With less than a week before the election, the Georgia Senate race is getting more national attention. This morning, a profile of the Perdue campaign from The Hill highlights the GOP candidate’s experience with outsourcing, and the Nunn campaign’s use of the contents of a deposition made during the time of the Pillowtex bankruptcy. In that deposition, Perdue admitted he was proud of outsourcing.
The outsourcing remarks and Perdue’s attempt to defend his record are not new news, especially for those who follow the race closely. The new element in the Hill story is the concern expressed by some GOP insiders over the campaign, and the need to defend it.
Perdue won a hard-fought, crowded primary last summer by framing himself as a political outsider and job creator. Even his allies admit the Democratic attacks have undercut one of his campaign’s main arguments: that he knows how to help grow the economy.
“He was a great businessman, and some things sometimes that businesspeople are involved in are not necessarily the most popular things with the citizens in this country,” Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett told The Hill following a GOP unity rally in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta on Friday evening. “That doesn’t mean that they’re not good candidates, but they have a job to do, and their job is to make sure the company they represent makes money.”
Privately, many Republicans are frustrated with Perdue’s campaign, worried he could cost them the seat.
One high-ranking Georgia Republican said that at a recent golf charity event, many in the party were complaining about having to support Perdue.
“I have never heard people say the following, and these are Republicans: ‘I have never felt more disgusted about who to vote for than this year,’ ” the GOP official said.