Georgia’s open Senate seat – Anyone better than Nunn

posted at 11:01 am on October 27, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Since it was announced that Saxby Chambliss wouldn’t be running for another term, the Democrats seem to have fixed on this Senate seat as a target of opportunity. That’s a bit of a puzzler, since Georgia voters haven’t taken a favorable look at a Democrat for that spot in nearly a decade and a half and Barack Obama currently “enjoys” a 54% disapproval rating in the state. Obamacare is also none too popular, with only 39% support. Still, that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of Democrats who are raising great gobs of cash for Michelle Nunn, who is seeking the position next year.

Political rookie Michelle Nunn is about to underline her status as the leading Democratic candidate in Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate with an eye-popping $1.7 million raised in the first three months of her campaign.

We’re told the figure is about to be released via social media. The cash comes from about 6,700 donors – an average of $253 per contribution. She’s on a path to outraise every Republican in the contest.

Money is important for a Senate race, no doubt, but it doesn’t magically remove voters’ doubts about your positions. Nunn has been a loyal voice for the Democrats and the Obama administration to date, but clearly it’s time for an about face if she’s going to fool Georgia’s voters into thinking she’s some sort of independent voice.

Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, just added her voice to those calling for a delay to the implementation of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, specifically aligning herself with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, demanded a postponement on Wednesday.

Consider this Nunn’s first big break with President Barack Obama.

Things get even trickier for Nunn when you consider that Georgian’s blame the Democrats for both the shutdown and the Obamacare fiasco by wide margins. And getting the endorsement of Emily’s List probably hasn’t helped her much either.

EMILY’s List was one of the earliest groups to formally endorse the Democrats’ best Georgia hope, a fact her camp maintained essential radio silence on publicly, preferring headlines highlighting a “What Washington Can Learn From Georgia” tour to a pro-abortion group’s endorsement.

Until targeted Facebook ads touting the endorsement and challenging users to help her “keep fighting for the issues that matter to women and families” were spotted.

Georgia’s had a 20-week abortion ban in place for well over a year.

Back to the subject of Obamacare, note that she’s not calling for the removal or defunding of the program. Just a delay. Better than nothing, I suppose, but that’s going to be a hard sell. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, currently working on her own bid for the GOP nomination, seemed to sum things up nicely on her Twitter feed.

After months of supporting Obamacare Michelle Nunn now calling for a delay?

Political expediency? Seems like she is already acting like a career politician

Obamacare needs to be repealed not delayed

Nunn’s resume and “qualifications” to represent the people of Georgia in the Senate consist pretty much entirely of her family name. Surely the Peach State can do better than this. There are a number of interesting candidates on the Republican side, in addition to Handel, any of which should certainly be a major upgrade over Nunn. The NRSC recently released a statement on this subject which ties a bow on this package. It said, in part:

After months of supporting ObamaCare and ignoring the fact that the unpopular law would hurt middle class Georgians and increase their health care costs, Michelle Nunn is now desperately attempting to distance herself from Reid and the law.

Yet, at an Organizing for Action (OFA) event this summer, Harry Reid praised Nunn, endorsing her before the liberal elite crowd, urging them to finance Nunn’s campaign, and ensuring that Nunn will be a reliable voice for the Obama-Reid agenda.

Michelle Nunn is Harry Reid’s candidate; from supporting his liberal policies to lining her campaign coffers with his campaign contributions. No matter how much Nunn attempts to distance herself from Democrats in Washington, the fact remains that she has aligned herself closely with Harry Reid and is on the wrong team

Look over the field of GOP candidates in Georgia if you get a chance. There’s simply no reason that this seat should even be considered marginally in play. Selecting a solid Republican nominee should tamp down the D’s enthusiasm quickly, no matter how much money the Liberal coalition dumps into Nunn’s coffers.


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I hope she fails…

OmahaConservative on October 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

….she is no…Sam Nunn!

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

A delay of weeks that still requires individuals to overpay for Obamanation mandates in 2014 is no delay.

Laurence on October 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I’m supporting Karen Handel. She’s a great conservative.

I know people are tempted to support Paul Broun, but he has serious foot in mouth disease that are easy to locate. He’s Akin on steroids.

dforston on October 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Selecting a solid Republican nominee

Like:

McCain
Rubio
Graham
McConnell
Collins
Murkowski
Snow

Yeah,the GOP is the answer.

Panther on October 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If Harry Reid supports her that should be enough reason alone to vote for anyone else.

Pardonme on October 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Great, more political nepotism.

bgibbs1000 on October 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Georgia isn’t Virginia. She’ll lose.

SouthernGent on October 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Great, more political nepotism.

bgibbs1000 on October 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Political dynasties is the new hotness…very european and yada yada yada

workingclass artist on October 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Amelia??

Sherman1864 on October 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Heck, we are raising hell at Johnny Isakson for his votes. She doesn’t stand a chance.

Barred on October 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

If Harry Reid supports her that should be enough reason alone to vote for anyone else.

Pardonme on October 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

If Republicans can get Dingy’s endorsement on video, that would make for a powerful ad for whoever runs against her.

slickwillie2001 on October 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Nunn’s resume and “qualifications” to represent the people of Georgia in the Senate consist pretty much entirely of her family name.

That’s the Democrat strategy in red states and it was worked with names like Landrieu, Begich and Pryor.

Wigglesworth on October 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Time to pass a law. If you’re related or married to a politician, you cannot be a politician. Violators to be hanged or beheaded.

Red Creek on October 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Nunn’s resume and “qualifications” to represent the people of Georgia in the Senate consist pretty much entirely of her family name.

So literally, her qualifications amount to Nunn.

Flange on October 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Time to pass a law. If you’re related or married to a politician, you cannot be a politician. Violators to be hanged or beheaded.

Red Creek on October 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I second that motion.

Flange on October 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Dems/Libs will through a lot of money at this, just like in the Colorado recalls. How did that turn out?

Sabercat2 on October 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Aren’t Georgia Democrats the ones that set crosses on fire in black folks yards?

faraway on October 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Vote Chameleon

entagor on October 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Time to pass a law. If you’re related or married to a politician, you cannot be a politician. Violators to be hanged or beheaded.
Red Creek on October 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I second that motion.
Flange on October 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

What, no assault rifles?

Maddie on October 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

She has less of a chance winning than a snowball chance at existing in hell.

Unless my neighbors pick Handel as her opponent……that lady is a lying POS.

David in ATL on October 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

What, no assault rifles?

Maddie on October 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

The firing squad should be reserved for more nobler crimes like treachery and sedition.

Red Creek on October 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Democrats seem to have fixed on this Senate seat as a target of opportunity. That’s a bit of a puzzler, since Georgia voters haven’t taken a favorable look at a Democrat for that spot in nearly a decade and a half

Jazz, as a Georgian–and an Atlantan at that–let me speak to this a second. I live in DeKalb County, one of the five “core” Atlanta metro area counties. Barack Obama in both ’08 and ’12 got a higher percentage of the vote here than he did in his native Cook County, Illinois. Obama–and other Democrats–also win easily in Fulton and Clayton County.

So the theory of the Democrats goes that if they can just be competitive in the other two core counties–Cobb and Gwinnett–they will win Georgia because all those Atlanta area votes will overwhelm the thorough Republican support in most other parts of the state.

Of course, it’s a bit like a Cubs fan saying his team will be in the World Series if only they pitch, hit, and field just a little bit better than the other National League teams. You probably won’t find two urban counties in the nation with more solidly Republican voters than Cobb and Gwinnett.

radjah shelduck on October 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I also am supporting Karen Handel shes not one of the good ole boys she I agree with her on every position Shes smart fiscally and shes a very polished and articulate speaker. She is a very down to earth person who seems to get it.

ldbgcoleman on October 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Dad was a good man and a good Senator but he, like nearly every Democrat in the last forty years, succumbed to foregoing his own good judgment to go along with Democratic Party ideology.

His dumbarse daughter isn’t even a has-been, she’s a never-was-and-never-will-be.

But let the Democrats send millions to Georgia. It’s money that can’t be spent elsewhere, where it might make a difference.

Adjoran on October 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Time to pass a law. If you’re related or married to a politician, you cannot be a politician. Violators are to be hanged or beheaded.

Red Creek on October 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I like this law better

NOMOBO on October 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Sadly, given the great mass of LIVs out there, it doesn’t take much more than a recognizable name to get elected. Just look at Senator Bob Casey Jr. A man of no describable talent, whose political positions are virtually 180 degrees opposite those of his famous father. But I’ll bet you Sunday dinner that 95% of the people who voted for Junior either thought he WAS his father, or else wouldv’e pulled the “D” lever if Osama Bin Laden had been the official party candidate.

Now how many Georgians have to think Nunn daughter is Nunn Sr., or holds Nunn Sr’s positions, in order to swing that election?

Zumkopf on October 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Hey, Jazz,

What the heck is a “solid Republican?”

ncjetsfan on October 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I’ll be damned if I will ever vote for a scum of the earth lolife democrat.

tmgrant on October 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Jack Kingston is the only true conservative running. Don’t be fooled by Karen Handel and the Atlanta RINOs.

http://www.jackkingston.org/

luckybogey on October 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

….she is no…Sam Nunn!

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

She’s no Terri Nunn either.

Lanceman on October 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Has one less vote in this commenter.

RDE2010 on October 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

she doesn’t stand a chance.

HardwoodBottom on October 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

That’s a real bad pose.

Someone should tell her.

LASue on October 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

My cat, Jack the Cat, he’s probably smarter and certainly better looking.

claudius on October 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Perhaps Newt should re establish residence, I can’t stand him, but I remember he did well in the presidential primary there. Newt has got a little curl right in the middle of his forehead, and a huge ego, but I think the GOP should pick someone who can win. Newt prolly couldn’t condescend to only be a Senator.

Fleuries on October 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM