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How Republicans unearthed the Michelle Nunn memo: They ‘Googled’ her

  • 9:13 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Mystery solved. We now know the skullduggery Republican tacticians used to get hold of Michelle Nunn’s internal campaign memo.


The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Rob Collins revealed the secret at a Politico event with his Democratic counterpart on Wednesday. Here’s Politico’s account:

Collins said this was a joint effort with America Rising, a conservative outside group that the NRSC pays. He said he initially imagined that researchers had found the memo on the “insane dark web.”

“No,” asserted Collins. “We basically Googled Michelle Nunn, and we hit the second page on Google, and there was a link right next to it. … [More]

Closing arguments: Nathan Deal can’t resist a final shot at Jason Carter

  • 12:01 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Closing arguments in Nov. 4 general election campaign hit Georgia television today.

Early this morning, we pointed you to the final argument of Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor. So we’ll lead this post with what Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal hopes will be his final say in the contest.

Closers are usually upbeat, an attempt to give voters a reason to vote for the candidate. But Deal couldn’t resist a final shot at Carter:
Here’s the needle: “My opponent’s false attacks? Camouflage for his four years of no accomplishment [More]

Jack Kingston backs David Perdue in $1.3 million Super PAC ad campaign

  • 2:46 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund has thrown down $1.3 million for a closing television ad campaign featuring Republican David Perdue’s vanquished runoff foe, Rep. Jack Kingston.

Kingston speaks direct to camera touting Perdue’s qualities and once again tying Democrat Michelle Nunn to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Alas, there is no sighting of Kingston’s Roadmaster.

Ending Spending’s Brian Baker said the ad will run statewide, with a heavy emphasis on Kingston’s South Georgia territory — including the Tallahassee and Jacksonville markets. The investment means Ending Spending will spend more than $5 million on Georgia’s Senate race this year.

Here’s [More]

David Perdue backs UGA on canceling journalist visit because of Ebola fear

  • 2:04 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue sent out a press release today supporting the University of Georgia’s decision not to allow a Liberian journalist speak in Athens because of Ebola concerns.

“The Ebola crisis continues to be a serious concern here in Georgia. The President’s lack of leadership on the matter is putting American lives at risk. The national response to Ebola must be a comprehensive, well-coordinated effort that includes a travel ban from Ebola-stricken countries. I’m encouraged to see The University of Georgia take additional precautions to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our students and communities. [More]

Could David Perdue be haunted by the ghost of Jack Kingston?

  • 1:38 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

In a post at Roll Call’s “At the Races,” Rob Collins, top staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, admits that the race in Georgia has tightened up. Without using his name, Collins hints that Republican David Perdue may still be hurting from his July runoff with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, whose strength was on the Georgia coast:

“Candidly, we view that strategy in South Dakota and Georgia as similar to things we’ve done in the past where we’re kind of getting to the end of the campaign, and we’re a little anxious, start believing rumors and looking at polls [More]

New poll shows what the money suggests: Movement toward Michelle Nunn

  • 9:31 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for 11Alive this morning is – Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 3 percent.

The Nunn shift likely reflects the thinking behind the outside money that has poured into this race in recent days, and could be a result of her outsourcing push against Perdue. Witness this finding, via the WXIA-TV website:

Nunn has gained ground among men. She still trails men by 3%, but five weeks ago, she was trailed among men by 19%. She also saw improvement among independents, 6 points behind Perdue instead of the 28 points in August. Nunn as lead Greater Atlanta by as little [More]

Republicans opt for cash, Democrats choose outrage in final stretch

  • 10:44 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

With the clock down to 22 days and early voting underway, both sides are showing their final hands in Georgia’s two biggest races.

Republicans are displaying a large cash advantage in an effort to avoid expensive runoffs. The Super PAC called Ending Spending and the The NRSC, which committed $1.45 million late Friday, was hoping to throw its money elsewhere, at least as of mid-September when its first Georgia buy was coming to a close. Here’s the committee’s finance chair, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as

The gist of the issue: The HOPE scholarship, as originally launched by Gov. Zell Miller in [More]

Judging a Nathan Deal donation

  • 10:28 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein

Among We’ve gone from terrorists to pirates. The latest hit on Michelle Nunn’s Points of Light foundation involves the organization being a conduit of funds to an environmental organization that has been accused of high seas mischief.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Founded in 1981, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has engaged in countless organized assaults on whaling and fishing ships, utilizing confrontational tactics that many consider extreme.

They intentionally ram their ships into other fishing and whaling vessels, throw “prop foulers” to break their propellers, and often pelt the ships with paintballs, water cannons, smoke bombs, and stink bombs.

Through Points of [More]

Stephen Colbert on the hook with Jack Kingston

  • 3:34 pm Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

What do you do when you’re a short-timer, Congress is out of session, and your campaign is over? Obviously, you hang out with your buddies and go fishing.

The above photo was provided by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s office this afternoon, of the congressman and Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert doing a little “fishing” in the reflecting pool on west side of the U.S. Capitol.

From what we gather, this has something to do with Colbert’s departure as a faux right-wing commentator, to take David Letterman’s place as host of CBS’ “Late Show.” Kingston, with nothing to lose, is his accomplice – not [More]

David Perdue is back on the air, jean-jacketed but baby-less

  • 9:12 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

David Perdue is back on the air. Above is his first general election television effort, which hits Democrat Michelle Nunn on her campaign memo and attacks on the Republican before pulling back into the positives from Perdue’s business career.

Gone, for now, are It’s the first chance for Perdue to rebut

Speaking of fundraisers, take a hard look at the above section of an invite for an NRSC event Monday night in Washington. Seven former Republican governors, banding together to raise money to turn the Senate Republican.

Not on the list is the only former Republican governor we know of whose cousin [More]