Posted: 10:23 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Republicans begin $2.5 million TV assault on Michelle Nunn 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

We told you earlier this morning about Democrat Michelle Nunn’s first TV slap at Republican rival David Perdue in the U.S. Senate race.

Her theme: “David Perdue’s real world doesn’t include you.”

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogNunn is trying to get in front of – or at least mitigate – a $2.5 million air assault by the National Republican Senatorial Committee that also starts today.

A first TV spot in the GOP attack offers a mirror-image message: “She’ll be Obama’s senator, not yours.”

That’s it above.

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By now, most of you political junkies have read of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s split with President Barack Obama on foreign policy. From the Washington Post:

In the spring, President Obama articulated a philosophy for avoiding dangerous entanglements overseas that was modest in its ambitions and focused on avoiding mistakes. Don’t do stupid things, he said.

Now Clinton is offering a blunt retort to that approach, telling an interviewer, “Great nations need organizing principles — and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

The surprisingly direct critique, coming in an interview with the Atlantic, represents Clinton’s most forceful effort yet to distance herself from an unpopular administration ahead of her expected 2016 campaign. It also foreshadows the unusual political challenges facing Clinton as she accentuates her foreign policy credentials while trying to avoid blame for the nation’s defensive posture in an increasingly unstable world.

We’d add one more point: Clinton could also be blazing a trail for Michelle Nunn to follow as the latter works to put air between herself and the White House. Remember that it was just about this time last year, when Nunn endorsed Obama’s plan to strike Syria for gassing its own civilians.

Obama reconsidered, and Nunn was left out in the cold.

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The New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich has some fun this week at the expense of the Michelle Nunn internal memo, which confirms many of his “suspicions” about campaigns. These suspicions include:

“Campaigns believe that large portions of their electorates are simple-minded idiots. …

“Candidates must drain all spontaneity, whimsy and spur-of-the-moment impulse from their personalities. The sooner they become petrified, on-message cyborgs, the better.”

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Alas, no one in the Insider house qualifies for this casting call:

Seeking young Latina, age 18-25, who is an American citizen and eligible voter, for upcoming project. No actresses please.

The producers of a documentary project examining the role of Latinos in U.S. elections are looking for a lead character, and Jerry Gonzales, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, would very much like to see someone from here selected.

“A national documentary of the Latino vote’s importance should feature the state of Georgia because it is the capital of the new South and Latinos are integral to the new South’s future, as well as the future of our nation,” Gonzales says on his group’s website.

Gonzales is a confirmed Democrat. But the producers appear to be making an effort to remain neutral. More specifics on what their looking for:

– Must be a woman;

– Must be 18-25 years old;

– Must be Latina of Mexican descent;

– Must be a U.S. citizen;

– Must be eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections;

– Must have never voted in a previous election in the U.S.;

– Must live and/or study in the following states: Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California;

– Must be willing to travel within the United States;

– Should have a large family with at least 2 siblings and some extended family in the U.S.;

– Should not be registered with any political party in the U.S.;

– And should not be active or be a member of any political movement.

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Augusta Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow is up with his first TV ad of the cycle, coming about a week earlier than his opening salvo two years ago.

The spot goes the time-tested route of being pro-cute animal and anti-Congress. “I wouldn’t wish Washington on a dog,” Barrow declares. He cites his own advocacy for Plant Vogtle loan guarantees, federal money to deepen the Port of Savannah and support for Fort Gordon.

Barrow also says he is “working to pass a no budget, no pay law for Congress,” based on a bill he has cosponsored for years.

Barrow voted against a watered down version of this law when it was attached to a debt ceiling hike in 2013 and applied for only one year — the only recent year in which the Senate passed a traditional budget, incidentally.

Republican businessman Rick Allen, Barrow’s foe this fall, goes unmentioned.

The National Republican Congressional Committee offered a rebuttal, via spokeswoman Katie Prill:

“John Barrow is right – he’s a career politician and is exactly what’s wrong with Washington. Finally Barrow realizes that his support of President Obama’s wasteful stimulus program is why our fiscal house is a mess and is exactly why voters need to kick him out of office this November.”

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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jason Carter continues to look stronger than Senate candidate Michelle Nunn — or, rather, Republican businessman David Perdue looks stronger than Gov. Nathan Deal — in public polling. The latest came Monday from Hicks Evaluation Group for the Truman National Security Project, a Washington-based organization “committed to strengthening U.S. national security.”

The auto-dial poll conducted over the weekend finds Carter at 45.4 percent and Deal at 45.3 percent. Meanwhile, Perdue holds 47.6 percent and Nunn claims 41.5 percent. The poll’s given margin of error is 3.48 percent.

The sample was 26.4 percent African-American — below the 28 percent vote share in the 2010 election. Full crosstabs here.

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The three Gov. Nathan Deal aides who are leaving his office to hit the campaign trail won’t be getting any state benefits while with the campaign.

At least that’s according to Deal spokesman Brian Robinson, who along with chief-of-staff Chris Riley and legislative liaison David Werner are joining their boss’ re-election effort on Saturday.

Robinson said the three will go on COBRA, meaning they will get no state subsidy of their health insurance. They won’t accrue pension benefits or get any 401k benefits during the three or so months they’re on the campaign payroll, he said, and it won’t count toward their state retirement clock.

“We won’t get anything from the state,” said Robinson.

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Over at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dave Williams writes about the cost of not expanding Medicaid rolls under Obamacare:

Georgia would lose $33.7 billion during the next decade by not expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a nonprofit social and economic research organization.

The Washington, D.C-based Urban Institute released a study Monday examining the potential impacts of not expanding Medicaid in the 24 states that have opted out of the expansion since a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obamacare gave states that choice.

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Randy Evans, legal counsel to Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election bid, took exception to our post on Deal’s Sunday trip to Las Vegas – to address the Republican National Lawyers Association and, perhaps, visit with billionaire Sheldon Adelson. From Evans’ email:

Saw your post. As the Chair of the RNLA, I noted that you omitted that the National Election Law Seminar include some of the most significant legal scholars in the United States, including Governor Deal, various attorneys general, the attorneys arguing the McCutcheon v. FEC case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the current and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and a host of recognized Georgians. He was among the elite scholars across the United States.

…[W]ere very proud to have Georgia’s governor speak and confirm how lawyers working together with fellow Republicans AND Democrats to reform criminal justice laws, regulations, and taxes can make Georgia the No. 1 place to do business in the United States….

So there.

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Wonder where Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney is? Look south of the border.

Apparently the Democrat-turned-Green Party candidate is to become an online pundit for TeleSur, a state-sponsored Latin American television network that was dreamed up by the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. The folks at the Powerline blog tracked down the press release.

80 comments
Infraredguy
Infraredguy

The GOP and Purdue don't have a lot to criticize Nunn about, SHE HAS NEVER SAID MUCH EXCEPT THAT SHE LEARNED A LOT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER. She did say she ran a big non profit charity Whoopee. I guess she thinks if elected, Harry Reid can tell her anything she needs to know.

Charles50
Charles50

Everyone isn't as dogmatic and arrogant as Ted Cruze.  So I'm guessing that whomever wins this election will probably tow the party line and work with their party heads.  To say or think otherwise is just stupid.  To spend this kind of money trying to convince people about it is even more stupid.

Bernie31
Bernie31

David Perdue new ad: Hello My name in David Perdue... In China they call me David the Job Creator. I is running for the seat for yer out going Always Golfing Senator Saxby "Hollywood" Chambliss. Me and Hollywood spend a lot time on the Golf Course at our favorite Country Club. Cause we don't do Public Courses and besides we likes service while we golf. There is Never a wait for Tee time too, which Hollywood Saxyby jest Love. cause some time he gots to catch that Private Government Plane to GIT back to Washington to VOTE "NO "on anythang that Muslim President send Down. 

Did ya hear what He has been doing lately? Spending Our Money again without our permission. That Muslim in DC they say is saving some Christians Stuck on a Mountain with no Food,Water and Shelter. He using U.S. Jets too!

We don't know if they really Christians and do they really KNOW JAYSUS like US? when was the last time I went to Church? What is a Church? Just kidding...My Church Service is always on a Early Sunday Morning with Hollywood Saxyby on the Links. We pray to the Glass of Jack Black and Coke if yer know what I mean. My Pastor Hollywood is teaching me how to upgrade My Golden Parachute Like the one he jest GOT! he say its quite simple in Georgia. Once you Git in yer IN for Life! Holly wood say every (6) Six years all I need to do is Raise a lot of Money. Every now and then say sumpin Stupid. Hollywood say the folks at Home jest luv DAT. It makes them like one of them STUPID and Dumb! They Likes dat he say. After de Election keep yer Head Down and pretend you are doing sumpin and always Vote against Dem Liberals and especially that Muslim President. Jest say NO is all I need to Do!


after 3 Election Wins you get a UPGRADE Golden Parachute from the Senate on Behalf of the American People. can you believe they will pay you fer the rest of yer Life and give you Free Cadillac Insurance for You and yer Family. No deductibles, copay's and everything paid at 100%!


i wanna let all of you in on a private Joke Among republicans in Congress. They Laugh when they think of their own HealthPlan...It Really is the REAL OBAMACARE! but shhhhh! hey We cannot let the American People know DAT! 


Hollywood, say if ALL knew that they too would want it and we Jest can't afford all of the TAKERS!


No to all Muslim Requests, Say "No" especially to OBUMERCARE! Hate Women,Gays, ALL People who don't Look like Us, get Fox news contract and learn to LIE with a straight face and always always Pray when you are in front of them. When dey se ya Pray...You are Like Jaysus ta DEM. they give ya Money and bring they stinky little babies fer ya to kiss. You can do Dat DAVID! Jest keep yer LYING straight and yew will be jest fine.

Bernie31
Bernie31

The Ad of our Chinese Job creating and (2) Georgia Factory closer Job killer wannabe Senator David Perdue's ad is a bit confusing. Just who is The Chinese People Job creator Lover running against? How can He run against The Brilliant Harvard graduate who Beat the RNC (2) Two times in (8) Eight years for the White house. Why would any candidate running for Senate Seat show the Face and Name of one who have Kicked and Trounced their collective political butts on a Regular basis? One who always hand their Butts back to them with a Huge part missing with a Broad Smile. 

This must be David Perdue's First time at the Rodeo. I also hear he is teaming UP with ANother LOSER

rejected by the American People. His Name is Eric Cantor, A arrgorant Republican Leader to busy hobnobbing with the Money Changers and caring enough about the People of Virginia. David Perdue keeps aligning himself with People who are DOCUMENTED and Verifiable LOSERS!


Since when does Listening to (2) TWO Losers in a Political Contest transfer in to a Winning one? Unless the People he is thinking of Leading are STUPID, UNINFORMED, easily Led, will believe everything they are told, do not read but watch FOX News 24/7, Children of Darkness, Fake Christians, Goobers and a Gulible Lot who Loves to Vote against their Own self Interest. 

Yep, these are the kind of Georgia Voters David Perdue Wants and Love. The STUPID Kind!

Bubba30342
Bubba30342

I've been a Republican for a long time. Back Goldwater in '64, Bo Callaway for Governor in '66, etc. 

David Perdue symbolizes one of the worst things wrong with the way America is going. Zillionaire CEO types who rake off millions while trashing their companies and sending thousands of American jobs overseas, offshoring profits, secreting themselves in exclusive gated developments. 

Michelle Nunn is no raging liberal. If she were, President Bush's Points of Light Foundation, controlled by the Bush family, wouldn't have made her CEO.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Why is the Rnsc even bothering?

They must know Perdue isn't really a right-wing nut job like he portays himself to be.

Typical. Another business man duping moron conservatives for votes to enrich himself and his cronies.

DS
DS

"Remember that it was just about this time last year, when Nunn endorsed Obama’s plan to strike Syria for gassing its own civilians. Obama reconsidered, and Nunn was left out in the cold."

Not exactly. 

Syria used chemical weapons against its own citizens. Obama threatened Syria with military strikes. Nunn supported Obama in making his threat. 

Kerry made an offhand suggestion that Syria could simply agree to give up its chemical weapons. Russian foreign minister Lavrov thought that was a great idea, and they presented it to Syria, who, to everyone's amazement, agreed.

Obama's threat worked. Syria blinked. They agreed to hand over their chemical weapons. The weapons have been turned over and destroyed. This never would have happened if Syria didn't believe the President was serious about his threat.

Nunn backed the President in making this threat. The threat worked. Nunn wasn't left out in the cold. She did the right thing, and showed excellent judgment in the process. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

Not a word from Republicans concerning Deal's campaign and those state--paid workers. Certainly, they'll be getting some under the table benefits of some variety. After all, this is Crooked Deal we're talking about--a man who never heard of honesty his entire life.


No surprise there: $3 million in taxpayer money gone down the drain because Georgia's GOP governor and top crock--oops! I meant cop, my bad--like to cover things up. Three million bucks could have gone a long way in helping ensure that a few poor Georgians could afford that extra prescription. But of course that would be humanitarian, and Republicans aren't good at dealing with humans.


Rather, the Georgia GOP prefers utilizing its tried and true personalized healthcare plan, which involves waiting on people in need of healthcare to die.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

The not-so-clever coding is clear in the ad: She's not gonna be the senator of Jesus-loving, gay-bashing, gun-toting, rebel flag cherishing Georgians; rather, she's "Obama's senator"--someone who will let blacks vote, let gays live without the state throwing them in prison and--HORROR OF HORRORS!--allow women to decide what to do with their own bodies. Ads such as this are a reminder that Republicans could never be serious about reaching out to minority communities.


Its also a reminder that Republicans know that they'll need every redneck vote they can gather up to ensure they win this senate race. But they'd best be careful: 2012 looked like a stellar year for the GOP until Democrats got wind of it, and turned out in droves. 


Polls aren't precise. There's a persistent feeling that GA's Democratic voters just may give the GOP an unpleasant turnout surprise in November.

td1234
td1234

So who did not know Cynthia McKinney and bed wetting ed were communist. 

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

There go the RepubliCANS doing the liberal media's work by bringing to light all of what is wrong with Mrs. Martin. Wow, if the libtards only did their work six years ago, this once-free nation could have been spared a lot of grief. I'm still left wondering why there was not more questioning of radical Bill Ayres, Father Pfleger, "Rev." Wright and The Daley Machine. This is still relevant, folks...... That Cynthia is a typical Democrat party member. I could care less if  "she" says that "she" is a Green whatever. Cynthia and her daddy always represented what the Democrat party stands for and that is total anti-Semitism and racism. Amen, Bill 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Astropig "Next time go to an accredited school" @td1234 "You are tow young to have "survived" 8 years of Bush" Keep digging you won't find anything, I am not from Georgia I am from Washington DC.  This information is on a need to know basis.  My employer needs to know so unless you are paying me it's none of your business.  Anyway isn't digging into someones personal life the same as government intrusion?  Conservatives Say The Government Should “Stay Out Of Our Lives!” Unless, Of Course, You Are A Woman.  That would be me so I guess I am fair game to the pig and td1234.

td1234
td1234

Michelle Nunn, Obama's Senator. Love it. I hope someone is making those bumper stickers now. I want one. 

td1234
td1234

The previious article was titled "takes out first ad" and now when the Perdue runs an ad it is all of a sudden an "ASSAULT" 


Not much bias there AJC.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 - Tiny Dog those Ice agents have not showed up yet at yer Nail shops. Hold on, they is coming!

honested
honested

@td1234 

From the keyboard of one of the few fools who believe everyone not adhering to the teaklan is a Communist.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bill OrvisWhite You enjoy living in the past don't you.  Six years ago.  You and your kind had a chance two years ago to do something about it.  Instead you decided that the best person to run against a sitting President was a man who looks, thinks, and acts a lot like David Perdue.  

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite 

All those wrong wing talking points wrapped into one run-on paragraph!

You must qualify for an inside pork sammich at the next teaklan barbecue.

honested
honested

@td1234 

One can hope so.

IF the President can have a couple of years with cooperation instead of blind and expensive obstruction, maybe we can finish putting the BUSH DEPRESSION behind us!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Remix just for td1234 "He’ll be Obama’s senator, not yours.”  During an appearance at the Fayette County GOP in Georgia early in January, David Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General who is now running for outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), was asked by a woman in the audience about "corporate welfare."  Perdue argued that some bailouts can be good, like the Wall Street bailout.~~~January, 2014


CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 I always wonder what you think you prove by making such obvious lies?

The column talks about her "first swing", not her first ad.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@honested @EdUktr Just ignore him. He's like a bad commercial that gets too much air time. Best to mute.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 That's because David Perdue will do what's best for David Perdue.  He always has.  Just look at his record. 

It's one thing to be a successful businessman.  It's another to get there by laying people off, shipping jobs overseas, paying women who work for you less than the men who work the same jobs, categorizing workers in a way that lets you avoid paying them overtime while still making them work "overtime," firing workers who exercised their lawful rights under the FMLA to take time off to deal with serious illnesses without fear of losing their jobs, and on and on it goes. 

David Perdue has time and again put himself before all of the working people who worked for him, pocketing millions while they were left behind.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL You just hate seeing the daily poll numbers from our educated friend. 

td1234
td1234

@GA Peach He has done exactly what he was suppose to do as a CEO and placed the stockholder as his highest priority as it should be. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty Mary is correct. 

One says take a swipe, the other says assault.

Same thing.

You lied.

A Christian would admit his error.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @GA Peach Burning question.  You are always proudly stating that you have been involved in GA politics for a long time.  This Perdue stomp you are currently on, did you pull out your Robme I mean Romney campaign chest for this?  How big was your meltdown when Willard lost?  Seriously, you were wrong on that one so I can only imagine what your life must have been like during that time.  

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser I was not happen with the social conservatives that did not show up to vote and allowed Obama a second term. I did not vote for Romney in the primary and did not vote for Deal or Perdue in the primary but as they are the most conservative candidates left on the ballot in Nov. then I will vote for them. I just wrote a pretty good check to Perdue this weekend. I hope he is spending my money on this as because it is exactly the ad I would want him to spend the money on.  

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser 

Your $200.00 check will insure that a Perdue ad  is purchased on the next to last page of the Hahira Herald. 

LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If it wasn't for your big spending what would Perdue do?


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser I was not happen with the social conservatives that did not show up to vote and allowed Obama a second term.  I think you mean "I was not happy" this is obvious because you are melting down now and the election is not here yet.  It's going to be ok though td1234 I survived Bush for 8 years I don't think the GOP can do anything to make my life more miserable than that.  I could learn to live with Perdue because as I stated earlier "He’ll be Obama’s senator, not yours.”   I feel this in my heart with his rubber stamp of the Wall Street bailout.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser You are tow young to have "survived" 8 years of Bush. Your were probably still in middle school.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Why would you say that?  It could not be because I don't know what I am talking about. So far I have managed to dismantle every post you have made with little effort.  All it required was point, google and click.  Maybe it's because I know the power of social media and the net.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

You are tow[sic] young to have "survived" 8 years of Bush. Your[sic] were probably still in middle school.

Too funny!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Retired-Soldier @StraightNoChaser Oh let me begin....Everything!  The good news is I managed to survive the next incoming and I made it. 

honested
honested

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 

You have to remember their mantra:

War is Peace 

Freedom is Slavery 

Ignorance is Strength

All dictums they try to prove every day!

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@Kamchak  Your response is humorous, but being a retired soldier most likely not applicable. What is hysterical is StraightNoChaser's inability to answer the simple question.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Retired-Soldier @StraightNoChaser @td1234 I am not stumped I just do not like to talk about it.  My best friend's brother came back from Iraq like a jigsaw puzzle.  He was the first Georgia soldier to die in Iraq, Jammal Anderson.  A never ending war that President Obama nor any president after him will ever be able to end.  I come from a military family my father (Vietnam) my uncle (WWI, WWII and Korea) and both of my grandfathers (WWI).  It was an abuse of power for Bush/Chaney to use our military for a corporate war for oil which we still do not have.  Iraq and Afghanistan broke this country.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Retired-Soldier 

What is hysterical...

 ...is that you have to use my post -- which was not directed at you -- to springboard a request to another person here.