Posted: 11:51 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Michelle Nunn pokes fun at campaign memo leak 

By Greg Bluestein

Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to her supporters after her Tuesday nomination. AP/ /Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. AP/ /Akili-Casundria Ramsess

 

Macon – Democrat Michelle Nunn poked a little fun at her campaign – and previewed a new line of attack against her Republican opponent – in her first extensive interview since the release of a 144-page series of memos  outlining her electoral strategy.

“I always thought I wanted to run an open and transparent campaign but this has gone beyond what I anticipated or intended,” she said during a stop in Macon.

The memo lays out Nunn’s campaign strategy in stark terms, including detailed fundraising plans, an in-depth public relations strategy and pushback to planned GOP attacks on some of her vulnerabilities. It even includes a plan to have a rally with gun rights groups as November nears.

Republicans have used the documents to try to paint her as a consultant-driven robot, and GOP nominee David Perdue told the AJC he was “fairly shocked” by his rival’s political approach. She said the Republican scrutiny is an effort to “mischaracterize” her record.

She compared the memos to counsel she receives from supporters and strategists – rather than a campaign blueprint. She wouldn’t say specifically what advice she’s taken and what she abandoned, but said there was nothing in the memo she wanted to clarify.

Said Nunn:

“First of all, the set of memos were a set of advice that I was getting from a variety of folks. I’m getting advice every day from everybody parents to friends to my children. The nature of campaigns is ever evolving, but what’s remained constant is we’re focused on talking about a collaborative approach and the importance of bipartisanship and problem-solving. And changing the culture in Washington. That’s what we talked about from the beginning.”

The Democrat pivoted to a new line of attack against Perdue, a former Fortune 500 executive. Nunn, a nonprofit executive who earlier seemed reluctant to speak ill of her GOP foe, sought to draw a sharper distinction between the two at the Macon stop.

“If you look at our experiences , our aspirations, the issues that we’ve embraced, you’ll see a real contrast. I have a record of focusing on trying to make a difference in peoples’ lives and actually solving problems and working across the aisle and embracing the fact that people on both sides of the party divide have good ideas if we work together. And you won’t hear any of that from David Perdue.”

She then took a shot at Perdue’s boardroom background, including a reference to his tenure at Pillowtex the failed North Carolina textile company that shuttered shortly after he left, leaving thousands out of work. (He has said he only realized the firm’s dire straits after he took control.)

“It’s somewhat ironic to me that David Perdue’s allies are running ads against me when in fact David Perdue has made 20 times my salary at the same time he has been outsourcing jobs, laying off workers and running up debt on his companies. Whereas I have a record of creating and growing an organization, making hard choices but making that organization stronger and more effective by every measure. I’m happy to make that contrast.”

 

214 comments
TheLine
TheLine

Moochelle None looks like a guy in drag. GA don't like drag queens as senators.

TheLine
TheLine

Moochelle None realizes that she's gonna lose big in November. Moochelle is trying her hardest at damage control.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Strategy reports are essential for every campaign. And if you're any good at your job, you listen to those around you. Closed minds already think they know what to do. The difference between rigid and decisive often is the quality of listening involved.

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

Some real a-holes making comments here.  It's comically pathetic how easy it is for republicans to dismiss facts as if they never existed.  Their juvenile attacks are down right silly. I suppose that's what Fox "News" does to people. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Mary Elizabeth:


Her entire response was defensive.


Politics is not for the faint of heart.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

She compared the memos to counsel she receives from supporters and strategists – rather than a campaign blueprint. She wouldn’t say specifically what advice she’s taken and what she abandoned, but said there was nothing in the memo she wanted to clarify.


When in doubt, say nothing.


The rest of what she said is run of the mill politics.


Nothing exceptional.

peewilly
peewilly

The only way Mary "NONE" Martin wins is if Obama can get as many illegals into Georgia and registered to vote by November.       I have confidence he can pull it off with an Executive Order.


@SoupNazi- Doubtfire comment,I knew that but could  not put my finger on it,good call

SoupNazi
SoupNazi

I will give Mrs. Martin Doubtfire credit, she appears to be a better community organizer when you compare her to President Obama.  She does have this going for her....

Bulldawg95
Bulldawg95

Got to go folks.  It's been fun chatting.


Have a nice day,

Derek

peewilly
peewilly

@Marylezsings

you said-The people of Georgia could not have a greater contrast in candidates than between her and David Perduel.


I do believe that statement,    Perdue will trounce Mary Martinn or what ever her real name is.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Michelle Nunn:  “It’s somewhat ironic to me that David Perdue’s allies are running ads against me when in fact David Perdue has made 20 times my salary at the same time he has been outsourcing jobs, laying off workers and running up debt on his companies. Whereas I have a record of creating and growing an organization, making hard choices but making that organization stronger and more effective by every measure. I’m happy to make that contrast.” 

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


 Michelle Nunn, also, knows how to land a punch, right where it counts, when she knows she is in the right.  And, believe me Georgians, you cannot get more "right" than serving Georgians instead of simply serving yourself, at their expense.  Please see this vivid contrast between Michelle Nunn and David Perdue and vote for Nunn in November.





Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@TheLine  Sad commentary on yourself.  Do you wear women's clothes in secret?  It's O.K. - we'll forgive you and won't laugh.  But - stop trying to project your needs on others.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@TheLine Thanks for reminding us how Republicans (who are almost exclusively old white men and their Patty Hearsts) think, you despicable sexist.

Hopefully, females will realize that electing David Perdue, Nathan Deal or any of the all-white-male GA GOP cast in November only keeps these narrow-minded, bigoted, wife-beating, female-degrading, insecure, racist, hate-mongering bubbas in control of our state's affairs.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

This is not a beauty contest. Real issues affecting real lives are at stake. Misogynistic references seek only to distract.

honested
honested

@TheLine 

Tell me, dr. jerkanov, what has been damaged and what needs to be controlled?

No votes were lost, as this is only important to the wrong-wing who were already voting for perdue.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@NWGAL  Well said.  Michelle Nunn has a strong group of young supporters ("Emerging Leaders") who appear to represent a broad range of areas of expertise and experience.  I thought the memo represented a comprehensive analysis of U.S. needs and fertile prospects.  A little different from Romney casting aside half of the U.S. population because they are not rich.  We can go with this candidate and no be embarrassed.

DS
DS

@SEP-AU

If you're pulling for clear-thinking, intelligent moderates in these campaigns, I would suggest we don't worry too much about inarticulate conservatives who jump on these blogs with their muddled thinking and hate-speech. They're doing plenty of self-inflicted damage to their cause. 

I say, let 'em go. I'd send them a thank-you note if I could.

TheLine
TheLine

@SEP-AU Ah yes, it's Fox News' fault. Geez, you left wingers are retarded.

honested
honested

@SEP-AU 

Yep, they say ignorance is bliss.....

So I guess some of the folks are happy all the time.....

And completely unable to rationally view the world around them!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@FIGMO2


Figmo, I generally agree with Jay Bookman's political positions.  But, in this case, imo, his assessment of Michelle Nunn was off the mark.  I think you are simply repeating some of his thoughts from his Sunday column.  Michelle Nunn is not "faint of heart" by any means, whatsoever.  She is a substantive, intelligent woman who knows exactly what she is doing and has known that since she rolled up her sleeves to get into this campaign.  You have to see character with more finesse than simply the "power plays of bullies."  As Galloways' headline described her, "Grit, but no red meat."  She has endurance and mental stamina.  What finer example than that is there to lead Georgia, and especially to lead our young.  As a woman, I think you should consider voting for this classy, substantive, strong stateswoman.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@FIGMO2


Michelle Nunn is wise enough, and strong enough, not to be manipulated to become defensive when no defense is needed beyond the data that has already been released in her campaign document.  Read it.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@SoupNazi  You got that right because the President's message of change in the Congress, to compliant from corrupt has fallen on deaf ears, they have done nothing but fight him tooth and nail on that one.  So his salary of 12,000 a year, plus $2,000 for an old, beat-up car when he was one has turned out to not have been worth it.  

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@MaryElizabethSings  I hope you keep posting, MaryElizabeth. Don't be bothered by the sophomoric taunts.  (although I suppose you learned how to deal with childish miscreants during your years as a schoolteacher...)

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

@MaryElizabethSings No way cuz the fist thik she will do is riase taxs like all libtards do then spent that money on illeagle Obama care and sneakin mexicans across the boarder

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@MaryElizabethSings  I could not agree more. See where Ms. Nunn is a community organizer who has never built anything from the ground up and Mr. Perdue who is a successful businessman who has created jobs and paid taxes.


Then vote accordingly in November.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@RadicalRuralDem You have suggested the best general explanation that I've read as to why an otherwise thoughtful female could still entertain support for the GOP: Stockholm Syndrome. I've attributed it to "daddy issues". But you're right; their affliction has to be more serious than just "daddy issues".

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

@TheLine Funny. To retard is to slow the progress of something. Odd way to insult a group generally thought to desire faster progress - i.e., progressive.

TheLine
TheLine

@MaryElizabethSings You are so full of crap it isn't even funny. Moochelle None is running on daddy's name and nothing else.

Go sell stupid somewhere else.

SoupNazi
SoupNazi

@StraightNoChaser  I feel so sorry for Obama, what will the man do for a living after he leaves the White House?  Gosh, he's good at making speeches, maybe he can command hundreds of thousands of dollars for speaking engagements. 


I will remind you that Obama had complete control his first two years. 


A good leader learns how to negotiate with others.  I guess this wasn't a skill he learned as a community organizer.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@CherokeeCounty 


I am not bothered, Cherokee.  You are correct. I did learn how to deal with "childish miscreants" during my 35 years as a schoolteacher.  However, my students had an excuse.  They were adolescents, not middle-aged citizens. ;-)


I write mainly for the public who read the blogs, and my pattern is to refute those remarks which are misguided (or lies?) so that the public will know the truth.  I am interested only in seeing Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter win their elections this year because they are the hope for Georgia's future. (Any post, however, which is too silly or too vicious is not worth my time to which to respond because the reading public can already size up that person's remarks for themselves, easily enough. They will "consider the source," in other words.)

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Thurgood_Jenkins 


It has been all over the news.  Check out Kyle Wingfield's and Jay Bookman's columns for a link specifically to Nunn's campaign document. 

Tealiban_Party
Tealiban_Party

@LHardingDawg @MaryElizabethSings 


Psssst.....  Perdue joined Reebok in 1998.  Reebok has ben around since the 1890's.  Same with Dollar General.  He joined in 2003, and DG has been around since 1939.  Your ground up theory is full of holes....

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@LHardingDawg



Evidently, you did not read before you posted, Mr. Dawg:


About  Perdue:  He "has been outsourcing jobs, laying off workers and running up debt on his companies."


About Nunn:  She has "a record of creating and growing an organization, making hard choices but making that organization stronger and more effective by every measure."


Michelle Nunn certainly has grown the organization she has led.  Points of Light is now the largest non-profit of its kind in the world, according to George H. W. Bush.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@SoupNazi


You are not analyzing correctly.  Republicans decided that they were not going to cooperate with President-elect Obama, even before he took office.  There was NOTHING he could have done that would have changed their minds.  The public should vote these Republicans leaders out of office for their negativity that has lasted for 6 years,  taking our nation into wars that are still going on in the Middle East, and for having an "every man for himself" policy agenda which did little to curb the greed on Wall Street, resulting in a financial collapse for our nation. Since President Obama was worn in, Republicans have only shown selfish, negative intransigence to him and to his policies which has lowered America's credit rating. Americans have experienced only hard times because of Republicans for 13 years and they have been worn down because of these unnecessary problems.  Americans are beginning to understand the source of these traumatic problems and negativism in our nation. That source is the Republican Party of today.


Below are facts which demonstrate what Democratic President Obama has done to build the economy - from the beginning of his presidency until the present day - in spite of the problems Republicans have inflicted upon him and upon all Americans: 


January 2009 Today (July, 2014)

The Dow 7,949 (1/09) 16,459 (7/14)

Unemployment 7.8% (1/09) 6.7% (7/14)

GDP Growth -5.4% (1/09) 4.1% (7/14)

Deficit GDP 9.8% (1/09) 3.3% (7/14)

Consumer Confidence 37.7 (1/09) 78.1 (7/14)

Source: WHUR 96.3 Howard University Radio


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@SoupNazi @StraightNoChaser That's what the problem is he has been trying to work with the other side.  Hell his first years in office he negotiated everything from the Bush tax cuts to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.  He spoiled them that is why we see the temper tantrums we see now.  If they don't get their way they hold the country hostage or file BS lawsuits then deny what their intentions were when the backlash starts.  I don't feel sorry for him because they have not stopped him from doing his job he is using his executive powers, the same thing that Bush used way more times than he has, to get around their sorry a$$es.  The American people don't give a rat's a$$ about any lawsuit that they have wasted our tax paid salaries on filing instead of doing the job they were sent to Washington to do which is evident with the backlash we see going on now which is why John Boehner has taken up his favorite past time of crying and drinking.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@MaryElizabethSings  I think you're correct - I'm not going to pick up my marbles and flounce home, like _centrist, but when you see a post by one of several people on here, it;s really not worth your time to engage them.

And it';s too bad, there are intelligent conservatives out there - but sadly those who contribute to this blog don't generally fall in that group.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Tealiban_Party @LHardingDawg @MaryElizabethSings The former chairman and ceo of Pillowtex jumped ship after just 10 months on the job, taking with him a substantial signing bonus that lured him to the company he ultimately spurned.

For the short time he was on the job, Perdue took home a cash salary of $313,000, and another $2.1 million as a bonus from a company that never made money on his watch.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@Tealiban_Party @LHardingDawg @MaryElizabethSings Interesting article:

Home Textiles Today, October 20, 2003

Lending a final, almost surreal coda to the collapse and demise of Pillowtex Corp., and the attendant loss of roughly 8,000 jobs, the highest paid executive in the entire home fashions industry last year, pulling down $2.4 million, was David Perdue.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@MaryElizabethSings  Like I said, a community organizer who has built nothing.

I guess some of those hard choices were to send money to terrorist groups bent on killing innocent people. 

I'm not sure that I like her record or what she stands for. Of course, no one knows what she stands for because she will not answer any hard questions.

SoupNazi
SoupNazi

@StraightNoChaser  I don't disagree about the lawsuit.  I think it's a waste of time.  Let me ask you this question.  If Obama was doing such a great job, why did the Republicans recapture majority in 2010 mid terms?


The next commander in chief better have some leadership experience and get creative fixing issues quickly. Not sure if he will run but Scott Walker would be a good candidate. 

honested
honested

@StraightNoChaser 

And for all their whining, what has the wrong wing accomplished to the benefit of America?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@CherokeeCounty 


Very true and well said.  Those "intelligent conservatives" are the ones I hope to persuade to vote for Nunn and Carter because, as we have witnessed, even "intelligent conservatives" seem to vote in bloc as Republicans, to do such irrational things as closing down the government rather than pay the U. S.'s already accrued debts, when they get to Congress. Also, regarding the Republican governors across the nation, most will side with other Republican governors to stop Obamacare from succeeding, by refusing to expand Medicaid, which has hurt hundreds of thousands of Georgians financially and medically. They seem to know that if they will stand together as Republican governors they can have power to repeal or stop Obamacare and other citizen's rights. These are the reasons that I am supporting two, young Georgia Democrats, of high intelligent and much substance, to serve the best interest of Georgia's people and to lead Georgia into a more honest, forward looking state of the future.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@LHardingDawg 


(1) You state: "(She is) community organizer who has built nothing.  I stated, correctly, that she has taken the organization, Points of Light, and built it to the largest non-profit in the world under her leadership.  Hardly "nothing."


(2) You state: "(She) sent(t) money to terrorists groups bent on killing innocent people article. I say that you are guilty of slander because her campaign document clearly states that the money from her organization did NOT go to Hamas. Repeating that it did has been proven to be a political lie and yet you are perpetuating it.


(3)  Your state: "Of course, no one knows what she stands for because she will not answer any hard questions." I state that you are just repeating nonsense whoever started this lie. Nunn answers hard questions in the article above.  Read it.



DannyX
DannyX

@SoupNazi, "If Obama was doing such a great job, why did the Republicans recapture majority in 2010 mid terms?"

Romney won in a landslide in 2012.  Whoops.

DannyX
DannyX

@SoupNazi, Walker might not even be re-elected this fall!  He's done that good of a job with the Wisconsin economy.

honested
honested

@SoupNazi @StraightNoChaser 

Why did the republiklans retake the house, simple 'skeered people clinging to their bibles and guns'.

scott walker for president, a good afternoon belly laugh is always welcome.

SoupNazi
SoupNazi

@honested @StraightNoChaser First they have tried to keep Obama in check.  If it wasn't for the Rep. Party there's no telling what the US National Debt would be today. 

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@MaryElizabethSings 


Well I guess we have to agree to disagree and vote accordingly in November.


Both my money and support will go to the business man.


Good day.

DannyX
DannyX

@SoupNazi, right because Republicans didn't start two trillion dollar wars they left unfunded, never enacted the socialist Medicare Part D that they never funded, didn't build bridges to nowhere through their policy of earmarks galore, didn't create a new unfunded Dept of Homeland security, and they didn't wash all their massive new spending down with massive tax cuts!

Oh wait, they did!

honested
honested

@SoupNazi @honested @StraightNoChaser 

Two huge burning straw men.

What part of 'in check' is continuing the shrub depression for at least 4 years too long?

As far as the National Debt, RECOVERY has done more to reduce current account deficits and reduce contribution to the debt than any republican quackery.

Just think of where we might be if they put the Country before their contributors and RAISED REVENUE.

It just ain't rocket science!