November 8, 2005 was a great day for Democrats and for our country. The election showed that the American people want competence and honesty at both the national and state level. They want our leaders to focus on the kitchen table issues that affect their daily lives and the future of their children. In Virginia for example, Governor Warner and Governor-Elect Kaine made competence, education, the economy and improved transportation the centerpieces of why they have done a good job, and why they should be returned.
Unfortunately here in Georgia, Governor Perdue has been ineffective in making the Georgia economy stronger – we have the largest percentage drop in real income in the nation and have had the second highest jobless jump in the country in the past year. While Georgia’s education scores fall to the bottom, Governor Perdue closed schools to benefit corporate special interests. Squeezing more children into classrooms and slashing our schools’ budget by $1 billion won’t improve our children’s future. Governor Perdue has done nothing to improve traffic congestion in Georgia, failing to provide any significant effort to address our transportation woes. He’s also the first governor in Georgia history to have the Ethics Commission find him guilty of ethics violations. That’s not the competent, honest, ethical leadership that Georgians want.