Another name in the mix to replace Saxby Chambliss: Sonny Perdue

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are out. U.S. Reps. Paul Broun and Tom Price have formally begun pondering their futures, now that U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has decided to step out of their way.

But here’s another name that’s only just surfacing: That of Sonny Perdue, modern Georgia’s original Republican governor.

“The governor is really concerned about the current course of the country, and is very much analyzing today’s news,” a close associate said this afternoon.

Consider the potential: Perdue presided over a pretty good economy, he has immediate statewide name Id, he’s had three years to put his family affairs in order, and he’s already taken on Grover Norquist.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Tom Mitchell

January 25th, 2013
2:44 pm

Sonny Perdue…the Thief that got away…I hope he does run and he will surely find out how many Georgians despise his self-dealing con man sorry butt.

oppo

January 25th, 2013
2:46 pm

LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 25th, 2013
2:48 pm

Will this is the sure thing – no other Conservative in Georgia can cause the liberals to gnash their teeth and wig out like the Chicken Man can. So he must be the right guy for us.

honested

January 25th, 2013
2:49 pm

Jim, ‘perdue presided over a pretty good economy’?

Where were you living when he was Governor?
All measures have been nothing but ’ski slope’ graphs since he took office!

curious

January 25th, 2013
2:52 pm

Go Fish, USA.

Jeff K

January 25th, 2013
2:52 pm

Don’t we have enough incompetent crooks in D.C. already ? When will the Republicans learn that they have to restore integrity and respect to the brand rather than to further tarnish a barely recognizable name and philosophy ?

Julie Brown

January 25th, 2013
2:57 pm

Former Atlanta Mayor, Shirley Franklin would be a formidable candidate as the Democratic nominee.
#runshirleyrun

Jon Lester

January 25th, 2013
3:02 pm

Sure, if praying for rain on the Capitol steps is your idea of good governance.

Dustin Ketchem

January 25th, 2013
3:05 pm

Max Cleland or Roy Barnes will take it.. chalk up a win for the Democrats!

Rural Education

January 25th, 2013
3:27 pm

Did Sonny not make enough money from graft while governor? Now he wants the big money.

Synonymous

January 25th, 2013
3:28 pm

Uh, no. I’d rather see Bill Campbell as Senator than have ‘Go Fish’ back in office.

Also: Seriously AJC.com, your website is the slowest piece of [expletive deleted] I have surfed since I still had a dial-up modem. Anyone who pays you for an online subscription is a sucker in true P. T. Barnum fashion.

nodrog

January 25th, 2013
3:37 pm

Smilin’ Sonny Perdue ?…….Pardon me while I throw up.

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2013
3:39 pm

Not just no, but hell no.

Just Saying..

January 25th, 2013
3:41 pm

Maybe ‘Pubs will especially like how he greased the skids for the Falcons’ new stadium, just before leaving office.

oldfart

January 25th, 2013
3:44 pm

All of Georgia’s Governors have ate pretty good while in office but Sonny picked the carcass clean.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2013
3:44 pm

Georgians always did like ‘em squishy.

R U Kidding Me?

January 25th, 2013
3:45 pm

God help us if the best Georgia can do is Sonny Perdue. The only federal position Perdue should be allowed is as a long term inmate at San Quinton Prison.

td

January 25th, 2013
3:49 pm

Jack Kingston, Tom Graves or even Tom Price would be better choices for the Senate. Sonny is just like Savby and that is RINO.

yuzeyurbrane

January 25th, 2013
3:58 pm

Gentlemen, form a circle and fire when ready.

wally

January 25th, 2013
4:00 pm

Dustin, Max Cleland or Roy Barnes huh? I personally will campaign to absolutely postitve neither one of those two clowns get elected. Especially that crippled womanizer wanna be hero Cleland. Both of them are the biggest well known crooks from Georgia.

BoyWonder

January 25th, 2013
4:28 pm

Sonny Perdue…Thanks for the laugh this afternoon – we all needed that.

BoyWonder

January 25th, 2013
4:31 pm

Hey why not?

If the idiots of the Republi-con party would vote for Nathan Deal – then surely they would vote for Sonny Perdue

Serious Robuck

January 25th, 2013
4:32 pm

Taking Georgia from 25th among the states in per capita income to 39th when he left office is certainly a good record of accomplishment, isn’t it? What a bad joke.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

January 25th, 2013
4:48 pm

It’s uncertain who will run yet, but one thing is for certain:

Former Speaker Terry Coleman is obviously a darling of the ultra-liberal AJC….

The AJC yanked down the link showing him in court for packing a pistol at Hartsfield so fast it made my head spin!

Talk about selective/censored coverage of events!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

January 25th, 2013
4:49 pm

I know Republicans in this state aren’t too bright but putting Sonny Perdon’t do nothing in the Senate exceeds even red state standards for stupidity.

Josephina

January 25th, 2013
4:55 pm

Sonny Purdue! Good lord NO! Sonny would be the biggest laughing stock up in D.C.
How about Phil Gingrey? Let’s get someone up there who knows something and how to do something too.

GUTRAKE

January 25th, 2013
4:57 pm

Wow…looks like there are a lot of frightened liberals out there…well, let me clarify, only 25% of Georgia. They sure get worked up easily…it’s kinda’ funny…

part1776

January 25th, 2013
5:00 pm

Wally; Go forth and campaign against Max Cleland as is your right, but you are a venomous, moronic internet troll. I was the primary action officer as a Major for his visit to the Republic of Korea and US Forces Korea in the late 90s and he was an intelligent and thought provoking senator as you would hope somebody on the SASC was. By your diatribe, I assume you can match the Silver Star and Bronze Star he earned in Vietnam. You did do time in Vietnam, right? BTW, I’ll cancel your worthless rear end out because I will campaign just as hard for him if he runs.

my own two cents

January 25th, 2013
5:09 pm

ABPB – Anybody but Paul Broun. No legislative leadership, just sit around being a Republican version of Cynthia McKinney

Kris

January 25th, 2013
5:28 pm

Sonny pre-dodo (scat head) who’s the bigger Thief crook.

Dirty dipping shady deal….xxx

Fat thieve (fish farm thief. sonny)….xxx

Looks like the DOP slime ball (rape mongering, wage war women) really scraping the bottom of the fish farm.

Honey break out the barf bags

Now I will throw up!!!

Good riddance Saxby. ( Looks like good ole SAX got took to the woodshed) ha ha..
Should have thought about that when the gang of (six idiots formed)

Good riddance Crooked deal 2014

John Barge for Governor 2014? Well at least he is educated.

If anyone drops their wallet in near the Gold Dome, I’d suggest they kick it to Macon before bending over to pick it up.

Look before I leap...

January 25th, 2013
5:37 pm

I am out of the country for 11 days and come back to see that someone to talking seriously about Sonny Perdue in the US Senate???

A pretty apt metaphor for why it is a really BAD idea to leave baby home alone with matches.

The self-immolation of the GOP continues unabated.

CC

January 25th, 2013
5:39 pm

“Former Atlanta Mayor, Shirley Franklin would be a formidable candidate as the Democratic nominee.”

Yeah, that’s just what Georgia needs . . .

Pothole Shirley!

bluecoat

January 25th, 2013
6:03 pm

Ralston should go to DC.He likes to travel.

south georgia boy

January 25th, 2013
6:41 pm

I was one of the original 100 maximum financial backers. I will not donate a dime to his next campaign.

Tom Mitchell

January 25th, 2013
6:44 pm

The Democrats should nominate Terry Coleman…he will surely get the NRA endorsement…..http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/former-speaker-of-the-house-accused-of-taking-gun/vpC4G/#cmComments

wally

January 25th, 2013
7:20 pm

part1776. Vietnam-no, but I was in Lithonia most of my life. If Cleland was such a great guy why was he ran out of office in shame?. I will tell ya why.He is a lying cheating womanizing drunk soldier that dropped a grenade and thought that would be enough to be viewed as a ‘Hero”. Phooey! The people of this state know of Cleland, all the facts will come back up again, and we all will see him for what he really is” a crippled coward”

Ronin

January 25th, 2013
7:27 pm

We need fresh blood for all our elected officials, bot state and federal. The current crowd is not getting the job done. Two words: Term limits.

Sony needs to stay retired.

John

January 25th, 2013
7:40 pm

If the GOP nominates that crook Sonny Perdue for Senate, then I will NEVER vote republican again.

John

January 25th, 2013
7:42 pm

He’s not just a crook, he’s an arrogant jerk too.

Joe Hussein Moma

January 25th, 2013
7:49 pm

How about Bill Campbell or Jane Fonda? They would get the Atlanta vote!

Vet

January 25th, 2013
7:54 pm

I wouldnt pee on Roy Barnes, Max Cleland, Shirley Campbell if they were standing in front of me in a ball of fire. I would be okay with dropping a grenade in front of them. Maybe I could become a “HERO” then.

Proud Voter

January 25th, 2013
8:09 pm

Sonny Perdue would be a terrible choice for Georgia. His “go fish” projects and bizarre ideas to set back public education will really make Washington laugh at Georgia politics!

dostadawg

January 25th, 2013
8:25 pm

Purdue? The epitome of corruption. The way he enriched himself as Georgia Govenor disqualifies him as a Republican candidate. He fooled the people once, shame on him. Fool us twice, shame on us! Let’s move on to a serious candidate.

black label

January 25th, 2013
8:38 pm

The Republiacn will win so it makes no difference.

And you can bet your last dollar that no matter how “conservative”, the individual will LOVE farm subsidies…

He will cry about individual welfare but embrace corporate welfare.

As much as many call Chambliss a RINO or whatever, he has voted 95 percent plus or more with the party, so there will not be much change…. Except for window dressing and rhetoric

black label

January 25th, 2013
8:40 pm

Vet

As a vet myself, you have a piss poor attitude… I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire

So what is your point?

Kris

January 25th, 2013
8:43 pm

Ronin “”We need fresh blood for all our elected officials, bot state and federal. The current crowd is not getting the job done. Two words: Term limits.

Sony needs to stay retired.”"”"

Amen Brother, Amen

dodo needs to return all the $$$ he embezzled.

black label

January 25th, 2013
8:45 pm

Wally

Speaking of cowards, how is Saxbys knee?

You can’t help but laugh at a hypocrite who says he doesn’t like lawyers, draft dodgers and welfare, yet was in law school during Vietnam, made his living being a lawyer and loves subsidies

What a lack of man

MrLiberty

January 25th, 2013
8:49 pm

Thanks for nominating another republican loser Jim. I think the republicans can manage to find plenty of big government, police state supporting, empire promoting clowns without your help. Little chance that a principled small government, pro-liberty, pro-freedom, sound money, responsible foreign policy guy will ever have a chance with this bunch from what I have seen from the inside.

joe kidd

January 25th, 2013
9:01 pm

SONNY PERDUE’S MANAGEMENT / ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY RESULTED IN A BALANCED BUDGET AND A AAA BOND RATING FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA, HE IS THE CANDIDATE THAT WE NEED IN THE U S SENATE IN THESE ECONOMIC- DEBT RIDDEN TIMES.

sam

January 25th, 2013
9:06 pm

Same old people, the usual retreaded suspects. What is the matter with getting somebody with a great general appeal, with a good voice, great and educated rhetoric and an ideology in keeping with the self determination and self reliance upon which this nation was built? Have we become so corrupt we can’t look beyond the four corners of the box of politicians that are already bought and paid for?