Perdue’s Numbers

The numbers have started to trickle out from the Perdue campaign.

Last time he ran for governor, Sonny Perdue was considered a long shot and was outspent 6-1 but still managed to knock off a sitting governor. Now the incumbent, he won’t have the same money problems when he seeks re-election next year.

His political team will disclose on Friday that it has raised just over $7 million for the 2006 race, with 16 months left before the general election to raise more.
As of June 30, Perdue was sitting on a bankroll in excess of $6.5 million.


  1. landman says:

    That’s Strong!!!!! I think this validates your comment yesterday concerning potential primary opposition,it would absolutely be suicide.

  2. buzzbrockway says:

    This is indeed good news. Sonny won last time with a strong grass roots effort and no money. He’ll win again with a strong grass roots effort and money. 🙂

  3. Maverick says:

    I’m going to make a prediction: doom and gloom about Sonny to date aside, if he outraises his opponent by at least 3 million and has no primary opposition, he might have a chance. I have to respectfully disagree with Buzz, though, in that Sonny’s grassroots in rural Georgia is very weak at this point. Hopefully the money can make up for that, though.

  4. Melb says:

    Is Sonny worried about the Flaggers in rural Georgia…. I have seen some signs in and around Douglas and Dougherty Co. about him breaking his promise to “let them vote”

  5. landman says:

    Im in agreement with Mav on this one ,he needs to have no primary opposition and he has got to shore up the grassroots in rural Ga.I think the flaggers are overated but he has got to somehow address his poor standing with the teachers there is a major disconnect there and I strongly believe it was this groups influence that sent him on his way to defeating King Roy.Lets hope with the warchest he is building he can pull his negatives up!!!

  6. Maverick says:

    The flaggots are definitely over-rated. Landman was right on…the teachers, and rural business leaders that wrote him 2000.00 checks are the ones that he HAS to reconnect with, or fall on his face.

  7. Bull Moose says:

    Sonny’s troubles with the teachers are real — he gave them a lip service pay raise of what, 5% or something like that and then raised their health premiums by 15% — the math doesn’t add up there… Plus, he really hasn’t put forth a strong and understandable education plan that reduces classroom size, rewards excellence and truly transforms our schools into centers of learning excellence.

    I think as a entity, people aren’t ready to dump Sonny at the moment, they are just a little dissapointed in what they’ve gotten so far…

  8. Paul Bennecke says:

    For the record:

    In 2004, Governor Perdue recommended to the legislature a 2% pay raise with an additional 3% step increase that affected 75% of teachers. The democrats in the house delayed the raise from July 1, 2004 to Jan. 1 of 2005.

    Additionally, the Governor proposed an across the board pay raise of 2% this fiscal year starting in July 1, 2005.

    For 75% of teachers, that is a 7% pay raise in the last two sessions, and 4% for the remaining 25% of teachers.

    Also passed this session were a couple of legislative priorities of Governor Perdue’s:

    •A Master Teacher designation publicly recognizes teachers who consistently raise test scores. They can receive 10% higher pay if they agree to mentor younger teachers or work in under-achieving schools.

    •A teacher tax deduction will provide tax relief for teachers by providing a $250 tax deduction for teachers that use their personal money to buy school supplies.

    If you recall, the 2003 session had to deal with the economic downturn, state deficits, and a divided legislature.

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