Since leaving office I have enjoyed maintaining a personal relationship with so many of you. I love hearing about your growing families and new endeavors. I also like sharing a good laugh when recalling some of the more humorous stories from our campaigns. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished together, and getting to know you in the process is something I cherish more than you will ever know.
I am pleased to report that, as much as I was honored to serve you in office, I am more than happy returning to the private sector and spending more time with loved ones. That is why I don’t often wade back into the public arena by offering my opinions on the issues of the day. However, I’m making an exception today because I sincerely believe that something has to be done about the federal government’s out-of-control spending and overreaching mandates. I know that you share my concern.
A few months ago, a respected business leader informed me that he was considering a run for U.S. Senate. The passion and concern for our children’s future with which he spoke was inspiring. I immediately knew that he was desperately needed in Washington, D.C. Excited as I was by what I heard, I hesitated to interject with my enthusiasm. You see- the man laying out his vision for America was the former CEO of Dollar General, my first cousin, David Perdue. And it was the first time I had ever heard David even hint at running for office.
Although the conversation started as a surprise, it ended up making all the sense in the world to me. If we truly want to change Washington, we have to change the kind of people we are sending there. If we want to fix the economy and create jobs, we need to elect people who actually know how the private sector works. If we want to get the outrageous debt and spending under control, we can’t expect professional politicians who only worry about re-election to make tough decisions.
I believe David is exactly what our state and our nation needs – someone that can take his expertise to Washington, fix some big problems, and then return home. Isn’t that what the Founders intended? I believe so. That’s why I told David I would help him in any way I can. I hope that you will join me by doing the same.
In 2002, with your help, our campaign shocked political pundits and made history. We were outspent by millions of dollars, but we won the election because good people like you lent your good name, your reputation, and your credibility to the campaign. Together, we changed Georgia for the better. Now you can be part of a special effort again. If you will join me in encouraging and supporting David, we can shock the political establishment and begin to change Washington for the better.