Posted: 5:40 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

David Perdue on his ‘outsider’ status — and licking envelopes 

By Jim Galloway

The month of May was good to David Perdue. He was the cool but non-threatening rebel, a Fonzie who predicted happy days if only Republicans would elect an outsider to the U.S. Senate.

He was the top vote-getter in a seven-candidate field.

But a funny thing has happened on the nine-week road to a July runoff. GOP rival Jack Kingston and his allies have given Perdue – he of the turned-up, denim-jacketed collar – an involuntary makeover.

They have turned The Outsider into The Renegade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent to portray the former Dollar General CEO as the dangerous stranger – think Marlon Brando conquering a small town on his thundering hog.

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That turned-up collar: The sign of an outsider — or dangerous stranger?

Kingston has piled up endorsement after endorsement from GOP regulars, each of whom warns that the Fortune 500 executive and first-time candidate could be a chaos-loaded Trojan horse. Their evidence: Perdue has never stuffed a campaign envelope or pounded a campaign sign into the ground, and has been a scofflaw when it comes to paying his GOP dues.

Reliable polling is scarce, but it’s safe to say that the last month has seen Perdue shift from frontrunner to underdog. Perdue himself admits as much.

Take the issue of endorsements. “We knew we would not get the establishment to get excited about us,” Perdue said in an interview this week.

He’s got radio talk show host Herman Cain on his side, and some state lawmakers. But the candidate said he doesn’t expect an army of veteran surrogates to flock to his cause in the next three weeks.

“I welcome every one of them, but I’m not anticipating any new endorsements,” Perdue said.

Despite his personal wealth, Perdue acknowledged that he is now at a financial disadvantage, given the money being spent by groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in support of Kingston. Perdue said he would “probably” contribute more personal funds to his campaign – June 30 is the next campaign finance reporting deadline, and a large number is important.

“I don’t know how much, but I’m going to make sure we are funded to get the message out. Right now, our fundraising is doing very well,” he said.

Perdue was in his Buckhead campaign office, which is located above state headquarters of the GOP establishment that now shuns him. Newt Gingrich used the same space during his 2012 presidential run.

As Kingston has worked to redefine Perdue, Perdue is now attempting to identify Kingston, a 21-year veteran of Congress, as the “incumbent” in the race – and a willing participant in a George W. Bush-era decline of Republican fortunes. Last week’s Gallup poll, showing Congress with a historically low approval rating of only 7 percent, didn’t hurt.

“I’ve been reminding people that — between 2000 and 2008, where was our landmark health care reform bill? Where was our tax reform bill? Where was our transportation bill? The only thing I saw then was we took the debt from $6 trillion in 2000 to $10 trillion in 2008,” Perdue said. “The Republicans lost the high ground then.”

Perdue’s new focus has been on Kingston’s role as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and one of the largest contradictions within the Savannah congressman’s campaign.

“Jack’s being endorsed by the [U.S.] Chamber of Commerce, even though he supposedly disagrees with them on Common Core and amnesty [for illegal immigrants]. That should concern me as a voter, dramatically,” Perdue said.

This week, Perdue named Kingston the “king of earmarks.” In one three-year period, the Savannah congressman requested more – for a total of $211 million — than the rest of the Georgia delegation put together, Perdue charged.

But in making its case, the Perdue campaign also pointed out that Nathan Deal, now in the middle of a tough re-election bid for governor, made $10 million in earmark requests during the same period. A wise move to include the governor? “Probably not,” Perdue admitted.

The Outsider is also giving fresh emphasis to the need for term limits. The same Washington-based political action committees that keep members of Congress in office are the ones sabotaging any attempt to address a $17 trillion federal debt, Perdue argued.

And that, the candidate said, can be linked to criticism that he hasn’t paid his Republican dues. That he hasn’t licked enough envelopes.

“The current model is full of people that are doing that, and I admire that,” Perdue said. “But look at the results. The current model’s broken. I’ve spent 42 years licking envelopes and doing a lot of other things in the business world. I’m not going to apologize for that.

“Frankly, with only about 10 people in the U.S. Senate that have that background, I believe that’s one of the things that we need up there.

“The argument about non-participation in the process – it’s an empty comment, because [critics] don’t understand the bigger issue. The biggest issue is not moving through the machinations of a political structure within a party, so that you can be tapped one day to run for Congress. That’s what’s got us in this mess,” Perdue said.

Spoken like a true outsider. Or a renegade. One or the other.

31 comments
SteveDelvecchio
SteveDelvecchio

The only thing I saw then was we took the debt from $6 trillion in 2000 to $10 trillion in 2008,” Perdue said.

This guy is no "outsider." He is just another lying lackey for the .1%.


If someone says, “The government is $10 trillion in debt,” that may sound worrisome. But if someone makes the even more correct statement, “People have deposited $10 trillion with the Federal Reserve Bank,” you probably would not think that translates into, “The federal government is ‘living beyond its means.’”

The statements are identical. “Deposits” simply have a different inference from “debt,” though in one sense, deposits are debt.

The agenda for many people, particularly the upper .1% income/wealth group, is to scare the 99.9% with “debt clocks” and frightening statements about the federal debt being “unsustainable” or the government being “broke.” These lies rely on the negative implications of the word “debt.”

The nefarious purpose is to encourage the population’s agreement with austerity (debt cutting), which widens the gap between the .1% and the 99.9%.

Our Monetarily Sovereign federal government is not, and cannot go, “broke.”Deposits at the FRB cannot be “unsustainable.”

The Federal government doesn’t  even owe those deposits; the Federal Reserve Bank does (funny how a guy with 40 years of "business experience" doesn't know this), which it pays back simply by transferring dollars from holders’ T-security accounts to the same holders’ checking accounts.

And since the federal government doesn’t owe those T-security dollars deposited with the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal debt is functionally $0.

The next time someone tells you the government owes trillions of dollars, which our grandchildren will have to pay, ask him, “Are you referring to the trillions of dollars in deposits at the Federal Reserve Bank, which are paid off simply by transferring dollars from depositors’ T-security accounts to their checking accounts?”

Of course, the person won’t know what you’re talking about, which is O.K., because they demonstrated they also don’t know what they are talking about, either.

100% ignorance.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Mary Nunn to her liberal base in GA:

(1) I am just like you - just ignore that I first lived on my grandfather's 2400 acre farm then moved to DC & attended a private school.

(2) I work hard for my money - just ignore that I am paid $300,000 to run a volunteer organization started by a neo-con.

(3) I have a family just like you - just ignore that my husband is a stay home dad & my kids attend private school.

rphillips111
rphillips111

The Bush Family establishment controls the GA Republican just like it controls the Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia GOP.  And two  Bushite  GOP former Senators--Lugar of Indiana and Warner of VA have already endorsed "Bush Family Friend" Michelle Nunn" and sent her checks.  So we know a lot of Bush Republicans support Democrat Michelle Nunn.


Having said that, since Kingston is a known Bush family trustee, the establishment has coalesced behind him like they did Graham in SC, McConnell in KY, and of course the poster boy for the establishment lately--Thad Cochran in Mississippi, who still had to rely on liberal crossover democrats to win the GOP Primary.  We do not know  what the US Chamber and Karl Rove's PACs spent on the race, but we do know every GOP officeholder lined up publicly behind him and they got Brett Favre to support Cochran.  And remember, this is mostly done out of Lobbyist street in Washington.  Same thing appears to be happening here in Georgia.


Kingston is a fraud, a Washington insider beholden to all the special interests which are ruining the country.  The US Chamber only endorses those who favor amnesty for illegals, you know.  No matter what Kingston says, look who is backing him, that's where his allegiance is.Look for the same kind of


A GOP run by Washington lobbyists and the Bush family does  not deserve to be elected here in Georgia.


Go Perdue.



Ralph-43
Ralph-43

David Perdue is a clear cut businessman with involvement in management.His ability to maintain focus and loyalty have to be questioned because of his short term experience at multiple companies moving from Sarah Lee to Haggar, Inc. to Reebok to Pillotex to Hillshire to Dollar General to Aquila Group and now Perdue Partners.Also, intermittently serving on Boards of Liquidity Services, Interstate Power and Light, Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Power and Light, Cardlytics, Easton Bell Sports, Graphic Packaging Holding, Iowa Power and Light, JoAnn Stores, and Pillowtex.In general, when I review a resume’, it makes me nervous to see such poor focus and persistence.Is he disliked or unable to work with people?I don’t think we want such a person representing us in Washington.He would appear to have little experience in the community, with healthcare, international affairs, social programs, community programs, etc.The focus appears to be on personal profit making without regard for the stability of America or other citizens of the country.

anothercomment
anothercomment

My concern about rich guy Purdue he wants to turn down Congressional raises. That hurts every Federal Judge, federal prosecutors office, the FBI, Homeland security, the DOD, the Va already finding it next to impossible to recruit doctors since doctors and surgeons are primarily limited to a $10k bonus over a GS-13 80-110 range. Scientists, engineers, at CDC, NIH are all trapped under what the Congressional and senate pay. It also caps the increases for retires. Georgia has over 40,000 government employees plus double that in retires. Purdue wants to cap their raises. Why he is already a Millionare so he can campaign that he doesn't need to take his congressional pay or raises. But be ware he and cousin son are already benefiting from their trucking lines from the port of Savannah across to I-75 and I-85.

That spending power increases multiplies in every hometowns, not only Atlanta but near the military bases, and down in Brunswick at Homeland securities training centers. With Kingston's senerity we might be able to get some more jobs here. Especially , when McConnell looses. There are a bunch of workers comp claim processing jobs in London, Ky along with reviewing ACA forms. That can be transferred to Georgia. It used to be in Bryd country. You need people with seniority that get you projects and jobs.

We don't need to be capital of the dollar general of the year, which is lower on the food chain than Wally World.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Well, Jim's made his determination about who Michelle Nunn's going to face in the general election. 

Otherwise this column would surely have been a platform for Congressman Kingston to likewise help her (alas, unpromising) campaign by echoing its talking points. 

DS
DS

I can understand that professional politicians might care whether a candidate has paid his dues by making phone calls, stamping envelopes and putting up yard signs. But do voters care? I don't. Seems like inside-baseball, politics style.

I think Perdue came out on top of the Republican heap in May because he talked about what he would do and how he's different. Now he spends too much time talking about Kingston. Doesn't seem nearly as interesting.

honested
honested

Frick and Frack in a desperate battle for second place in November.

Be careful licking to many of those envelopes, especially if they came from your former employer. You never know what goes into that imported glue.

AvailableName
AvailableName

GOP folks, here's a hint:  Envelopes have a self stickum thing now, same as stamps.


As to the actual merits of the race, “I’ve been reminding people that — between 2000 and 2008, where was our landmark health care reform bill? Where was our tax reform bill? Where was our transportation bill? The only thing I saw then was we took the debt from $6 trillion in 2000 to $10 trillion in 2008,” Perdue said. “The Republicans lost the high ground then.”


Exactly, and I don't see anything from Perdue on any of these issues, he's a member, apparently having not paid enough dues, of the party of no.  Time for another Democratic Senator from Georgia.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

"Nathan Deal, now in the middle of a tough re-election bid for governor".

Only according to the liberal AJC.  Professional pundits like Nate Silver, Charlie Cook, Larry Sabato, and Stuart Rothenberg don't see it that way.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Ralph-43

What Ralph really means is: I hate all Republicans, but choose to pretend otherwise.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@MiltonMan  Perdue said that he was stupid to implicate the Governorship in the Senate race.  So bring in Milton Man to put icing on the stupid cake.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - Wow.  We agree.

I'm a little surprised that endorsements from fellow politicians seem to carry weight as Kingston is leading in the polls since the primary.  Maybe it is that possible renegade vs the devil you know feeling.  Turnout will determine the outcome if it is close.  Kingston will certainly get his district to turn out - hard to say how metro Atlanta and further north will turn out - Perdue's previous base.  That is all part of the polling - trying to pin down "likely" voters, and it is harder in expected low turnout elections.  Intriguing (at least to me).

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@AvailableName Excellent post! But cons do not remember history. They forget that while they are all for term limits...and they endorse a 22 year congressman for senate. Term limits, yeah right!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist 

Professional pundits like Nate Silver, Charlie Cook, Larry Sabato, and Stuart Rothenberg don't see it that way. 

Whistling past the graveyard.

Just sayin'.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Rasmussen Poll - May 21 and 22 - likely voters - Carter 48% - Deal 41%.

I guess they're part of the liberal AJC also?

What a whacked out world you live in.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

You might want to look closer to home and speak to Georgia voters farther away than your neighbors.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

43 represents your IQ there chief???  Keep riding that AJC coat-tail and it will be nice to see you, Mary Nunn and Jason Carter on the Democratic "victory" parade come November.

rphillips111
rphillips111

@The_Centrist   Kingston is part of the Republican Establishment Inside Washington Club, and like in Thad Cochran's case, the establishment cares for their own.


But that's OK, they are all just "waiting for Jeb" to get elected and "put things back right" like his dad and older brother. Problem is that old new World Order, amnesty for illegals, our jobs to China, and increase in the size, cost, and deficit thingy Bush 1 created and Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama have kept going ever since is about to run out of even borrowed money.  Bush 3 will keep driving the vehicle, but it will all break down once he's elected, he will be blamed for following "daddy's plan" and by 2020 GOP office holders will be hunted down and voted out of office in droves.  1932 all over again. I can't wait for "the deluge".


But sadly, the US will be destroy by then with a government too big to pay for, a Constitution routinely ignored,overrun with amnestied illegal immigrants, and backbreaking national debt, and all our Jobs will be in China.  The New World Order, you know.

DS
DS

@The_Centrist Kingston leads Perdue in metro Atlanta by 10 points, according to SurveyUSA. I guess Handel's supporters listened to her. 

I'm surprised too. I never thought metro Atlanta voters would prefer a south Georgia congressional rep over a metro Atlanta CEO type, regardless of what Handel says. Seems to go against type. 

And I see Perdue signs all over town, but not many Kingston signs. I wonder if the polling is accurate.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Rasmussen had Romney beating Obama.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@CherokeeCounty - More recent poll by SurveyUSA - Gov. Nathan Deal leading Democratic Sen. Jason Carter 44-38 percent.

You won't like the next polls after Carter stepped in it in Savannah, Deal visiting foreign dignitaries, and the CNBC business rating.  And then there was 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 

But snap shot polls in May and June are meaningless.  I referred to political pundits who do this for a living.  They look at history, expected campaign funds, trends, and many other things.  

I'll go back to ignoring your (and other posters) partisan posts and name calling.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - Guess those Handel supporters are still smarting from the accurate remark from Perdue about her lack of qualifications.  Are they steamed enough to turnout when Handel is not on the ballot?  I don't even know if I am a likely voter - depends on my mood since I don't see much difference between them.

Professional campaign advisers must have data showing that attacking is better than defining yourself.  We obviously don't represent a majority of voters.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

History not your thing there Road???  Look at the longest serving reps/senators in US history - all top heavy with libs with Golden Child Dingell being in office for 58 years.  You libs love, love to keep sending rubbish.  Heck the senior member of the Georgia delegation, the useless John Lewis, has been in office for 27 years.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Are you the last person in the Country to question any SurveyUSA poll on any candidate?


Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist 

 I'll go back to ignoring...

Not intended to be a factual statement.

Just sayin'.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist Run off elections are normally about the true base or party loyalist. Kingston has been a loyal member of the states Republican party for many years while Perdue was supporting Dems in Mass. 


Kingston has been making the rounds to all the county Republican party events while Perdue has not.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Yeah how many times have we heard that....just another lie, _centrist.