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David Perdue: ‘It’s time to let Trump be Trump’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, talks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, talks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., in a 2015 file photo. AP/Susan Walsh

Two kinds of Republicans will gather in Augusta on Friday for the two-day state GOP convention.

One brand will express support for the “Republican presidential nominee,” or “the person at the top of our ticket,” or “the fellow with the hair.”logo-all

The other kind won’t hesitate to speak the name of Donald Trump. You can now put U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who will address the crowd on Saturday, in that latter group.

Perdue said months ago he would support Trump should he win the GOP nod. But in a column penned for today’s Washington Post, his support is now full-throated.

Perdue compares his rise from outsider-y businessman to U.S. senator over a field of establishment candidates to Trump’s rise from outsider-y businessman to presumptive presidential nominee over a field of establishment candidates. Then the Georgia senator makes a larger, more interesting point, that American politics has entered a post-ideological age:

The antiquated tactics that were used unsuccessfully against me have been deployed against Mr. Trump, and the voters responded in similar fashion. They ignored the preachy pundits, the ideology police, and the Washington establishment. They chose a different type of candidate because they believe to get different results, you have to send a different type of person to Washington.

Mr. Trump’s nabbing of the presidential nod embodies a dramatic shift in the political paradigm. Many voters are now more motivated by their frustration with Washington than their ideology. As I’ve said all along, this movement is bigger than party or ideology, or even, dare I say, Trump himself. However, I’m not dismissing the incredible skill set our nominee possesses…

The negotiation strategy outlined by Trump the Dealmaker in his signature book gives key insight into Trump the Campaigner. He is focused on the American people’s shared frustration with politicians, bureaucrats, and the media. He is bold and unpredictable, always keeping the opposition off balance. And he is a master of earned media.

Perdue closes with a call “to finally change course” and put an outsider in the Oval Office. “It is time to let Trump be Trump, and to help him win this election,” he writes.

As you’re reading the piece, bear in mind that Perdue’s name, too, has been floated by some as a Veep contender. It seems a longshot, as Trump has said repeatedly he’s looking for a veteran politician with establishment credentials — and that’s certainly not Perdue’s M.O.

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It looks like conservative pundit Erick Erickson and his allies have found their third-party conservative to challenge Donald Trump. And it’s a name you probably haven’t heard before.

Bill Kristol told CNN and other publications that his search with Erickson and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed on David French, a constitutional attorney and  writer for the National Review:

From CNN:

The party of Lincoln is in ruins. A minority of its primary voters have torched its founders’ legacy by voting for a man who combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace,” French wrote in March.

Kristol has increasingly engaged in a war of words with Trump over whether the search, which has also involved 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and conservative blogger Erick Erickson, would ultimately produce a candidate.

Erickson, who shares the same Cox overlords as we do, also tweeted his approval:

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You’ve no doubt heard that Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday gave a somewhat low-key endorsement of Hillary Clinton in next week’s Democratic presidential primary in California. From the Washington Post:

“I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump,” Brown wrote. He spelled out his reasons, including Trump’s opposition to global agreements on climate change, but did not urge Democrats to follow his lead.

Here are the two paragraphs that explain the mood:

Clinton’s campaign emailed a copy of the letter to reporters without comment Tuesday.

Brown’s support follows decades of sometimes-acid criticism of both Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton. One of the longest-running feuds in Democratic politics began when Brown ran against Bill Clinton in the Democratic primary in 1992 and won five states.

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Politico.com reports today on Ted Cruz’ recognition that his political future depends on forming stronger bonds with his U.S. Senate colleagues – perhaps by playing a large role in GOP efforts to retain control of the chamber in November. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s camp has signaled that it would welcome a joint appearance.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Over at her blog on airport doings, our AJC colleague Kelly Yamanouchi says that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed indeed heard from Delta Air Lines about his Fox Theatre appearance last week to welcome Qatar Airways to Atlanta:

Some people tweeted “about me being against women because I went to welcome an airline,” Reed said. He also said Delta expressed “frustration” over his attendance at the event.

“I’m trying to send a message. You’re either in the international game or you’re out,” Reed said when the topic came up at a press conference last week.

When dealing with airlines from other places, “we have to understand… they have different values and operate differently than we do. So if we’re going to apply a standard, it’s going to make it hard for us to be the most connected city… in the United States, which is my goal.”