One by one, business owners said in court this week they felt intimidated by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis when he asked for campaign contributions, and they feared losing work from the county if they didn’t pay up.
In his first TV ad of the long-ago GOP primary for U.S. Senate, David Perdue called himself “the outsider.” Apparently, the word doesn’t have the same charm in a hot summer runoff.
The campaign unleashed its first attack ad in the GOP Senate runoff this morning with a 30-second spot that proclaims the businessman as the “true conservative” in the race and questions Rep. Jack Kingston’s spending on earmarks. The word “outsider” doesn’t receive a mention.
It was only a matter of time until Perdue’s campaign unloaded after a few quiet weeks. The candidate is sitting on a pile of cash as the July 22 runoff nears and the millionaire former Fortune 500 executive has enough resources to significantly boost his war chest.
The only question was how early Perdue would go on the offensive during a nine-week runoff that is the longest – and surely will be the costliest – in state history.
Here’s the full text of Perdue’s opening runoff salvo:
“They arrive with good intentions. So what happened to Jack Kingston?
Jack voted to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly, adding trillions to the national debt. He spent our tax dollars on thousands of wasteful earmarks all while voting to raise his own pay seven times. Jack’s twenty-two years of liberal spending has to stop.
David Perdue’s the true conservative, who’ll take on career politicians and the Washington establishment.”