Nunn Takes Her First Swing at Perdue

August 12, 2014 13:49 pm

by Tim Darnell · 11 comments

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn took her first televised swing at her opponent this November, Republican David Perdue.
Check it out for yourself –

saltycracker August 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Nunn’s first swing a “hey, look over there” ?
Strike one

Bridget Cantrell August 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I hope new polls come out soon. Shooting from the hip I say 47% Perdue, 42% Nunn .. and that’s ok for now.

Three Jack August 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Swing…and a miss. Almost as bad as BJ whiffing on a fastball.

Maybe the next ad will be the one where she actually addresses an issue, any issue. Say like maybe answering the question about her position on ObamaRobertsCare.

tribeca August 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

The reaction from salty and Three Jack seems to be: “Nunn’s ad is bad because I’m a Republican and think its bad.”

Does it talk about a substantive issue? No, but when’s the last time a campaign ad talked about anything substantive? I don’t think Mr. Denim Tuxedo has put out any issue focused ads that go beyond bumper sticker pablum. I thought the ad was good, because it did two things well:
(1) It undercuts Perdue’s insipid notion that the “real world” is limited to large, for-profit businesses and you can only gain valuable leadership experience by leading a large, for-profit corporation; and (2) It hammers Perdue the same way Romney was hammered, by painting what were likely smart corporate decisions (off-shoring, layoffs, bankruptcy filings, etc.) as an indifference to ‘murican jobs and the well-being of honest, hard-workin’ folk in the ole U-S-of-A.

Three Jack August 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm


The ad is regurgitated crap from the GOP primary. It offers nothing new about Perdue or Nunn, just another wasted 30 seconds of time.

My reaction has nothing to do with being Republican because I am not Republican. It has to do with the fact that neither candidate is offering GA voters anything beyond ‘he/she sux worse than i do’. If Michelle Nunn wishes to attract votes from those like myself, then she best get about addressing issues which seems to be a big issue for her. Being Sam’s daughter will only get her so far.

George Chidi August 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

It’s a 30-second TV spot. It’s going to be light on detail and shallow. But the substance is actually there.

Perdue’s Pillowtex stuff is deadly. Kannapolis, today, is comparatively a ghost town. The loss of Pillowtex basically destroyed the entire county. That county looks an awful lot like middle Georgia, filled with formerly-working-class white people who had their livelihoods destroyed by international competition and outsourcing — exactly the stuff that made Perdue a multi-millionaire and an ally to business.

Nunn might be able to walk the fine line, articulating a third way between an Elizabeth Warren-esque assault on capital that’s likely to turn off persuadable moderates and a just-left-of-Perdue stance that makes her position difficult to distinguish from his.

But there will be plenty of white, rural Georgians of limited education who work in globalized industries, who will look at the Pillowtex case and think that there, but for the grace of God, go I. The economically correct answers for what occurred at Pillowtex, for Perdue, also happen to be both callous and complicated. He preserved capital for his shareholders. The workers were doomed. Creative solutions were risky, and he’s not a risk-taker. Good luck selling that.

Three Jack August 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

So the message remains, he sux worse.

From Politifact about Kingston’s allegations against the corporate scoundrel who singlehandedly bankrupted a town in NC –

‘Mostly False’

I hope that the Nunn campaign has more relevant and truthful attacks than this after over a year of planning. If this is it, if there will be no attempt to establish a position on critical issues, get the concession speech ready now.

And to show that I truly don’t have a horse in this race, if/when Perdue approves a message presented by his campaign that attempts to associate Nunn with donations to Hamas, I will be just as critical of his group.

saltycracker August 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm


Here is the Charlotte Observer pillowtex story and we can take away what we want. For me, The probability is we have a high risk taker going in expecting financial success by turning a textile company in the Carolina’s around – a long shot in anyone’s estimate. Nobody likes to see a company fail, and the union can blame management but this guy was around only long enough to identify the problem, get his attempts rejected and make the only decision left, move on.

Corporate disasters are made by execs who give everyone what they want until they can’t. Some are salvageable and some not. Perdue came in behind some bad ones and tried. You are shooting at the wrong exec.

mpierce August 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

“Kannapolis, today, is comparatively a ghost town.”

Est population
2003: 38172
2013: 44359

median household income
2000: $35,532
2012: $41,427

median house or condo value
2000: $81,400
2012: $125,849

Unemployment in July 2013
Kannapolis: 8.9
North Carolina: 9.1

What’s your definition of comparative ghost town?

“The loss of Pillowtex basically destroyed the entire county.”

kolt473 August 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

OF course MS. Nunn going after deal fir st making 300k off of her non-profit and laying off 90 people, then that donation to HAMAS, neither Nunn or Carter deserve the senate, or the gov mansion.

jiminga August 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

Someday, Nunn-Walker will tell us which party she belongs to. Someday.

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