He ran a low-profile, feel-good campaign that avoided hot-button social issues likely to energize progressive voters. From choice to gay rights, Perdue stayed relatively quiet. On abortion, for instance, he said he would support new restrictions, but stopped short of saying he would pursue them in the Legislature.
A recent letter from the Christian Coalition of Georgia suggests Perdue undersold his conservative credentials.
The Dec. 2 e-mail newsletter to supporters from Coalition Chairwoman Sadie Fields states that she received a call from the governor's transition team requesting a meeting to "discuss and plan how to best implement a pro-family agenda ... The governor-elect is very in tune with our values, and wants to work with us on accomplishing our goals."
Among the agenda priorities the pair evidently hold in common are anti-gay bills that would require schools to notify parents of any new club forming on campus -- a slap at after-school, gay-straight alliance clubs -- and new regulations for abortion clinics.
Beth Cope, the executive director of Georgia Abortion Rights Action League, says she isn't surprised by the letter.
"This is exactly what happens," Cope says. "[Conservative candidates] go and quietly get endorsements from the right wing, while not letting on to the public what their plans are."
In her letter, Fields tempers any thought that her group will look to immediately roll back all the gains gays and abortion rights groups have made in Georgia by adding that "we must govern wisely and incrementally, and to that end, I will work with the governor's office to ensure that our agenda is reasonable and attainable."
Neither Perdue nor Fields could be reached for comment.
What? An honest man in the House? If this trend caught on how would we…
Mo gibs muh 'dat.
One step forward, two steps back.
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