Perdue to back Pawlenty

June 9, 2011 17:29 pm

by Jason · 21 comments

WSB-TV’s Lori Geary reports that former Governor Sonny Perdue, who had previously endorsed Newt Gingrich and was serving as his national campaign co-chair, is now backing Tim Pawlenty.

[UPDATE] Gingrich has lost his paid staff in Iowa as well.

[UPDATE – 5:50pm] Perdue on Pawlenty: “Tim Pawlenty is a great man, he was a phenomenal governor, and he is the person I now believe stands the greatest chance of defeating President Obama. He is the only candidate who has laid out a real plan to grow the American economy, and his track record in Minnesota is proof he’s the right man for the job.”

Dash Riptide June 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm

So Perdue is going to keep endorsing candidates until there’s a last man standing? Brilliant.

Calypso June 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

Isn’t that the way it usually happens?

Dash Riptide August 14, 2011 at 11:51 am


Progressive Dem June 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

That didn’t take long.

Doug Deal June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

Isn’t this the bland leading the bland.

Ken in Eastman June 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

+ an even 10

Debra June 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

He’s looking to be VP. Anyone that Purdue supports, I will not vote for.

benevolus June 10, 2011 at 10:14 am

Ain’t Newt and Sonny from the same state? Maybe couldn’t be on the same ticket.
Woulda been some fun campaign signs though.

Insider Mike June 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

Trivia Question: who is Tim Pawlenty’s campaign manager?

KD_fiscal conservative June 10, 2011 at 11:17 am


Harry June 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Nick Ayers worked on the Perdue campaign, starting in 2002.

Romegaguy June 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Is he still driving ladies around after having a few drinks?

BuckheadConservative June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

What the hell does Sonny Perdue know about being a good governor?

saltycracker June 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

oops – right when Pawlenty gets to the top of the A list – Bloomberg publishes this:

The top 0.1 percent of U.S. taxpayers would save an average of $1.4 million in taxes under the economic plan of Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, according to an independent analysis.

Pawlenty’s $11.6 trillion tax-cut plan, which reduces rates on income, capital gains, interest, estates and dividends, is almost three times larger than the proposals endorsed by House Republicans.

“It’s heavily weighted toward benefits for the wealthy, giving big tax cuts for the wealthy, and it makes the tax system much less progressive,” said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center in Washington, which conducted the analysis and released it today. The center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Ken in Eastman June 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Tim Pawlenty = John McCain + eloquence – wrinkles

grumpymoderate August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Tim Pawlenty = John McCain + eloquence – wrinkles – charisma. “Vanilla” isn’t a good nickname for a presidential candidate.

Ed August 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm


Ken August 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Perry has an interesting mix of characteristics that could make him an automatic contender.

Ed August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

His hair is awful.

Ed August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Ken August 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Oh, no. It’s too easy and I’ll let the Democrats do their own work. :-)

Can’t play that game, Ed. I already have nightmares of how his stock headshots could be used. In fact 2 really nasty concepts that I would unleash if he was of another party – both with retro 70s themes.

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