Albany-- Republicans have been the minority party in Georgia for generations, but as Bob Dylan sang, the times, they are a-changing.
The party has nominated two strong candidates to run for U.S. Senate and Governor. Senatorial candidate Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie, and Gubernatorial candidate Sonny Perdue made campaign stops in Albany Thursday. They are working together to break the Democratic strong hold on the state.
With cheers in the background, Republican Senatorial Candidate Saxby Chambliss and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sonny Perdue, walked down the steps of the Albany Veterans Park Amphitheater. A group of Southwest Georgia Republicans and school children were there to greet them.
Chambliss and Perdue are working together in their separate races to build their Party in Georgia. Perdue said "Georgians have been conservative voters with conservative principals and values. And we represent those values. Of lower taxes and less government, conservative fiscal and social values that we can stand for. That's what Georgians want and that's what we're going to bring to them."
Accompanying Chambliss and Perdue, was the late Senator Paul Coverdell's widow Nancy, and State House Minority Leader Lyn Westmoreland.
Chambliss and Perdue say Georgia's Democrats are too liberal and out of touch with the citizens of the state. Chambliss said "Max Cleland would make a great Senator from the state of Massachusetts, because he votes for the interests of Massachusetts, just like Ted Kennedy, and not what's in the best interest of Georgians."
The two candidates say they will continue to appear together when possible, building the Republican Party power base in Georgia.
Sonny Perdue will continue his state campaign tour with visits to Columbus, Augusta, and Savannah Friday.