Posted: 7:18 pm Saturday, August 9th, 2014

No more Ms. Nice Nunn 

By Jim Galloway

Michelle Nunn, crowded by autograph-seekers, after her debut speech at the state Democratic convention.

Michelle Nunn, crowded by autograph-seekers, after her debut speech at the state Democratic convention.

Dublin, Ga. — U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn gave the penultimate speech at today’s state Democratic convention, shaking off her easy-going demeanor to level a tough, reddish-meat attack on GOP rival David Perdue.

This was Nunn’s chance to connect to several hundred grassroots activists necessary to a November victory, and she successfully gave notice that she doesn’t intend to be steamrolled by Republicans inside or outside the state.

Here’s how the daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn waded in:

“The Republicans have finally chosen their candidate in David Perdue. (Boos from the crowd.) Let me tell you a little bit about him, by sharing one of the first things that he said after the election.

“He said, ‘So who brings more value to the debate? Someone who has run a philanthropy for 15 years – or whatever. Or someone who has been out here’ – not bragging, he says – ‘competing in the real world.’”

Gentlemen, you and I may not have heard it, but most women will tell you there is a slight contained in that last paragraph. Perhaps even Karen Handel might. Nunn continued by defining her audience – women (and others) who have been the uncredited, often overlooked seamstresses of our social fabric:

“So let me tell you about the real world that I’ve been in for the last 26 years here in Georgia. It’s the real world of public school classrooms, where teachers and volunteers are fighting for equality for all of our children. The real world is seniors who depend up on meals to be delivered to them to make sure they can live with dignity and independence.

“The real world of neighbors and communities rebuilding in the wake of natural disasters after they’ve lost all their earthly belongings. This is the real world that I have found, and I believe that there is nobility in helping others….”

And then there was the hammer:

“Now let me tell you a little bit about David Perdue’s real world.

“Mr. Perdue is a man who has managed to make a lot of money in business. And we applaud success. But for some reason, those who worked with him…didn’t come out nearly as well.

“In our neighboring state of North Carolina, my opponent managed to make millions of dollars for less than a year’s worth of work, but almost 8,000 people lost their jobs when the company went bankrupt….

“Under his watch, one of his companies was investigated by the federal government for discriminating against women. And his firm was forced to pay, to more than 2,000 female employees, more than $20 million for not paying them equally and not treating them equally.

“Too often, Mr. Perdue seems to have prospered while those who worked with him suffered. He’s a man who time after time put his own profit ahead of [others]. Sadly, David Perdue’s real world does not include us….”

“He complained of Washington as usual during the campaign, but within minutes of winning the election, he declared that this race would be about prosecuting this administration. Prosecute? That sounds an awful lot like Washington as usual.”

Overall, it was a solid performance, delivered when needed. Afterwards, I asked Nunn why she had waited so long to level a broadside at her GOP opponent. Her reply:

“We’ve had millions of advertising dollars against us. We know that it’s time to make sure that everybody knows that there’s a real contest here. And they’re going to see the difference between somebody who is a collaborator and who is focused on helping others, and making a difference by working together. That’s not his record.”

The “millions of dollars” in TV ads is primarily an attack from the the conservative Ending Spending Action Fund, which – among other things — highlights a Nunn-run Points of Light connection to a charity that has ties to Hamas, the militant group now at war with Israel. So I asked Nunn about this. Said she:

“It’s an incredibly ridiculous accusation and it is very much what people are tired of in politics. It is preposterous to think that an organization that was founded by President George H.W. Bush and that is one of the most respected non-profits in the country, has been giving money to terrorists.”

One last thing to note: Neither Nunn nor Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor who followed her, uttered the words “Barack” or “Obama.”

272 comments
GraceD
GraceD

I really would like to see a place to disagree (opposed to Like, only) It just comes out looking so one sided, when you can't indicate disagreement.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I don't think the GOPeer's and the tea pee'ers are going to find any common ground in wall streeter David Pergatory.  

Dusty2
Dusty2

You can bet that Mz Nunn did NOT mention Barach Obama..  Why should she?  He's starting  a two week vacation with the hoy piloy at Martha's Vineyard.  All the unsolved problems in Washington?  Ah, it is so much more fun to play golf.. Somebod

I am glad mz Nunn has done some nice things.  Almost any church member has done as much.  But liberals don't like to mention "church".  Not politically correct  Just "nice" things.


Go for it, mz Nunn.  I like your father. but get a new speech writer.  That last one was a  pure ol' Dem diatrible Try something fresh.i 

DanLovingood
DanLovingood

Michelle Nunn hit the ball out of the park yesterday in Dublin!  Jim Galloway, you pegged it precisely with your great coverage of #GADEMSCONV! All David Perdure knows how to do is more worthless obstruction, make $million$ for himself and lose 8000 American jobs in less that 1 year!  Perdue's skin will never be thick enough to withstand butt kicking he's about to get!

FredspalBarney
FredspalBarney

Kamchak



I don't enjoy engaging in back and forth posts. I just posted my opinion.[Not shouting, it just posted bold]


Taxation without representation is part of the history of the creation of the United States. The politicians are out of touch as soon as they are elected. 


Please don't call me sport, name calling is degrading and indicates the name caller considers themselves superior to the other person. I respect your opinion and person, who knows? I may be your next door neighbor, I am an American citizen: all rights and protections afforded by the constitution are enjoyed by legal citizens. I post this respectfully and call no names. Just dialog and opinion regarding our

political process. 

FredspalBarney
FredspalBarney

The  key point I see in Nunn's message is this: I'm a DEMOCRAT and I like to be noble and help people by giving them your TAX MONEY. 

That's what DEMOCRATS do, they make themselves look/feel good by giving away OPM [other peoples money].

David Perdue crashing a company within a year is like comparing a Doctor who cant save an obese, chainsmoker alcoholic heart attack. It did not happen overnight, the company was circling the drain when he came aboard and business' go bankrupt everyday. The man was not successful overnight just as Nunn was not successful overnight. I for one will seek the experienced financier, not the person who gives away tax money. 

Somehow, a community organizer got elected recently, with no practical business experience on how to  work with a budget, we will be paying for that mistake until we die.



TomGaff
TomGaff

Ok, I'll tell you what I think of Ms Nunn(?) . I'm assuming she loves her husband with whom she has had two children, why is she ashamed to use his last name, instead of trying to ride the coat tails of her Daddy? Doesn't sound very ethical to me and I am an Independent!!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Beautiful comparison between the values of Michelle Nunn and those of David Perdue.  Georgians will be voting against their own best interests if they vote for David Perdue, a man, imo, who is in this race for himself, primarily.  Yes, as Michelle Nunn expresses so well, "there is nobility in helping others."

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Note to Bernie31:  Bernie, please read my comments to you on the last thread about Michelle Nunn on this blog, entitled, "Michelle Nunn gets star power help from singer Carole King." There is, also, a need for speaking truth unfettered, which you do, ferociously.  Keep telling truth as you see it, Bernie.  Don't let those who cannot or will not see deter you from speaking your truth.

stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

Come on galloway. I was at the speech. She looked the same ole dunce everyone said she would be. The dem party should not waste the money to prop this woman up. I know in my heart there's got to be a better candidate out there some where in bright red Georgia. Oh wait. There is. And his name is David Perdue...

MisterMikey
MisterMikey

It's going to be a long 80+ days until the election.  The right wing contingent here will spew their Nunn talking points, getting more shrill as the weeks pass.  The left wingers will paint Perdue as a Mini-Mitt.  Hey folks, let's make them talk about the issues.

Perdue's whole strategy seems to be to tie Nunn to the President and the ACA.  The dog whistles are deafening.  I hope some group hammers the governor on his refusal to expand Medicaid, and how much it is costing us in jobs and LIVES because of his pure petulance. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

These big government proggies always forget to remind you that all this good that government does,  


  "It’s the real world of public school classrooms, where teachers and volunteers are fighting for equality for all of our children. The real world is seniors who depend up on meals to be delivered to them to make sure they can live with dignity and independence."


would not be possible if our businesses, corporations, and entrepreneurs like Perdue, didn't pay a great deal of taxes and employ millions of employees that pay taxes and support this gigantic big government safety net.   Government does spend one dollar that they don't  take from someone else.


To hear Ms Nunn, you would think Perdue is just out there raking in the dough and not paying his fair share.



dudefrommacon
dudefrommacon

David Perdue is the perfect candidate for the Repugnant Teabag crowd. I seriously doubt he would serve a full term if elected though.  Made millions while his company went bankrupt and thousands lost their jobs, that's sort of like a mini Mitt Romney.  Are we looking at retarded Rick Perry's Vice Presidential candidate?

Observant1
Observant1

Here we go again. Those rich Republicans. They hate women and have declared war on them. They did not earn their wealth.  They all got rich stealing from the downtrodden working class!! They are trying to starve senior citizens, push granny over the cliff in her wheel chair, and outlaw birth control!  But there is hope!! Vote for me and I'll see that you get your fair share of free stuff! Only suckers work for a living. The smart folks VOTE for a living! It's all right out of the national Dumbocrat playbook. Close your eyes and you can hear Debbie Wasserman Shultz instead of Nunn. 

If your I.Q. is higher than  your collar size and you believe any of this crap, you are simply not paying attention.  As has been pointed out already, a vote for Nunn is a vote for the failed policies of Harry (The Weasel) Reid and Barack Obama, whether Nunn would utter their names or not.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@MaryElizabethSings

Will you please, PLEASE stop using AJC blogs to spam us about your personal blog?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Dusty2 The GOPeer's used their last days in Washington to pass a bill to sue the president for doing his job which does absolutely nothing which is business as usual for the do nothing Congress. Complaining about the president does nothing to make the GOPeer's do anything.  As for your church that would be the one where God visits on a regular basis with His partisan views toward the sick and poor.  Nope we go to the church where God loves everyone and does not tell us to do hateful things to people, I like it better.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Dusty2 

Ah, it is so much more fun to play golf..

George Bush says, "Now, watch this drive!"

Kamchak
Kamchak

@FredspalBarney 

 Taxation without representation is part of the history of the creation of the United States.

Every two years we go to the polls and elect our representatives, sport.

Just remindin'.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@EdUktr  Good old one trick Un-EdUktr, picking out a poll that makes his point. Bookman was right about you, Special Ed.

honested
honested

@FredspalBarney 

It takes courage to state the truth.....

As opposed to the obviously failed pretense that we can run the Country with inadequate revenue.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@FredspalBarney 

I'm a DEMOCRAT and I like to be noble and help people by giving them your TAX MONEY. 

That's what DEMOCRATS do, they make themselves look/feel good by giving away OPM [other peoples money].

Once you pay your taxes, the money doesn't belong to you anymore, sport.

Just remindin'.

45npgmdc
45npgmdc

@TomGaff  Don't recall you asking this question of ALL CANDIDATES during the Republican primary.


Who cares if Ron Martin's wife (Michelle Nunn) has used her maiden name  her entire life - not just for campaign purposes.


Who cares if Republican Jack Kingston's wife (Libby Morris), Republican Phillip Perry's wife (Liz Cheney) or your beloved Republican Mitch McConnell's wife (Elaine Chao) do not take their spouse's names too?  


Only those with nothing of any substance to offer who are more interested in enforcing their own sexist beliefs on others do. Don't hide behind ethics.  We all know what is at play behind comments like yours, and ethics has nothing to do with it.  


Perhaps we can burn these 4 strong women, regardless of party affiliation, and the hundreds of thousands of others across this country who opt to not take their husbands names at the stake. Sounds like that would be right up your alley.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@TomGaff  This is REALLY a bogus issue. It is very common today (and has been for at least four decades) for professional women to use their unmarried names when they have  established a career before they were married. They wish to build on the professional reputation they have built on their own, rather than start anew with a new name. In my own field as professor, I can think of countless female colleagues who have done this.  It really seems a step backwards to the 1970s or so to expect an accomplished career woman to assume her married name which no-one in her field will recognize.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TomGaff 

... why is she ashamed to use his last name...

Liz Cheney and Elaine Chao (h/t Auntie Christ) both say, "What?"

honested
honested

@TomGaff 

I don't know, maybe because it will help her stomp any republiklan at no extra charge?

DS
DS

@stevedollar2013

You went to the Georgia Democratic Party meeting? That's pretty cool.

Even if we disagree on our political views, I applaud you for getting out to hear the candidates.

honested
honested

@stevedollar2013 

An opinion, though quite inaccurately hopeful for the wrong wing.

Michelle is the ideal candidate to stomp the empty suit, wrong-winger wannabe in November.

The number of delusional people who believe the world will improve economically if those at the top pay lower taxes diminishes every day and the number of young people able to be deluded into that notion is incalculably small.

Just get your mouth used to forming 'Senator Nunn'.

td1234
td1234

@MisterMikey As soon as you said "expand" Obamacare you gave yourself away as a partisan prog.  

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

You and your early polls. GA was viewed as a conservative state. 2 points ain't nothing to be crowing about.

Smokeyone
Smokeyone

@Observant1 Quit projecting your own feeling and trying to put your words and thoughts in other people's mouths.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Unobservant

How does someone with such a narrow viewpoint have the audacity to question anyone's IQ? Oh, I forgot, you're Republican. The elitist party. The party of privilege.

Here's a challenge for you. Use your superior IQ and look as the facts about Perdue's business track record. It's fairly easy to do. Did he in fact make millions while laying off thousands of workers and taking his company into bankruptcy? Was his company sued for discriminating against women? Was his company fined for discriminating against women? Did stock holders of his company sue him and collect $20M for improper business actions?

Review the video tape of Perdue's own words. Has he make disparaging comments about women? Has he run as a Washington outsider, and then the day after the primary, go to DC and announce he would be a "team player"? The last thing this state needs is another arrogant elitist

who wants to perpetuate the gridlock that is killing our nation.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

Will you PLEASE, please stop using AJC blogs to spam...

Again -- serial poll spammer says, "What?"

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@EdUktr @MaryElizabethSings Some of us would much rather read her stuff than yours, Ed. On her worst days her comments are perceptive and cogent, as opposed to your inane and repetitive screeds.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

Will you PLEASE stop using AJC blogs to spam us...

Serial poll spammer says, "What?"

EdUktr
EdUktr

@OddEngineer @EdUktr

Bookwoman's just frustrated with the voters. As always. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @MisterMikey 

Rather than say 'expand Obamacare', why not make the accurate statement 'Follow the Law of the United States as adjudicated by the Supreme Court and fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act'.

No reason to argue foolishness when the facts are so obvious.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Barnes was only up by 3 or 4 at this same time 4 years ago and ended up winning by ten. When the producers get back from vacation, get their children back in school and become engage then I predict the same thing will happen as 4 years ago and the finial result will be a 5 to 10 point win. 

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@Smokeyone

Unobservant1 presented his own opinion, period, and he was proven right very quickly as demonstrated by Political Outsider's post, for example.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@PoliticalOutsider And no one was fooled by Purdoooo's little staged rant against the Chamber of Commerce. The performance played to win the anti amnesty voters.

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider " Oh, I forgot, you're Republican. The elitist party. The party of privilege."


When did you kick Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Michael Dell and most hedge fund managers out of the Democratic party? 

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@PoliticalOutsider 

PoliticalOutsider 17 minutes ago

Unobservant

"How does someone with such a narrow viewpoint have the audacity to question anyone's IQ? Oh, I forgot, you're Republican. The elitist party. The party of privilege."

You just proved Unobservant's point very well.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

Yup, yup, yup ... Therefore it has,to turn out the same way right ... Because TEA is just so reasonable these days ... We'll see ... There's still plenty of time for mr corporation to,show,his,true colors

Smokeyone
Smokeyone

@NorthAtlanta @Smokeyone No he didn't. He has just repeated all of the talking points of the R-wing. I highly doubt any of those words and ideas came from his own heart and mind.

honested
honested

@td1234 @PoliticalOutsider 

How are those who worked hard, improved the world for everyone, profited but never lost sight of the basic needs of everyone 'elitist'.

We can wake up every morning grateful for Warren Buffet and the moderated Bill Gates.

Michael Dell is not a member of the group and he was instrumental in helping to elect the worst President in American history.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

NorthAtlanta

Did you do your homework? Did you look up the FACTS? Or did you just regurgitate the GOP party line and fall in line with the rest of the sheep? This may come as a shock, but Georgia is made up of more than just angry old white men.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Bottom line is Republicans are not going to go to the polls and vote for Nunn. Nunn has to make up a 8 point gap, that Obama lost by 2 years ago with record Youth and Black turnout, and there is no explanation as to where this vote is going to come from.  

honested
honested

@td1234 @consumedconsumer 

There was no record turnout for either side 2 years ago.

Please stop spewing nonsense, it makes even you look foolish.