Perdue takes cue from Kerry: He was for letting politicians and developers cut secret deals to seize private property before he was against it.

No matter how hard Georgia Republicans try to make us forget the 2005-2006 General Assembly sessions, everyone recalls the push by Gov. Perdue and Republican legislative leaders to undercut the rights of property owners and to allow back room, secret deals with developers to seize private property for commercial uses.  Gov. Perdue’s signing of eminent domain legislation today cannot change history, and cannot change the fact that it was Georgia Republicans who tried to ambush private property rights and open government.

Gov. Perdue and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson led the charge to undermine private property rights and to hide the workings of government from the people.  Public outcry and editorial outrage from around the state prevented – at least for now – some of the worst abuses (SB 5 and HB 218), although Republican leaders have said they are not giving up on their plan to allow these secret, back room deals between government and developers.

And now, the Republican leadership is trying to say they are for individual property rights.  The Republican hypocrisy on this won’t wash.  Sen. Johnson is a developer who is looking for new ways in which to grow his business.  Gov. Perdue’s own Commission for a New Georgia meets in secret and his Department of Economic Development was the big advocate for HB 218 – the developers’ secrecy bill.
Gov. Perdue and the Republicans cannot hide from their record of supporting bills that would allow private developers to cut secret deals with government to seize your property.  The fact is in 2005 and 2006 they were trying to pass bills that would have allowed secret back room deals to seize Georgians’ property against their will.  Feigning outrage now, while still pushing secrecy bills, won’t fool the public.


  1. Demonbeck says:


    You’ve been ostrich farming for way too long – you’ve come to like sticking your head in the sand a little too much.

    SB 5 and HB 218 had nothing to do with eminent domain rights and everything to do with the ability for a business to shop around for new sites without everybody knowing. That way, if they decide not to come, the people who live there aren’t pissed off at them.

    Look at the Daimler Chrysler fiasco you engineered down in Savannah. Don’t tell me you aren’t angry every time you see a Sprinter van driving around town. If Daimler was able to look at the site without announcing who they were to the world, they wouldn’t have had to endure all of the negative feelings about them here in GA.

    Of course, that announcement wasn’t about economic development for the state was it?

  2. jay says:

    didnt bobby put on a big press conference with roy and mark taylor to announce chrysler coming? does anyone else remeber that?

  3. I’m confused. Past dealings of Gov. Barnes aside (or maybe not), do y’all think SB 5 and 218 are good ideas? Because that’s what I think you’re saying.

  4. Demonbeck says:

    I thought HB 218 and SB 5 were good ideas. Of course, I also support the flat tax and the Capitol Police, so I must be a right wing nutjob.

    I want to afford the GDEcD with every tool possible to create jobs in this great state – since that is their mission and all.

  5. UGA Wins 2005 says:


    Take a powder, put a hot cloth over your eyes and get some rest. You seem to need it.

    UGA Wins

  6. Bill Simon says:


    I don’t know if you are a nut job or not. But, apparently, either you didn’t READ SB 5, or, like so many of the Republicans who backed it, whether openly or behind the scenes, you didn’t have a clue as to what its intent was.

    It was ALL about aggressively changing the concept of “eminient domain” such that private developers could make deals with municipalities to go out and condemn OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY at will.

    It had EVERYTHING to do with eminent domain “rights.” To deny that is either a demonstration of blind stupidity or someone who consumes massive amounts of Republican Kool-Aide. Which are you, Demon?

  7. Hortence says:

    Why isn’t the Commission for a New Georgia open to the public? It seems kind of cryptic to me… They make recommendations and review policy, yet we have no idea who they are, what there interests are, or anything… It’s like some sort of shadow government.

    A new Georgia should be open, honest, and fair, not secretive.

    Bobby, you don’t have too much room to criticize though, cause you ran things VERY secretive and that resulted in your candidate’s defeat at the polls.

  8. buzzbrockway says:

    The Commission for a New Georgia is hardly secret and it’s certainly no “shadow government.” They have a website and a newsletter reporting their findings and recommendations. Their members are listed there as well.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Beth, very good one! Of course, how very CONVENIENT it was for the senate records to be ALTERED to remove all names but Dan Moody’s from the bill.

    Did Democrats ever erase journals like that? Gotta love the “law-and-order” BS coming-out of the typical GOP neocon’s mouth these days…

  10. HJ Bailey says:

    Another thing to think about is the fact that the governor does not even need to sign constitutional amendments. what a disgace to conservatives.

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