Democrat from Taylor’s hometown endorses Perdue.

Thanks to a tip from a reader, I bring you more bad news for the sitting Lieutenant Governor as reported in the Albany Herald:

ALBANY — At least 86 elected municipal officials have crossed party lines to endorse Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s bid for reelection, including three Democrats from Southwest Georgia, according to information released by Perdue’s campaign.

Dougherty County Commissioner Chuck Lingle, Mitchell County Commissioner W. Alton Snipes and Terrell County Commissioner Wilbur Gamble are listed among Democrats who have endorsed Perdue.

Perdue’s Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, is from Southwest Georgia. Albany is his hometown.

As usual, Rick Dent provides a pithy retort:

Taylor Spokesman Rick Dent said the lieutenant governor got “the most important endorsement there is in the state of Georgia” Wednesday: that of the Georgia Association of Educators.

Based on Dent’s comment, can we assume the Big Guy will not be seeking any other endorsements?

13 comments

  1. blazer says:

    I sure wish Perdue’s camp would release the names of all these endorsing officials… still waiting on the county official’s names as well…

  2. RandyMiller says:

    Perdue has had a strong showing in South Georgia and Southwest Georgia as well. I’ve seen many Sonny signs, many more Gary Black, and some Cagle signs doting highways and in front of homes and businesses. Yes, you do see Taylor signs , but now there seems to be more Sonny. Interesting enough, if you drive from Columbus to I-75 and go thru Albany, the first Taylor sign you see in Albany is a big one in front of…gotta love it…a Citgo station! “Birds of a feather”?????

    Anywho; a friend down in Albany told me this. Last year (summer 2005) Perdue came to Albany on a fundraising trip. Taylor had been there 2 weeks prior but Perdue raised more $$$ right there in Taylor’s hometown! He said several local dems from local gov had gone to see Perdue at the fundraiser. One of ’em told my friend that Taylor called down there “mad as hell” when he found out they were going!!!!

  3. Big Mack says:

    Randy,

    Do you think that the Fat Boy is related to Hugo Chavez? They are about the same size and favor each other in appearance and actions.

  4. RuralDem says:

    So, if I go and ask a few Republican friends from around Sonny’s area who they’re backing and at least one says MT, will you make a thread about it?

    It’s nothing major, just a way for some partisans to get excited 🙂

  5. RuralDem says:

    You simply said Democrat 😛

    Also great job leaving out this part of the article:

    Charles Bullock, the Richard Russell Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia, said crossing party lines is “atypical.”

    “Usually you have some loyalty up and down the ticket,” he said. “Parties certainly try to build that.”

    Bullock said some of the officials could be considering jumping parties next time they’re up for election.

    “We’ve seen a number of Democrats across the state do that,” he said.”

    You weren’t trying to slant things though were you? No way!

    I really don’t see the big deal. Not all Democrats back every Democrat. Likewise with Republicans. Some people actually see beyond party lines. Is that really so bad?

  6. Democratic partisanship means so little at the local level in Georgia that I wouldn’t be surprised if some Democratic officials back Perdue, Bush, Chambliss, other Republicans etc.

    Eventually it will shift in the other direction at some point. Don’t be surprised, although I’m sure we Democrats will gloat and get excited the same way Republicans are doing now. After all, that is politics.

  7. gatormathis says:

    “He said several local dems from local gov had gone to see Perdue at the fundraiser. One of ‘em told my friend that Taylor called down there “mad as hell

  8. Big Mack says:

    Buzz,

    Not from Sonny’s hometown; but from Cordele, Crisp county commissioner, Brad Faircloth, has endorsed MT. Faircloth is a first term commissioner that won his election by 75 votes. The boys from Crisp will probably make him a one term commissioner.

  9. RandyMiller says:

    Better check and see if Brad is empolyed by one of big daddy’s companies over there. Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case.

  10. Fogle says:

    “Perdue has had a strong showing in South Georgia and Southwest Georgia as well. I’ve seen many Sonny signs, many more Gary Black, and some Cagle signs doting highways and in front of homes and businesses.” – RandyMiller

    Seriously. There are so many Sonny, Cagle and Max signs floating around the 12th District and prominently on display. I’ve seen the occasional Taylor sign but that’s it for Democrats. Not even a John Barrow sign and it’s kind of his district.

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