June 19

That makes sense.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has informed two Republican legislators running for the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood’s congressional seat that he intends to hold the special election June 19 and delay qualifying so they won’t have to leave the state Senate until after the legislative session ends, one of the legislators said Tuesday.

[UPDATE:] First, it should be noted that this is appropriate because otherwise we’d have to have two special elections instead of one. Now both the Congressional elections and the necessary state legislative elections can happen at the same time. Further, as requested, here again is the relevant legislative provision:

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-543,

Whenever a vacancy shall occur or exist in the office of Representative in the United States Congress from this state the Governor shall issue, within ten days after the occurrence of such vacancy, a writ of election to the Secretary of State for a special election to fill such vacancy, which election shall be held on the date named in the writ, which shall not be less than 30 days after its issuance. Upon receiving the writ of election from the Governor, the Secretary of State shall then transmit the writ of election to the superintendent of each county involved and shall publish the call of the election.


  1. Mad Dog says:


    Covering for Perdue, Erick?

    Perdue may also be delaying the election for partisan reasons. Like reducing the GOP field of candidates. Keeping a GOP majority in the legislature to prop up his lack of a public agenda.

    Unless playing raquetball passes for an agenda.

    So which candidate is Perdue trying to prop up by delaying the election?

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Mad Dog,

    If you read the article, you would see that the reasoning is based on saving taxpayer dollars in not holding a special election for Congress all by itself.

    Of course, had Perdue doen that, you would have screamed about the waste of money in doing that.

    This year’s Session is almost over with, so, blaming it on wishing to have these two senators finish-out their term for this Session is a non-starter.

  3. Adam Fogle says:

    Mad Dog,

    You should choose more wisely when you attempt to spin an item. Rather than spinning anything and everything, you should be selective.

    Pick your battles my man, pick your battles.

  4. DMZDave says:

    Why ironic? I’m sure the Governor thought it would help the Republican candidate by holding the election on a day that is significant in terms of the historic importance of Republican leadership to our country.

  5. Mad Dog says:


    I hit a nerve with a couple of people.

    Why not hold the special in November of 2008?

    Write some legislation and back date it?

    Grow a thick skin, folks.

  6. Mad Dog says:


    A GOP Governor controlling the timing of elections in GOP dominated districts?

    Noooooo possible partisan issues.



    Is Sonny reading tea leaves or running a political party?

    Oh, I thought he might want to run the state like a state. Just a frickin’ thought!



  7. CobbGOPer says:

    OK, so maybe the legal eagles can help me out here: If the Guv has to issue a writ of election no more than ten days after the seat is vacated, and the date of election in the writ cannot be more than 30 days after the date of issuance, then how is it legal to hold the election in June, some four months away?

  8. Jmac says:

    I think there probably are some partisan thoughts rolling around in Perdue’s head involving this because I know that if the tables were reversed with a Democratic governor and Democratic Georgia General Assembly, the same thing would happen.

    Still, as Erick points out, it makes perfect sense to delay the election until after the legislators finish the business at hand. Plus it saves folks from having to vote twice (or, in the case of Athens-Clarke County, three times).

    I’ve got no problem with it.

  9. Mad Dog says:

    Well, I’m sure that if Congressman Norwood knew his death was going to be such an inconvenience to the ambitious men of the Georgia State Legislature, he would have timed it better.

  10. Mad Dog says:


    Just kind of curious why the good ol’ boys down in the State Legislature are more important than the 769,209 people living in the Norwood District?

    Congressman Norwood missed at least than 114 votes since September 30, 2006.

    Since September 30, his illness allowed him to reach the floor of Congress, 3 times.


    I’m just thinking out loud, you understand, so the right thinking Governor of Georgia, the HOnorable Sonny Perdue, thinks it is okay for 700,000 to go nine months without a voice or a vote on the floor of Congress?

    And everyone, like you, and Erick, and JMAC, Drjay, and dear Adam Fogle, all good followers of the GOP way, thinks that makes good sense?

    Democracy in action, that’s what I like!

    The do nothing 109th Congress and the Delay Governor of Georgia.

  11. Demonbeck says:

    Mad Dog // Feb 21, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Why not hold the special in November of 2008?

    Mad Dog // Feb 21, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Since September 30, his illness allowed him to reach the floor of Congress, 3 times.

    HOnorable Sonny Perdue, thinks it is okay for 700,000 to go nine months without a voice or a vote on the floor of Congress?

    Mad Dog,

    Apparently, you think it is OK for the people of that district to go 14 months without a voice or vote on the floor. Maybe you ought to go argue with yourself somewhere before doing it here and wasting all of our time.

  12. Mad Dog says:


    Nice cut and paste! Did your computer come with detailed instructions on how to use a mouse?

    Ask your software package about the use of sarcasm and satire.

    Now, I would have been impressed if you knew how many people were in the district. That might have been seen as fact checking.

    Partisan election rigging.

    Being outed as a political hack is what really got ya.

  13. Demonbeck says:

    Sorry for misunderstanding your posts, Mad Dog. I now realize that from now on, I should consider all of your posts to be sarcasm and satire.

    In that light, recalling some of your past posts, you do “do” a great Bobby Kahn…well done.

  14. Demonbeck says:

    Thank you Mad Dog, I have always recognized that your posts were asinine. I just didn’t realize they weren’t ever serious until you said so.

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