Sonny Perdue endorses Jeb Bush in GOP presidential contest

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue had been GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's most prominent backer in Georgia. In part, Perdue said last year, because he liked Huckabee's mantra of "I'm a conservative, but I'm not mad about it."

Huckabee got someone angry toward the end, but he bowed out of the contest after a poor showing in Iowa. And Sonny Perdue is now backing Jeb Bush, who once described his campaign as "joyful" but is now struggling to save it in New Hampshire.

The Bush campaign just sent over this statement from the former Georgia governor:

"I know Jeb Bush. Jeb knows what it takes to govern in a state that is a microcosm of the United States of America. Jeb is a policy innovator with comprehensive plans to tackle the tough issues our country faces.

“He has a record of accomplishment that not only talks about solutions but makes them happen. I've witnessed Jeb laser-focused on public education in Florida for the benefit of all students. I'm proud to support Jeb as our nominee, because I think he has what it takes to be President, and is ready to lead from day one."

The endorsement is interesting, given what might be called a flirtation by his cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, with Donald Trump last year. David Perdue has made no endorsement in the presidential contest.

Another wrinkle: Perdue’s chief of staff, GOP operative John Watson, is a John Kasich man.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.