Perdue joins Pawlenty campaign after Gingrich implosion

That didn’t take long.

After much of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign staff resigned en masse today, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue switched his endorsement for the GOP nomination from the former Speaker of the House to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Perdue, who had been the national campaign co-chair for Gingrich, will play an unspecified role on the Pawlenty campaign.

Pawlenty campaign manager Nick Ayers had been a longtime Perdue aide before joining Pawlenty earlier this year.

In a statement from the Pawlenty campaign, Perdue called Pawlenty a “great man,” and Pawlenty reciprocated the love, saying he was “thrilled” that Perdue was joining his camp.

This is Pawlenty’s first endorsement from a sitting governor.

CORRECTION: Perdue’s term ended in January of this year.

  • Joshua

    I thought Gov. Perdue retired last year. Nathan Deal is the governor now, so Pawlenty still doesn’t have any sitting-governor-endorsements.

  • Brett Neely

    Whoops, thanks for the heads up, Joshua. Correction noted.