Posted: 9:42 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014

David Perdue reportedly pledges to be a ‘team player’ for Mitch McConnell 

By Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

 

Jack Kingston and David Perdue meet on Capitol Hill (courtesy of Perdue campaign)

Jack Kingston and David Perdue meet on Capitol Hill (courtesy of Perdue campaign)

David Perdue had to run against Washington and its dreaded “career politicians” in order to capture his party’s U.S. Senate nomination.

But he needs them to win in the fall and become an effective senator, which is why he made the rounds Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a series of possibly awkward meetings, starting with the man he defeated in a rough nine-week runoff, Jack Kingston. The Perdue campaign passed along the accompanying photographic evidence of the meeting.

We’re unaware of any visuals from Perdue’s sit-down with Georgia Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a primary season debate Perdue vowed not to vote for McConnell to remain as leader.

Chambliss said McConnell called Perdue the day after he won the runoff and they discussed Perdue’s pledge, and the issue arose again in person Wednesday. But they’re cool, Chambliss reports:

“They were very forthright and David made it very plain he’s going to support the Republican leadership and that’s not an issue and we’re moving on.”

So, we asked, did Perdue say he would vote for McConnell for leader?

“I don’t want to put words in his mouth … but he was very clear with the Leader that he’s going to be a team player.”

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogNow, one can still pledge to work with McConnell and vote against him. And if McConnell is re-elected there is no real challenge expected to his leadership perch. Still, the tone change is noteworthy.

Perdue also had lunch with the Senate GOP conference; met with “some of our supporters here in Washington, D.C., in the lobbying community,” as Isakson put it; raised money at the National Republican Senatorial Committee; and met with a handful of Georgia’s U.S. House Republicans in Rep. Tom Graves’ office. We spotted Kingston, Tom Price, Austin Scott and Phil Gingrey emerging from the meeting, along with almost-Congressman Jody Hice.

Most of the delegation backed Kingston in the runoff and there clearly are a few raw feelings about being depicted as babies and the like. But we’re told the zeal to beat Democrat Michelle Nunn and keep Georgia red far outweighs any ill will toward Perdue.

As he left the delegation meeting, Perdue told us he made the overtures for this trip:

“I reached out and asked for advice and help and just trying to pull all the delegation together and get us all on one page. … These are professionals. I have a lot of respect for ‘em. We ran against them hard and I ended up the nominee, so right now we’re in the fight.”

Perdue said he would be announcing soon which committees he would seek if elected. He hinted that Agriculture — which has not been without a Georgian for several decades — and Armed Services were in his sights because of their importance to the state economy.

You know who has a lot of say over committee assignments? Mitch McConnell.

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Perdue also weighed in on the big political story of the week: The Michelle Nunn campaign internal memos.

“When I read it was fairly shocked. It gives you a keen insight into what the other side is thinking about the different groups in our state and, honestly, they put us as Republicans in certain boxes. And yet here we are with hard evidence that they are the ones who actually do some of that and not us.

“So it gives us an insight into how they’re going to raise money and what groups are important and what some of their positions are versus the reality of what their thinking is. And I think that’s the inconsistency that it exposes. I don’t know that it’s going to be an issue in the race. That’s for somebody else to decide.

“Our mission is very clear. We’re going to stay on our message that the current administration and the failed policies of the Obama administration are the core centerpiece of this race. The decision is very clear. If you like what’s going on in Washington, vote for Michelle Nunn. But I think most people in Georgia see the direction that we’re headed in is absolutely wrong.”

Notice how the general election message is closely linked to Perdue’s primary pitch on “if you like what’s going on in Washington…” It’s a harder case to make against another first-time candidate, but Obama will be the ever-present hammer.

***

So about those changing demographics: Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics took demographic data from Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight, added population growth and kept racial voting patterns the same, and found that Georgia does indeed turn into a blue state — in 2048:

“[I]t is just to remind us that these predictions have been around for quite some time, and that they should always remain subservient to the utter unpredictability of politics.”

***

Jason Carter's pick for his Hollywood alter-ego.

Jason Carter’s pick for his Hollywood alter-ego.

Jason Carter’s Hollywood doppelganger is Matt Damon?

That’s what the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said in this 2010 interview with AOL when asked who would play him in the movie of his life. Other tidbits from the interview:

He “totally” cries at weddings and the movie “Marley and Me,” used to dream about getting A’s in law school papers, has Googled an ex-girlfriend, rates himself a “five or a six” in a scale of 1-10 of attractiveness, is a stickler at the grocery store express lane and likes this song a lot.

***

Gov. Nathan Deal is softening his tone on young Central American migrants coming to Georgia, Channel 2 Action News reports. And here’s the take from our colleague, Jeremy Redmon.

***

A left-leaning group called People for the American Way is airing Spanish-language ads targeting GOP nominee David Perdue.

The ads, which began airing in Atlanta on Wednesday, accuses Perdue of “exploiting workers” in the private sector and abandoning immigration reform.

From the ad’s English translation:

The Republican David Perdue does not fight for workers and won’t fight for us!
That’s why we have to unite and defend our jobs, our community, and vote against David Perdue and the Republicans!

You can take a listen to the Spanish-language version and the English translation.)

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Another young woman has accused former gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry of inappropriate behavior. More from Fox 5’s Randy Travis here.

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The U.S. House passed a $16.3 billion reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday by a 420-5 vote. One of the 5: Jack Kingston.

He told us the spending should have been fully offset with cuts elsewhere and the bill should have cracked down harder on the agency administration: “Frankly, I’m not convinced there’s going to be a house-cleaning.”

***

Also Wednesday, the House approved a resolution allowing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. It was a party-line affair, as to be expected.

But before the vote, Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, sought input in an email to his constituents asking them to vote in a poll on whether the House should sue the president. It’s unclear what the results were, but Barrow voted “no” and said this in a press release:

“I think this lawsuit is a waste of time and money. I’m not shy about taking on this administration when it can do some good, but delaying these health care mandates is better than going forward with them.  In fact, I’m trying to get rid of them altogether.  The last thing we ought to be doing is suing to have them enforced.  Surely, there are more productive things Congress should be doing in its final days than spending time and money grandstanding to enforce a bad policy.” 

 

98 comments
AtlantanITP
AtlantanITP

Looks like the US Chamber of Commerce did get their guy to win the nomination.  I really wish Handel had won the nomination.  We either get an Obama yes woman or a McConnell yes man - GA Leadership...

GA Peach
GA Peach

Didn't David Perdue just say during the Republican debate two months ago that he would "absolutely not" support Mitch McConnell as leader?  Yes, he did.  And now he's saying something else with a wink and a nod to the Washington establishment. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

“I reached out and asked for advice and help and just trying to pull all the delegation together and get us all on one page. … These are professionals. I have a lot of respect for ‘em. We ran against them hard and I ended up the nominee, so right now we’re in the fight.”~~~Purdue


Question what advice could Perdue possibly want from a bat$h!t crazy like Jody Hice who offers nothing but rails against Islam which has not won one election for any republican candidate?

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

Perdue, Chambliss, McConell, Kingston...all one in the same. It sickens me to think that President Obama is anxious to hand the keys to Georgia's federal judiciary to these people--in the form of Michael Boggs. 


Meanwhile, Perdue is showing us his true colors. He is running to be a wholesale robot of the dysfunctional disaster that is the Republican Senatorial "leadership", for clear lack of a better word. Now why on Earth should anyone with a working brain vote for him to add to the do-nothingness that defines the GOP in Washington?


After Obama leaves office, Republicans won't have anyone to blame and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves--IF we elect this moron.


Michelle is no beauty queen, and she's certainly no Hillary. But I'll take her over that flake Perdue any day.

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

From the article:  "Now, one can still pledge to work with McConnell and vote against him."  Yes, one certainly can, and that's what I would do if I were David Perdue.  You work, of course, with whoever is in that position whether you voted for him or not.

GaBlue
GaBlue

If this headline is true, then we need no further truth that Perdue is a dirty wh0re.

EdUktr
EdUktr

What a gimmick this headline is—and just when Georgia voters are rightly concluding that Michelle Nunn would be Harry Reid's gofer, if elected. 

AJC = DNC = AJC

td1234
td1234

Nunn = Reid  + Obama. The choice is clear do the 65% of Georgia residents that disapprove of the job Obama is doing and disapprove of his agenda want to send a Senator to Washington that will oppose Obama and his agenda or vote with Obama and for his agenda?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Is there anyway concerned fathers in Henry County can get a special dispensation, just this once, to give Ray McBerry a beat down?

honested
honested

So does this mean that if perdue-due was accidentally elected he would be loyal to Senator Lundgren-Grimes?

DannyX
DannyX

Georgia Republicans had the choice to vote for a crook or a pervert for Governor last election.  The crook won, Georgia lost either way.

DannyX
DannyX

Any word on the offsets Kingston is demanding for the Savannah port dredging? 

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

"Perdue also weighed in on the big political story of the week: The Michelle Nunn campaign internal memos.

“When I read it was fairly shocked. It gives you a keen insight into what the other side is thinking about the different groups in our state and, honestly, they put us as Republicans in certain boxes. And yet here we are with hard evidence that they are the ones who actually do some of that and not us."

Mr Perdue, if your campaign does not have similar documents, then your campaign manager is a fraud and you are an idiot.

AWA1
AWA1

@EdUktr And Perdue will be McConnell's gofer. Not interested in having a two-faced, blows-with-the-wind Senator. Perdue = flip-flop opportunist. 

Charles50
Charles50

@EdUktr Other than the Tea Party candidates who are now getting their butts kicked, how often do you find newbies going against the party establishment?  It's called survival.  It's called find out how things work first before you start trying to tear it down.  See if you can work from within to get changes.  


But the new GOP model is slash and burn--especially from the Tea Party folks.  I don't care for Perdue, but I also don't see him as a stupid man.

honested
honested

@td1234 

You make the most ridiculous comparisons of anyone I have ever read.

Have you heard about bullfrogs and wings?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DannyX - Jack is waiting on that REAL Phone Call from President Obama that will NEVER come.

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap Mr, Kingston stated clearly that the bill did not go far enough to be able to clean up the mess. 


There should be a bill written to do away with the unions at the VA and make it an at will agency. I am sure Jack would vote for that bill.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Lookbefore, it must be sad if your only point of pride is that you have only lived in one state. The pride is the essence of provincial.

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap I am pretty sure that the Perdue memos do not talk about where you grew up and keep hiding the fact that you are not a life long Georgia resident or that the voters of GA will believe you are to liberal if you tell them how you really feel.  

ReeceMarsden
ReeceMarsden

@Charles50 @EdUktr Thank you Charles, what the tea party doesn't seem to get is that if you don't support leadership in the beginning it makes it hard to do the things that you want to do, or get yourself in a position of power where you can make a true difference.

honested
honested

@Bernie31 @DannyX 

"kingston, this is the President, I'm shopping for cheap car insurance and my buddy Senator Nunn told me you are the guy".

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, "Pick one"


Well lets see, Deal just accepted medicaid for the immigrant kids, ask him what offsets he demanded

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@td1234 @DannyX 

Sure, lets take food of the table from and deny medical service to the poor to support large corporations.


Not a very Christian attitude son.

tsk tsk

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, there you go again td, only a conservative when it suits you.  I'm not the one demanding offsets, your buddy Kingston was, of course he's just like you, a great big hypocrite.

Btw, you were the biggest supporter of offsets a few years ago, why no offset demands for the Savannah dredging your boy Deal begged Obama for?

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap Then maybe he should work on drafting one.  It kills me when these people claim a bill doesn't go far enough when just SOME kind of assistance would help.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap Perdue lived in friggin' China - and he's proud of it, you dolt.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap So should Ms. Nunn have lived by herself in Georgia when she was 12 years old and thru her teens while her dad when to Washington to represent the people of Georgia?  Because that was the alternative for her.  She's lived in GA ever since she finished school.  I know they're inconvenient for you, but facts are stubborn things.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap 

Last I checked, life-long residency is not a prerequisite of being elected Senator.  I think Mr Chambliss can attest to that.

Regarding the 2nd half of your comment, I see you still have not read the documents in their entirety.


You keep shooting yourself in the foot like that, you are going to need some of that ER care you are so fond of.

td1234
td1234

@DannyX You do not seem to understand. Military spending is one of the few, legitimate, built into the Constitution reasons for a Federal government. It is all other government spending that needs to be offset for special projects, not the spending on the military. 

honested
honested

@DannyX @td1234 

Of course a better question on the Savannah River Estuary Destruction is how do we 'offset' the profits for perdue trucking (and pretty much nobody else) with the damage to the estuary (for the rest of time)?

td1234
td1234

@honested And you represent clearly the Nunn position and do the voters support you and Nunn's vision of the country or do the support the Perdue strong military vision. 

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@td1234 @NWGAL 

"And your point is?"

I think in a nice way, she was calling your point of pride pathetic.

Given your lack of reading comprehension skills, it is small wonder you interpreted the Nunn memo so badly.

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap I read the entire document and interpreted it accordingly. 


Lifelong residency is not a requirement but the people have the right to know that Nunn was only born in Georgia but was raised in DC and then let them decide if this makes her more or less in touch with the citizens of the state. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @DannyX 

Military spending, maybe.

Incessant, ridiculously over budget, permanent wasteful spending, I can't find that in the Constitution anywhere.

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, and yet Kingston was known as the king of earmarks!  You really crack me up, td!

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

As opposed to continuing to wast money on aircraft with no mission that seem to be nothing but sources of cost overruns for the taxpayers, I think you might be surprised!

GA Peach
GA Peach

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap She was in DC because she was in grade school and high school when her dad was a senator representing the people of Georgia.  This whole line of "attack" is just absurd.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap Why do you think this really matters?  They voted for and elected Nut Gingrich.  He was born in PA.  Mover overseas around the age of 10 and didn't move here until he was about 17 or 18.   

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap 

She's lived here for 16 years.

She has some pretty strong ancestral roots too.

That she has lived in other parts of country is not a bad thing.

Your attempts to paint her as some kind of carpet-bagger make you look pretty silly.

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, what we need is one of those birther Tea Party Canadians like Texas got.

ReeceMarsden
ReeceMarsden

@DannyX @td1234 Danny do we not send our congressmen and senators up to DC to do what they can to help our state?

GA Peach
GA Peach

@LookbeforeIleap @td1234 Agreed.  She's a ninth generation Georgian.  She only lived out of the state when she was in school, and that's because -- as a minor -- she certainly wasn't going to live by herself while her dad when to DC as Senator.

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap I am not painting her as anything. I am pointing out that a woman in her 50's has only lived in the state "16 years" and is this someone the voter believes represents their interest better than a man that has lived hear more than 40 years. 


Voters have the right to be informed and make the choices that best fits their interest. 

GA Peach
GA Peach

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap She's actually not in her 50's.  She's lived in the state since she finished school.  She was born in Georgia and moved to DC with her father when she was a young girl so that she could live with her family while her dad was a senator. 

Voters certainly have the right to be informed.  But they should be informed by the facts.  And those are the facts.  She was born in Georgia and has been there for over 20 years -- since she graduated from school.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @LookbeforeIleap You really believe that Perdue who sounds like NEVER lived here, nd who looks more like he hobnobs with Mitt Romney (in spite of the jeans and jean jacket) can identify with and represents the interest of MOST Georgians?