Posted: 7:00 am Friday, July 11th, 2014

David Perdue to get a boost from his best-known backers 

By Greg Bluestein

Rep. Jack Kingston may have sucked up most of the big-name Republican support in the July 22 GOP Senate runoff. But his rival, businessman David Perdue, is about to get a boost from his two best-known backers.021914 senate debate kdj09

Perdue’s first-cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, will soon be featured on a TV ad boosting his candidacy, as well as campaign stops in the hours before the vote. And Herman Cain, who hosted a fundraiser for Perdue on Thursday night, will soon be featured on radio ads.

It’s a way to counteract the wave of establishment and tea party support that’s enveloped Kingston’s campaign, including the endorsements of former Secretary of State Karen Handel and Rep. Phil Gingrey, who finished third and fourth in May’s primary vote.

Perdue said the ad will be the public manifestation of the ex-governor’s behind-the-scenes effort on his behalf.

“Sonny has been working the phones,” said David Perdue, a former Fortune 500 chief executive. “He’s been a great supporter, a great adviser and a great mentor in the process. He’s been very involved in the campaign.”

Cain’s radio spots, too, are expected to start running next week. And he was the main attraction at a reception at Eagle’s Landing Country Club, where AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos counted about 50 donors. Among them was Ginny Heugle of East Cobb, who said she factored Cain’s backing when making her pick.

“I was already a supporter,” she said. “But it certainly helped when Herman Cain supported him.”

10 comments
Jke
Jke

@PoliticalOutsider -- Sonny knew no bounds when it came to looking after friends and family and was an SOB to just about anybody else.  One reason Perdue couldn't raise any money from Republican politicos, or get anything more than a handful of endorsements from Republican officeholders, is the way Sonny treated everybody.  Sonny has few if any friends from the General Assembly, as he treated them worse than his enemies.  Most people are of the opinion that Sonny was arrogant, condescending, all-around SOB. Cousin Perdue as a senator would be a disaster. And with his egotistical attitude ('only a few of us know anything' and high school education remarks) and 3 gates to get into his compound on Sea Island lifestyle, you can bet he's no better than Cuz Sonny.  


If Kingston doesn't win the runoff, I'm strongly considering Nunn.  At least like Kingston she seems to be a nice person and one who will not use the office to feed a huge ego or to enrich herself.  

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Before Nathan Deal raised the bar for corruption in Georgia Politics, Sonny Perdue was the most corrupt Governor of the modern era. Remember the Fox5 story about Perdue and his hometown Sheriff making GDOT move the alignment of a road so the route would go through their property? Now the icing on the cake is finally disclosed in today's AJC. Sonny appointed former GOP head and his campaign chairman to the Ports Authority Board, along with his former CFO, and nephew David Perdue. While Governor, Perdue's trucking company signed lucrative trucking deals for the Port through a shadow 3rd party corporation.

Sonny Perdue finished near the bottom of his class at UGA Veterinary School, but after being Governor, he's now an international business magnate. Right. All he needs now is to have his own United States Senator and the sky's the limit! This is arrogance and ego fueling more corruption. Georgia deserves better.

DS
DS

Perdue has been pounding the airwaves and digital media with advertising. It will be interesting to see if this has been effective.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Polls show he, too, would handily beat Michelle Nunn. But in a state rightly wary of putting Democrats in high office, Perdue may have other opportunities down the road.

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Hate to tell ya Dave, but you're just gonna remind 'some' voters that your part of the same gene-pool that gave us the first Goober Perdue, and they ain't likely to have another one in charge. If I were you I'd have my staff look up Kingston's 'Know Your District' interview with Stephen Colbert and pull a few smarly, mush-mouth, responses to air.

honested
honested

An article that spares no expense to name the Biggest Losers in Georgia Politics.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I fear for this beautiful state when I read that someone is influenced to vote for the guy because Herman Cain supports him.


If anything, that's a reason to run shrieking in the other direction...

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

First duet 'Swan Song' in the history of Ga. politics.

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Only if you cherry pick the 'polls' that support your obsession.