PP Exclusive: The Governor’s New Ad

We’ve all been talking about this new ad we’ve seen. It’s the one where Sonny tells Mark that Mark’s all wrong and Sonny will sell Mark the land if Mark’s that upset about it. At the end we see Mark as Pinnochio.

You can’t get that ad online. We hear that the Governor’s staff doesn’t want it out in the field yet, running in the wild. But, we have obtained a copy — after swearing a blood oath that we’d watermark it. Unless you’re living in a media market where this is playing, right now Peach Pundit is the only place you can see it.

UPDATE: Apparently not so exclusive. Andre’s site and a few others have the video too (including the AJC Political Insider now).


  1. Mojo says:

    Not a good ad, just giving further coverage to the land deal. And, is it just me, or does he come off slightly as a bit of a smart ass? I guess the folksy good ol’ boy image that he has worked so hard to cultivate is starting to come apart.

  2. Mike says:

    Mikey likes it!!! I like a man not afraid to be a smart ass from time to time. So Taylor’s basic accusation is that the Gov’s buddy decided to leave 38 million on the table in this land deal so that Sonny could help him down the road with millions in favors. Wow! That a hell of alot of favors coming to this guy. Taylor’s not looking real good with that argument.

  3. Mojo says:

    Okay, we know that Taylor is probably going to overestimate and Perdue, to avoid even more fallout, is going to underestimated. Find the middle and, most likely, find the truth.

  4. ikarma says:

    If by “PP Exclusive” you mean that Georgia Unfiltered has had it up for a while………then you have an exclusive. I would think a Perdue Kool-Aid drinker would have the inside track. Obviously there is at least one thing Sonny didn’t do.

  5. Attention Peach Pundit readers and investors. Sonny Perdue’s offer to sell this land for $10 million is the best investment opportunity in Georgia since Stanley Thomas offered this land to Perdue for $2 million.

    OK, so you won’t make quite as much as Perdue could make, but if he wants to get out of this investment for $10, it is a good deal. Somebody should call the Governor’s bluff.

  6. LymanHall says:

    My favorite part is when Sonny talks about the land being “only worth” $2 million. Most Georgians can’t throw around $2 million on swamp land.
    Also, Sonny’s contention that buying land in Florida or around his family home are the only two ethical things to do is ridiculous. He should have put his assets into a blind trust like every modern GA governor before him. Even Dick Cheney knows to do that!

  7. On his personal disclosure, Perdue listed this land as being worth less than $200K. Now he admits it is worth at least $2 million. Why should we believe anything this personally corrupt governor has to say?

    Soon he’ll say well really it’s only worth $5 million, but anyone who bought in this area has seen a price increase, then it will be $10, $20…you get the point.

    I guess if he really wants to help Georgians out, he’ll just disclose his dealings sooner rather than later so we can get in on the action too.

  8. griftdrift says:

    I could be wrong but my understanding is that it was an asset transfer to avoid capital gains tax. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

    And last I checked, being rich is not a crime. It might surprise some of my metro brothers and sisters, but due to escalating real estate speculation in rural areas, family farms that have been in the family for generations are now approaching or broaching seven figures in value. Not exactly rich in the traditional sense of money bags and top hats.

  9. gatormathis says:

    Not much for fancy gadgets, we have something called “television” down here in south Georgia.
    While it’s not the biggest or most expensive set Walmart sells, it is a color set.

    I saw the ad come on this morning early but the sound was turned down. When I saw ole mt’s nose growing, I just figured they had caught him snorting viagra or one of the other male enhancement products.

    The next time I saw it I turned the sound up and realized SP was addressing one of mt’s excessive exaggerations. As easy as taylor’s life is, with an unending supply of money falling at his feet, I’m suprised he would question how anyone else in the world makes their money.

    Maybe he’ll volunteer how many millions he made off those trash trucks and the prison labor touted in the CC ads back during the primary.

    But, yes, the ad is out, and at other places than here on the PP Network.

  10. griftdrift says:

    Not surprised gator. I was in the Thomasville area this week and the Taylor / Perdue attack ads are running full bore down that way. I expect it’s a combination of battling for the rural votes and cheap ad buys.

  11. Decaturguy says:

    Wow. I never thought I would say it, but every time Sonny opens his mouth it seems like he gives Taylor a new opportunity. Why would he run this ad? He admits that the value of the land is $2 million, yet in his financial disclosure he listed it as worth less than $200k. He offers to sell the land to Mark Taylor for an $8 million profit, yet on the other hand he says he’s not trying to make money off his office.

    Interesting developments.

  12. atlantaman says:

    I think Mark should get his Daddy to buy the land from Sonny for $30 million since they believe it’s worth $40 million.

  13. donkeydonkey says:

    This is the best ad I’ve seen so far in the campaign. Perdue’s really got something with this one, it’s perfect. $2 or $3 million of this ad and Taylor will be toast. And Pinnochio, brilliant! Taylor as Pinnochio because Pinnochio lies and Taylor does too. Brilliant!

  14. RandyMiller says:

    I saw this ad last night on multiple tv’s at a best buy. The visual of multiple MT noses growing had a great effect, people in the store were cracking up! I also thought the cameo appearance of the sprouts on the end of the nose
    played their part well.

  15. leftrightcombo says:

    MT will lose this election…

    His campaign strategy is unfolding at the wrong time. Everybody around the state knows the Gov. has a quick/bad temper. If MT would have ran a couple of attack ads in the begining on even his slim budget he could have exposed the Gov’s worst side early and had a lot better chance of winning. Now MT is running adds that are getting caught up in all the election noise of the other campaigns.

  16. GrandOleDawg says:

    I like the idea behind the ad. I think Sonny’s common sense solution of selling to Mark at 1/4 of what he says its worth kinda helps build on the image Sonny working on. Now the nose growing….a little much for me. But hey, no one is paying me the big bucks to write these things.

  17. GOPeach says:


    I actually horse laughed at this ad!
    It was GREAT!!!!

    That Taylor would like to be a
    REAL BOY – just like Pinochio
    but he’s a puppet… too many
    strings attached….

    Oh my – what a GREAT AD-
    The way the music keeps playing
    at the end with the nose growing…

    This one is a KEEPER …

    Thanks Sonny-
    You gave me something to laugh
    about everytime I see a
    BIG FAT TAYLOR sign….

    lol lol lol

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