Posted: 9:15 am Friday, April 11th, 2014

Despite ad, elder George Bush predicts defeat for Michelle Nunn’s Senate bid 

By Jim Galloway, Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein

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Nine seconds into the first TV spot of her campaign for U.S. Senate, Michelle Nunn flashes a photo of herself with the 41st president, George H.W. Bush. Says Nunn:

“While leading President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.”

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThe Atlanta-based, non-partisan volunteer group, from which she is on leave, is a cornerstone of Nunn’s get-it-done biography. Likewise, in the TV ad, the elder Bush makes an important image for a candidate in search of more conservative voters – he is the only political figure in a 30-second presentation that never mentions Nunn’s Democratic affiliation.

Late Thursday, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath sent out the following Tweet:

In a follow-up email exchange, McGrath said he didn’t believe the 89-year-old former president was given advance notice of his appearance in the Nunn ad. Said McGrath:

“We certainly did not give approval for that, and in fact the president was disappointed to see that his image had been included in the political ad as it was.

“As much as he personally likes Michelle and appreciates the job she did at Points of Light, he’s even stronger in his belief that the Republicans need to retake the Senate.

“And as such, he looks forward to welcoming Michelle back to the Points of Light following her defeat in the November general election.”

Nunn’s TV spot doesn’t claim the elder Bush’s endorsement, and the candidate has said that she doesn’t expect it. Here’s the response we received from Gordon Giffin, Nunn’s campaign chairman:

“Michelle has enormous personal respect and affection for President Bush and is honored to have led his Points of Light Foundation for seven years.

“She believes the experience of running the organization is a model Washington can learn from that shows what can be accomplished when partisan differences are put aside and people focus on common ground.

“Michelle’s experience working with individuals to improve their own lives and their communities is a fundamental part of who she is and the kind of Senator she will be.”

One thing worth noting: While objecting to his inclusion in the TV spot, Bush 41 isn’t requesting that the image be removed.

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Add another item to the list of failed legislative efforts that Gov. Nathan Deal is seeking to accomplish through an executive workaround: A push to require insurance coverage for children with autism.

A bill to require just that failed amid infighting between the House and Senate in the final hours of the legislative session. Fresh off taking administrative action to jumpstart the legalization of medical marijuana and privatizing the foster care system, Deal said Thursday that tackling the autism issue is up next.

Said Deal:

“We have explored the autism issue. I don’t think we are quite ready to make our announcement of our analysis there. That will probably be forthcoming very soon.”

We’re told that Deal’s staff has explored about a dozen different options to try to bolster insurance coverage of children under 6 with autism without legislation. That’s because the measure, Senate Bill 397, was approved overwhelmingly in the Senate but failed amid heavy opposition from several powerful House lawmakers who saw it as an unfunded mandate.

Deal has already backed requiring the state insurance plan to cover the treatment of autism, but this would be dicier territory. Unlike the medical marijuana and foster care proposals, which both passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, the autism insurance push met stiff resistance.

Plus, there’s the argument from Deal’s critics that he’s overstepping his authority with all this executive action. Senate Minority Whip Vincent Fort, one of Deal’s most outspoken critics, deemed it “ironic” that Deal was taking the type of administrative steps that Republicans bash President Barack Obama for embracing.

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Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel is again seeking to capitalize on Sarah Palin’s endorsement.

Handel raised more than $200,000 since the former Veep contender’s endorsement last month and her visit in the wake of David Perdue’s “high school” comments. Now she’s releasing a TV ad with Palin that will air statewide starting next week. But Handel is asking supporters to fund it first.

In all, her campaign said it raised $300,000 the first three months of the year and has $385,000 cash on hand.

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Some would argue politics is an oily business, but our colleague James Salzer got word today that South Georgia Sen. Tommie Williams’ olive oil won a Gold Award in the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

Williams’ Terra Dolce Farms medium arbequina was included on the organization’s annual list of the world’s best olive oils, along with entrants from Spain, Italy, Greece, Uruguay. Mexico, Australia and, of course, the US.

Williams, R-Lyons, former president pro-tempore of the Senate, harvested his first crop of olives last year. He isn’t the only state lawmaker in the business. Rep. Jason Shaw, R-Lakeland, is partner in Georgia Olive Farms and produced the state’s first certified extra-virgin olive oil a few years back.

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brounrifleU.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, continues to build his U.S. Senate campaign’s email list with gun raffles. The latest winner was identified only as “Rick S. from Park, Colorado.” But wait, there’s more. From the press release:

“Today, the campaign is excited to announce the launch of a NEW gun give-away for one of the hardest rifles to find – the Daniel Defense rifle.”

Specs on the Georgia-made weapon includes a 30-round magazine.

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If last week’s display in a Fulton County courthouse, on behalf of former APS head Beverly Hall, didn’t convince you that 82-year-old former mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young isn’t done yet, consider this from the Washington Post:

As Republicans push for new voting restrictions around the country, a handful of Democrats have coalesced around an impromptu idea: placing a photo on Social Security cards.

Former U.N. ambassador and civil rights activist Andrew Young — who chairs a nonpartisan voting rights group called Why Tuesday? — buttonholed President Obama and two of his predecessors in Texas this week in an effort to win their support for the concept. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea, while the White House declined to comment.

“It’s just an idea whose time may have come,” said Young, a former Atlanta mayor who was in Austin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library. “What we’re saying is, everybody’s got a Social Security card. But with all of this identity theft going on, it’s a good idea to have your picture on it.”

95 comments
CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

If Paul Broun wins the nomination and Bush endorses him, won't say much for Bush.

Enoch19
Enoch19

Bernie, I did google "filthy racist" and found your picture. I bet if I looked for "Ignorant, filthy racist" google might have offered your bio too.

Gregblue
Gregblue moderator

A side note: Nunn's campaign isn't planning to change the ad any time soon. We saw a few of the spots just this morning.

honested
honested

Funny, somebody actually puts in the elbow grease to make poppy bush's lame idea work FOR Americans and he distances himself from her.


Yet another republican example of failed ideology over function.

Charles50
Charles50

Hmmm, I wonder if Jack Kingston got permission from the President to use SEVERAL of his images in his campaign ad?

LaKeisha
LaKeisha

Michelle is really pushing hard to try and pick up a few conservative voters along the way, which she'll need to win.

Her father was a great senator, and was a moderate to conservative Democrat.  (And that's using the real definition of "moderate", not just pretending that "moderate" means "liberal" like so many people try to do nowadays.)  

Senator Nunn frequently broke with the Democratic party on a number of economic and social issues.  He advocated that we maintain a strong military.  He was opposed to raising taxes, and supported a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.  

For many years he opposed allowing gays to serve openly in the military.  (Which ticked off the liberals.)   And he later endorsed having a new study to re-examine the issue.  (Which ticked off the conservatives.)

But he felt that the Pentagon and the career military brass should be the ones conducting the study, and that it should include interviews with company-level commanders....instead of being "conducted" by political appointees, who were more likely to selectively pick and choose results to support a pre-determined position.  (Which ticked off the liberals again.)

And Senator Nunn opposed a health insurance mandate, which his daughter apparently supports. 

Michelle Nunn's only real qualification is that she's the daughter of any outstanding politician who, though I'm sure he's proud of his daughter, disagreed with her on most of the important issues of the day.  

And while Sam Nunn opposed the Democratic Party on occasion, I don't believe Michelle would.  It takes a hell of a lot of gumption to withstand all the pressure that a political party can bring to bear on those whom it considers "rogue" members...and Michelle has done nothing to show that she can do that, or that she even wants to.   

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Always been a fan of Andy Young.  He continues to impress, coming up with a solution, instead of slogan against voter ID.


I'm afraid like with Soc Sec and Medicare reform, Andy's solution will wind up in the circular file, as Dems just like to keep some issues around to campaign against, year after year, after year.  What else would they have to run on?

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Looking forward to the election of Michelle Nunn.  That will be a good day in GA.  No doubt her Dad will give good advice during and after the campaign, and he's the best mentor around.  Most pols on both sides of the aisle would welcome his help.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

It isn't just the Republican and biased elder Bush who predicts Ms. Nunn will be defeated, but political pundits like Nate Silver, Larry Sabato, George Gallop, Stuart Rothenberg, and Charlie Cook.

Oh yea - they also all predict Deal will defeat Carter, too - although the liberal media is trying to make it sound like it is a tossup.

td1234
td1234

Nunn is a bedwetting liberal and would vote exactly the way Harry Reid and Obama told her to vote in the Senate. 


Does Georgia want another Obama supporter and advocate to represent us in DC or do we want a person to hold Obama accountable and to place forward a Conservative agenda?

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

This ad is in keeping with the Michelle Nunn I have seen - steady, non-radical, and interested in conversation, listening to other opinions, using a strong education to formulate the best compromise, and attempting to draw in as many participants as possible.  If former President George H.W. Bush still wants to politicize his friendships and - lets face it - distance himself from the person and organization that made any legacy he has - The Points of Light - he is foolish.  Compared to Paul Broun's advertisement for automatic weapons, this is civilization and adulthood versus a silly child.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Enoch19 - Still refusing to Learn...anything! Why am I NOT surprised?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Gregblue - Yep Doubling Down on a LOSER AD is what ROOKIE Politicians Do..

The Campaign response is We Do not see AnYTHING WRONG!


I Call it The Charlie English Syndrone....


uh..huh!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Charles50 - Jack sounds like a REAL GOOBER in that AD. Just hearing that Goober Voice and watching his Goober Mouth. He smirks as though it is Soooo Funny. Only to the Goobers...For the rest of Us Know President Obama's response to Jack Kingston would be "GET REAL GOOBER".

honested
honested

@LaKeisha  

In any case, I thing she will make a Great Senator From Georgia!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RafeHollister - Voter ID is another Republican Idea to block Americans from Voting. Why is it that AAmerica sucessfully survived 200 years of success without Voter ID?  Now we have you self righteous Clowns coming along and soon to be gone, upending everything this Country and its Ideals were built upon.

td1234
td1234

@SouthGeorgiareader  I would not place any money on the election if you are betting on Nunn. Save your money. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@The_Centrist  Show where the liberal media says it a tossup?  Leaning republican is not a toss up, but that's o.k.  That is like saying that conservative media wants the public to believe that Palin's or GHW Bush's endorsements actually mean something. 

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist  Both Democrats will be defeated by a 5 to 10 point margin this year in the general election. Everyone knows it but the bleeding hearts on this board. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@td1234  Since there is this name calling, let's add that conservatives wear Depends and Broun/Gingrey/Handel, etal would vote exactly the way McConnell and Cruz told them to vote in the Senate...even with the two disagreed with each other and even themselves.


Georgia needs a person to hold Boehner/McConnell accountable for their inaction and place forward an agenda that does not always benefit those who play for a living and make a killing.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234  Bedwetting liberal?  You Republicans can't make an argument without calling people names?  


And I suppose the fact that nearly ALL Republicans vote lock step with one another if one of the 500 running for Senate here in GA would not automatically vote with Mitch McConnell?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 - One would HOPE she does.  For surely You and Your Ilk will join in on the CALL of destruction of America like those from the Middle East desire. You care only about The Wealthy while Hating with profound contempt toward the Poor and Needy. You have left off to Be and Do Good. You are the Dark Evil side of America no one wants to see. Your ilk brings only Pain,suffering and the spilling of Blood for profits...it does not matter whose Blood is spilled, as long as it flows Freely and regularly. 

No Good can come to such a people.

Disgusted Voter
Disgusted Voter

@Ralph-43 You apparently fail to understand that from a Republican standpoint George H.W. Bush's failure to endorse Michelle Nunn is not foolish. There is a good chance that his son, Jeb, former governor of Florida, will seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. If Bush 41 endorsed Michelle, a Democrat, how would he explain that to Republican voters? Since he didn't ask her to stop using his photo in her ad it is obvious he admires her but blood is thicker than water..especially in a 2016 Republican Presidential Primary  race. It would doom Jeb's chances and he was actually a pretty good Governor for Florida. Don't jump to conclusions. Politics is a tough business and throats get cut in both parties.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I agree with you, but as someone else said, Poppy Bush may have a son running again for President - <shudder>

I think George H W is a decent man, but can you imagine the hysteria from the TP crowd if he was anything but a good Republican soldier?

AhmirHaddad
AhmirHaddad

@honested @LaKeisha  
She'll be just another "What's the Democratic Party opinion?  Then that's MY opinion, too" liberals who just vote in lock step.  And politicians like that...of either party...are never great.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31 @RafeHollister  

The same I.D. they ask for when you cash a welfare check or buy beer, Bernie. Shouldn't be a problem among your friends and family, eh?

Derwin0
Derwin0

@td1234 @The_Centrist  Exactly, that's why we had 3 sitting Republican Congressmen give up their seats to fight for the nomination, and why no sitting Democrat dares give up their seat, because they all know the Republican primary winner will easily win in the general. 

td1234
td1234

@Bernie31 @td1234  Yes it is just pure evil to have an expectation that everyone should be responsible and accountable for the actions they take. The huge majority of the poor are in that condition because they choose to be. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CherokeeCounty - America will Never ELECT Another Bush. That SHOW is over and there will be no RERUNS!

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@AhmirHaddad  Conservatives invented "lock-step" and talking points.  They follow the Pied Pipers like little children under the old banners of Southern Democrats, to Dixiecrats, to Yellow Dog Democrats, to Reagan Democrats/Republicans, to Conservative Republicans to Dittoheads to now...Road Kill Possum Repubicans.  

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@EdUktr  You don't have to have photo ID to join the church, join a country club,  buy groceries, or even get a photo voter ID either.  So, it shouldn't be a problem among you, your friends or family either.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@EdUktr - To be Honest with you, Yer Wife and Daughter just bring yourn....it TASTE BETTER!

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234 @DannyX  


td, I told you the other day it's way too early for Nate Silver predictions.  You seem to forget that Nate Silver gave Mitt Romney an 83% chance of winning the popular vote early on.  He also gave the Republicans a 61% chance of taking over the Senate the April before the election.


As far as Nunn and Carter, I seriously don't think either one will win.  The only race I could see going the other way is the governor's race, the ethics cloud hanging over Deal could give Carter a chance.

td1234
td1234

@DannyX  Again where is one single post where I said Nate Silver was biased? 


Since you have always believed in Nate Silver, what is he currently saying about Nunn and Carter chances in Georgia? 

DannyX
DannyX

Whoops, I forgot to answer your question.


Yes td, you did claim bias, the fact that you posted links to unskewedpolls.com numerous times proves it.

DannyX
DannyX

"I was not a firm believer in his predicting model until after the 2012 election but now I believe in his model."


LMAO!!!!!


You still following Karl Rove!?!?  Btw, is Ohio in yet?



td1234
td1234

@DannyX  Can you please produce one single post where I said Nate Silver was biased? 


Did not think so. I was not a firm believer in his predicting model until after the 2012 election but now I believe in his model. 



DannyX
DannyX

Isn't Nate Silver part of the "liberal media" you whiners are always whining about?  Funny, both td and TheCentrist must have posted at least 100 different times about the "biased" Nate Silver, and now here you are, giving the guy lots of love the past few days.


Maybe you both became Nate fans after your embarrassingly bad predictions you made in the past.  Reading the predictions from you 2 failed pundits is funny stuff!   At least you have a liberal to get your expert analysis from, you should do better this time.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bernie31 @td1234  I'm always amazed at the Repugs who talk about not helping those who are lazy and shiftless as if the majority of people seeking assistance fall in that category.  


I wonder how they would classify Jesus feeding the 5,000.  After all, he took lunch from someone else (a boy at that) and then gave it to more than 5,000 other people.  People who obviously didn't bring anything with them.  Those slackers!

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  Georgette, 


And can you tell us all what we are demanding of people currently on means tested programs? Are we demanding that they improve their skillsets? Are we demanding that they perform community service for their benefits? Are we demanding that the poor must get an education?


Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @Bernie31- The Bible also Teaches" Judge Not.. unless ye shall be Judged by One who is Greater."

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Rafe i enjoy reading your comments -  you don't do the knee jerk conservative schtick like the guy above you.

Even when I ususally disagree with you.

No one - in spite of the hysteria from td, is saying that we should not demand accountability from people we help.

But to say that the 'huge majority' of people who need help choose that for themselves is simply a lie - and betrays the darkness of his soul.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@CherokeeCounty  Read the parable about the slaves given the talents and how reviled the two were who did not invest and grow their talents.  Don't think Jesus encouraged people to sit around and wait for a handout.  Certainly we should help those unable to help themselves, but we have long ago moved onto to helping those who don't want to do anything but complain and demand assistance.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  Georgette, People are not "less fortunate" because we have a free education available to anyone that wants to take advantage of their situation. 


You should be honest and say these people so not have the desire to make it in society. 

td1234
td1234

@Bernie31 @td1234  Yes, there is not a Republican out there that will tell you that we should all take care of the widowed with children and ones that can not take care of themselves just like Jesus instructed us to do.


It is also written in the Bible that a man who refuses to work should not eat. We as a society should not be taking care of able bodied people that refuse to work or refuse to take the responsibility to get themselves a marketable skill set or a basic education. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

The difference, Bernie, between you and td, is that you take Jesus' teachings seriously.

td sits on his arrogant high horse and refuses any thing that might help those less fortunate than he is.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @Bernie31- Jesus said "THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU".  So Far He has beeen Right...Hmmmm


The Poor were HERE long before you or I arrived and The Poor will STILL BE Here LOng after we are GONE!


Its not like its possible to eradicate that Problem completely. THINK!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CherokeeCounty - America and History have yet to weigh in on the George W. Bush Presidency. But I can assure You the results will not be PRETTY! or Glowing.


This time of America will be looked upon as being a SHAMEFUL,Cowardice, Fearful, SKERRED of their own shadow, Lacking Faith in God and Country, Hatred of the Poor & Needy Spineless, mean spirited, millionaire lovin, Tv watchin, I-phone talkin, picture takin, selfish group of Americans this Nation has ever seen.