GOP Hammers Nunn For Passing on Senate Dem Debate

March 20, 2014 13:12 pm

by Tim Darnell · 15 comments

If there’s any doubt remaining as to who Republicans are gearing up to face in the U.S. Senate race, this should lay it to rest:

On Thursday, the Georgia GOP hammered Michelle Nunn for passing on a debate sponsored by the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats in favor of a fundraiser being hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

“All of the candidates, including Nunn, were encouraged to attend.  Both State Senator Steen Miles and Dr. Branko Radulovacki, aka Dr. Rad, are attending,” said Leslie Shedd, communications director for Georgia Victory. “But Nunn opted to shun the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats – and really all Georgia voters – by declining the debate invitation and is instead shilling for cash with Reed.  So once again, Michelle Nunn is ducking Georgia voters – unless they have a healthy bank account, that is. ”

There’s no doubt Republicans would rather face Miles or Dr. Rad this fall (Shedd’s statement mistakenly identified Miles as a state senator; her last year in the legislature was 2007), as neither one of them are remotely electable. So as the GOP attempts to tarnish Nunn before the Republican primary has even been completed,  all they’re doing at this point is solidifying her candidacy.

Mrs. Adam Kornstein March 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

This is rich coming from a group of people not televising, or offering a non “in Person” way to attend their debates.

She has nothing to gain by attending, and a lot to lose.

NorthGAGOP March 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Is the Georgia Democrat Party sponsoring debates in 7 different locations across the state? If you do a google search you’ll find them.

Doctor Strangelove March 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

1) “Democratic Party of Georgia,” not “Georgia Democrat Party.”

2) No, the DPG isn’t sponsoring any debates.

3) As far as I can tell, the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats are not associated with the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Young Democrats of Georgia, or the College Democrats of Georgia. So there’s that.

Doug Deal March 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hey look at that, a way to see a debate that is not in person. What, and it was televised locally as well? It would have had even more coverage, but another station pulled out at the last minute. At least one other was also live streamed that I am aware of.

Wow, someone spouting off and not knowing what they are talking about, what is becoming of the internet?

http://www.bibbgop.org/?p=112

Doug Deal March 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm

It is customary and proper to refer to a former government official by their highest official title (assuming it is not a singular office like Governor or Attorney General.)

http://www.formsofaddress.info/former.html#128

Blake March 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I think it’s customary and improper. What are they, frickin’ nobility? And while I’m ranting, on a tangentially related topic: You used to be a U.S. Senator? Good for you. Now stop hanging around in the Senate steam room and cutting backroom deals with your old buddies. (No, seriously, once you’ve been a Senator, they let you use the facilities for life.)

Also, there is at least one exception to the singular office rule, since ex-Presidents continue to be called by that honorific.

Doctor Strangelove March 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Completely off topic, but yes, I agree. There are so many Representatives and Senators, some of whom serve only briefly (looking at you, Sam Moore), that giving them that title for years is, in my opinion, a bad idea. Heck, I even remember once calling a former Representative that title, and she was truly confused.

Which brings me to “Re-Elect” . That ticks me off.

Blake March 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

What’s wrong with “Re-Elect”?

South Fulton Guy March 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

That is because she is attending an event, publicized by Kasim Reed at Peter Conlon’s house tonight supporting Michelle Nunn’s campaign:

Please join Mayor Kasim Reed for an evening of conversation with

Michelle Nunn Candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia

March 20, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

At the Buckhead Residence of Celebrated Music Promoter

Peter Conlon
(Address Provided Upon R.S.V.P.)

Don’t Miss It!

Doctor Strangelove March 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Welcome to campaign life– sometimes a previously scheduled event trumps a subsequently scheduled one.

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

““But Nunn opted to shun the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats – and really all Georgia voters – by declining the debate invitation and is instead shilling for cash with Reed. So once again, Michelle Nunn is ducking Georgia voters – unless they have a healthy bank account, that is. ””

…The irony of the Georgia GOP (an organization known in recent years for its fundraising prowess often at the expense of almost everything else) attacking someone for ducking voters unless they have a healthy bank account.

Let’s see, if I’m Michelle Nunn, do I go to a circus event with two Mickey Mouse Club candidates who are of no threat to me whatsoever, or do I go get yet another big fat campaign check?

The choice is a no-brainer….check please!

taylor March 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Has Deal debated Barge and Pennington?

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Nope. Deal has nothing to gain and everything to lose by stepping into the debate ring with two candidates that he is expected to easily crush.

Jon Lester March 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

Dr. Rad is the only candidate running for anything that’s earned my vote this year, and I really don’t see how a career administrator can debate better than a psychiatrist against the eventual GOP nominee. Does she plan to avoid general election debates, too?

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Michelle Nunn obviously won’t be able to avoid general election debates, but if she knows whats good for her (as it seems she does), she will continue to avoid debating Dr. Kevorkian and the Newslady.

That’s because engaging in debates with Dr. Kevorkian and former State Senator Newslady can only, a) cost Nunn huge amounts of campaign money, and b) help to reveal Nunn’s flaming urban liberalism to an electorate dominated by super-conservative suburban and rural voters that hates liberalism with a burning passion.

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