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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Perdue invites Alabama, Florida governors to friendly 'water wars' chat

click to enlarge 'I'll bring the giant slab of meat, guys!'
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In a shameless attempt to mimic Kenyan President Barack Obama, an illegal alien who is doing keg stands at this very moment with a Cambridge professor and the cop who arrested him for breaking into his own home, Gov. Sonny Perdue has invited the governors of Alabama and Florida to chew the fat and talk about sharing Lake Lanier's water.

“Water issues have dominated the headlines in recent days, and I have read statements from both of you that indicate your willingness to resume water negotiations,” Governor Perdue wrote in a letter to both governors. “Judge Magnuson’s insistence on a Congressional solution was specifically related to authority for Lanier and did not address the allocation of water in the basins between the three states. I have always believed that a negotiated settlement that protects the rights and resources of all three states is the most lasting solution.”

Perdue even gave them a list of 40 dates he's free! Can't make it to Atlanta? No biggie! Perdue said he's willing to travel to them.

The governor might want to be accommodating to their schedules. According to the Associated Press, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is none too pleased with Perdue's decision to appoint Georgia Power CEO Mike Garrett to an "impact team" that'll coordinate the Peach State's strategy in this wacky mess.

Perdue's full letter to the governors is pasted after the jump.

Dear Governor Riley & Governor Crist,

Water issues have dominated the headlines in recent days, and I have read statements from both of you that indicate your willingness to resume water negotiations. Judge Magnuson’s insistence on a Congressional solution was specifically related to authority for Lanier and did not address the allocation of water in the basins between the three states. I have always believed that a negotiated settlement that protects the rights and resources of all three states is the most lasting solution.

Accordingly, I am available to meet with the two of you on any of the following days:

Wednesday, August 12; Thursday, August 13; Monday, August 17; Wednesday, August 19; Thursday, August 20; anytime during the Southern Governors Association meeting Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22, Sunday, August 23, and Monday, August 24; Tuesday, August 25; Friday, August 28; Monday, August 31; Thursday, September 3; Tuesday, September 8; Thursday, September 10; Monday, September 14; Monday, September 21; Monday, September 28; Tuesday, September 29; Wednesday, September 30; Thursday, October 1; Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 6; Wednesday, October 7; Thursday, October 8; Friday, October 9; Thursday, October 15; Tuesday, October 20; Wednesday, October 21; Thursday, October 22; Friday, October 23; Monday, October 26; Tuesday, October 27; Wednesday, October 28; Thursday, October 29; Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; Tuesday, November 3; Wednesday, November 4; and Thursday, November 5.

I know your calendars are busy, but I trust that at least one of these 40 dates will work with both of your schedules. I will be delighted to host the talks here in Atlanta or join you at a different mutually agreed upon location. Please contact me as soon as possible with your preferred dates so that we can begin to prepare for a productive session.

Sincerely,

Sonny Perdue

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