Posted: 3:34 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
As Republican Senate candidates prepare for this Saturday night’s debate in Adel, some timely leaks have come our way to provide them with extra ammo.
The first tidbit is the praise from Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin yesterday to one of the candidates, Rep. Jack Kingston. Speaking from the floor of the Senate yesterday, Harkin thanked the Savannah Republican and others for helping to hash out a $1 trillion budget.
“No one got 100% of what they wanted in this bill which is often a sign of probably a pretty good deal,” said Harkin.
Having any fingerprints on the spending plan may not go over well with ultra-conservatives who the candidates are trying to win over.
And then there’s this piece today on TPM, a liberal blog, that has David Perdue, another Senate candidate, trying to reconcile his opposition to the bailout of Detroit’s auto industry with his support for the surge of federal funding in 2008 to banks and Wall Street firms.
” I do not support the bailout of Detroit. Now the liquidity that we put into the financial system, we got a return on that. That money came back to us because it was a decent investment and it came back to us.. The money in (Detroit) was basically a union buyout.”
About the Author
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. Bluestein has traveled to Haiti with President Jimmy Carter, journeyed to Panama with Gov. Nathan Deal and tracked down a suspected Ponzi schemer in suburban Kansas. He spent weeks in Louisiana covering the Gulf Oil Spill, became an unwitting expert on capital punishment after witnessing almost a dozen executions in Georgia's death chamber and was part of award-winning teams that descended upon the biggest breaking news events in the Southeast. Bluestein has covered a range of beats, including environment, legal affairs and economic development. He's now the AJC's political writer, charged with covering the intricacies of Georgia's lively government on the newspaper's front pages and in the Political Insider blog. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.