Sonny Perdue meets Donald Trump: ‘I’d be happy to serve’

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Trump Tower a day after the president-elect named another prominent Peach State GOPer to his Cabinet.

Perdue made the trek to New York Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that he’s on Trump’s short list for secretary of agriculture. The Republican spent nearly two hours at Trump Tower.

Perdue later told reporters that he did not talk about filling any specific position in the Trump administration, but said Trump asked him about his “skill sets.”

“I’m interested in helping the country,” said Perdue, who was decked out in a tie with tractors on it and a backpack. “I told the president-elect Trump that I would be happy to serve from Georgia, where I am very happily living with my wife and 14 grandchildren, or I’d be happy to serve him if he thought I could be helpful to him here in D.C.”

Perdue called the meeting “very genuine, honest, forthright” and said the two discussed agriculture, trade and the economy.

Perdue was Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction when he was elected in 2002. He was also an early Trump supporter, stumping for him in middle Georgia in the final months of the campaign. His first cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, was one of Trump’s highest-profile surrogates in the South.

“Sonny’s background in business, his medical background, his executive background as a governor make him an ideal choice,” David Perdue said in an interview Tuesday. “In fact, I think he may be the best choice I know in America to be in that ag position if he gets considered.”

A member of Trump’s agriculture advisory board, Sonny Perdue helped craft Georgia agriculture policy in the 1990s as a Democratic state senator from Houston County before switching to the GOP in 1998. His surprise victory over Gov. Roy Barnes triggered a Republican wave in Georgia that flipped the state Senate, then the state House and now left the Georgia GOP in control of all statewide offices.

Since leaving office in 2011, Perdue has run a string of trucking, agriculture and logistics firms from his base in middle Georgia.

Other contenders for the post reportedly include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.

Perdue’s former campaign manager, Nick Ayers, is now a top aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and a central player in Trump’s transition team.

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John Shepherd
John Shepherd

The man who became governor because of the flag issue but as soon as he was elected he never said another word about the flag

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

of course he would. I saw a commercial about engraving on TV and there was Perdue. I thought it was peculiar and wondered if he needed the job, or maybe had an investment to endorse. I wonder what the credentials are for SOA. I wonder what job ol Jack Kingston is going to land too. hahahhahaha

Carolyn Wood
Carolyn Wood

Continuing to "drain the swamp." What a con guy.

Katina Newkirk
Katina Newkirk

This has to be a joke !! Really DC isn't bad enough? Smh

Gigi Allen
Gigi Allen

He was a terrible governor. Trump and Purdue = dysfunctional on steroids!

Aldonna Elliott Langley
Aldonna Elliott Langley

You know not what your talking about. Just another hater. He is a kind giving man. I happen to know him and his wife. They continued to give back and serve where they can help..

Aldonna Elliott Langley
Aldonna Elliott Langley

If any points are made in your message at all. It is diverted because of your Vulgarity. Can't anyone have a conversation anymore without all the vulgar language....\U0001f633

Bill Talmadge
Bill Talmadge

Perdue is known for lacking a spine or gag reflex, so his is a perfect Trump flunkie

Mary West
Mary West

He knows a lot about agriculture which is what he might be tapped to do.

Annie Anzalone
Annie Anzalone

I saw that on the news last week!!!Goid for him!

Amelia Lord
Amelia Lord

Trump should pick him. He's a smart man who lives this countrt

Barry Kratzer
Barry Kratzer

NO, NO.......ABSOLUTELY NOT.....PLEASE DONT DO THIS...HES A DAMN SNAKE THAT DOESNT CARE FOR ANYONE BUT HIMSELF, NO NO NO NO

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Go serve at Red Lobster. You've done enough damage for one career.

Joy Bailey
Joy Bailey

Bet you would! Bet you won't be asked.

David Matheny
David Matheny

Ol' "Sonny" can promote his "Go Fish" up at the polluted Anacostia River...and take some Federal Monies to fish out the dead ones.

Randy J Bishop
Randy J Bishop

Sonny Perdue does not belong in politics ! He's more like a pansy and a snake in the grass !

Lynn Tincher
Lynn Tincher

You don't need this RINO in your cabinet!

Delane Wilson Cunningham
Delane Wilson Cunningham

Another very bad choice for federal leadership. Perdue was a disaster...he will get along fine with DT

Mike Lindsey
Mike Lindsey

What? He didn't do anything here as governor! Remember "Go Fish Georgia"?

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

Sonny Perdue SNEAKED the decision to change OUR GEORGIA FLAG without allowing Georgians a chance to vote on such an important issue. He also did she sleazy deals while governor.....we do NOT want him "serving" in DC......

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

Archie, you are right! Barnes got the first flag changed.....Perdue ran for governor saying he would change that flag.....we thought he meant a chance to vote on the old flag.....Perdue did a land deal while he was governor that as controversial......

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels

we dont want you for anything ....we know your true colors