Posted: 10:02 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Michelle Nunn mentions ‘contrast’ but avoids attack as general election begins 

By Daniel Malloy

Michelle Nunn meets with breakfast-goers at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta (AJC/Daniel Malloy)

Michelle Nunn meets with the breakfast crowd at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta (AJC/Daniel Malloy)

Democrat Michelle Nunn kicked off the U.S. Senate general election Wednesday morning promising not to deviate from her message of “collaboration” and declining to take a direct shot at her newly crowned foe, Republican David Perdue.

Nunn met with voters and volunteers at the Silver Skillet in Midtown Atlanta, then told reporters there would be a “contrast” between her career and Perdue’s. Neither has run for office before, as Nunn touts her experience leading the nonprofit that became Points of Light and Perdue running on his business credentials including stints as CEO of Dollar General and Reebok. Said Nunn:

“We have a pretty big difference in terms of our experiences, our aspirations and our approach. If you think about it, I have spent 25 years actually trying to serve people, make a difference, build people up and lift communities and work collaboratively across party lines.

“I think that demonstrated record and experience and that kind of approach is what people are hungry for and what I do not think you’re going to hear from David Perdue.”

Other Democrats already have started painting Perdue as a Mitt Romney-style aloof chief executive who made millions while trampling on the little guy via layoffs and outsourcing. The attacks rely in part on mud slung by other Republicans in a nasty, lengthy primary battle. Nunn, for now, is not going to be the messenger for such things.

Perdue signaled in his acceptance speech Tuesday night that he would tie Nunn to President Barack Obama, whose approval numbers in Georgia are dismal, and other national Democrats. She sought to shirk that label Wednesday morning:

“I’ve demonstrated that I’m an independent voice for Georgia, that I am going to actually focus on getting things done. I believe we have good ideas on both sides of the aisle. I don’t think enough people in Washington recognize that.”

Nunn plans to make 10 stops around the state over the next four days from Gainesville to Valdosta.

81 comments
MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Its been a while since I have commented here.  Not that I don't like The AJC Political Insider...things in Oregon have been much more interesting (like the fact that we are getting ready to join Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana use...because, after all, it is a Blue state and we value liberty in blue states)."

Yet another lib who thinks that state laws trump fedeal laws.  Value liberty??  Heck youtr little ole liberal morons here in Georgia gave those wonderul blue laws.  Laws that were overturned by the GA cons.  Go back to smoking weed and hugging trees loser.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"If you think about it, I have spent 25 years actually trying to serve people, make a difference, build people up and lift communities and work collaboratively across party lines."

Yea right Mary.  You were paid 300+k to make a difference.

EdUktr
EdUktr

If elected, Nunn's first senate vote would be for Harry Reid as majority leader. Her next votes would be for—whatever Reid and Barack Obama want.

Which is why she'll lose in November.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Its been a while since I have commented here.  Not that I don't like The AJC Political Insider...things in Oregon have been much more interesting (like the fact that we are getting ready to join Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana use...because, after all, it is a Blue state and we value liberty in blue states).


We were shocked by the Perdue victory out here...and I feel bad for the People of Georgia.  It looks like your next senator is going to be a do-nothing back-bencher rather than a connected and respected member of Congress that will be able to start work on Day 1.


C'est la vie.


Once again Georgia Republicans voted to be oppressed by a shadow candidate they really know nothing about.  they voted for a man who has done nothing for others...only enriched himself.  Lets see how that plays out for you all down there.  

SL1234
SL1234

Michelle Nunn answer to the question of whether she would vote for the ACA if she had been in office:


"So I think it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say, "What would you have done if you were there?"


Considering that my grandfathered plan went from $260 to $430/month, and the fact that I was told the cost of my coverage for  new ACA compliant plan expected to triple come 01/01/15, I'm going to need more specifics than that.

Larry1234567890
Larry1234567890

Perdue's cousin raised my property taxes 60% thanks to him elminating the Governor's exemption in 2009. He also started this states assult on education funding.

David Perdue was on the Ga. Port Authority at the same time he owned a trucking company with his cousin doing business out of the Port of Savannah.

That , along with his business failures as CEO or as a board member should alarm Georgians. His family has made enough money off of the taxpayers.

Mix in Governor Deal's eithics problems, the Speaker of the House facing disbarrment, Why would anyone vote for anyone with an R next to their name.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

If Michelle Nunn manages to make her position clear on specific issues on her own terms and keeps the GOP from painting her into a corner, it is going to frustrate the hell out of the righties on this blog.  Already seeing evidence of that.


If she stays off the defensive (and I think she is smart enough to do just that), the GOP establishment is going absolutely implode when they can't fix a target on her back and they will look pretty damned silly trying.


Push enough moderates and independents over the line and the Dems won't need Presidential Election year numbers in Nov.  But the GOP might.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

What does Nunn believe in? she straddles the fence very good.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Nunn is already running scared . Shes toast.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Crawl back in your hole - damn so sorry to see evolution skipped your bloodline

Charles50
Charles50

@MiltonMan If she was a white Republican man you'd think she was getting paid too little.  

kreedham
kreedham

@EdUktr Maybe she will and maybe she won't.  If you are not voting for her simply because she might vote for Harry Reed for majority leader then maybe you should reexamine your priorities.  I think Reid, Pelosi, McConnell and Boehner should all step aside and let someone else lead their respective parties...can't be any worse.

Charles50
Charles50

@EdUktr I guess if you Repugs repeat this enough (and you have said it for every friggin' election since 2008) that it will be true.  Things don't work that way.  

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Oh, I'm sure majority leader Reid will welcome her into the fold, while he is welcoming back Senator Hagan, Senator Landreiu and the other Freshman Senator Lundergan-Grimes!

You should get out and meet some people who's mind didn't harden in the '70s.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@EdUktr Ed please  provide us winning lottery numbers since your predictions of the future have been soooooo accurate in the past!

honested
honested

@Baumer_1 

Georgia republiklans wouldn't be Georgia repbuliklans if they didn't wake up every morning ready to vote against their own (and everyone else's) best interest.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@Baumer_1 My wife and I are planning to come to Oregon next month for vacation. Hope it doesn't burn down like Washington! Any recommendations?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@SL1234 My grandfathered plan was cheaper under the ACA. And if you shop around there's no way on God's green earth that you will pay $1200 per month next year.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@lithoniaguy


I smell a rightie plant. Apparently the GOP organizations use their young interns to pretend to be someone they're not in order to misrepresent and/or spy on their opposition. It's the lowest job on the party totem. Frankly, I'm not impressed.

Charles50
Charles50

@LookbeforeIleap This is probably her plan.  Actually I would say it's probably the plan for Carter as well.  Both have to make sure they don't let anyone else define them.  

DS
DS

@lithoniaguy

"She believes that coming together makes us stronger and that goals can be achieved by thoughtfully and respectfully focusing on what connects individuals rather than on what divides them."

http://www.michellenunn.com

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@lithoniaguy 

Sounds like she believes that blind obedience to partisan ideology is a ridiculous way to run a government.

I happen to agree.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Good to see you ever so ignorant as usual.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Nope but I find it hilarious that you liberal minions are selling Mary to us as "one of  regular people".  Heck she could double her salary & I would be happy for her.  When she tries and tries so hard to convince us that she is like us - now that is down-right laughable aka Mittie Romney.

Charles50
Charles50

@CherokeeCounty @SL1234 I agree.  I heard a guy on FOX a few months ago claim that he was paying $400/mth for a family plan and the new one under ACA was going to be $1,100.  First of all there is virtually no way in HELL he was only paying $400 for a family plan.  And if he was it cover jack.  I know people who were paying $400 for a family plan back in 1993.  

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@CherokeeCounty @SL1234 

As a small business owner, my plan premiums are almost half what I was paying, coverage is better and deductibles only slightly higher.

Guess I am one of the lucky ones.

SL1234
SL1234

@LookbeforeIleap @lithoniaguy  Since she refuses to take a position on the ACA, it sounds like she is only paying lip service to the idea of breaking from administration policies in any meaningful way.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

You are attempting to force the US population into your warped worldview, and I am the one who is 'ignorant'.

A person can learn so much in a conversation with an ardent wrong-winger.

Charles50
Charles50

@MiltonMan The reality is, most of today's politicians don't fall into the "regular" people column especially when they are running for any office outside of the State.  Politics has made it almost impossible for "regular" people to run.  But there is a difference between having money and money having you.  


It was obvious that money had Mitt Romney.  Talking about damn "cheesy grits" to sound like regular folks while having an elevator built on the house for all of his cars.  


Dems don't necessarily care if you have money.  Everybody wants money. That's why folks go to work and/or play the lottery.  Money is not the issue. You guys are always talking about the "Hollywood Liberals".  They have money.  But they also have a heart and soul.  

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

If you had left your outpost and come into civilization in recent years, you would have come to understand she IS ONE OF THE REGULAR PEOPLE.

Now close the shutters and get back into your bunker.

honested
honested

@LookbeforeIleap @CherokeeCounty @SL1234 

Our premiums went down too, with more plan choices and better coverage.

Yet, if the republiklans get their way (protecting the state-by-state, divide and conquer pricing plans of the insurance industry) we all WILL pay more.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@CherokeeCounty


Either that, or he was a plant all along.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...only in a little bitty liberal mind like yours is she a regular person.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@SL1234 @LookbeforeIleap @lithoniaguy 

I think the question as asked, is a silly question and her answer was more than reasonable and clear.

The better question to ask is, "If elected, what reforms if any would you like to see enacted on the ACA?"

But the GOP can't do that since that might indicate that there are some positives in ACA that are worth protecting and since they have played the role of Henny Penny for 5 years, it would make them look pretty foolish and eliminate the ONE arrow they seem to have in their quiver.