By Isabel Matos
Governor Sarah Palin called for unity to support the conservative contenders who won last night’s primary in Georgia, congratulating them and saying they “can now move forward to the general election” and are “one step closer to putting America on the right track!”
House candidate Barry Loudermilk won the Georgia primary run-off tonight. He’ll be an excellent voice representing the Peach State’s 11th Congressional district. Congratulations also to Senate candidate David Perdue on his win and we’ll all work together to hold this important Senate seat for the GOP. Now it’s time to unite behind our nominees and work together in the race to November, for it is a race at the crossroad of our future. Thank you, candidates, campaign staff, and especially you great volunteers! Keep the faith.
I’m a Rino watch dog but after a primary has been won Rino Hunting Season is over and we back the primary winners to DEFEAT the left. Here’s one reason to feel pumped to vote for Perdue in case you haven’t found any others:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported Kingston, who benefited from over $3
Yes, David Perdue spent $3 million of his own money to back his bid and beat even the Chamber of Communism because he created a last-minute “outsider” impression (remember phony outsider Curt Clawson?).
That could be one reason for the win: smart move to associate Kingston to unpopular Amnesty. The lesson to be learned by boy and girl candidates running to win and thinking that accepting money from the Chamber of Commerce will ensure those wins, make a mistake. Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor got whipped by Dave Brat who capitalized on Cantor’s Amnesty stance. IMAGE TRUMPS EVEN BIG $. Brat had way less money than Perdue, but he was outspent and still won. Whether it is sincere or not (I don’t believe Perdue is about being against amnesty), it will and should hurt you if you have ties to Anti-American Alinsky-lite lobbyists like the Chamber of Communism. Here’s the ad that did Kingston in:
Another smart move on the part of the big PACS like Karl Rove’s and others. In Georgia they kept pretty quiet. Sean Sullivan points out very astutely four months ago:
That makes sense because a lot of people have been confused about who is supporting who down there, even the volunteers on the ground. It was a crowded primary but laissez-faire seemed to work (in my opinion the races who have had the least attention nationally have faired better than those where like lightning rods attract the ugly establishment civil war which is a black eye for the party. It is good that this is a fight as I said earlier. Back to the quiet SuperPac strategy worked:
The anti-tax Club For Growth is nowhere to be found. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads hasn’t made a peep. Establishment agitator Senate Conservatives Fund/Action? Radio silence.
The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia had caught the attention of super PACs — but not the usual heavy hitters that typically muscle into primaries with tea party-vs.-establishment battle lines. Instead, obscurer cousins like Ending Spending Action Fund and Citizens for a Working America have populated the air space. In a crowded race most watchers predict will head to a top-two runoff on May 20, that dynamic is mostly good news for Republicans hoping to nominate an electable contender. It’s especially good news for businessman David Perdue, who has not taken any blows on the air from a third-party group yet.
Who is David Perdue?
David Perdue is the cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue and former CEO of Dollar General. He defeated U.S. Representative Jack Kingston last night. That was after the primary with a list of contenders including Phil Gingrey, and libertarian Paul Broun supported by Paul Viguerie. David Perdue is a liberal Republican who during the primary offended 65% of Georgians when he ridiculed Karen Handel for not obtaining a college degree.
Perdue had placed first by a small margin in the primary (he needed 51% to win.) After victory last night, also by a small margin, he will challenge Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general. Nunn is the former CEO of George H.W. Bush-founded Points of Light Foundation and daughter of former Georgia Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn. Daughter Nunn is a strong candidate for Democrats despite Georgia’s deep red leanings in recent years. Polls have shown Nunn narrowly beating Republicans in the general. Remember Karen Handel? She endorsed James Kingston in the runoff.
Karen’s so-called loss was considered a moral victory for many because she did not compromise her principles and “earned a lot of people’s respect.”
“Whether you like Karen Handel or not I think everybody has got to agree that she has exceeded expectations of what most people thought would happen in this race,” BUZZFEED article.
It was crazy for Georgians to hesitate to elect a woman to represent them. She was perfectly positioned to take on the left’s REAL war on women. Who better than a woman from the right? Karen said it best herself:
“It’s a different dynamic when there are two women discussing the ‘war on women”. She said it wouldn’t “go very far with her.”
But some districts were not ready for such a change.
Reactions to Perdue’s victory are mixed among voters who shared their thoughts and probably represent many in Georgia:
says Perdue’s stated positions are conservative- secure the borders, repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, local control of education, etc. You can read his positions here; there is a link in the “Defending our values section where you can read his response to National Right to Life questionnaire.