This is not exactly a ringing endorsement of Sonny Perdue — the Telegraph has done that with the few Republicans it has endorsed.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, while going into office with ethics and open government as themes, has turned out to be ethically challenged. Instead of opening government, he and his Republican-dominated General Assembly have attempted to make it harder to keep track of state government. Instead of following his own promise to give control of schools to local people, he’s done just the opposite by requiring districts to spend 65 percent of all money in the classroom. That makes for a good sound bite, but it doesn’t take into account that school buses won’t fit inside a classroom. . . .
Still, with all Perdue’s baggage, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has been unable to convince the board that he is the right person to lead Georgia, and while Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes is an affable enough person, he’s not up to running Georgia. The Legislature would eat him alive. That said, we tepidly endorse Gov. Sonny Perdue, but on one condition: It has become apparent that he needs to put his holdings in a blind trust. He could avoid all of the questions created by his land dealings if he would follow the same path as previous governors.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems the meta-editorial was “we hate Sonny, but we always endorse the loser and we’re tired of, so we’ll endorse the winner this time even though it makes us sick.