly place,” Perdue told Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News in a report broadcast Wednesday:

The former governor signed a 2006 bill that prohibited the use of illegal immigrants on public construction projects – but the legislation didn’t include penalties for local governments.

“I thought that was enough. We sent some signals, we put some parameters around that,” Perdue said. “We tried to do it in a way that did not dissuade people who wanted to come here for the American dream for all the right reasons.”

Perdue said this about the burden that undocumented residents place on public schools and hospitals:

“I think that, to some degree, is overstated. I believe that when we did our Declaration and Pledge [of] Allegiance, I really believe we meant liberty and justice for all. And I don’t think we meant ‘all who are here.’”

A federal judge this week blocked portions of HB 87 from going into effect on Friday.

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Rest easy, John Lewis – and Michael Johnson, too. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday he has no interest in running for Congress. Martha Zoller (FM103.7/ WXKT) sent a sound clip of her interview with the mayor, which included this from Reed:

”I want to be very clear. I only want one job. My travels to Washington help the state of Georgia, and they help the city of Atlanta….I plan to run for re-election as mayor, and to serve my full term. …My job is really to make sure our city and our region dominate the Southeast….I don’t have any desire to be a congressman or anything else at all.”

Hmmm. Sounds like a man with senatorial ambitions.

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On Tuesday, 13WMAZ in Macon reported that state Sen. Cecil Staton and his media company owed Georgia Southern University more than $52,000 in shared advertising revenue from radio broadcasts of the institution’s athletic events.

In a statement posted on one of his own sites, Staton on Wednesday declared that the TV station had it all wrong:

Although Georgia Eagle Media, Inc., parent of this website, WRWR-TV 38, and numerous radio stations in Georgia, does business with the institution in question, when the report was made our records indicate no money was owed at all.

Nothing. Zilch. Nada.

And yet, that very Tuesday, Staton wrote a check to GSU, according to WMAZ. The station’s follow-up on Wednesday included this statement from University spokesman Christian Flathman:’s complete e-mail response follows:

“Georgia Southern University received a package on June 28, 2011 from Georgia Eagle Media. The package included a payment for $24,804.45 for the 2010-2011 year. Georgia Eagle Media actually owes Georgia Southern University a total of approximately $50,000 for the 2010-2011 year.

“Georgia Southern is returning the check to avoid any confusion that the amount paid satisfies the contract. Georgia Southern continues to communicate with Georgia Eagle Media to seek full payment.”

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We don’t like to write about the offspring of public figures, but sometimes circumstances remove all choice in the matter. Earlier this month, University of Georgia student Inman Porter was charged with public intoxication on June 11 while running shirtless on the Athens bypass.

Inman Porter is the son of DuBose Porter, the former Democratic candidate for governor, and Carol Porter, last year’s nominee for lieutenant governor. Inman Porter is also the treasurer of the university’s student government organization.

Police dropped the charges against Inman Porter, but apparently university officials remain unsatisfied. According to the Red & Black, the campus’ independent paper, the university has rescinded – at least temporarily – the student government’s authority to distribute $1.8 million in student activity fees.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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103 comments Add your comment

Vinings

June 30th, 2011
10:03 am

Mayor Reed already has a lot more power than Rep. John Lewis. Why would he take a step down?

Stewart

June 30th, 2011
10:05 am

@Vinings makes a good point…Reed’s already on the national stage.

How are Michael Johnson’s chances?

George

June 30th, 2011
10:09 am

Sonny Perdue is correct. That legislation is inhumane.

Just Wait

June 30th, 2011
10:13 am

Sonny, I never paid any attention to you while you were in office. Please close the door and turn out the light on your way out. And stay out.

Raquel Morris

June 30th, 2011
10:16 am

Yeah sure, Kasim. Whatever.

Bill Smith

June 30th, 2011
10:24 am

Sonny Perdue is an emabrsment. I voted for him twice.

Cecil Staton is being protected by Tommie Williams, Chip Rogers and BIll Cowsert. They need to go as well along with anyone in leadership who supports Staton.

red herring

June 30th, 2011
10:33 am

Sonny was only interested in his land deals. What is wrong with people just admitting that illegal means not legal. They are not here legally and they should be treated as criminals if caught. Lets encourage legal immigration and eliminate illegal immigration. All the hooey on the left is simply because they want votes and will buy them any way they can get them. Look at which party goes to great lengths to register prisoners, fakes voter registrations, etc. That party doesn’t have the working american’s interest at heart. Sonny needs to stay retired—his stance on illegal activity shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Most politicians in fact have a tendency towards the shady side of life/business/etc..Sonny fit right in there. We need the Sunshine law strengthened so that donations, lobbying, secret deals, ethics violations, etc can more easily be monitored. Turn on the lights and the roaches will scatter…..

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

It’s no wonder Sonny Perdue supports Rome’s openly published stratagem to restore the Old Sectarian Order we came and built America to escape: invasion for conquest using illegal immigrants as pawns, 20 million strong, for an army.

How much did transparently corrupt Sonny’s wealth grow while “serving” as governor? A corrupt tree doesn’t bear good fruit.

John Lewis’ support for illegal immigration is support for those who assassinated Dr. King.

If you don’t understand the above truths, you probably don’t live or travel in SWATS. The real People of Atlanta understand.

This time or the next: He’s gone.

rally

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Sonny is a snake, and a tyrant in sheeps clothing. Castigate him I say. We remember those who sold us out……”DONT TREAD ON ME”

The REAL FedUp

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

How can it be “inhumane”? All we want is for people to obey our laws, and come here the LEGAL way. If you are here illegally, you are BREAKING OUR LAWS. Not a good way to start your “new life” here. Do it the right way, like immigrants in the past, and we’ll welcome you with open arms. Break the law by coming here illegally (look up the word ILLEGAL), and I have NO sympathy for you.

Last Man Standing

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Sonny, maybe no one has told you yet, so let me the messenger. Your 15 minutes are up! You are irrelevant in the truest sense of the word. One could only surmise that the law is depriving you of personal gain as that is all you were ever about.

You need to also understand that the only reason you were ever elected (and re-elected) as Governor was that you were preferable to the alternative(s).

Bluto

June 30th, 2011
10:47 am

Sonny does not want the illegals to leave so they can keep paying that GA 400 toll. You know he is getting a cut of that money. Who else in their right mind would want to keep the Tolls open after they served their purpose? Does anyone know if the toll booths take peso’s.

Which Laws Do We Enforce?

June 30th, 2011
10:47 am

How do we punish people that break other laws? They are arrested and jailed. Which laws do we enforce? All, or just a select few? You are breaking the law if you came here by sneaking in at night like vermin, and you need to be punished. Simple enough for even YOU to understand. Break the law, get punished.

Laurie

June 30th, 2011
10:49 am

So Sonny is basically saying that we should turn a blind eye to the multiple laws illegals break by coming here, driving without licenses or inurance, using false identifications or stealing another person’s identity, and skirting income tax. Well, if it;s okay for them why can’t I do the same? I suspect I’d have more right in this country if I lost my birth certificate and social security number.

honested

June 30th, 2011
10:50 am

Well Sonny doesn’t like the immigration law.

Eight years shows that if anybody knows anything about BAD laws, it’s Sonny.

Ric

June 30th, 2011
10:50 am

STILL no fiscal note on HB 87. How much will it cost taxpayers?

TRUTH

June 30th, 2011
10:52 am

Wow, never thought I would say that Sonny is more centrist than FAR OUT (to the Right). The law that was blocked is an embarrasment. I agree that those here illegally need to pay their fair share and that is what needs to be focused on, but to say they are here and not hold the companies/contractors/businesses that lure them here accountable is hypocritical.

Oh, wait a minute, I’m talking about the GOP….. MY BAD!!

Quick Poll

June 30th, 2011
10:52 am

How many people on this thread telling Sonny to go away, kept him in the spotlight for two terms w their dumb arse votes? Not me.

Itsmeagain

June 30th, 2011
10:56 am

GSU is in Atlanta

fedup

June 30th, 2011
10:57 am

Purdue’s comment – I thought that was enough. We sent some signals, we put some parameters around that,” Perdue said. “We tried to do it in a way that did not dissuade people who wanted to come here for the American dream for all the right reasons.”

Well it wasn’t enough, now we have 450,00 illegal immigrants in Georgia, not paying taxes, getiing free medical and free welfare. While tax payers are paying the bills. And it is not overstated! Thank God your not govenor anymore! They are not coming here for the right reasons, they are working, not paying taxes and sending money to Mexico!

whatdoiknow

June 30th, 2011
11:03 am

Well . . . What do you expect from a Democrat? Just stay with that Democrat Pawlenty where you belong.

yankee

June 30th, 2011
11:04 am

let’s cut down the trees so we can see the billboards . Yea thats the ticket…

Voting for future

June 30th, 2011
11:06 am

Purdue is a joke and was a joke in office. Illegals are all over this state costing the taxpayers millions in housing, schooling, and medical care. The federal government (democrates) want them here and to continue to come. Lets see, what happens when 12,000 come across the border all at once and our border partrol are armed with Obamas bean bag guns. Then our country can truely become the Mexico that they are running from. Along with all their morals, values and crime. Yea, I simply cant wait!

Native Atlantan2

June 30th, 2011
11:10 am

@red herring — generalize much?

James in Athens

June 30th, 2011
11:10 am

Sonny is and idiot and nobody listens
to him- Send those who break the law home.
Get rid of them all no matter where they
came from- if they want to come back do
it the right way. Why in the world doesn’t
ICE come to these so called rally’s by illegals
and round them up and ship them back?

American by far has the dumbest Government in the
world and will be a 3rd world county by 2050
if something isn’t done…. Obama, Bush, Clinton
all stink as leaders….They need to grow a pair
as doesn’t everyone else in Government….

leave

June 30th, 2011
11:11 am

Maybe they should all leave atlanta and move down to his home town and set up shop there instead.

fedup

June 30th, 2011
11:11 am

sorry meant to say 450,000

Aquagirl

June 30th, 2011
11:12 am

Illegals are here and they’re not going home. Most have a couple of kids who are legal citizens. If whining and cheering punitive laws makes you feel better, indulge. It’s all the consolation you’ll get, and those legal kids won’t forget the bigots holed up in McMansions built by their fathers.

Kyle

June 30th, 2011
11:12 am

Glad Sonny is gone. He sounds like a typical RINO. He was stupid with the no alcohol on Sunday sales and this speaks for itself as well. Glad we have Nathan in there now.

Tom (Independent)

June 30th, 2011
11:15 am

Sonny, go to hell, you do not care about the plight of all Georgia Citizens, just your farming buddies out in the boondocks! Make a shorter path to citizenship for those law-abiding Illegals who are not criminals and drug-dealers. When they pay taxes(federal, state,etc) not taxes on food, services, etc, I will feel better about them belonging and getting our earned benefits. No free rides please, I’m retired and paid into the system for 45 years, so I have a right to speak, unlike those 18-19 year olds who blocked traffic at the Capitol yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They should be deported not get a slap on the habd from the government! But that is Fulton County for you, nothing but freeloaders and liberals!!

James in Athens

June 30th, 2011
11:16 am

Aqua Girl why don’t you and your lib
friends just take care of them? I pretty
sure a lot are leaving the state and
am sure glad NONE will be coming over
here to UGA on HOPE anymore…

Bad Habit

June 30th, 2011
11:16 am

Sonny “non-binding vote” Perdue screwed everyone that voted for him. He was corrupt and made a fortune “serving” us. He needs to just go away, I have no respect for that man or what he believes.

yuzeyurbrane

June 30th, 2011
11:18 am

It looks to me like Staton is a perfect fit for leadership in this legislature.

Ric

June 30th, 2011
11:20 am

The immigrants in my English as a Second Language class would be glad to give free grammar lessons to some of the restrictionists on this comment thread.

david

June 30th, 2011
11:20 am

Sonny is an idiot, Pedro has to go!!!

Garry Owen

June 30th, 2011
11:20 am

One simple question – what is about illegal that some people do not understand? Have we come to the point that the government of the U.S. can decide which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore? Perhaps we should adopt Mexico’s immigration policy – if you are here illegally we send you home (and you better not come back) or throw you in jail! If Mexico wants us to be compassionate (Mexico’s term) about our immigration policy then they need to change their policy first!

Aquagirl

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

James, I didn’t invite them. Republicans did. So you and your con friends pay for them.

Ric

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

Actually, Mexico did change their immigration laws.
But that’s beside the point. We shouldn’t wait on other countries; we need to have responsible, pragmatic immigration policies, regardless of what other nations do.

Midtown

June 30th, 2011
11:29 am

Who cares what Sonny thinks? Last I checked, he’s just another two-faced politician whose time has passed.

GTJoe

June 30th, 2011
11:45 am

LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL…remember that people. BTW people who say that LATINOS use all the welfare…check out these stats:

37.8% white* (37.8% of the white population is on welfare)

27.78% black* (27.78% of the black population is on welfare)

11.47% Hispanic* (11.47% of the Hispanic population is on welfare)

Kevin

June 30th, 2011
11:46 am

Sonny makes me sorry I voted for him twice…….although both times he was the lesser of two evils. As far as Reid, big city mayors have much more power than US Reps. No sure why he would want to go anywhere, except possibly cabinet position IF Barack is re-elected.

Big G

June 30th, 2011
11:47 am

Sonny:

You were this most ineffective Governor Georgia ever had and I voted for you. You don’t like the law because your farming buddies can’t pay illegals pennies for their labor. Go back to Perry and enjoy your big fat pension you get from the State.

take it from me

June 30th, 2011
11:48 am

Sonny is just looking out for his own interrest,and his farmer buddies down in south georgia.

PR

June 30th, 2011
11:53 am

Screw Sonny, he wasn’t a good governor anyway. What would a hick farmer like him know other than hiring illegals to work on his farm.

Funny how things change

June 30th, 2011
11:55 am

So he served his term as governor and made all the money he wants and gave himself as many tax breaks as possible – while masquerading as a republican — NOW he wants to go back to his true roots and act like a democrat…. priceless.

Bobby

June 30th, 2011
11:56 am

There was no need to run the article on DuBoses’ son. When is it news that a student runs around drunk with their shirt off at the University of Georgia? My experience in Athens is there are hundred of students doing the same thing on any given day; even more on football weekends.

A dad

June 30th, 2011
11:58 am

Shut up Sonny. Your ten minutes have pased, thankfully, and we the people have to continue on despite your fumblings as a governor. Sheesh, I shoulda voted for Barnes.

Janet

June 30th, 2011
12:00 pm

Sonny Perdue bilked our state for millions for his own benefit. We are in debt due to his Go Fishing disaster, and then he got the legislature to approve buying the land next to his for millions. He probably has illegals working for him. He is a crook and liar, so we don’t care what he thinks or believes!

Zanesmith's teeth

June 30th, 2011
12:11 pm

Of course Sonny’s against it. He has too many agricultural interests in Middle and South Georiga. WHo do you think is the labor force for that industry????? Good ole’ Sonny, always looking out for his wallet.

D. Porter

June 30th, 2011
12:11 pm

Perdue is a globalist RINO crackpot the likes of George W. Bush and prissy Lindsey Graham. Good riddance to that POS.