Sonny Perdue takes himself out of 2014 race for Senate

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue has declared himself out of a 2014 contest to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but placed himself on the side of Republicans who believe the party has become too rigid in its approach.

In a statement e-mailed this morning, the governor declared himself “flattered” by the support that has been offered, but cited his reasons for avoiding the contest: A dozen grandchildren, business obligations and “a loving and devoted wife who has absolutely no interest in living in Washington.” From his statement:

Gov. Sonny Perdue has removed himself from the long list of Republicans considering a 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Gov. Sonny Perdue has removed himself from the long list of Republicans considering a 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

“Our country deserves more than the current dysfunction in Washington D.C. and our party needs to return to problem-solving conservatism. We have an opportunity, led by the examples of Republican Governors across the nation, to prove to the country that we are the party that can rise above the dogma and intransigence that dominates political discourse today. We need members of Congress who will stop playing political games and get to the business of addressing our real challenges, just as we have done here in Georgia.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, is at least mildly interested in moving to the upper chamber. Here’s the quote from the Times-Georgian: “Over the next several days and weeks my family, friends, supporters and I will determine if I am interested in being a part of that discussion.”

Meanwhile, former congressman Jim Marshall, the middle-Georgia Democrat defeated by Austin Scott in 2010, ruled himself out during an interview with The Hill newspaper in Washington. But in the same article, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson, who has close ties to both Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Rep. John Barrow, offered this thought:

Johnson argued that Democrats’ best hope would be to find a ticket for governor and senator that “looks like Georgia” and avoids an expensive and divisive primary.

That’s usually Democratic code for a white/black ticket that keeps alive the beleaguered party’s biracial coalition.

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Maria Strollo Zack, a longtime state Capitol lobbyist and Republican activist, told us Monday that she’s closing in on a decision to run for state GOP chairman. Here’s a little bit about her. Right now, it’s a one-man race – second vice-chairman B.J. VanGundy is the only announced candidate to replace current GOP chair Sue Everhart.

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My AJC colleague Leon Stafford reports that last year’s boycott of Chick-fil-A by gay rights activists hasn’t touched the Atlanta company’s bottom line:

The fast food giant, the nation’s second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales — up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier. The company also opened 96 news stores, four more than the year before.

However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the company has also kept its promise to bow out of the same-sex marriage wars:

[A]ccording to gay rights group Campus Pride, the 2011 IRS 990 filings for Chick-fil-A’s charity arm WinShape Foundation show no sign of gifts to organizations such as Family Research Council or Exodus International, which advocate against same-sex unions and other privileges for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The documents, filed Nov. 15, instead exhibit nearly $6 million in funding to beneficiaries supporting youth, education, local communities and what Campus Pride called “marriage enrichment.”

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Fox5 has this tidbit on the continuing, behind-the-scenes negotiations over a new stadium home for the Falcons:

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is warning city council members about business interests in Los Angeles who want to move the Falcons to the west coast. Team owner Arthur Blank shared that information with top city and state officials in their discussions about financing a new stadium in downtown Atlanta.

A spokeswoman for the mayor this morning sent this message via Twitter:

@KasimReed clarifies story re: Falcons: Arthur Blank & the team have never threatened to leave #Atlanta. But other cities are interested.

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Speaking of Kasim Reed, the Atlanta mayor is in Las Vegas today, enveloped in President Barack Obama’s unveiling of his own proposals for immigration reform. An eight-member, bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Arizona’s John McCain and Florida’s Marco Rubio, launched their own effort on Monday. Both proposals are to include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The new dynamic in Washington has upset D.A. King, head of Georgia’s Dustin Inman Society and an immigration activist at the Capitol. From a press release sent out this morning:

“The anti-enforcement, open-borders coalition of the race-baiting La Raza network, the ACLU, the Chamber of Commerce, the Democrats, Big Religion, Big Academia and some shameful anything-for-a campaign-buck collaborators in the Republican party will never stop fighting against enforcement” warned King. “Amnesty-again will not change that fact. Americans must be ever vigilant and become aware and active in defense of our right to have and enforce borders and immigration laws” he said.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at three claims made by Gov. Nathan Deal in his recent state-of-the-state address, including his statement that “spending of government money is 17 percent less than it was a decade ago.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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liberalefty

January 29th, 2013
9:23 am

the more racist the candidate ther better chance he will have of winning.

Look before I leap...

January 29th, 2013
9:24 am

Westmoreland needs a committee to decide if he is interested in running for the Senate?
Now there’s recipe for ending gridlock.

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
9:26 am

It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken

the cat

January 29th, 2013
9:27 am

So now Arthur Blank is going to try blackmail to have new stadium paid for by taxpayers. Take your team and move to LA. I do not care, period.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
9:34 am

My AJC colleague Leon Stafford reports that last year’s boycott of Chick-fil-A by gay rights activists hasn’t touched the Atlanta company’s bottom

Couldn’t pass that one up.

We need members of Congress who will stop playing political games and get to the business of addressing our real challenges, just as we have done here in Georgia.

Awesome, it looks like the Repugs are starting to catch on. When a red faced, shrieking dummycrat comes at you with one of their cliffs, walk away from it.

H.L. Grump

January 29th, 2013
9:34 am

Go Falcons and take D.A. with you to LA.

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
9:36 am

Look before I leap…

January 29th, 2013
9:24 am
Westmoreland needs a committee to decide if he is interested in running for the Senate?
Now there’s recipe for ending gridlock.

Clever….. :)

liberalefty

January 29th, 2013
9:36 am

the winning candidate will tell his constituients how evil WASHINGTON and the government is while spending millions to get to WASHINGTON and have that cushy government job

Look before I leap...

January 29th, 2013
9:38 am

I like Arthur Blank, I like the Falcons. I hope they stay here.
BUT…
If building a new stadium is such a wonderful idea and will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue to the city, then let Mr. Blank invest his own money to build it and give him a cut if and when we land another Super Bowl (after subtracting costs for police OT, marketing, clean-up, bribes, etc).

The only thing Atlanta has to offer in terms of attracting convention business to the city is a big airport and reasonable prices. Sticking it to the visitors with additional hotel taxes may end up driving some of that business away.

liberalefty

January 29th, 2013
9:39 am

@aesop

yet OBAMA STILL WON…LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…by the way i loves me some chick fila and so do all my OBAMA supporting friends and family…mmmm….mmmm….good..

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
9:40 am

Actually pretty well said, Sonny.

We’ll see what happens – if the Repubs nominate a flake like either Broun or Price, we’ll know that they’d rather have purity than to win elections. They could still win – this is Georgia after all, and there’s no limit to the dimwittedness of many of our voters.

But here’s hoping for a serious conservative who wants to actually solve some problems, rather than just blow things up.

Kat

January 29th, 2013
9:41 am

How can someone take themselves out of consideration for something that hasn’t even gotten started yet?

Lynn Westmoreland? The great shame of Georgia who demanded keeping the 10 Commandments in federal buildings but couldn’t name more than four of them? He’s an idiot, so I suspect his “advisers” are as well.

td

January 29th, 2013
9:44 am

“The fast food giant, the nation’s second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales — up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier. The company also opened 96 news stores, four more than the year before.”

Looks like there has been a backlash against the militant leftest and their politically correct crap. Keep up the good work America. These communist need to be punched in the nose more often.

Look before I leap...

January 29th, 2013
9:48 am

A woman to replace another woman as state GOP chair.

How very…..progressive.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 29th, 2013
9:48 am

A wise man once said, if a thing makes JB Stoner–oh, excuse me–DA King, soil his trousers, it must be a good thing indeed.

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
9:51 am

“the company has also kept its promise to bow out of the same-sex marriage wars”

Looks like the “militant lefest” managed to achieve some change without tearing everything down… imagine that! Score one for the communists.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
9:51 am

For all you newcomers to the galloway blog, just so you know, liberalefty is an automated software program that the ajc has installed and programmed to react to any intellectual comments that it detects. Unfortunately, it is a dummycrat based program so it can’t argue the issues with out exposing the party’s moral corruption and low overall IQ level. With this handicap, all that it can do is toss out mindless slogans only dimwitocrats can understand, such as “you thought Romney would win, nananananananananananananananananananananananannananana” and “Shady Deal 2014)(-? duh.”

Now that you know, hopefully this will help you understand the infantility of it all.

splendid splinter

January 29th, 2013
9:54 am

@Cherokee

“But here’s hoping for a serious conservative who wants to actually solve some problems, rather than just blow things up.”

That’s Democratic code for do it our way because we have no intentions of compromising.

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
9:55 am

What Hobo Joe said.

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
9:58 am

Part of me hopes that you prevail, splendid, since a candidate of your choosing will be the best way for John Barrow to win the election.

td

January 29th, 2013
10:01 am

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
9:58 am

Part of me hopes that you prevail, splendid, since a candidate of your choosing will be the best way for John Barrow to win the election.

Barrow is not going to run. He has moved all over the state to keep his seat. He will not tempt fate of losing in a statewide race.

clem

January 29th, 2013
10:07 am

aesop, you would not know intellectual if it bit you….you personify the stupid party

Retired Soldier

January 29th, 2013
10:07 am

TD-

I think you mean Barrow doesn’t want to pull a Thurmond.

Look before I leap...

January 29th, 2013
10:10 am

“Looks like there has been a backlash against the militant leftest and their politically correct crap. Keep up the good work America. These communist need to be punched in the nose more often.”

Just gotta ask – are the Chik-fil-A protesters “communists” because they called for a boycott, or because they represent a view that differs from yours td?

Pete

January 29th, 2013
10:13 am

Sadly, Kat, everybody mentioned so far as a potential candidate is an idiot. I don’t think we have a chance of getting somebody in there who is reasonable, sensible, and intelligent.

Alphare

January 29th, 2013
10:13 am

This great state has been in the hands of republicans for more than a decade now, be it governor or legislature.

Where is the state ranked in the nation? education, unemployment, poverty rate, foreclosure, etc.

splendid splinter

January 29th, 2013
10:14 am

@Cherokee

“Part of me hopes that you prevail, splendid, since a candidate of your choosing will be the best way for John Barrow to win the election.”

I think a Blue Dog Democrat MIGHT be able to win statewide office, but if there is one in the state I have not heard of him.

Retired Soldier

January 29th, 2013
10:16 am

Alphare-

Where did GA rank in those same areas in the 140 years the democrats ran the state?

Alphare

January 29th, 2013
10:16 am

bank failure too.

clem

January 29th, 2013
10:18 am

ga now bringing up the rear in hs grad rates; thought sonny had that whipped with high school coaches? nope.

Alphare

January 29th, 2013
10:19 am

Retired Soldier,

as bad as today. what’s your point? does that make republicans any better?

splendid splinter

January 29th, 2013
10:20 am

@Pete – Sadly, Kat, everybody mentioned so far as a potential candidate is an idiot.

Tom Price is a medical doctor and a surgeon. It seems completely cynical for someone to refer to him as an idiot. I don’t agree with all his politics but I don’t think you can call him an idiot.

clem

January 29th, 2013
10:22 am

then why does he adhere to many of the stupid party planks

Alphare

January 29th, 2013
10:23 am

Retired Soldier,

Georgia has the highest unemployment-rate/bank-failure/foreclosure-rate in the nation, I don’t think that’s the case before the republicans take over. Do you have any number to give a good argument?

William Smith

January 29th, 2013
10:23 am

Let’s make a deal with Arthur Blank. You win the Super Bowl an we build you a new stadium. That would have the affect of having both sides with skin in the game. Many fans can’t afford to go to the games but they can afford to pay for a billionaire to have a new stadium. Another compromise, The public votes for the new stadium, and then Home Depot sales big screen TV’s for $100.00 to the people of Atlanta so they can sit at home an watch the Falcons. The tickets that need to be sold to prevent blackouts are bought by the CEO’s of the banks that will make millions on this deal.

Proud Voter

January 29th, 2013
10:23 am

That is the best decision Perdue ever made for Georgia. Thank you, Mr. Perdue.

Dirty Dawg

January 29th, 2013
10:28 am

Guess ‘Goober’ Perdue realizes that if he were to run, his opponents will run commercials of a ‘big (king rat-sized) chicken’, sitting on a lake-bank, fishin. In fact there isn’t a single Republican I can think of that hasn’t said or done something so embarrassing that they could end up gettin beat in their own, home, Districts, let alone state-wide.

Crestfallen

January 29th, 2013
10:28 am

OHHH NOOOO!!! Why, Sonny!!! WWWHHYYYY!!! You were such a great governor! Actually, you lined your pocket and received a 20 million dollar “loan” from your cronies in central Georgia. You were really, really terrible.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 29th, 2013
10:28 am

The Chik-Fil-A protestors were communists because they advocated that the workers seize control & ownership of the franchise through any means neccessary and distribute chicken sandwiches from each according to his ability, to each according to their needs. That’s why they require nasal pugilistics, apparently.
Oh wait, it was about something else?

liberalefty

January 29th, 2013
10:34 am

td 9:44

yeah such a backlash that OBAMA wiped the floor with ROMNEY….you can enjoy your chicken sammich now,,lol

Retired Soldier

January 29th, 2013
10:34 am

Georgia does not have the highest unemployment rate. Bank failure rate? Yep. My point is give us another 130 years like the Dems had and we’ll be in the top ten of goodness across the board.

Look before I leap...

January 29th, 2013
10:35 am

“The Chik-Fil-A protestors were communists because they advocated that the workers seize control & ownership of the franchise through any means neccessary and distribute chicken sandwiches from each according to his ability, to each according to their needs…”

Oh, if that’s the case, then td’s comment makes perfect sense.

WOW

January 29th, 2013
10:36 am

Not advocating for a new stadium here, but to say that the ‘fans’ will be paying for this is not really accurate. The tax will mostly be levied on tourist so Atlanta residents won’t be on the hook for as much as is being reported. It should also be noted that if the team leaves or moves out of the City what will become of the Dome. I invite you to see what happened in Detroit to the Silverdome when the team moved to the suburbs.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20091117/METRO/911170327/1411/METRO02/Silverdome-sale-price-disappoints

BRW

January 29th, 2013
10:37 am

Dang! I stopped reading when it said “Purdue takes himself out” and partied like an animal.
Then was dissapointed when I realized that was not the end of the sentence. :(

liberalefty

January 29th, 2013
10:39 am

i love how these birthers are touting CHICK FILA like they won something…i guess after getting whomped by BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA for so long every little hollow “victory” means something…lol

BRW

January 29th, 2013
10:39 am

“My point is give us another 130 years like the Dems had and we’ll be in the top ten of goodness across the board.”

Nope. We’ll all just be dead. What’s your real point?

Alphare

January 29th, 2013
10:40 am

Retired Soldier,

I mean among the worst.

so you mean 13 years is not long enough for republicans? I guess you’d be perfectly OK if we are stuck among the worst for another 13 years.

BTW, today’s republicans are the old democrats painted with a different color, you can Nathan Deal about their party affiliation 13 years ago. Does that also explain your 130 years question?

WOW

January 29th, 2013
10:40 am

@ Look

I guessed you missed the memo? All of us who voted for Obama are now considered communists/and or socialists. There actual definitions are no longer relevant.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
10:42 am

Hmm, Chick-Fil-A sounds good today.