Sunday, May 2, 2010

Why Sarah Palin is a Quitter

Just for the fun of it, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) compiles annual lists of “most corrupt lawmakers,“ and this year has added a new group to its hall of shame: the nation's "Worst Governors." My governor, Sonny Perdue, has been CREWed. Although the list is heavy with governors from the South and Republicans, there are two Democrats and a former bodybuilder movie star.

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Gov. Donald Carcieri (R-RI)
Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)
Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA)
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Gov. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)

With 50 state governors to chose from, what qualifications could possibly distinguish these 11 above the rest, uniting rather than dividing them in ignominy? 1. Misuse of campaign contributions. 2. Rejection of federal stimulus funds. 3. Impeding public access to information about government and blocking transparency. Too bad Sarah Palin quit in mid-term as Governor of Alaska to become whatever it is exactly she has become?

Gov. Sonny Perdue, has a job performance approval rating of 55 percent among Georgia voters, 57 percent of whom disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President, according to sources as reliable as any who gather and sow such meanings with a straight face, something I never can. Perdue is a two-term Georgia Governor, term-limited by law. He defeated incumbent Governor Roy Barnes, whose accomplishments in office included removing the Confederate Stars and Bars battle emblem from the Georgia flag. Barnes, a Cobb County native, plans to run for Governor again this year. Because of Barnes, Democratic Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, will be muttering like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, “I could have been contender .“ Baker has frequently clashed with Perdue, recently by refusing to add Georgia to the states suing to repeal health care reform enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President.

Republicans wanting to succeed Perdue include Nathan Deal, who resigned from Congress to run for governor, John Oxendine, Insurance Commissioner, Karen Handel, Georgia Secretary of State, and Ray Boyd, Morgan County real estate executive able to launch his campaign by donating $2 million earnest money to himself and promising to reach out to the Tea Party. He said, “Tea party people do not endorse candidates, but if they wanted to endorse somebody, it would be somebody like me."

The Georgia primaries for state offices will be July 20th.


Tina said...

It's going to be exciting. Certainly run-offs on the Republican and Democratic sides in the governor competition, and likely a runoff for SOS too.

Tina said...

You might be interested in seeing the photos from our state meeting of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women held in Duluth yesterday. Lots of candidates!

tommy said...

I guess I was hoping for more dogging of Sarah Palin.

Paw Paw Bill said...

Dogging politicians is like shooting fish in a barrel. Dogging Sarah Palin is just draining the water.


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