The General Begins

Perdue begins the campaign.

Gov. Sonny Perdue used a grass-roots rally in the north Georgia mountains to warn his newly elected Democratic opponent against running on the record of one of the region’s most famous residents: former Gov. Zell Miller.

“That was Zell Miller that gave us the Hope Scholarship y’all,


  1. mercergirl says:

    I noticed something strange when I saw them in the paper… so she’s number 3? Ha that explains a lot, although I have no idea what she sees in him. Yuck.

  2. Jack S says:

    Does anyone really care what zell thinks about anything?

    Thanks for your service. You’re a good guy. Now shut up and go back to teaching.

  3. BulldawgGirl says:

    I am a fan of Mary Perdue. I think that she campaigning alongside Sonny brings alot to his campaign. I can’t believe that MT is now with wife number 3!!

  4. tkedem2006 says:

    Are you kidding me?

    It was Zell that gave us the HOPE scholorship, but it would have never passed if it werent for Taylor. NOBODY can deny that. Cathy tried and you saw where it got her. I hope Perdue does the same thing.

    Guess what, folks? PERDUE VOTED AGAINST IT! And was, in fact, very vocal against it.

    Let Zell stand next to him. They are both going to look like fools when Taylor runs the add from four years ago with Miller stating that the HOPE scholorship would have never been had it not been for Taylor.

    He is playing with fire, kids.

    And what is up with this holier than thou morals crap? Is it better to be married for 30 years and cheat on your wife than to get divorced? Sometimes it just doesnt work out and people make mistakes. You admit them, learn from them and move on.

    Lets talk about REAL morals:

    like cutting over a billion dollars from the education budget

    Making it more difficult for rural state employees to have access to their health care providers

    Giving ALL Georgians the opportunity to be successful and healthy

    Not paying your child support on time and then lobbying to have it cut in half cause your wife moved a county over

    One day I hope you republicans will realize there is more to morals than marriage. It is not the lone, defining force.

  5. Personal family attacks worked so well for the Cox campaign that I hope that Perdue and his allies take the torch immediately.

    Mark’s not perfect, but run as the holier than thou candidate and you’ll alienate far more Georgians than not 😉

  6. Mojo says:

    So what if there is an age difference b/w Taylor and his wife. I guess to appease Erick’s “love of mine” and other women, who may also base their vote and/or support on such superficial reasons rather than actual, substantial issues, Taylor should just lock his wife in the closet until after the campaign.

    Perdue is really screwing up by hitting Taylor on the Hope scholarship. If such idiocy continues there just may be a new governor in GA.

  7. Bull Moose says:

    Run as the holier than thou candidate and you’re opening yourself to attacks of hypocrisy… Remember what happened to Ralph Reed… It was hypocrisy that killed him…

  8. LINDA says:

    This sounds like our election in high school for class president with all of the superficial debates. Wow, unbelievable Georgia politics!

  9. Harry says:

    Yeah, I’m sure Sonny is too nice a guy to really go after Mark, but in certain demographics this could get quite a play. Maybe even in the hood.

  10. Harry says:

    Let me bring up this posting on the Political Insider, which appeared before the primary:

    Did anyone out there bother to read the AJC story on Sun.25th about Mark Taylor-kind of a bio? Am I the only person shocked to find out that he still gets an allowance from his Father every year? 100k for working a couple of hours per month at the family business! Also I was shocked to read that he doesn’t even own a home but instead lives with his Father on West Paces Ferry Road—doesn’t even get the master bedroom. 49 years old—unbelievable! Does anyone in Georgia think that a guy who has never had any responsibilities; rent or mortgage, a real job, etc. can actually lead the people? He is a big ole Brat still taking a bottle from his Daddy and has obviously raised his son the same way. He also admits in this same article that he drove under the influence with his son at his side as he was growing up—no wonder the kid chose to be with his Dad at 14. The fact that he did a fair amount of drugs also came out in this article—did the kid have a role model or what? He never stood a chance because if the lifestyle was good enough for Dad—it was good enough for him. How sad! Here’s a SALUTE to all the parents that set good examples for their children—you are more qualified to be Governor of Georgia in my opinion!

  11. rugby_fan says:

    Hey Harry,
    the drug issue has already been used against him and it failed.

    Mark knows where he stands with the creation of HOPE “from sponsoring the Georgia Lottery that created the HOPE Scholarships…”

  12. Riley says:

    Yes a man can make a mistake and learn from it, but he is still going to be the same man who made the bad decision in the first place. Perfect example: Repeat offense criminals in Georgia are identified by Mark as “the folks who commit the majority of crimes” thus Mark Taylor made the 2 strikes and your out -the toughest violent crime law in the nation. If marriages had the same laws, I guess Sacha would be moving out of her father in laws house on West Paces Ferry. Also what kind of family strike policy does the Taylor family have with DUIs?

  13. Brian from Ellijay says:

    I met Sasha at the Corn Boilin. Wow, first impressions are everything. I drove by and she was putting up Taylors signs in a shorrrt skirt and sports bra. I almost wrecked. To her credit it was 100 degrees and incredibly humid, but still. I am sure she won some votes that day 🙂 but lost the wives. She did change before the event. But again first impressions,

    Erick, you only thought Cathy was hott.

  14. Bill Simon says:

    Brian, you missed a perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to her. Y’all could have discussed sign-puttin’-up strategies and other stuff. 🙂

  15. Jeff Emanuel says:

    A blogger well-known on these pages remarked to me, during Taylor’s victory speech, that he “didn’t get the whole trading in the wife for a newer model thing.”

  16. The fact that Taylor has been married more than once is a non-issue. Whoever tries to make it one, needs to get a life. The subject of this post is Perdue saying that Taylor had nothing to do with HOPE when 4 years ago, Miller stated that Taylor had a big role in that. Is Miller a liar?

  17. GOPeach says:


    Could this mean that there are actually pretty democrat women
    in Georgia. Wow. That’s newsworthy! 🙂

    I know this may sound very shallow, but the appearance of spouces
    and the involvement of spouces does play a role in public office.

    Look at what happend to John Kerry.

  18. AnnRose says:

    “Be not too hasty to trust or to admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men”
    … Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (1759), 18.

    ‘Nuff said??

  19. shep1975 says:

    If Taylor’s son is off limits, then so is Perdue’s daughter. For the Dems on this page…do you really want to open that can of worms?

  20. bowersville says:

    Chrishardcore, you are not out of bounds yet because you posed it as a question, but you’ve got chalk on your cleats. One more side step and you’re out of bounds.

  21. pachedhouse says:

    Chris, you are right… One of Mark’s kid’s did not have an affair… he stewn his friends bloody carcass across traffic… while drunk… that is better?

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