I’ve been waiting for this story. It’s one of the worst kept secrets in Georgia politics. For everyone that has been buying David Perdue’s “outsider” status, you need to seriously question where the money that he’s funding his campaign has come from. As Shannon McCaffrey of the AJC reports, some of it has come from his businesses that have ties to the government position he served in, appointed by his Cousin the Governor. You know, like every other “outsider”.
It’s a thorny issue for the businessman locked in a July 22 runoff for the GOP nomination. His appointment to the post in 2010 by his cousin, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, raised suggestions of nepotism. Records obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request paint an even more complicated portrait, showing that a trucking company purchased by both Perdues hauled cargo at the port while David was on the board making important decisions about the port’s operation.
The Perdue campaign said the conduct was above board and contracts for the trucking work were not with the port, but with the companies and shippers moving the goods.
“There is no conflict. They did not do business with the port,” Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey said.
But while on the board, Perdue took votes on tens of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure improvements designed to streamline and improve transportation at the busy gateway. They included $1.5 million to pave one terminal and $77 million for ship-to-shore cranes.
I have no problem with accumulated wealth. I have no problem with others who have done so successfully. I have a real problem with a candidate who dismisses everyone who has ever worked to build a party as an insider with unbridled arrogance, and then pretends that he hasn’t enjoyed the fruits of being an insider at a level most he derides as “insiders” could ever dream of.