Posted: 11:15 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The day David Perdue walked out on the U.S. Chamber 

By Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Jefferson - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has dropped about $2.3 million on Rep. Jack Kingston in the Senate race, and the scuttlebutt in political circles has long held that one reason for the largess is the testy relationship between the business group and David Perdue.

In fact, you could say that the Republican race for the U.S. Senate was largely shaped on the day when Perdue arrived in Atlanta for his interview with the most powerful business group in the U.S.

photo - Copy (3)The ex-Fortune 500 chief executive talked specifics about that meeting for the first time at a campaign stop in Jefferson this morning.

In that sit-down, Perdue told a crowd of about 30 supporters, the Chamber’s representatives urged him to “tell us you’ll vote for us 100 percent of the time.” When he balked, and said he wanted to “represent my constituents instead,” he said the exchange turned testy.

Said Perdue:

“I got mad. I walked out of a 60-minute interview in about 10 minutes. There’s a rumor going around that I lost my temper. I can confirm for you today that that is true.”

Each of the GOP Senate candidates sought out the Chamber’s endorsement, but Perdue was seen as a contender because of his boardroom background.

Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s political director, has said Kingston was the group’s pick because “he’s someone we rely on to get something done.”

There was no comment on why Perdue chose to speak about the meeting six days before the primary, but we surmise it’s because it could be too late for the Chamber to unload negative ads against him.

Contacted Wednesday, Engstrom said Perdue did walk out of the meeting — but not because of any ultimatum on the Chamber’s part:

“He left abruptly after 10 minutes, called two hours later to apologize. During that phone call, he asked to fly to Washington to meet again to reset, which he did.

“Despite others attempts to dramatize the facts of our meetings, our endorsement was based on member input.  The fact is that Jack Kingston is the only candidate with a proven record of fighting for America’s job creators.  We categorically never said Mr. Perdue needs to vote with us 100%, in fact our threshold for incumbents is 70% with very limited exception.”

Kingston disagrees with the Chamber on some key issues, including immigration reform.

A person familiar with the exchange said Perdue said at the Atlanta meeting: “I don’t give a damn about the U.S. Chamber.” Perdue, according to the person who did not want to be named describing a private exchange, then added: “You’re either in or you’re out. You’re either going to endorse me right now or this is a waste of my time. … You’ve been waiting for a candidate like me for 20 years.”

The second meeting in Washington went better, but the Chamber decided to back Kingston with an announcement in April.

130 comments
jayjay269
jayjay269

You idiots... Fighting over the less of two evils again. Kingston has a verifiable record of violating your Constitutional Right (N.D.A.A. 2012, CISPA and FISA) while Perdue wants to limit your Constitutional Rights based on geographical location and feels you aren't qualified to understand the Constitution, if you aren't a college graduate or lived overseas.

POV1948
POV1948

My concern with Perdue is his years and years of lack of interest in the political process, which extended to not even bothering to vote in elections.  But now only he can fix what's wrong.  

Globeflyer
Globeflyer

This is the same "Chamber" that is backing amnesty and, essentially, "open borders". If you think that is a good idea, then it appears Kingston might be your man.

Cinesias
Cinesias

A true politician who cares about his or her constituents will make sure to take pledges of individuals and businesses that they will do or not do whatever that pledge says!


Because that is how f̶a̶s̶c̶i̶s̶m̶ RealDemocracy™ works!!!1!


#ConservativePride

William1952
William1952

Congratulations to David Perdue. I've looked at both candidates, and, knowing there would be a runoff, these two were my favorites. However, after this loooooong runoff, Perdure has come out on top for me. He is definitely his own man and is not beholding to big outfits like the U S Chamber.

Acworthdon
Acworthdon

Here's who I believe in this confrontation...... God!  Oh, everyone says whatever they can get away with but I looked at the proof.... the candidates voting record on conservative issues compiled by Constitutional groups here in America.  The winner, hands down....Jack Kingston!  Say what you want anytime but vote with the Constitution and to me that's the proof that you are doing what you swore to do!

FredGunter
FredGunter

Neither will get my vote. and Michele is no better but the less of these evil politicians. 

ComaToes
ComaToes

If Kingston is "in bed" with the US Chamber of Commerce(ACLU's cousin) there is a really good chance he is being supported with big money from the AARP also.  That's is Obama's "buddies" to the Nth degree. I cancelled my AARP membership when I found out they were supporting BO big time.  AARP is more political lately than anything else. You can still get most of the senior discounts just by showing a DL proving your age. I know, I do.  Not 100% behind Perdue but would vote for him over Kingston any day !

SayMyPiece
SayMyPiece

Sounds like the Chamber of Commerce is buying Kingston.  Georgia is already a right to hire state that allows companies to hire and fire at will, which I believe Purdue will continue to support and THAT should please the companies.  Besides getting more tax breaks on the backs of employees, what else do the companies want that Kingston is willing to give but Purdue isn't....more offshoring/outsourcing?  This is a dilemma:  neither candidate is sympathetic to the American employee when faced with a decision to sacrifice a company or sacrifice the employee.

AtlantanITP
AtlantanITP

This will definitely convinced me to vote for Perdue - I don't trust the US Chamber.
 Plus Kingston has been in congress for 20+ years and I can't think of anything he actually did...  Cutting the a $trillion + plus budget by $3billion isn't much.

Archangel
Archangel

This is why I voted for David Perdue.

GwinnettDad
GwinnettDad

This may be the event that gets me to vote for Perdue.  If Kingston has received 2.3 million from the Chamber of Commerce, that makes him a RINO of the first order.

OnionBreath
OnionBreath

Here's a thought. If you are an incumbent and you haven't been rocking the boat, then it's time for you to go. If a challenger has one iota of business sense and has made a difference in the business world then he is worthy of being given an opportunity to change our current legislators' failed business models.


It's time our legislators came to grips with the fact that our government (at all levels) is a business. It's time to reward hard work and success with job security and more responsibility, and poor performance with pink slips. We need to change the "I can do no wrong/job for life" mentality of legislators and many government employees.

Jke
Jke

lithioniaguy


 "u sound like the typical sanctimonious self righteous conservative. u hate poor people, yet love god...lol"


Judge not lest lest you be judged. 


You don't know me.  That's rather presumptuous of you---and quite mean, nasty and rude.  But from reading your comments, I would expect no less---that you would jump to a preordained conclusion without thinking, and speak before your thought about it, just as long as it fits your worldview.  

Jke
Jke

Cherokee C--I sort of agree.  First--I don't see Kingston's comments as berating the poor.  Berating is defined as scolding and rebuking.  Kingston didn't scold and rebuke the poor.  


Now, Jesus would scold people who weren't doing right-- the hypocrites, the money changers in the temple, the sadducees, etc. Jesus told the woman at the well that she was an adulterer and she should go forth and sin no more--that she should get right.  That is scolding. 


We have duty to the poor-- to feed and clothe them when they are hungry and naked.  We do not have a duty to coddle the lazy, for to do so does not help them along their path.  You can be lazy and rich--think Kim Kardashian and others like her.  So to me it's not berating the poor, who receive benefits, to ask them to do a little something for what they are getting along the way.  And by teaching children responsibility about being on time, doing a good job, giving back to others, etc., it seems like a good thing.  God just doesn't drop everything in our lap and if He did he'd at least like a "thank you".      


I don't think He would tell us that we should feed the poor and ask of them less that He would ask the non-poor--to use our talents to the benefit of our brothers and sisters; not just eat His 12 loaves and fish and go back home and do nothing.  He wants us to be selfless rather than a selfish person. And I think we have to disabuse ourselves of the notion that anytime we say something about "the poor" we are somehow being mean to them or berating them.          

kerryb
kerryb

Things have been turned upside down in America over the last 50 years.  50 years ago if you got your education, worked hard and became successful you were celebrated and envied.  Now you're vilified and called a 1 percenter.  If you drop out of school, do nothing with your life, collected payments from the government, and leech off the system you are seen as someone that really needs to be helped.  Those people were seen back then as lazy good for nothing bums.

Jke
Jke

Bernie:  When I was a youngster I worked around the house, the yard, etc.  I picked up my dirty clothes and helped my mama. My granddaddy gave me .50 to weed his small garden.  I kept a small cemetery plot clean for $2 per week and picked weeds out of the church's flower beds, etc.. When we got older the poorer kids had a summer jobs program, which benefited both black and white teenagers.  Most all of us got an outside manual labor job.  The middle and upper class kids found jobs on their own, often in an air conditioned environment . 


Didn't the jobs we worked at instill in us an ethic to work hard, learn the value of hard work, to be responsible., etc.? Unfortunately, there's no summer jobs program and many of today's children don't have the work ethic their parents and grandparents had.  So what is it about asking or requiring kids that obtain a benefit from the school breakfast and lunch program to do some work around the school that qualifies as hatred of the poor ("...Jack Hate the Poor & Needy of America...")?  


Would Jesus tell the poor and needy that they should do nothing for the free meal they received?  Would He call out Jack Kingston and judge him as a hater of the poor for stating the kids could do some work for what they get--that given 10 talents they could do something with it versus burying it and doing nothing?  How would it hurt these children to do something around the school for the talents they received and how much would they grow learning the value of work and giving back to others?   

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Do you realize Purdue is the 1%.  You demonstrate the collective IQ of a sea urchin.


The guy that cut 8,000 jobs in NC will save the day.


You naive fools.

td1234
td1234

@jayjay269 And yet they are both 1000 times better than Mary Martin that will support the Obama agenda and controlling every part of your life. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@POV1948 Heck,  he is Romney Lite.  Only he can fix what is wrong, but he will not explain the solution unless he gets elected!!!

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Globeflyer The Chamber is backing amnesty because rural conservatives are unwilling to work for substandard wages.  While the Chamber is for open border, Obama has been deporting illegals as fast as he can, even though Boehner will not fund getting the job done without securing the borders (without explaining what that means).

jayjay269
jayjay269

@Acworthdon Kingston does NOT vote with the Constitution. If you consider voting for the N.D.A.A. in 2012, CISPA and FISA as "voting with the Constitution," I think you may lack actual knowledge of what these bills are/do.

jayjay269
jayjay269

@FredGunter This is why I'm voting for Amanda Swafford. Cut though the L/R paradigm...

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@ComaToes Just admit that you are just like non-union workers at a union shop not wanting to pay dues.  It isn't politics, you are too cheap to pay AARP dues but want all the benefits the organization spearheaded  to obtain in the first place.  

Acworthdon
Acworthdon

@SayMyPiece Okay by me if the Chamber wants to support a free enterprise vote, that's their bent, no surprise and it's legal.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@GwinnettDad If Perdue wins the runoff,  everyone knows the USCC will support him.  Therefore, we he be a RINO of the second order? 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@kerryb 50-years ago, teachers were held in high esteem, and high school drop outs could get a job making a living wage.  Today, teachers are vilified, and high school dropouts can't get a job. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

The problem with America is that those who do get degrees, work hard and become successful earn less and less money. Those who do in fact become the 1% are mostly born into money. Money begets money. Those of us who work with our hands and head have been losing out.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Jke - Yep! There is a very special place awaiting ole Jack on the other side. Not to worry he will be among friends...Like Hitler, Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Lester Maddox, Richard Russell, Herman Talmadage, George Wallace, Bin laden, Son of Sam, Saddam and his Boys,along with many other Hateful SOB's of this World.

honested
honested

@Jke 

Nice homily.

But entirely bogus in terms of the function of Government.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@Jke  u sound like the typical sanctimonious self righteous conservative. u hate poor people, yet love god...lol

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Jke  I don't necessarily disagree with your overall comment.- that it's good for kids to understand the value of work.

But your comment about Jesus just bothers me.  Jesus fed the poor several times in the New Testament.  Not once did he berate them about the poor choices they made, or the need to work harder, as we so often hear from righties on this blog and elsewhere.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@midtowncowboy Another 1% is the Koch brothers(depised by the Harry Reid types). FYI - the Koch brothers businesses employ over 60,000 people( of all races and gender)! He's probably a better choice than a guy who has been in Congress the past 22 years and a person who chooses to live on her fathers name instead, of her own married name?

kerryb
kerryb

@midtowncowboy Where would we be if the 1% said to guys like you "you can all kiss my behind, I'm tired of carrying the weight of you worthless 99%er's" and quit producing.  

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@TomGaff @AlwaysReady Uhhh, NUNN!!  So what is Jack's real first name?  Lord knows that you have no clue as to his middle name!!!


Any born again christian would cherish the name "John,"  and "Heddens" is not even a recognized Europid name.  Does that make "Jack" an illegal alien?

honested
honested

@TomGaff @AlwaysReady 

What name were you BORN with?

After all, this isn't middle-ages England.

DS
DS

@NWGAL

I'm reading Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st Century, and you're absolutely right. Most people have no idea how the game has changed in recent times.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@lithoniaguy @Jke - You got that one Right! they think Heaven will be filled with WHITE CHRISTIANS only!  Whooo-hoo! have you got a surprise a coming!  LOL!

NWGAL
NWGAL

Nowhere in the Bible does it prohibit charity "for the undeserving poor." Or even chastise those who practice charity with no reservations.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Tom, please go back to 1950 where your attitudes toward women will fit right in. And td, thanks for providing the list. I only buy 100% recycled paper toilet paper and paper towels so I already avoid all things Koch.

honested
honested

@TomGaff @midtowncowboy 

Luckily, it is possible to go through life without EVER purchasing a product they have produced and therefore be guilty of helping the koch brothers in their quest to destroy America.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@kerryb @midtowncowboy


Tell us all about what he has produced.  


I know he had a sweet heart deal appointment when his cousin was gov.

I know he eliminated moved 8000 jobs overseas at Pilowtex.  

I know he hasn't done shi+ except through political connections.

honested
honested

@kerryb @midtowncowboy 

There would probably be no noticeable difference as the people actually doing the 'producing' would continue as if nothing had happened.

Only there would be substantially more money left over to share at the end of the week!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@honested Actually, middle-ages England were not terrible times. I loved "Game of Thrones"!!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@NWGAL I never mentioned women, you must feel guilty about something. Hope you get better, perhaps your Obama Care might help your condition?

td1234
td1234

@honested Pure 100% BS. There is no way in hell if you have NEVER purchased anything produced by Koch industries. I will bet you $1000 that there is at least one Koch product built into the house you live in. 


Koch Industry Gasoline:

Chevron
Union
Union 76
Conoco

Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins

Koch Industry/Invista Products:

COMFOREL® fiberfill
COOLMAX® fabric
CORDURA® fabric
DACRON® fiber
POLYSHIELD® resin
SOLARMAX® fabric
SOMERELLE® bedding products
STAINMASTER® carpet
SUPPLEX® fabric
TACTEL® fiber
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATE® polyols
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
THERMOLITE® fabric
PHENREZ® resin
POLARGUARD® fiber and
LYCRA® fiber

Georgia Pacific Building products

Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Flexrock
Densglass sheathing
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Agricultural Plaster
Arts & Crafts Plaster
Dental Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Medical Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
Pottery Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender FS
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard -
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing


TomGaff
TomGaff

@honested You ever employ 60,000 people? Ever serve the country or public in any way? Or you just a dip-stick hiding behind a PC?

TomGaff
TomGaff

@honested @kerryb @midtowncowboy Honested, you are a very strange bird and probably belong in a completely Socialist type country! People that work hard for their families should not be forced to share with you or others! Quit making excuses, starting making your own way in life, and not  expect the govt(American Tax-payers) to support your every move. Sometimes I wish everyone would stop paying taxes and then where would you moochers/parasites be! I hope all of you mentioned above and your hero Obama head back to Kenya when he is out of office. That is where his Presidential library will be built, as I understand it!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@td1234 @honested TD - Thanks man, excellent info,some of these liberals live in a fantasy world, as you can see from reading this blog! They've never met anyone that they have not wanted to mooch off of!

honested
honested

@TomGaff @honested 

Yep, they employ just about as many people nationwide as Costco.

Only Costco isn't attempting to move America to a feudal system.

I am deeply involved in protecting my community and my state from the predatory aspects of capitalism!

honested
honested

@TomGaff @honested @kerryb @midtowncowboy 

You genius, I have been in business (profitably) for just short of 30 years.

I have ALWAYS paid 100% of my staff's health insurance.

I put in at least 10 hours, 5 days a week.

I scoff at the 'title club' folks (enabled by thee or more letters) to pretend the world would stop if they ceased to exist.

As for your delusions about taxes, America was a much more successful Country and Society when the top marginal rate was 70%. I look forward to the return of that prosperity.