UPDATE: Bobby Kahn calls for an investigation.
How convenient. Kahn tips off the newspaper, then calls for an investigation based on the resulting article. One interesting note in Salzer’s new article:
Perdue’s purchase was first disclosed in May when the governor filed his financial disclosure report, although he was not required to report that he bought the land from Thomas’ Fourth Quarter Properties.
Kahn’s outrage seems manufactured. Where was the outrage way back in May? Also, for Mark Taylor to chime in seems hypocritical, since the Ethics Commission is considering complaints filed against him (by me).
The AJC’s James Salzer has a pair of articles today looking at some land Governor Perdue purchased in Florida and an accusation that Mark Taylor took too much money from a donor.
The Perdue article looks in depth at the purchase, which could be lucrative for the Governor at some point in the future. Apparently Perdue purchased the land from Stan Thomas, who the Governor appointed to a State Board. I don’t see this as a problem. Since it is in Florida and the Governor will not have any control over any situation that may impact the value of the land. No complaint has been filed, but Salzer seems to be looking for a problem – with some help:
An account of the land deal was brought to the attention of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the Democratic Party. The newspaper confirmed details of the transaction through public records.
Salzer’s article on the accusation against Taylor is much shorter, but probably because the story is not that complicated. Several car dealerships owned by Carl Gregory gave a total of $40,000 to Taylor’s campaign, which Taylor claims was legal to do at the time (last December).
What about all this? Are these issues potential problems for these two candidates?