Monday, May 15, 2006

Perdue: I'm the poison and the cure.

The elite meet:

Gov. Sonny Perdue and more than 300 business leaders from across Latin America urged businesses to take the lead in fostering good relations between the United States and the nations whose immigrant workers are at the top of Washington's agenda this week.

"My philosophy is that good business is the best antidote to bad politics," Perdue told the crowd at the 2006 Sumaq Summit in Atlanta, organized by a group of business schools in Latin America and Spain.

Perdue waved aside concerns that foreign businesses might be put off by Georgia's new immigration law that he signed last month. It is considered one of the strictest in the country.

"In no way it implies we're not hospitable," Perdue said of the law. "I just expect business people can understand that much better than the rhetoric of politics."