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Michelle Nunn targeted with first attack ad on leaked memo

  • 12:46 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The above ad represents what every political observer in Georgia figured was coming: The first of many attack ads targeting Democrat Michelle Nunn using phrases gleaned from the 144-page series of memos  leaked from her Senate campaign.

The ad, backed by a seven-figure buy from the conservative Ending Spending Action Fund, quotes the memo’s use of the words “too liberal” and “lightweight” in addressing the nonprofit executive’s potential vulnerabilities. And it highlights the Nunn campaign’s concerns about a Points of Light connection to a charity that has ties to Hamas, the militant group now at war with Israel.

With that latter argument, [More]

A wave of outside spending hits Ga. to fight … outside spending

  • 8:56 am Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Get ready for a wave of outside spending to hit Georgia to fight — that’s right — the proliferation of outside spending.

A political action committee called

CounterPAC rolled out a full-page ad in the AJC’s pages as part of a campaign calling on full disclosure of campaign spending. The same group also ran ads targeting competitive Senate races in Alaska and West Virginia as part of their campaign.

Jim Greer, the group’s co-founder and a former CEO of the online gaming site Kongregate, said the pledge is “about restoring accountability for voters and agreeing to elections that aren’t manipulated by a [More]

David Perdue reportedly pledges to be a ‘team player’ for Mitch McConnell

  • 9:42 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

David Perdue had to run against Washington and its dreaded “career politicians” in order to capture his party’s U.S. Senate nomination.

But he needs them to win in the fall and become an effective senator, which is why he made the rounds Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a series of possibly awkward meetings, starting with the man he defeated in a rough nine-week runoff, Jack Kingston. The Perdue campaign passed along the accompanying photographic evidence of the meeting.

We’re unaware of any visuals from Perdue’s sit-down with Georgia Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In [More]

New poll: David Perdue 49, Michelle Nunn 40

  • 12:34 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Republican firm Vox Populi polling is out with a new survey showing Republican David Perdue claiming 49 percent of the vote in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, compared to 40 percent for Democrat Michelle Nunn.

The poll was conducted Sunday and Monday. The news started to spread about the Nunn campaign’s internal memo Monday afternoon.

Among the other findings were: 56 percent disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance; 23 percent believe Obamacare is a success, compared to 48 percent who say failure and 28 percent say something in between; and 52 percent say the fact that Nunn “has refused [More]

Michelle Nunn team launches pushback on ‘old news’ memo

  • 9:05 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A flurry of calls from Michelle Nunn’s supporters came a One caller was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church and one of Nunn’s most prominent black supporters. He said he wasn’t surprised that “people are trying to make hay out of it.”

“But the notion that somebody who is trying to run for the Senate actually has a plan to run for the Senate is not interesting or news to me. It’s not news – and it’s old news at best.”

Of course, this isn’t just any memo. It lays out Nunn’s campaign strategy, as of December [More]

On Super PACs, ‘firewalls,’ Nick Ayers and David Perdue

  • 4:28 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The OpenSecrets Blog is out this week with a winding tale of dark money, consultants and the Georgia U.S. Senate race.

The article from the follow-the-money nonprofit website looks particularly at Nick Ayers, the wunderkind who helped Sonny Perdue to his gubernatorial victories. Ayers went on to be the executive director to the Republican Governors Association and into the GOP consulting world, with a stint working for Tim Pawlenty’s brief presidential campaign.

Ayers is an adviser to Citizens for Working America, the PAC that attacked Jack Kingston during the Senate primary and runoff, accusing him of being the “King [More]

Who’s winning the Senate race? Pick your poll

  • 2:50 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

In the first public polling we have seen since David Perdue’s runoff win on Tuesday, Rasmussen Reports put out a robo-call survey today showing Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn 46 percent to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, Landmark Communications showed Nunn leading 47 percent to Perdue’s 43 percent.

Rasmussen, whose results tend to be Republican-leaning, reports their methodology like so:

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Georgia was conducted on July 23-24, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

The Landmark poll info comes from this tweet by Channel 2 Action News’ [More]

As border kids come to Georgia, Nathan Deal and Jason Carter clash

  • 8:45 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The screaming letter that Gov. Nathan Deal fired off to the White House was

Shortly after Deal’s office announced the letter, his campaign spokesman Jen Talaber sent out her own missive declaring the children are “victims of misguided federal policy implemented by President Obama” and criticizing his rival, state Sen. Jason Carter, for voting against an immigration crackdown.

Wrote Talaber:

“Where does he stand now that he knows the humanitarian crisis this has sparked? Does he think the Obama administration is handling this well? Does he think the administration should continue sending unaccompanied minors to Georgia without informing the state?”

Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas [More]

Pulling out the stops: Nathan Deal brings first lady into the picture

  • 9:49 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Early this week, Gov. Nathan Deal got on the phone with more than a few nervous Republican state lawmakers and promised to pull out all the stops in the upcoming election.

Proof arrived Wednesday morning in the inboxes of laptops and smartphones across Georgia: A re-introduction to Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia.

It wasn’t a campaign piece, but an official communication from the Office of the Governor in its weekly newsletter. (If you didn’t get one, see it here.)

And contentwise, the most controversial part of the message was a recipe for gluten-free almond cookies.

But the post-Election Day timing was [More]

The Michelle Nunn diet: Grit, but no red meat

  • 6:08 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Early Wednesday morning, hours after Republicans had crowned David Perdue as their U.S. Senate nominee, Democrat Michelle Nunn was working the Silver Skillet breakfast crowd on 14th Street in Atlanta.

Journalists were there to feed, too. But Nunn had them on a strict diet. Grit, but no red meat.

She called for more collaboration in Washington. She refused to speak ill of her new GOP foe. “That kind of approach is what people are hungry for, and what I do not think you’re going to hear from David Perdue,” Nunn said.

Snap.

Okay, maybe not. And that’s what has some Democrats softly murmuring as [More]