“I don’t believe name-calling in any fashion has a place,” Perdue said as Richardson and Cagle stood awkwardly on opposite sides of him, acting as if they’d rather be almost anywhere else.
“It has a certain disrespectful tone. Even when we disagree passionately over issues, we can certainly respect one another and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of the offices we hold.”
The often tense, 39-minute news conference was weeks in coming and aimed at presenting a united front before Republican lawmakers begin qualifying to run for re-election in a few weeks.
The threesome had struggled to get along much of the 2008 session, which began with the House voting to override 12 of Perdue’s vetoes. House leaders were angered when the Senate, which Cagle leads, wouldn’t go along with them.