November 6, 2006
Albany -- As he stopped in his opponent's hometown this morning on a state-wide campaign fly-around, Governor Sonny Perdue showed there was no love lost between himself and his Democrat opponent in tomorrow's general election.
Perdue called Mark Taylor's attacks about a Houston County land deal in which prime real estate adjacent to the governor's land was opened for development "garbage throwing."
"My opponent wants to throw garbage at me in this campaign, but tomorrow I hope to make it possible for him to move into another job, like driving one of his daddy's garbage trucks," said the governor, in a reference to Taylor Made Trucking Co., owned by the Lt. Governor's family.
Perdue said that Taylor had spent his campaign attacking him, and attacking other politicians such as Cathy Cox, whom Taylor defeated in a bruising campaign for the governor nomination in the Democratic party.
There was a crowd of a bout 100 at the airport to greet the Republican tour, which included Lt. Governor candidate Casey Cagle, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Attorney general candidate Perry McGuire, Labor Commissioner candidate Brent Brown, and Ag Commissioner candidate Guy Black.
Though the race is non-partisan, State Supreme Court candidate Mike Wiggins was part of the entourage.
Perdue told the crowd that he wanted four more years to continue his work on state education, during which he said that SAT scores were up, and the dropout rate was down.
He called the allegations about his Houston land deal "Taylor's garbage," and said that Taylor had run a mean-spirited campaign.
The GOP tour is scheduled to touch down in Macon, Columbus, and Dalton before it concludes this evening in Atlanta.
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