Posted: 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

In U.S. Senate runoff, the Chamber takes it on the chin 

By Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue holds his grandson David Perdue IV as former Gov. Sonny Perdue looks at his election-night party at DoubleTree Hotel Buckhead on Tuesday. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue holds his grandson David Perdue IV as former Gov. Sonny Perdue looks at his election-night party at DoubleTree Hotel Buckhead on Tuesday. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

David Perdue’s decision to target the U.S. Chamber in the final days of his GOP Senate runoff was more a page torn from the family playbook than an act of desperation.

In 2002, upstart Sonny Perdue was shocked, baffled and outraged by the fact that a national political group known for reflexively endorsing Republicans instead decided to side with Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogIn that case, it was the National Rifle Association. Perdue challenged Barnes to a shotgun duel – all right, a skeet shoot (which never happened) — and campaigned against the NRA as one of those many special interests unfairly dominate our civic life.

When Perdue won, overturning the political status quo, the NRA found itself sitting in time-out.

Flash forward a dozen years. Sonny Perdue’s cousin David found himself on the outs with another national organization that he thought should have been well-satisfied with his business background.

Instead, the U.S. Chamber backed U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, who – after 22 years in D.C. – was a known commodity. The group poured $2.3 million into the race against Perdue – the most of any outside group dipping into the contest. A group flush from having its way in Mississippi last month, carrying U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran across the finish line.

Like his cousin before him, David Perdue began campaigning against the Chamber as one of those special interest groups in Washington that need to be reined in. He began talking about the need to reduce legal immigration into the U.S., a key Chamber concern. In a last round of TV ads, Perdue used the Chamber endorsement to question whether Kingston’s opposition to immigration reform was indeed sincere.

The Tweet of the night may have come from Kingston supporter Erick Erickson, the conservative talk radio host:

Was able to convince A LOT of people to back candidates I was supporting, but the Chamber of Commerce endorsement of Kingston hurt him badly

Outside of Jack Kingston himself, the U.S. Chamber became the biggest loser of the evening.

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Second runner-up may be Karen Handel, an ex-protégée of former Gov. Sonny Perdue. Handel, the former secretary of state, was already on the outs with Nathan Deal because of their 2010 gubernatorial runoff. Now her extraordinary runoff work for Jack Kingston has gone for naught.

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A relax and rested Michelle Nunn made a campaign stop at the Silver Skillet Cafe on 14th Street in Atlanta this morning. We’ll add details in a few, but in the meantime, Dan Malloy sends this:

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Here’s the greeting Democrat Michelle Nunn received last night from Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee:

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Overall, it was a rough night for business interests. Republican state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler, a Chamber-backed candidate, won his GOP primary and is on track to replace U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in D.C.

But Richard Woods, the Republican anti-Common Core candidate, appears to have beaten Mike Buck, who backed the initiative in the race for state school superintendent. Common Core has been a priority of both the U.S. Chamber and the Georgia Chamber. Valarie Wilson of DeKalb County, former head of the Georgia School Boards Association, beat Alisha Thomas Morgan on the Democratic side.

Another business-backed candidate, state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, was trounced by Mike Williams, who won 66 percent of the vote — a defeat for the business-financed Georgia Coalition for Job Growth.

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Nice observation from Dale Russell over in the WAGA television shop:

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Fred Davis, the West Coast designer of the “baby” TV ads that made David Perdue an early contender in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, sent word that he was required to watch the race from afar: “At Lady GAGA concert with my granddaughter in LA. Was hard to concentrate with the votes slowly coming in.”

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Former state House Republican leader Bob Irvin emailed this morning to note the continuation of a frustrating coastal trend: Jack Kingston’s defeat, Irvin says, “extends the drought of someone from Savannah winning a statewide race. That last time that happened, I believe, was 1845.”

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Given that we now have a U.S. Senate race that includes two candidates with roots in Houston County, Michael Andel, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. David Scott and a former Perryian, sends this link for tourists. He recommends both the Sam Nunn Museum and the Go Fish monument to angling (established by then Gov. Sonny Perdue).

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Turnout in Georgia’s Tuesday night runoffs apparently crept into the double digits last night – rising to about 12.5 percent. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s website this morning, 482,913 votes were cast in the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate. But 85,125 fewer GOP voters made a choice in the race for school superintendent.

Top attraction on the Democratic side was the state school superintendent race, which drew 135,315 ballots. Total registered voters in Georgia: 4,933,572.

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The defeat of Jack Kingston in the U.S. Senate runoff has clearly thrown Georgia’s GOP establishment for a loop. Phil Wilheit Jr., the co-chairman of the Kingston campaign, hails from the same Wilheit family in Hall County that has supported Gov. Nathan Deal over the years.

Kingston was able to boast of endorsement after GOP endorsement in the contest. One sign of Republican concern over last night’s result: Perdue and Deal, who personally stayed out of the race, will gather this morning for a joint news conference.

When asked how he would entice Kingston’s coalition – a web of elected officials and tea party types – into his fold, Perdue said he would appeal to the core of the GOP message: Economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility and limited government. And target that message squarely at Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Said Perdue:

“We all agree we have too much debt, that we need to get the economy going. The differences are where the Democrats are at. My role right now is to make sure we approach everybody in the Republican Party and harness all our resources to go after the other agenda.”

He is also signaling a pivot away from the outsider message that powered him to a first place spot in the May primary and last night’s victory. Instead, look for Perdue to tie Nunn to President Barack Obama, who polls poorly among Republicans and many independents, at every turn. On Tuesday, Perdue’s message was that Democrats under Obama have a “failed record.”

“She’s an outsider and I’m an outsider. Now we get to talk about the failed policies of this administration and really talk about the options we have as a country. There are two clear choices. more taxes, less taxes. More growth, less growth. Obamacare or a better healthcare system. Those are opportunities that we are going to have to prosecute their record and talk about alternative solutions.”

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As it became clear that David Perdue would triumph over Jack Kingston, some talk on Twitter turned to John McLaughlin, Kingston’s pollster who was way off on Eric Cantor’s primary loss. Could this be another blunder to add to his resume?

This choice tweet from Matt McGrath, Jason Carter’s campaign manager, caught the eye of many a politico:

Kingston campaign manager Chris Crawford stuck by McLaughlin’s work and said his internal polls for the campaign showed a neck-and-neck race.

“I would stand by John’s numbers,” Crawford said. “I think he did a good job.”

118 comments
Starik
Starik

I voted for Perdue, twice. The attack ads were very helpful, since they informed me that Perdue favored "amnesty," common core and Obamacare.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Here's yet another reason why these 57,000 unaccompanied alien children cannot be considered refugees seeking asylum in the US from violence and persecution in the home countries of Central America: because they traveled more than 1,000 miles through a country where they should have claimed asylum, if they were genuinely seeking it, Mexico. They did not claim asylum in Mexico because they have illegal family members in the United State they have been told if they can join them there they will be given US legal status. These children, or their parents, cannot use the S. 47 'The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act' of 2013, nor the 2008  William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (known as the TVPRA, and sponsored by then Senator Joe Biden in 2000) to forestall deportations because they are not victims of "Trafficking", they are accomplices, adding and abetting accomplices.


ex animo

davidfarrar

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

President Obama is trying to convince Congress to spend $3.7 Billion for "emergency" funding for the crisis of "unaccompanied minors" crossing the border by the tens of thousands. But the spending won't stop the crisis: It came out this week that ONLY 1% OF THAT MONEY WOULD BE SPENT THIS FISCAL YEAR.And that would be used ONLY to settle illegal aliens into Georgia  communities.


In fact, the whole crisis is manufactured. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson admits that these persons are paying smugglers to the United StatesAnd most of them have family -- many also illegal -- who are already here. And they can be deported, since laws protecting unaccompanied minors don't apply.


America is being fed a story line that most of the Surgers are unaccompanied children fleeing violence. The truth is that most of the Surgers are coming to the U.S. because word has gone out that the Obama Administration will allow them to stay if they can only get here. And everything the Administration does encourages that belief: refusing to deport illegal aliens...pushing for a blanket amnesty....relocating Surgers into communities across the country.


I can't see Ms. Nunn standing up on the floor of the US Senate, demanding that all incentives for those who would cross our borders illegally be stricken from the books as the only way to secure of borders. But rather standing in support of granting even more amnesty to the family members who are now responding to Obama's promise not to deport family members of illegal aliens coming to this country.


ex animo

davidfarrar

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

David Perdue is against the Affordable Care Act and he is against raising the minimum wage.  Does this really surprise anyone?  After all, both help average and middle class Georgians.

dreluv
dreluv

Perdue and Deal keep president Obama name out of your mouth..This race is about how to help Georgian who don't have Medicaid because of Nathan Deal and his republican friend.

This race is about helping sick children who republican stop to pass medical marijuanna law.

Perdue you is the outsider not a Michelle Nunn.

wakeup1
wakeup1

The Chamber of Commerce is evil. They are one of the biggest advocates for open borders. Cheap labor bigger profits.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Obama is using the FAA as a Muslim Brotherhood weapon to attack Israel for simply defending itself against Hamas firing rockets into densely populated areas of Israel; would Ms. Nunn support such a measure if she was a sitting member of the US Senate from Georgia?


ex animo

davidfarrar 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Jack Kingston's pollster who was Eric Cantor's pollster?

Kingston campaign manager Chris Crawford stuck by McLaughlin’s work and said his internal polls for the campaign showed a neck-and-neck race.

“I would stand by John’s numbers,” Crawford said. “I think he did a good job.”

See, this is why the repuppies deplore spending money on public education.  They would rather their illiterate base keep thinking that trailing by 25-30% = up by 6-8 %. 

Yeeeaaahhh, dat's da ticket!

NWGAL
NWGAL

The function of a CEO is to increase profit for the shareholders. Workers, environment, quality are all very secondary to profit. The function of A nonprofit like Points of Light is to assist people in need and allow those being underutilized to fulfill their destinies. The purpose of government is much more closely aligned with a non profit with added responsibilities of maintaining infrastructure and providing defense.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

MaryElizabethSings:

Vote for Michelle Nunn, a true public servant of the people of Georgia.

Uhm.., aside from being the CEO of Points of Light, what other "public servancy" did Michelle get involved with?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Rancid Priebus does the tea party trust David Perdue?  Can he get their vote?  He did after all give praise to the Wall Street bail out.  Retweet if you agree......

Carlos_Castillo
Carlos_Castillo

1.  Please begin to identify the manipulative toads behind particularly noxious ads.  When are newspaper writers going to begin naming and shaming?   I'm sick of listening to half truths.  Tell me something substantive.  Negative is OK, but lies and half truths are demagoguery that insult their audience, who are assumed to be idiots by the crafters of the ads.


After the performance this primary, GA Republicans are in serious need of a shower to wash off the slime. Personally, I suspect that reaction to some of the scurrilous 30 second TV and radio advertising may have tipped last night's result in the direction of David Perdue.


2.  As to the national Chamber of Commerce, whatever possessed them to push their snouts into a primary runoff between two reliable pro-business conservatives?   To borrow a great Yiddish word, those dudes were meshugenah!



MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

State workers and all blue collar workers in Georgia, did you notice closely the photo-op of the Perdue cousins, above?  If you think your world fell apart under Sonny Perdue, just imagine what it is going to be like for you under millionaire David Perdue.  Gov. Sonny Perdue, cried out, "Free at last," when he won the governorship of Georgia.  If David Perdue wins Georgia's governorship in November, both Perdues will be able to say gleefully, "Free at last."


But, where will that leave you, average Georgian citizen?  Be wise.  Vote for Michelle Nunn, a true public servant of the people of Georgia.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

...pushing for a blanket amnesty...

1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got your amnesty hangin' right here, sport."

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@dreluv


But aren't these the very subsidies a federal court has rules unconstitutional as the law is presently written?


If Georgians are forced to pay for those who can't pay without these federal subsidies, they will have to pick up the tab in higher medical premiums sooner rather than later. And before you all go ballistic, remember under the old system nobody was denied medical coverage due to lack of funds. There were problems with the old system, to be sure, but surely we can create a better health care delivery system than Obamacare if Ms. Nunn and Obama weren't so tied to the present system continuing, even as costs will inevitably go up, while service will go down. 


ex animo

davidfarrar

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@wakeup1    Jesus said Bring me the little children.....................from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@DavidFarrar is that you Gayle?  How have you been Ms. Lady?  "John McCain supporter Gayle Quinnell told the crowd at a McCain Rally in Minnesota that "Obama is an Arab." ~~~Gayle Quinnell October 2008.

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@DavidFarrar   Would you fly in to Ben-Gurion Airport now?  I doubt it.............

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist 

Yet the reasons to get out every single clear thinking Voter in November has never been more obvious!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

... what other "public servancy" did Michelle get involved with? 

David Perdue says, "What?"

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@Carlos_Castillo Not only the deception, but the ads by others and not the candidate seemed to take the election to a lower level of civility.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@MaryElizabethSings How many teachers and state workers did Uncle Sonny law off....and hired high priced consultants to do their work! State employees can't afford campaign donations where corporations wallow up to the trough to gain whatever future advantage they perceive! Also Deal understaffed DFACS in addition to other state agencies and should pay the price!

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@Jefferson1776


Nunn is the best choice to support Obama's full amnesty plans in the US Senate until the 2016 general elections.


ex animo

davidfarrar

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@Kamchak @DavidFarrar


"Do you know that the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas each week is greater than the number of babies being born to citizens of that state?  The mainstream media is shining the spotlight very brightly on all of the children that are coming over, and there is a reason for that.  They are trying to tug on our heartstrings.  But there is another part of the story that you aren’t hearing much about.  By refusing to protect our borders, Barack Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands of gang members to illegally enter the United States and settle in our major cities.  In many communities, gang activity is already wildly out of control, and someday our cities will burn because of the foolishness of the federal government."*


ex animo

davidfarrar

*Source: SHFT Plan: "When it hits the fan, don't say you were never warned."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

If Georgians are forced to pay for those who can't pay without these federal subsidies, they will have to pick up the tab in higher medical premiums sooner rather than later. And before you all go ballistic, remember under the old system nobody was denied medical coverage due to lack of funds.

"Strong the derp is in this one -- yes, strong"

--Thomas "Yoda" Jefferson

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@The_Real_Centrist And of course if the FAA DID allow planes to fly to Ben_Gurion, and the Palestinians shot a Delta jet down, folks like our birther friend would be howling that Obama was weak and/or trying to support his Muslim friends.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak 

Answer the question. Then I'll ask you to compare the total number of jobs created by Purdue companies vis-a-vis Michelle Nunn.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@RoadScholar 


Exactly, Road Scholar.  Sonny Perdue started the trend in Georgia of laying off state workers, including teachers, in order to follow the national Republican dictate of turning public institutions into private ones for private profit. He also started depleting public education funds by 1 billion dollars per year.  Politicians like Sonny Perdue, in my opinion, do not understand public service, but they sure as heck understand private monetary gain.  Want more of the same, Georgians?  Then, vote for that other Perdue, David, to your own detriment.  As I had written earlier, pedigree shows (or it doesn't).

honested
honested

@DavidFarrar 

Where is this great 'full amnesty plan' of which you speak written?

If it isn't written, how is it germane to the Senate election?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

 ...Obama's full amnesty plans...

1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got your amnesty hangin' right here, sport."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

"Do you know that the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas each week...

Do you know that this all began in 1986?

Do you know that as a carpenter for thirty some odd years I witnessed this first hand?

Do you know that no one said anything at all about this until 2009 when the teabaggers started whining about it?

Do you know that I don't give a fat rat's @$$ about your whining now?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

Sure, every other airline is, the worldwide, except here with Obama's FAA.

Lying makes the baby Jesus cry.

Why do you hate the baby Jesus?

  http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Lufthansa-Delta-extend-flight-bans-to-Israel-368616

Germany's Lufthansa on Wednesday suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv for an additional 24 hours. The decision also applies to Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines.

[...]

 Polish state airline LOT also suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until Monday because of concern for passengers' safety, the airline's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan "the total number of jobs created by Purdue companies.... 

Man, I'll bet david PERDUE is grateful for having a Rhodes Scholar like mikey hannigan working the boards for him.  Yessirree, hannigan will be a wonderful spokesperson for Purdue, (if and when someone named Purdue ever runs)

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

Answer the question.

You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that I somehow work for you, sport.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Kamchak don't say that to loud they would have to rename Ronald Reagan parkway that they named in his honor, that's a dirty little secret.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak @DavidFarrar 

OMG! Kumchuk! I wondered why the hair on the back of my neck always stood straight out when I saw your Avatar and read your attempts at answering blogs...You are able to speak to the dead?  But, being a demokrat, that's pretty well par for the course..you know, keeping up with your VOTING base.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@CherokeeCounty @Kamchak @DavidFarrar


We did, but only on a case by case basis. And, yes; I know their costs are supposed to go down with regular care, but that is not how socialized health care works in our system. It will work much like the US Post Office, or our public school system, with unionized employees, health care costs will up up much faster than marketplace prices, while the level of competent health care delivery services will go down much, much faster than in the marketplace.


ex animo

davidfarrar

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@AuntieChrist @MichaelHannigan If ya'll remember, he laid off hundreds of workers according to Kingston (900?), while the repubs are trying to make a big thing about Michelle laying off 90 at one time! It may not be how many jobs did she create, but how many people did she help improve their lives to be able to succeed!

zanderae
zanderae

@DavidFarrar @CherokeeCounty @Kamchak How many times does it need to be said that GA public schools are NOT UNIONIZED?  A lot of times, evidently, and even then it won't sink in.


Look, I get that you don't think that certain people - who do, actually, work for a living, but do jobs that you don't think are "worthwhile" - should have access to health care.  That's your opinion, and you're certainly entitled to have one.


But I am too.  And my opinion is that, as someone who works my tail off for a small business which cannot offer health insurance (either well prior to Obamacare or after its inception), I don't want to take one dime out of your pocket, thanks so much, because I was raised to take care of myself and mine without help from anydamnbody.  And I do that.  But I and mine live within my means, and evidently "my means" - which are well above minimum wage and do require some education, cuz I know those are the next knives you'll throw at me - do not allow me to purchase health insurance because it is so extortionately expensive.


This sho ain't your problem, but the naivete inherent in those who support the healthcare status quo is - well, not really, because you can just deem those without as unworthy.  Problem solved!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar 

 We did, but only on a case by case basis. And, yes; I know their costs are supposed to go down with regular care, but that is not how socialized health care works in our system. It will work much like the US Post Office, or our public school system, with unionized employees, health care costs will up up much faster than marketplace prices, while the level of competent health care delivery services will go down much, much faster than in the marketplace.

More derp.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@RoadScholar Ironic ,isn't it, (and in a sense, justice) that in order to sling any mud at Nunn, they will have to recycle the mud on their own faces, placed there by their 'friends' in the puppy party. Hilarious!