Posted: 12:24 pm Monday, April 28th, 2014

New hoops-themed Michelle Nunn ad features her dad 

By Daniel Malloy

Democratic U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn is out with a new television ad today that for the first time brings in her father, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.

Michelle says she followed her father’s footsteps into basketball but not politics, though she is now attempting to follow him into the Senate. The bio ad is another attempt to introduce herself to voters ahead of the May 20 Democratic primary in which she is a big favorite, as the Republicans in the race take shots at each other.

Here’s what the New York Times wrote last year about Nunn’s hoops career:

Ms. Nunn left Perry when she was 6, moving “against my will,” she quipped, to Bethesda, Md. She played basketball at the private all-girls National Cathedral School in Washington, and later trounced colleagues during late-night Nerf ball games. (“I am a very fierce competitive Nerf ball player,” Ms. Nunn said.)

Dikembe Mutombo blocks a shot in this 1997 AJC file photo.

Dikembe Mutombo blocks a shot in a 1997 playoff game against Detroit (AJC file).

An email to Nunn supporters introducing the ad comes from the pen of Dikembe Mutombo, former Atlanta Hawks and Geico ad star:

“There aren’t a lot of things that get past me. So when people tell me that we should send more of the same type of leadership to Washington, I say no, no, no.

“Especially now that Georgia has the chance to send an extraordinary leader to the U.S. Senate — Michelle Nunn. 

“Over the years I’ve worked with Michelle on service projects at Points of Light and I have seen first-hand how she brings people together and empowers them to solve problems. Collaboration, teamwork, civility, and a can-do spirit – these are all qualities Michelle brings with her to everything she does.”

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The AJC’s Janel Davis reports that at an event today at Georgia Tech, Nunn weighed in on Georgia’s new gun law signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In response to a question by Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News, Nunn said the legislation is a state issue, but she does share the concerns of some of Georgia’s law enforcement officers.

Otherwise, Nunn spoke about improving college access and affordability.

She discussed the Obama administration’s announcement last week about new standards for teaching programs. The federal education department will propose regulations for teacher training programs this summer, along with public input, with plans for final rules established in a year. The goal is to improve the quality of the nation’s teachers, and hold the programs that certify them accountable:

“When you think about standards of education, I think you need to look to teachers to help form that. Making sure that their input is integrated, incorporated, how they are put together and framed, and also how they are implemented, because the standards are only as good as the implementation of them.

“So first and foremost, I would want to make sure that there is local participation and teacher participation and standards and that we are encourage the very best teachers, those that are going to get their degrees in education, and making sure they have the very best training, and curriculum for success in the classroom.”

On the campaign, Nunn touted Cook Political Report’s rating of the Georgia Senate race as a toss-up.

At the end of her education talks, “people usually say, ‘well that’s all good, but can you actually win?’” Nunn said. “We are getting huge traction. We are competitive in the polls; even, or even ahead of the Republican contenders.”

A Democrat-leaning survey in January did show Nunn tied or ahead of the Republicans, though a more recent Channel 2 Action News poll showed David Perdue and Phil Gingrey beating her.

33 comments
VolatileVoice
VolatileVoice

I know Michelle. I've worked with her. From a small local group of friends doing volunteer work in metro Atlanta, she built Hands On Atlanta. Michelle took volunteerism to the next level, creating a national network of volunteer organizations known as Hands On Network. It was such a success that President Bush urged her to lead the merger of Hands On Network and the Points of Light Foundation. 


I'd much rather see us have a common sense voice than the rabid voices heard in the Republican primary.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Amazing. Michelle's new ad still won't let on that she's a Democrat. What's that say about her party's chances here in Georgia?

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

While her dad was a senator, I voted for him on several occasions. She seems to play up her role as a community organizer and  that is what Georgia doesn't need. We already have one of those people in Washington and it hasn't worked out very well. What Georgia needs is a common sense senator much like her dad.

td1234
td1234

One of the biggest contributors to Nunn has been the Harry Reid PAC. Now who really thinks she is going to vote against him if she happened to be elected?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

AJC pumping up Democrats and Nunn (with added breathless updates) won't work - the vast majority of most of its readership is already part of the Democratic Party base.

Andy123
Andy123

She can't be too honest with the electorate if she won't even mention she's running as a Democrat. 

GeorgiaPeaches2013
GeorgiaPeaches2013

Good Video.  As a proud voting Republican, the more I hear about Michelle Nunn, the more I like her.  Georgia can really use some common sense representatives for our great state.

What we DON'T NEED is more extreme polarizing politicians screaming at each other...and NOT GETTING ANYTHING DONE. 

The more I read some of these crazy comments from my side of the aisle...I'm having a hard time telling people I'm a Republican.  Stop the name calling and post a comment that isn't a talking point.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Will the real Mrs. Nunn stand up and tell us just how far left she really is? Doubtful. For one, she took money from Hanoi Jane Fonda. For two, she supports ObamaCare, pure and simple. Do NOT be fooled, folks-this is a far lefty hiding out in wolf's fur. Once Sam's daughter gets installed into Washington, she'll forget all about who she is representing - and then hang out with Jay-Z at $10,000/plate suppers. Wake up, folks and look at the facts. Amen, Bill

NWGAL
NWGAL

Isn't it bad enough we have to endure political ads on tv without also having them promoted here? Politicians run self serving ads. It isn't news.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Nothing, why?

It's irrelevant.

I saw a billboard for Kingston the other day - it didn't mention that he was a Republican.

So what?

VolatileVoice
VolatileVoice

@LHardingDawg Community ORGANIZER? Not like Obama. Michelle has worked to build a volunteer network in communities across the nation - one that many, many nonprofits use to help find volunteers to work on projects. And one that many corporations use to find projects for team-building and company volunteer days. 

You should learn more about the Points of Light Foundation and her role there before you dismiss her as a "community organizer."

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg  

Well, she appears to be the only 'common sense Senator' on the ballot.

Especially when compared to the ravings of the 'seven dwarfs'.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

My guess is that she'll vote as she sees fit.

Dems are notoriously tough to control - it's the Republicans who vote in lockstep with what the tp crowd tells them.

honested
honested

@td1234  

Yes, tiny dog, she will obviously vote for WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA.

I realize that's not of interest to those who seek a wrong-wing takeover of the United States, but after all your numbers shrink daily.

honested
honested

@Andy123  

Watch all the commercials carefully.

She is making it clear that she supports the American Majority Party.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@Jefferson1776  The only one who is scared is Sam's daughter who is deathly afraid to admit that she's a member of the Democrat Party. Michelle's not being honest and for that, she needs to lose big just to teach her fellow party members that they NEED to tell the truth. Why did she take Hanoi Jane's money? Why is she in favor of ObamaCare? The people need to hear who WILL repeal ObamaCare and who WILL keep it on life support. Amen, Bill 

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

I would be too, if my nominee-of-choice was Paul Broun...

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is the NWGAL sockpuppet Democrat, and screen name stealing, scum.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

The key word is "across the nation". I believe she is running for a senate seat in Georgia. She was raised in Washington DC, not even a home grown Georgia girl.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is the NWGAL sockpuppet, and screen name thief/ scum.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is the NWGAL sockpuppet, and screen name thief scum.

td1234
td1234

@honested @The_Centrist  And what does the words "most conservative or the true conservative or conservative" candidate in Georgia mean to you? LOL 

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

Does that change the simple fact that republicans don't mention their party affiliation in their commercials?

Are we supposed to divine their party status from their sophomoric commercials?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist I would write a strongly worded letter if I were you. That'll show'em!  But I still don't see what the problem is. If you can pretend to be centrist, why can't someone else?  No one is likely to confuse the two of you, The-Centrist writes pithy, intelligent comments, while yours don't contain even a scintilla of intelligence.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@The_Centrist  

How cute. The comment counting so called Centrist is feigning outrage

What a sad sack he is but still good for a few laughs.