Welcome to the New Georgia, where the GOP takeover of state government has brought the culture of corruption we see in Republican Washington right here to the Peach State. We have a Governor who is the first in Georgia history to be fined by the Ethics Commission, and who gets caught letting oil company lobbyists shut down the schools. Both of the Governor’s chiefs of staff have been lobbyists, as is his new director of legislative affairs. With the revolving door between special interest lobbyists and the Governor’s office spinning faster than the track wheel on Jack Abramoff’s Blackberry, we have a problem.
Governor Perdue is so cozy with the lobbyists that he couldn’t even adhere to his own Executive Order banning gifts from lobbyists. He just had to go to dinner with these folks and take free tickets and plane flights. Why pay for things like a regular Georgian when you can get a special interest lobbyist to pick up the tab? During the Governor’s tenure in the Senate, he was described as the “pet legislator