Hat Tip: chrisishardcore.
Here’s a new Mark Taylor ad which goes after Perdue on the Florida land purchase:
I received Perdue’s response via email even before I saw the ad (here’s a link):
In his new ad, Mark Taylor claims that Governor Perdue bought a $40 million property for $2 million. We’re not sure whether this is the funniest thing we’ve ever heard or the most outrageous. Even the Atlanta Journal-Constitution conceded that the Governor paid fair market value for the land.
Because you can’t attack creating 249,600 new jobs or turning a $640 million deficit into a surplus, and you can’t attack turning our education system around and having the highest SAT ranking and graduation rate in Georgia history, Mark Taylor’s desperation forced him to launch a political attack on Governor Perdue’s family and their land ownership.
The truth is that Sonny and his sister grew up in Middle Georgia, the children of a farmer and teacher, who worked hard for everything they got. Their family owned a farm since the 1930’s and not too long ago, their parents passed away and Sonny and his sister had to sell the land they inherited. Sonny knew there were only two places he could reinvest in property that would not cause the perception of a conflict of interest – adding on to his current home or buying out of state where none of his actions as Governor, like building a road or making other community improvements, would affect his land value. He did both. He also reported all of his actions appropriately on the financial disclosure forms he files as a public official.
Mark Taylor may not understand the importance of property ownership to regular Georgians. He lives in a house his father bought him and has likely never had to write a mortgage or rent check. Sonny worked hard all his life to create a veterinary practice and three other small businesses and to provide for his family. Mark Taylor has been on his father’s payroll since graduating from college and earns $100,000 per year for what he admits is only a couple of hours a month of actual work. That explains the difference between the two men.
I’d say the campaign is heating up. 🙂