Posted: 9:28 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Michelle Nunn goes Pillowtex on David Perdue 

By Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Two days before their first joint U.S. Senate appearance — none dare call it a debate — Democrat Michelle Nunn has raised the topic of Republican David Perdue’s tenure at Pillowtex.

The Nunn campaign has filled a one-minute TV spot with named former mill workers from Kannapolis, N.C., telling the story of David Perdue’s brief stint at the textile firm, which went bankrupt shortly after he left.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThis Politifact examination from July, when U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston attacked Perdue on the topic, offers some excellent background on Pillowtex’s fortunes. Politifact rated the Kingston attack “mostly false” but the Nunn ad doesn’t reach as far in its claims.

The Nunn ad has much in common with the Priorities USA ads that hit Mitt Romney in 2012. From the Nunn transcript:

Delores Gambrell: He walked away, with his $1.7 million and didn’t care about if we had a dollar in our pockets.

Brenda Miller: When Pillowtex closed down, it was pretty much devastating. I don’t think David Perdue understands what happens to the people. They were running as fast as they could with as much money as they could get out of the company and just pretty much left us there hanging.

Delores Gambrell: David Perdue looks out for himself.

Cynthia Hanes: All we were was people to make money off our backs.

Phyllis Grimes: He left all of us sitting there holding the bag with nothing in it.

Note that the punch lines are delivered by women.

The two candidate’s Thursday forum in Macon, hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will be a heavily watched event – though the format has been designed to take off the confrontational edges. Chamber spokeswoman Joselyn Baker reports high interest among national media and says the 1,100 event has been sold out.

The moderator will be John Pruitt, the former Channel 2 Action News anchor. Candidates will be asked to speak on four general topics: Transportation, defense spending and the protection of Georgia military bases, health care and immigration.

It’s tempting to think that the new Nunn ad is evidence that she’ll hammer Perdue on his corporate dealings in Macon. On the other hand, this will be a business-oriented audience likely to harbor sympathies for CEOs, both current and former.

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As might be expected, given that tough TV spot above, Democrat Michelle Nunn trails Republican David Perdue in an 11Alive poll conducted by Survey USA, 50 to 41 percent. Libertarian Amanda Swafford stands at 3 percent.

The poll is an automated mix of land, cell phone and Internet surveys. MOE of +/4.2 percent. From the Survey USA website:

Perdue’s lead comes entirely from men, where he leads by 19 points. Atlanta votes Democratic. Northwest GA votes 2:1 Republican. South and East GA votes 5:4 Republican.

In the race for governor, Republican incumbent Nathan Deal is at 48 percent to Democrat Jason Carter’s 39 percent. Libertarian Andrew Hunt is at 4 percent. Again, from the Survey USA website:

Moderates provide some but not presently enough support for Carter to catch Deal. Libertarian Hunt takes more votes from the Republican Deal than he does from the Democrat Carter.

Other top-of-the-ticket races are also covered by the poll, all showing Republicans in relatively comfortable positions.

One caveat on all these races: The SurveyUSA work presumes an African-American turnout of 26 percent. Which most strategists agree is low.

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Oh, and one more thing: The SurveyUSA poll showed that 66 percent of Georgia voters agree with the decision to treat two Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital.

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Add this to your list of things you shouldn’t do: A strange Tweet hailed this morning from the U.S. Senate campaign of David Perdue — an image of a Visa check-cashing card, issued in the name of the Perdue campaign, with numbers, expiration date, etc., all visible.  In a profound case of understatement, Spokesman Derrick Dickey called the Tweet the result of a staff error. It has been deleted, and the card canceled.

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A note of thanks from Gov. Nathan Deal landed in tens of thousands of email inboxes this week.

The lengthy letter, addressed to teachers headed back to school, thanked them for their “honorable and noble” career choice and also offered a lengthy exposition – Democrats would say stump speech, noting the ubiquitous mention of the CNBC business ranking and this year’s cash infusion into the K-12 system.

Here’s a little taste:

While I believe local school leaders should have the autonomy to spend funds within their district as they see fit in order to get the greatest outcomes for students, it is my sincere hope that this additional money will be spent on completely ending teacher furlough days and increasing teacher salaries. I am sure you would agree with me that the dedication, perseverance and talent of Georgia’s quality teachers deserve to be rewarded.

As we continue to improve our state’s economic outlook by investing in the priorities that further our education system, create jobs and maintain Georgia’s status as the No. 1 state in which to do business, we must also consider the future nature of classroom instruction and child development.

We heard from a few readers and Deal critics question the governor’s use of state email lists to promote his record. At least one compared it to the suddenly expanded reach of his office’s official newsletter, which recently added thousands of email subscribers.

Sasha Dlugolenski, Deal’s newly-minted chief spokeswoman, said the note was sent to all certified educators with emails they submitted to the state, and said it was “common practice” for state and national leaders to send back-to-school encouragement to teachers.

She noted that President Barack Obama, among other politicians, sent back-to-school video messages to teachers and students. That 2009 move enraged some conservatives who feared the president was trying to use the outreach to press his agenda.

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All sides have now joined in the August ad war in the Augusta-based 12th Congressional District. Above is the entry from Republican businessman Rick Allen who takes aim at President Barack Obama without mentioning his opponent, Rep. John Barrow. Tops on Allen’s list of grievances: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the border kids.

Allen is also pictured in a gun store. Just not holding one.

Barrow has already launched his ads, as have the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — which has a new spot going after Allen for his business career.

R.W. Allen Construction built various taxpayer funded buildings, some of which were paid for by special local option sales taxes and some of which were over budget. This means he’ll “fit right in” in Washington, the Washington-based DCCC says.

In addition, Center Forward, a group that aims to protect moderates in Congress, is on the air starting today but we have not seen the ad yet.

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Speaking of Barrow, National Journal points out that he has voted against his party more times than any member running for re-election — 170 times in all since the beginning of this Congress.

436 comments
midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Based on the politifact rating,  Nunn shows she is a GD liar.  Those who push this ad against Purdue are GD liars.  The people appearing in the ad are GD liars.  

DesereeSpear
DesereeSpear

this is what happens when you vote against a union. you get left holding the bag with nothing in it

Jack30319
Jack30319

Thursday at the forum there were over 100 volunteers there to greet all of the Chamber of Commerce attendees and the candidates as they arrived.  Perdue ducked the outside volunteers because he had NUNN!  However, Michelle stopped and greeted everyone and demonstrated the power of collaboration and grassroots support to everyone.  This is what we need working for GA, not another GOP zombie who can only cater to corporate and T-party interests.

gvorees
gvorees

Oh, Bernie, so you concur with the deception in Michelle's add.  Do the research and learn the rest of the story!

Bernie31
Bernie31

Thank-You Michelle...Now You are Fighting!  Take No Prisoners! 

Leave No Parachutes for the Parachute Jumping Republican David "Purdy Mouth" Perdue.

gvorees
gvorees

David, it would behoove you to rebut Michelle Nunn's misleading add regarding Pillowtex,  I feel if the truth regarding the mismanagement of the company  before you accepted the challenge is made know, it would secure your election and expose the underhanded democratic demagoguery.

peewilly
peewilly

And besides, Pillowtex did not fail because of Perdue. That whole industry has been shutting down for years.

We lost that business to China like every other manufactured product. China owns us. Hell I am surprised they do not teach the Chinese language in all our classrooms. Look at those ignorant, uneducated people in that video. They were destined to be without a job anyhow.Sad, but true


Maybe we can put someone in office that will help change this situation. Maybe that person is a businessman with experience named David Perdue?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Do not let the Georgia republican party change the narrative by deceiving, obfuscating, lying and demonizing the unemployed in this state.  Nathan Deal banked all of his political capital on how many jobs he has brought to this state so at the end of the day the other topic Georgia notched the second worst unemployment rate in the nation — 7.8 percent is his to own as well.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Do not let the Georgia Republican party change the narrative by lying, deceiving, obfuscating and demonizing this Michelle Nunn ad.  This ad is a personal gift that will keep on giving from Jack Kingston and the Georgia tea party... Rep. Jack Kingston’s new ad this week in the U.S. Senate runoff is a strong negative hit on businessman David Perdue.  Using Perdue’s image, Kingston delivers attacks on the Pillowtex bankruptcy, a company that took stimulus money while Perdue was on the board and claims Perdue wants tax increases.~~~ AJC July 4, 2014.


susanpegsmen
susanpegsmen

Mary Martin can run on the strength of her character after a lifetime of dealing with being one of the ugliest females ever seen

TheLine
TheLine

Moochelle None and Jason Carter will lose in November.


Deal with it, losers.

peewilly
peewilly

All I am saying is Mary' Martin  aka Michelle Nunn doesn't have much of a chance being the weak candidate she is.  Being Sam Nunn's daughter, endorsed by Zig Zag Zell, is not enough when you have never had a real job, you support terrorist, you are not from around here, you use a fake name, you are not attractive, and you have no platform other than talking about Pillowtex's failing ways. This election is all but over, we should all just get back to work ,like me on this government computer I am on. 

TheLine
TheLine

Black unemployment is at it's highest ever and they still vote democrat.


Gotta love irony.

TheLine
TheLine

I haven't seen any polls that indicate black Georgians being excited about voting for a rich white woman who lives in a rich white neighborhood. Anyone else?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@gvorees - The POOR Sick White Woman in the Commercial is enough fer ME. Why would a Good God fearing Christian White Woman like her LIE? Yer been believing them all of these Years when it comes to Black Men. 

Why would she be a LIAR NOW? Why would you not believe the Tears of a White Woman from South Carolina? 

Do you know how many Black Men over the few centuries have been Lynched,Killed,Beaten and castrated from such Tears of Pain?

You can see the Pain in her eyes and hear it her VOICE...That is REAL SALT of the EARTH Honesty!

What you are saying is All of the WHITE WOMEN in the commercial are LIARS?

If anybody is LYING is David Perdue...and ALL know it!


uh..huh

Jack30319
Jack30319

@gvorees Yes, Pillowtex was failing when he took over but it is worth noting that while Perdue wants to boast about his business acumen, it did nothing to rescue Pillowtex and that during his tenure at Dollar General profitability reduced to the point that it was ripe for a takeover.  Such a reduction may have actually been intentional as he received a 40 million buyout and the company saw increased profitability under the new management.  So, what is this business experience of which Perdue and his backers want to boast?


Jack30319
Jack30319

@peewilly Yes, Pillowtex was failing when he took over but it is worth noting that while Perdue wants to boast about his business acumen, it did nothing to rescue Pillowtex and that during his tenure at Dollar General profitability reduced to the point that it was ripe for a takeover.  Such a reduction may have actually been intentional as he received a 40 million buyout and the company saw increased profitability under the new management.  So, what is this business experience of which Perdue and his backers want to boast?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@peewilly 

Sad, but true

I am so so saddy saddy sad sad sad that you haz sadz.

We will now hold a pity party for you and your sadz.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@peewilly Look at those ignorant, uneducated people in that video. They were destined to be without a job anyhow.  Maybe we can put someone in office that will help change this situation @peewilly 10 minutes ago

Someone like 999 McCain or MittRobme.  In response, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) criticized Herman Cain for blaming the people who have been hurt by the financial crisis through no fault of their own. "I think Mr. Cain has blamed the victims," he said. "There's a lot of people that are victims of this business cycle. We can't blame the victims. But we also have to point -- I'd go to Washington as well as Wall Street, but I'd go over to the Federal Reserve. They create the financial bubbles."~~~~AP 10/18/2011.

honested
honested

@peewilly 

Again, what has sonny's cousin EVER done that would link him to effective improvements in education?

peewilly
peewilly

@StraightNoChaser 


Didn't you hear? 47% of us do not work, do not want to work, and want the government to support them. I am surprised it is not higher. I bet if ya took out metro Atlanta that figure would surprise you.

If all you ever saw was your momma and daddy going to the mailbox for a check, what do you think you are gonna do?  Wait for a check to be mailed to you.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@StraightNoChaser - We must Thank Jack "OBAMA Never Called" Kingston for this Gift.

That GOOBER Mouth of Yours finally paid OFF!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@susanpegsmen - have yer looked in the MIRROR Lately? You Ain't No Prize! Fer sure!

Say Hello to that MUFFIN TOP of Your'n...and Keep eatin dem Biscuits every Morning!

Ever wonder Why yer Husband close his EYES during those Special Times?

It AIN"T YEW, He is thankin OF.......LOL! rofl! LMBAO!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@peewilly 

you support terrorist

Got proof, saddy saddy sad sad sad sack?

SueEllenEwing
SueEllenEwing

@TheLine  I'm confused. Isn't this state run by republicans? You sound like a real intelligent guy.

LMO
LMO

@TheLine There are more whites on Welfare in the Deep south than the next two highest ethnic groups combined... yet they still vote Republican... but less irony and MORESO karma.. you get what you pay for.  But it's not a black or white issue it's an AMERICAN problem.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@TheLine - Yer may have a Point... but what we dislike MORE is the one that walks around with a Golden Parachute On fer one, strapped ready to Jump, the very moment things Get Bad.

Because we know we can't count on the Parachute Wearin always Jumping Republican fer NUTHIN!

LMO
LMO

@TheLine hard to find a poll that doesn't exist

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@Bernie31


You are one step advanced from a monkey.  It is apparent why you cannot understand.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@peewilly @StraightNoChaser This figure does not include metro Atlanta, with Metro Atlanta included it's 12.5%.  It surprises Nathan Deal more than me because he is the one who banked all of his political capital on bringing jobs to the state.  Due to 'low ratings,' another radio station switched formats and dumped talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh. The station serves listeners in *Cedar Rapids, Iowa.~~~August 18, 2014.   Iowa is a battleground state and the republicans are already losing. Your turn @peewilly stop the madness and educate yourself. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested @StraightNoChaser No they want to talk about everything but jobs and the tea party that did not want David Perdue.  The president lost by 300,000 votes the governor has 600,000 uninsured, unhappy folk that will be voting.  Mean while David Perdue has a tea party issue.  They have done the math, it does not look good (their comparison of Michelle Nunn) and now they are pissed off.  

LMO
LMO

@SueEllenEwing @TheLine hatred allows you to write your own narrative..Hate NEVER allows facts to get in the way of opinions.

TheLine
TheLine

@Bernie31 @TheLine


Obama is a millionaire. John FU Kerry is a millionaire, Moochelle Nunn is a millionaire, Hillary Clinton is a millionaire, Jason Carter is a millionaire.



LMO
LMO

@TheLine @LMO If you get out of your mom's basement more, i'm sure you'd turn that frown upside down.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@TheLine @Bernie31 - But None Walk Around with a GOLDEN Parachute Strapped and Ready to Jump at any Moment!


Like David "Parachute Jumper" PERDUE


Always making a "SAFE LANDING" and leaving others to DROWN.


Just like He plans to Leave Georgia Voters when He GITS a Golden Parachute like good ole Kuntry Club Republican SAXBY " I can't go to Vietnam, cause I Hurt muh Knee" Chambliss.

But dat KNEE works fine enough for TEE TIME  every time!


uh..huh.

LMO
LMO

@TheLine @Bernie31 sounds like YOU have $$ envy.  My Dad always taught me, never wonder about what's in another man's wallet.

TheLine
TheLine

@LMO @TheLine I was in your moms mouth a moment ago. She would say hi but her mouth is full.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LMO @TheLine @Bernie31 Well Muh Dad ain't Gots 

No Pockets...cause yer Dad STOLE em!

So I's aims ta GIT Your'n

Dem thats Furst is goin ta be Last....and Dem dats LAST goin ta be FURST, so says de Bible and JAYSUS!

is yer Ready fer Dat change?


I is

if yer believes in dem kinda of thangs 


I dunno....how bout YEW?


uh...huh

LMO
LMO

@TheLine @LMO ROTFLMBO!!!!!!! Y SO SERIOUS??  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LMO
LMO

@TheLine @LMO @Bernie31 Let's see, I make a great living, live in one of the best places in metro Atlanta, I have a happy healthy family, and I am blessed daily... I am WINNING every day.  

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LMO @TheLine @Bernie31 - Ain't Dat SPecial!

but yer should know dis...

DE Sun don't SHINE on a DOG's BUTT All de time....

Sometimes it Rains! ))

LMO
LMO

@TheLine @LMO @Bernie31 Thank you for proving my suspicions about you earlier... Assuming that EVERYONE else shares your lot in life.  So predictable...had you figured 20 minutes ago.  I'm sure $$ envy isn't the only issue you have.  

TheLine
TheLine

@LMO @TheLine @Bernie31


You really do suck at reading comprehension. Geez, UGA has a remedial english class with your name on it. 


I don't hate rich people, I just make fun of people like you for hating rich republicans and giving rich democrats a free pass.


Now, get back to watching your loser Falcons lose another game.

LMO
LMO

@TheLine @LMO @Bernie31 you want others to hate because YOU hate... but i can't hate you because I don't know you, if anything I feel sorry for you.  To Troll a blog and get angry at someone for not agreeing with you is truly scrubbing the bottom of the social barrel.  I can't relate as I am truly happy and in the end YOU and I are Americans... I disagree with you, but that doesn't make you BAD or me bad.  Real Talk... I pray for you and people like you.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LMO @TheLine @Bernie31 - May I have sum of wat yer smoking or drankin....dats sum good stuff!

Gawl lee....