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Perdue lends his support to Abraham

The governor says he has 'absolute confidence' in Abraham

POSTED: April 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

ATLANTA — Governor Sonny Perdue said he still has "absolute confidence" in state transportation commissioner Gena Abraham.

The pledge of support comes a day after revelations that Abraham is involved romantically with state transportation board chairman Mike Evans. Evans resigned Thursday, saying he wanted to pursue the relationship with Abraham.

DOT policy forbids an intimate relationship within the direct chain of command. Perdue said he met with Abraham Friday morning and that she was still committed to reforming the department of transportation, which is facing a $1 billion shortfall.

The state Board of Transportation is set to meet Monday and could consider Abraham's fate. She was elected by a narrow 7 to 6 vote. Perdue said he is calling board members, urging them to support her.



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