Perdue On Senate Run: You Need A Governor, Just Not This Former Governor

Former Governor Sonny Perdue has issued a statement regarding his possible run for the US Senate to replace Senator Saxby Chambliss:

Our country deserves more than the current dysfunction in Washington D.C. and our party needs to return to problem solving conservatism. We have an opportunity, led by the examples of Republican Governors across the nation, to prove to the country that we are the party that can rise above the dogma and intransigence that dominates political discourse today. We need members of …Congress who will stop playing political games and get to the business of addressing our real challenges, just as we have done here in Georgia. Here, we balanced our budget, made government more efficient and did more with less, while Washington continues on its blinding pace to do less with more.

While I am flattered by friends from across Georgia who contacted me this weekend and offered their support, running for the U.S. Senate is not in my heart. I am at a stage in life where there are simply too many positive distractions – a dozen grandchildren with number 13 on the way, business obligations and a loving and devoted wife who has absolutely no interest in living in Washington, and who could blame her?

 
I will, however, be watching with interest.  After having worked with and recruited Governors across our nation, I’ve seen first-hand the type of leaders our party can produce.  Georgia Republicans need to seek the same from our next Senator: a serious person capable of thoughtful leadership at a time when, too often, positions of outside interests are substituted for sound policy and the wishes of actual voters.  As Republicans, we have the advantage of being right; let us not squander it.  As voting citizens, we should look closely at those running and trust the candidate that we elect, recognizing we will never agree with every decision he or she will make.  I look forward to supporting the candidate who is focused on policy and solutions, and who is ready to get to work.”

Hmmm.  Two mentions of Governors as the type of folks Washington needs to solve problems.  The front page of Peach Pundit isn’t the space for wild speculation, so I won’t try to guess who he may mean.  That’s what the comments section is for.

H/T to Tim Bryant, 1340 WGAU Athens

17 comments

  1. Bloodhound says:

    Thank you Lord for the Blessing that we can put this little SonnyDo behind us! The field is full of enough weakness as it is without re-introducing has been RINOs.

  2. FtEarlyCreek says:

    This move leaves the field wide open, stand by for a long Senate campaign. With Sonny out, watch Price, Broun, Kingston from Congress, Olens from state government and perhaps a member or two of the state senate and/or house. All I ask is that our next Senator say and do the same things in DC that he tells us he will do while campaigning here in GA.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Recent experience indiates that means our Senator’s Washington priorities are going to be ending the right to abortions, turning back any progress made by gays, and opposing whatever Obama is promoting.

  3. Three Jack says:

    If Perdueless was actually considered a serious potential candidate, GA GOPers still don’t get it.

  4. Noway says:

    Governors, huh? Well, there’s Zell (been there done that), Sonny himself, (out of contention), Roy Barnes (perennial loser) and Slow Frank Harris (self explanatory). Deal ain’t gonna run for it. I’m flummoxed….

  5. Ghost of William F Buckley says:

    “In a poll conducted over the weekend by GaPundit.com, Westmoreland came in fifth among likely candidates mentioned by a statewide random sample of voters. He received 8.4 percent of the selections. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was first with 22.4 percent.”

    http://www.times-georgian.com/printer_friendly/21549157

    Lord I beseech Your blessing that Wisdom, Moderation, and Justice prevail with anyone other than that gentleman from Bonaire.

  6. AMB says:

    Maybe I missed it, but isn’t there plenty of time for a “celebrity” candidate to move to Georgia and establish residency, ala Hillary and some others?

  7. Ghost of William F Buckley says:

    “Our country deserves more than the current dysfunction in Washington D.C. and our party needs to return to problem-solving conservatism. We have an opportunity, led by the examples of Republican Governors across the nation, to prove to the country that we are the party that can rise above the dogma and intransigence that dominates political discourse today. We need members of Congress who will stop playing political games and get to the business of addressing our real challenges, just as we have done here in Georgia.” Sonny Perdue, who has taken himself out of the bid for Sen. Chambliss’s seat.

    Thank you!

  8. kolt473 says:

    Say GOP has been white men only for decades, sonny perdue doesn’t need to go to the senate, he was AWOL during the water crisis in 2009 plus the flood didn’t help him, Obamas second term is to neutralize the party for 2014 mid-terms, MCCONNELL AND BOEHNER cave and need to go if analysis correct GA GOP has 10 years left, before it reverts back to the communist rats, when PAUL COVERDELL died and was replaced by ZIG ZAG ZELL. that was mistake, this time the party needs to get away from all male dominance, nominate a woman if DEAL has the ”guts” to do it, and grow.

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