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It would seem Democrats nationally intend to use corruption and cronyism as charges against the GOP. Same thing here in Georgia.

He’s related by marriage to Gov. Sonny Perdue and his daughter just tied the knot with one of Perdue’s top political advisers. But Jim Floyd says family connections didn’t help him land a state job.

“I didn’t interview on the premise that Sonny Perdue was my wife’s first cousin and I don’t know, with this group, if it would have helped,” said Floyd, 61, agriculture and youth director for the state-operated Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, near Perdue’s hometown of Bonaire.

He’s been on the payroll since June 18, 2003, five months after Perdue took office as the state’s first Republican governor since 1872. Floyd earned $45,000 last year, according to the state auditor.

Democrats, hoping to oust Perdue when he runs for re-election next year, say the situation at least looks odd, considering that as a candidate three years ago Perdue claimed Democrats had perpetuated a corrupt culture of cronyism at the statehouse.

I don’t see this being effective. Sure, it make seem like it now, but I think the GOP is waking up to its image problem — and it is a problem for the federal level, not so much on the state level I think — and the problem will be corrected soon enough.

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  • Cronyism is part of politics. But it’s never been more obvious than with Bush’s campaign. The concessions for Cheney’s old oil company, allowing the Bin Laden family to fly out of the country after 911, the horse trainer for FEMA, not signing the Kioto Accoord, not signing partial ban on sale of automatic weapons, and God knows what else. And to be even handed, I haven’t forgotten that President Clinton allowed a bunch of criminals to go free when he left office. And he certainly gave many women some special favors. Politics is about owing favors to your cronies, otherwise they don’t vote for you. That’s politics.

    Do note: Clinton let a bunch of criminals free and committed adultry because he’s out of his mind, he has no excuse. At least Bush has a legitimate excuse for what could be perceived as corruption and cronyism…politics.

  • I think there is a big difference between a Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States or the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Youth Director for the Georgia National Fairground and Agricenter.

    There gonna have to do better than that to drag the voters interest away from Cruise and Holmes’s new baby.

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