The news that President Obama’s proposed federal budget includes only $1.52 million toward the more than $400 million share of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project presents a further opportunity for Governor Nathan Deal to show leadership on the greatest economic development project for Georgia in a generation. It also presents a problem for his Democratic opponent, State Senator Jason Carter, and the presumptive Democratic nominee for United States Senate, Michelle Nunn.
The first similar issue presented to Carter and Nunn was Obamacare, which an ever-increasing majority of Georgians disfavor. Their challenge is to navigate a path between Georgians’ disdain for the federal legislation and the Obama Administration increasingly frantic efforts to salvage the legislative behemoth from collapsing under its own weight. Distancing themselves too far from the President could have negative political repercussions in terms of Administration fundraising support and the Democratic establishment’s desire to turn the Peach State purple.
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