Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

David Perdue dubs himself ‘true conservative’ in Jack Kingston attack ad 

By Greg Bluestein

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.

Perdue’s opening runoff ad plays off the crying baby theme that served him so well in the primary campaign. It also invokes Kingston’s role on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, dubbing his rival a “liberal” spender. There’s no mention of recent stories that tied Kingston’s campaign to potentially illegal campaign contributions.

There’s no immediate word on how much the campaign set aside for the ads, but federal filings show the initial buy amounts to more than $100,000.

We’re told to expect more ads from Kingston, who has benefited from a super PAC that’s pounded Perdue on the airwaves as an “outsider who would raise our taxes.” That’s where the word “outsider” has disappeared to. Kingston allies have appropriated it.

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.”

53 comments
honested
honested

Be SMART Georgia.


I'm the most conserrrrrrvative = I'm the least likely to govern appropriately!

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

Hey Perdue.....1978 called. It wants it's denim jacket back.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Ed

How many times are you going to print that same old poll done by Matt Towery, who has ZERO credibility? Here is the latest Rasmussen poll, a GOP leaning poll, with a national reputation for accuracy.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2014/georgia/election_2014_georgia_governor

And here are the results for Nunn

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2014/georgia/election_2014_georgia_senate

Both Nunn and Carter lead in their respective races.

It is really sad what the GOP has become. The race is ONLY about who can be the MOST conservative. It's never about a vision, or thoughtful public policy. It's never about what a candidate will do dor Georgia. With the GOP, it is ALWAYS about who's the most conservative. I'm sorry, but I expect more than that from my candidate for Governor or Senate.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Hey, Jim: Did you get this article directly from the Democrat Party, or did you actually write it yourself? And are you and your Party cronies concerned that Michelle Nunn is now trailing both Republican candidates?

Deal 44%; Carter 38%

Kingston 43%; Nunn 37% 

Perdue 43%; Nunn 38%

—Latest poll results from 11Alive News (WXIA-TV) http://tinyurl.com/ouq4e3d

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

So we have the great choice of one who has "sucked at the government teat" for ages, vs. a short attention span, job-hopping guy constantly looking to boost his bottom line (to h3ll with others).  Some choice, huh, repubs?  Can't you do ANY better? 

DS
DS

Does the "true conservative" message really resonate with anyone? I know it doesn't with moderates, of course, but I wonder if perhaps conservatives are tired of hearing this too.

Talk is cheap---back it up with something more substantive. Tell us how you'd be different than your opponent.

Lynn43
Lynn43

I am sick and tired of politicians arguing over who is the "most conservative".  They sound like two siblings arguing over who "Mama loves best". If we added "political conservative" to Webster's Dictionary, the definition would be "a hypocritical, narrow minded, women hating, old rich white dude who wants to destroy the middle and lower income class of the citizens, and giving tax breaks to their wealthy friends ". 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

I suppose, like Jan Jones and the 'cheerleaders' in the state house that want to "run Grady like a business", Perdue wants to run the United States "like a business". Perdue has spent his life in private business – working in full-time management flitting from one company to the next – 8 in total – and sometimes taking part-time work, moving from one Trustee Board to the next – 10 in total.A year or two here and a year or two there – what is that about?  It is about personal enrichment.  If you want to enrich Perdue further - send him to the Senate where I am sure he will be steadfast in his opposition to taxes, education, healthcare, highway construction, maintenance of infrastructure, and all other public expenditures.  He will then retire comfortably to his gated island home - guards posted to protect against the growing armed conflict by the 90 percent without adequate food, healthcare, education, or shelter.


The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Facts given are not "attack ads" as this blog likes to falsely print.  The reason that "there’s no mention of recent stories that tied Kingston’s campaign to potentially illegal campaign contributions" is because only the grossly biased AJC tried to blow out of proportion contributions returned to a bad actor who gave them.

JackClemens
JackClemens

who’ll take on career politicians and the Washington establishment.


Oh, if that were only true. Still voting for him though.

shameful
shameful

We need more "outsiders" to offer as candidates and get this inept bunch out of Washington. Folks, we are in trouble as a country and politicians got us there. I have nothing against Mr. Kingston as a person, but he is by all means, a professional politician. 

Why should we continue to re-elect the same crowd in order to receive the same results? We keep re-electing and it is getting us further and further away from what we stand for and what we need to have happen.

WAKE UP AMERICA, and especially liberals. 

SouthernMan1
SouthernMan1

As long as it's not a lazy a... democrat, I don't care who gets elected.

Archangel
Archangel

Deborah,


If you're not going to vote then it doesn't matter. In other words, this particular race isn't for the middle.

honested
honested

I hope to live long enough to once again see ads claiming to be 'not at all conservative so not likely to keep repeating the same mistakes the conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvatives make over, and over, and over, and over again, always putting America at risk'.

That would be a reason to be there when the polls open!

lvg
lvg

Love it- cons trying to outcon each other with nothing positive to say about their goals.So if Perdue gets elected he will make sure  we default on the national debt and make sure  most of Georgia's tax money goes for earmarks in other states?

DeborahinAthens
DeborahinAthens

Maybe Perdue would do better if he realized that he needs those of us more moderate voters. To us, the Debt Ceiling debacle is a ridiculous and very dangerous game that the A..Holes who call themselves Tea Partiers chose to play. These idiots have destroyed the trust other nations have had in the one thing that had been golden...the "full faith and credit of the United States". Not to mention that every time the A...Holes pull this political stunt, the markets pull back 15 percent or more, wiping out the value of our pensions and IRAs. We folks in the middle don't like this. If you want my vote, Perdue, think again. But I wouldn't vote for Kingston, either.

NWGAL
NWGAL

And here I thought he was shopping at Goodwill....

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@PoliticalOutsiderSpot on about the only qualifier is who is more conservative. How about your vision for Georgia or the US? Specific programs and how you would accomplish it? Silly me!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@ Outsider polling:

http://www.rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/ratings/governor  May 9 "Favored Republican"
http://cookpolitical.com/ratings  5/30 "Likely Republican"

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2014-governor/ March - June 12 "Leans Republican"

http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/ratings/senate  - Not "tossup", not "lean", but "favored" Republican (6/6)
http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2014-senate/ - Not "tossup", but "lean" Republican (4/15 - 6/16)

Nate Silver: In Georgia Senate Race, 70% Chance of a GOP Win (6/8)
 

EdUktr
EdUktr

@PoliticalOutsider

If you bothered to look you'd see that the Rasmussen polls you quote are outdated. Even the Huffington Post has Nunn trailing in the race.

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Another day dawns.

Same old poll from the same old poster.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@EdUktr The average poll says Deal is ahead by 3 points.  The average polls has Nunn over Kingston by 2, and Perdue over Nunn by 2.


As for accuracy, ask Romney and Cantor about conservative pollsters.  I still see Karl Rove ranting about what his polls said.  Turnout by independent thinking women who are single, college educated, childbearing aged, or working or not, will determine these statewide races

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

NEITHER seem to be "public servants" unless that means serving themselves and their top-dollar cronies.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - it is aimed at the Republicans who might vote in the Republican runoff election next month.  Turnout is expected to be low, so they are fighting over those most likely to vote - conservatives.  Although I am not a Republican, I did vote in their primary and might vote for the most moderate in the runoff - if I can figure out who that is.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@Lynn43  Interesting except Sarah Palin, Tim Scott, Bobby Jindal. etc. don't fit your definition. Silly me to think a liberal would get something correct.

honested
honested

@Ralph-43 

'run government like a business'

Always a clear sign of a candidate who has no 'business' in Government!

honested
honested

@shameful 

'especially Liberals',

Yep, especially DON'T VOTE FOR cONSERVATIVES!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Archangel 

... this particular race isn't for the middle.

And there's your sign.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Archangel -  Correct.  The middle will be hearing a LOT of these factual quotes the AJC will characterize as "attack ads" after Labor Day:

"We cannot and I would not ask the people of Georgia to pay more in state taxes … right now.”   Also undefined "difficult budgeting decisions" and "tough choices" if yet more spending were to be done for education and Medicaid expansion. - Jason Carter Friday the 13th June, 2014

Even liberal Jim Galloway says: "He can, and should, be required to point to the areas of government he would shrink in order to pay for his priorities." AJC Political Insider 6-17-2014

honested
honested

@lvg 

The bumper sticker:

Don't vote for a candidate who won't raise taxes!

How many other hard choices will they avoid?

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Road

I'm not running so who cares how I would fix the problems facing our state/nation. I do expect candidates to disclose their solutions however. And claiming to be the most conservative isn't a solution.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@RoadScholar - That comes after Labor Day closer to the General Election.  Right now, they are courting Republicans most likely to vote in the runoff  - conservatives.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Those polls are not candidate vs candidate. They are generic based on questions like " As a general rule, do you normally vote Democrat or Republican". Thus they are about as useless as a Matt Towery poll.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@CuriousPrime @EdUktr

Those "averages" include polls that are MONTHS old and outdated.

DS
DS

@The_Centrist, yeah, I'll vote in the runoff too. But neither candidate is impressing me with his messaging. I'm tired of negative ads and most-conservative claims.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@The_Centrist Give us the whole context, please, or we start pulling words here and there on your guys.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Retired-Soldier @DeborahinAthens The DOW has nothing to do with the "full faith and credit of the United States." 


Besides, the DOW is a hoax.  The industrial companies have increased from 12 to 30 since 1896, only one company is still in existence, and only four others have been around pre-1940.  If the average was calculated for real, it would be $392.


Since 2008, eight companies have changed.  How are your stocks like Bank of America, Citigroup, and GM doing compared to Cisco, Chevron, and Nike?


So much for businesses being the panacea for running an administration.

honested
honested

@EdUktr @honested 

Plenty.

no point wasting space.

just like the tiny dog linking nonsense out of townhall

Did you have anything to say?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Polls in June during a heated primary runoff are almost meaningless.  Campaigns and voters don't get serious until after Labor Day.  The fact we have an incumbent Governor, are a red state without a single Democrat elected to state wide office, and Democrats against the wall nationally for mid-term elections giving Republicans a targeted money advantage will take hold. The slight Republican advantage in GA polls now is likely to expand to landslide proportions.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Wascatlady - I may not bother to vote in the runoff.  Just glad that Broun, Handel, and Gingrey didn't make the cut.  I feel a little bad about not voting since the winner is most likely to be our next Senator.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Wascatlady - All that before and after extraneous stuff meant to divert from the meaty quotes will be the Democrats job to try to use.

Democrats will be using "ethics" without referrring to only minor campaign finance violations that led to a small fine which was paid.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Glad I voted in the wrong wing primary.

Now I get to help select the most likely to lose in November!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist 

... minor campaign finance violations...

An example of spin.

See also: Just a little bit pregnant.