Posted: 9:05 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Michelle Nunn team launches pushback on ‘old news’ memo 

By Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Rep. Raphael Warnock at the state Capitol in March (AJC/Kent D. Johnson)

Rep. Raphael Warnock at the state Capitol in March (AJC/Kent D. Johnson)

A flurry of calls from Michelle Nunn’s supporters came a day after the 144-page series of memos outlining her campaign strategy was exposed, and they used phrases like “routine” and “old news” and “a lot about nothing.”

Some spoke on record and others spoke on background. But all calls were arranged by the Democrat’s campaign as an effort to push back on further stories about the leak.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political Insider BlogOne caller was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church and one of Nunn’s most prominent black supporters. He said he wasn’t surprised that “people are trying to make hay out of it.”

“But the notion that somebody who is trying to run for the Senate actually has a plan to run for the Senate is not interesting or news to me. It’s not news – and it’s old news at best.”

Of course, this isn’t just any memo. It lays out Nunn’s campaign strategy, as of December at least, in clinical terms – certainly not the type of details you’d expect to see in the heat of a campaign. Those details were deemed noteworthy enough to be picked up by most major media outlets, from the insiders at Politico to the folks at The Washington Post and The New York Times.

That said, we agreed to hear the callers out on their argument. One veteran Democratic operative, who would speak only on background, likened it to a business plan that’s akin to “watching sausage being made.”

And Steve Labovitz, the well-connected Democratic attorney mentioned in the memo, told us he’s “shocked that this is even an issue” while praising it as one of the “better campaign documents” he’s seen.

“Getting it out is clearly a snafu, but even in football games, you see a playbook get out,” he said. “It happens. But they’re making a mountain from a molehill. And to me, it shows a well thought-out campaign.”

Organized Surrogate Pushback to Memo Leak was not included in the December document’s communications strategy section, but perhaps it’s in the update.

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The David Perdue campaign, meanwhile, is trying to make fundraising hay from the document with an email to supporters:

Michelle Nunn’s own team admits it —> She’s “too liberal.” She’s not “a real Georgian.” And they even call her Harry Reid and Barack Obama’s “best friend.”

We interject here to note that those were among the memo’s predicted attacks from Republicans that Nunn would have to parry. We are unaware of any regular lunches with Barack and Harry. And now the pivot to “send us cash:”

Click here now to read the entire 144 page plan. 

While there, please consider a quick $7 donation. Michelle Nunn has over $6 million in the bank to help execute her plan to deceive Georgia voters, and after a tough primary, our bank account is dry.

We must replenish our accounts right now

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The U.S. Senate sent a short-term transportation funding bill back to the House on Tuesday night, with little time before the highway trust fund runs out of money.

Among the amendments that fell short was one proffered by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, mirroring a House proposal sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, that would all but get rid of the federal gas tax and devolve most highway funding duties to the states. In the Senate test vote for Graves’ tea party-inspired proposal (it’s called the Transportation Empowerment Act), 28 Republicans were in favor.

That number included both Georgians, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

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U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and Keith Ellison, D-Minn., plan to introduce a bill today to make labor organizing a civil right, designed to get the labor movement “on offense” after legal setbacks. From left-leaning The Nation magazine:

The Ellison-Lewis legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act to include protections found under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to include labor organizing as a fundamental right. That would give workers a broader range of legal options if they feel discriminated against for trying to form a union.

Currently, their only redress is through a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board—an important process, but one that workers and labor analysts frequently criticize as both too slow and often too lenient on offending employers. …

[Said Ellison:] “I mean this Supreme Court is openly hostile to racial justice and worker justice simultaneously. So we better be moving out on both fronts.”

From the right-leaning Washington Examiner:

The possibilities for litigation would be practically endless, noted Heritage Foundation labor policy expert James Sherk.

“Things like race/gender/etc. are very obvious. They don’t change. But if unions make ‘union organizing’ a civil right then any employee about to get laid off — such as for performance — in a company undergoing a unionizing drive need only claim he wants a union in order to make letting him go a very legally risky,” Sherk said.

The real purpose of the proposed legislation was to force employers to stay quiet during organizing bids, Sherk argued.

The bill is unlikely to get far in the current Republican-majority Congress.

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To say state Rep. Allen Peake is excited about a new federal proposal to allow the use of cannabis oil to treat debilitating is an understatement.

The Macon Republican, who introduced similar legislation in the state Legislature that failed to pass, called the bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., a “game changer” for families and their children with seizure disorders.

He sent us over a picture of the Colorado Springs Gazette, where he was visiting Georgia families who have moved to Colorado for medical cannabis, that featured the bill on its front page.

Peake said he’s reached out to the Georgia delegation – he “will beg if necessary” – to urge them to sign on to the bill. He also said he’s been assured by GOP nominee David Perdue that he’d support the effort.

Said Peake:

“Our federal elected officials will be heroes to Georgia families by supporting this initiative. We lost a young boy yesterday, Abe Hopkins, who died in Georgia while having to wait for medical cannabis. How many more Georgia children will die while we wait? We cannot move fast enough.”

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Gov. Nathan Deal notched a coveted Pat Boone endorsement. Sort of.

Boone is the spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors organization that awarded Deal its top honor for his “longtime leadership on tax reform.”

“I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Governor Deal,” said Boone.

No word on whether any more of Boone’s love letters are headed the governor’s way.

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A few Democrats have pointed out the above  Twitter post by WAGA’s Dale Russell showing Deal spokesman Brian Robinson with the governor before his interview this month on the Holly LaBerge memo.

The not-so-subtle hint was to question whether his office’s aides should have been involved in the interview prep, which took place at the office of a Deal campaign fundraising aide, or whether it should have been left to campaign staff.

Robinson said there was no doubt this was an “official story” from the start, given that it involved allegations that Deal’s top aides improperly interfered with the investigation. He also pointed out that us media types (your Insiders included) consistently called him – not the campaign – for comment.

90 comments
dcmdawg
dcmdawg

Amazed that an article that should have been about Michelle Nunn's turns into an "old news" article and criticism of David Perdue. Wow, what a pivot. My guess is that if a Republican had a document like this the article would have leaned in a different direction. I can hear the screams of "racism" and everything else if this is a Republican document.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

So Michelle " I don't have Nunn ( experience that is ) has been found to have a lot of strings that her handlers pull, well she is a puppet and if elected would be nothing more than a seat warmer waiting for Harry Reid to tell her how to vote. Nunn has a husband we think but her handlers keep him in the shadows there must be a reason. The Beltline Liberals in Atlanta just can't stand the thought that she is going to lose to Deal in spite of her millions from Hollywood and New York.

PSWallace
PSWallace

likened it to a business plan that’s akin to “watching sausage being made.”

Oh, no. This is the clean stuff. Politics at all levels is much worse--I think some would kill people if they could get away with it not being seen as murder.

Bernie31
Bernie31

You mean to tell Pat Boone is NOT DEAD? and Nathan calls this a Notch in his Yella Teeth!

Surely good ole Pat is now a spokes person for DEPENDS and daily use of Viagra for bladder control. Pat has to be on his way to the other side in short order. I have not heard that Name, since hearing of another IDIOT Governor Of Georgia namely, Lester Maddox!


Why get get ole Yella Teeth to ride his Bicycle backwards like Lester and do a performance in the next Ringling Bros Circus when they come to town. I would Pay to see that one!

Astropig
Astropig

Any truth to the rumor that Nunn-Martin will take her swearing in oath on a Koran? Is this just scuttlebutt or what?

Bernie31
Bernie31

And none of you think that ole ethically challenged Governor Yella Teeth, did not have a Plan to run for Governor and get elected for (2) TWO,  (4) Four year Terms?  GET REAL!

If any of you do believe such a plan existed by a Crooked Congressman who left Congress under a cloud of suspicion. There is a Very Beautiful Streetcar Service in Downtown Atlanta and a New Football Stadium that will not cost you a Dime and will increase traffic flow in Downtown Atlanta.

peewilly
peewilly

Why are we wasting our time discussing this?

New Poll is out

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

There NEEDS to be more examined with Mrs. Nunn's Hollyweird/George Soros/Hamas/anti-American connections. C'mon AJC, do your job and thoroughly investigate her. Oh wait, I begged you all six years ago to seriously look into Hussein Obama's unsavory connections like Father Pfleger, Bill Ayres, The Far-Left/Corrupt Chicago Daley Machine and racist Rev. Wright, but there was complete and total silence. Now, here's the opportunity to see just who Mrs. Nunn takes marching orders from, so please do your job and expose this far-left candidate for who she has always been and has become! I'm liking what I have been seeing here this week, but me and millions of others want more! Amen, Bill 

Charles50
Charles50

Now that's funny.  The Repubs are talking about how their impeachment talk is opening Dems pockets, while David Perdue is doing the same thing.  

honested
honested

The poor perdue campaign is broke.

It saddens me.

Maybe david can get a job as a cashier at the new Family-Dollar-Dollar-General-Dollar-Whatever-They-Call-Themselves conglomerate.

Plutocrats engineering a future, of poverty for all!

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Thank god for liberals. I  wish Democrats had more backbone against these racist kkk republicans.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Old news yet Jimmie-Boy has an opinion piece on it now???  Oops!  Looks like the AJC-chosen one Mary Nunn will now be defeated by 10-12 points.  Maybe she can call the old hack "rev." Lowery to save her campaign.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

The New York Times' article about Michelle Nunn states that her campaign document  reveals that Ms. Nunn has a “a real gift' for public speaking. This is not surprising because Michelle Nunn is committed to public service, so I would think that her outstanding speaking ability, besides being a natural gift, stems for her commitment to goals that will serve the people of Georgia well.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31

But we already have you and your "challenged" English to amuse us—at least when you're out on parole and have access to a keyboard.

Mamouian
Mamouian

@Astropig During a bible burning, no doubt!  She'll be so exposed by election day, she'll be swearing, but it won't be to an oath!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Astropig Is this just scuttlebutt or what?  

More like your head up your sleazybutt.  If you ever took it out, you would realize you're not quite the wit you think you are.
  Let me rephrase, you think you're full of wit, but you're just full of --it.

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite 

Why should the AJC waste valuable time (that could be used uncovering the rest of the truth on 'operation shady') to dig into a nothing story that is of no interest whatsoever except to a tiny group of deranged kooks.

I'm sure you can find all the misinformation you seek (as usual) on fauxnewz!

JAWJA
JAWJA

@honested He for sure can't get a job at Pillowtex. That ship has sailed.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@honested - Perdue has been Bloodied and unmercifully Beaten UP for Months. His Gas Tank is on empty and his dashboard is Lit up like a Christmas Tree. Enjoy the ride now...for it will soon be over. He can now proudly tell his grandchildren he was almost a U.S. Senator from Georgia.


uh...huh.



Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@honested You're wrong as usual. Mr. Perdue will completely obliterate Sam's daughter in the fall contest. Mrs. Nunn is deeply hypocritical and flawed. The Democrat party will be very sorry that they chose such a weak candidate.

Amen, Bill

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...been a whole 5 minutes since we last seen lithonia play the race card.  Your liberal buddies - "rev." Lowery, Shirley Franklin, John Eaves - those are the ones playing the race card. Ask them.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MiltonMan 

Old news yet Jimmie-Boy has an opinion piece on it now???

This article was written by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy.

 First day of that brand new remedial reading comprehension class?

Just askin'.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

Here's some more old news.........

Clowns like the milton man wouldn't have voted for Michelle Nunn in the first place.....

Normal Georgians wonder what reason there is for concern when an ultra-right-wing-rag like the national review STEALS and OLD DOCUMENT and somehow the wrong-wing pretends they have a picture of the candidate with a live girl or a dead boy.

You people.

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

@MiltonMan Did you even notice how Jim did not write this article Uncle Miltie?

By the way, hows is being "merged with Fulton Co. to save itself from bankruptcy" working out for Milton Co.? Moocher.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@MaryElizabethSings Well said.  Ms. Nunn is showing tremendous grace in the face of these baseless attacks and distortions.  We would be blessed to have her as our senator.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

The liberal NYT supporting a liberal candidate in GA.  Called me shocked.  Committed to the tune of being paid $300,000/year that Mary Nunn.  Mary sweetheart, I sure do hope the DNC has you on a retainer for all the advertising that you do for them.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Mamouian    Who swears 'to an oath?'  Didn't learn much in that bible thumper school, did you mamou?

Astropig
Astropig

@AuntieChrist 


Whoa, there boy! Switch to decaf. I'm just chasing down a rumor and you're goin' postal on me. If you know for a fact that it's not true, just type that in the box above. But if you're not sure, get on the phone with Michelle and have her clarify. I'm sure she'll give you a clear,unambiguous answer.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@honested @Bill OrvisWhite Bet faux won't be giving out info on "Grilling With The Governor."  Which occurred during the legislative session.

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite @honested 

My post didn't reference Mrs. Nunn's candidacy.

My post did reference the perdue-due campaign's demonstrated plan for strengthening the plutocracy while leaving scraps for the former middle class.

Yet, I'm sure the wrong wing will reliably vote against their own best interests.

After all you guys miss the plantations, even though they were just places where your ancestors went to beg for food during the lean years.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bill OrvisWhite @honested Well some are saying Nunn hasn't taken a stance on anything but you say she's hypocritical.  Care to share an example of what you mean?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...and clowns like you will vote for her no matter what  Stinks to be a liberal moron like you living in a con state.  Detroit  seems like your kind of town.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@STHornet1990 @MiltonMan 

Common mistake with MIltonMan (and his various sockpuppets).

The picture of Jim throws him off every time cuz being able to read and stuff is for liberals and sissies dontcha know?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

The cty of Milton is doing well  Moocher???  Good to see you putting that GED to use.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@MiltonMan How much was David Perdue paid per year?  And how much did he walk away with from Pillotex after running it into the ground and leaving all of the workers with pink slips?  A man of the people -- living in a gated house inside a gated community.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MiltonMan - Why is that today's Republicans are always LYING through their  Coffee and Smoke stained Yellow Teeth with a straight Face. They in turn always give you that DUMB GOOBER LQQK with Anger. when they are called out about their LYING Behavior. 

Whenever they are exposed, they LIE again and say it is not TRUE!  Why?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MiltonMan


Besides that, your post is sexist with your condescending word of "sweetheart," to address Ms. Nunn.  Who are you, such a small-minded man, to address a woman of her stature as "sweetheart"?  I am embarrassed for you for your presumptuous male arrogance.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MiltonMan


As usual, you are reading incorrectly because of your extreme biases.  The NY Times did not "support" Michelle Nunn.  What it did was accurately describe what her campaign document said about her assets.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@Charles50 @honested Mrs. Nunn says that she is a centrist, but her actions and connections say something completely different. For one, she has been accepting of Hamas members. If you haven't heard, Hamas wants to destroy Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. What did Mrs. Nunn know and when did she know when she accepted dirty jihadist money to spread her propaganda? Before that, Mrs. Nunn took money from Hanoi Jane Fonda, a well-known leftist who pals around with far-left anti-Americans like George Soros. Sorry @Charles50, but you and your liberal friends lose on this one. Amen, Bill

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

It must be really hard for you to see November coming, and both your top-ticket candidates lose!

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

You are just pissed that none calls you sweetheart.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

So the NYT does not support Mary Nunn???

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Bill OrvisWhite @Charles50 @honested This is just pathetic.  Ms. Nunn "has been accepting of Hamas members"?  And she "accepted dirty jihadist money"?  Did you read the memo?  It says nothing of the sort, but the Perdue campaign has distorted it (as did the Republican media outlets), and you're stretching the lie even further. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Yep and you will be like a typical liberal that you are blaming Diebold voting machines that resulted in Mary Nunn being defeated.  You will also change your screen name which is par for the course.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MiltonMan


"You are just pissed that none calls you sweetheart."

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Your thinking is still warped.  (Btw, male readers, my comment above was only meant for Milton Man and not for all males, of course.  And, it was only addressed to him because he referred to a woman he does not know as "sweetheart," which shows sexism and ignorance on his part).


honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

Oh I'm sure our former-now-discredited Secretary of State probably has a back channel gig consulting with Diebold, since apparently nobody else would hire her.

By the way, same screen name for the last 6 years.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

I get my "tips" on treating women from the mayor of Atlanta - knock them up first then marry them. 

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@MiltonMan 

"...knock them up first then marry them."

There is a reason that GA allows 1st cousins to marry and it has nothing to do with freedom of choice.