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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Is Sonny Perdue A Friend of Baldwin County?

From The Baldwin Bulletin:

When times get tough, some people have a tendency to point fingers and find a villain.

In Baldwin County, Gov. Sonny Perdue has become that villain. Certain folks will tell you that “Sonny Perdue has it out for Baldwin County” or that “the governor never got along with Culver Kidd and is getting back at him.”

Rusty Kidd has heard all of the theories. Kidd, who is Baldwin County’s new state representative, has known Perdue for many years, dating back to the time when Kidd was a lobbyist in Atlanta and Perdue was a state senator. Rusty Kidd’s father – Culver Kidd – also served with Perdue in the General Assembly for many years.

“I’ve had people come up to me and tell me all of those things. But, that’s just not the case at all. Governor Perdue got along just fine with Daddy. I don’t blame the governor for what’s happened,” Rusty Kidd said. “A lot of people think that the governor is down on Milledgeville. But I don’t see it.”

Bert Brantley is Gov. Perdue’s press secretary. Brantley said that he has heard the governor talk openly about Baldwin County on several occasions.

“The governor thinks that it’s incredibly unfortunate what is going on around Baldwin County. He’s keeping an eye on it,” Brantley said. “But, all of the cuts have been based on the budget. There has not been any specific targeting of Baldwin County. The fact is that (Baldwin County) is a community that is extremely reliant on state jobs. And in tough economic times, those are the places where cuts are often made. Athens and Clarke County is a similar community. And they’ve been hit hard, as well.”

Interesting. Your thoughts.

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