Perdue grabs surprise runoff victory over Kingston in Georgia

posted at 10:41 am on July 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

First-time political candidate David Perdue won a surprise victory over favored Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for the US Senate nomination in Georgia. Kingston, who had the backing of the US Chamber of Commerce as well as conservatives such as my Salem colleague Erick Erickson, had been leading in almost every poll as the runoff approached. In the end, Perdue’s outsider message may have won the day:

Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office.

The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall. Perdue’s cousin, Sonny, was a two-term governor and Nunn’s father, Sam, was a four-term U.S. Senator.

In addition to his famous last name and lingering political network from his cousin, Perdue deployed $3 million of his own money to back his bid. Still, he was outspent by Kingston and allied Super PACs – including the deep pocketed U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

That leaves the Senate race in Georgia to two political neophytes — Perdue and Michelle Nunn, who has also never run for office until now. Both come from political families, however.  Nunn’s father Sam spent four terms in the Senate before retiring in 1996 as a blue-dog Democrat who voted in favor of tort reform and in support of the death penalty and balanced budgets. Nunn’s challenge will be to convince Georgia voters that she’s a chip off the old block while still representing the outsider, anti-establishment perspective.

Perdue’s win makes that a little more difficult, Politico’s James Hohmann points out:

The general election is likely to be a costly battle between two candidates running as “outsiders,” despite their politically powerful families. Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s father, Sam Nunn, represented Georgia in the Senate for 24 years. Perdue’s first cousin, Sonny Perdue, was the state’s first Republican governor elected since Reconstruction, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011.

With Kingston’s defeat, Nunn has lost her chance to run against Washington and the national debt. She is expected, instead, to contrast her background as a nonprofit executive against Perdue’s tenure as a CEO at companies like Reebok and Dollar General.

Georgia is the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a Republican-held seat this fall, which ensures it will be one of the most closely watched races on the map.

Democrats might have hoped for a GOP split such as that seen in Mississippi after a close primary and runoff. If so, they’re doubly disappointed as Kingston wasted no time in endorsing his former opponent:

Kingston immediately pledged his support in a concession call to Perdue and told him “once we combine our two camps we will absolutely be unstoppable.”

Erick blames the Chamber of Commerce endorsement for the narrow loss:

In the last two weeks, David Perdue made hay out of walking out of his meeting with the Chamber. He claimed the Chamber wanted him to vote with them 100% of the time. He would not.

That message resonated. Kingston was the career politician in the pocket of the Chamber and would pass amnesty.

Not now. He lost. And he did so largely because David Perdue made Kingston own his Chamber of Commerce endorsement.

Erick’s a lot closer to the race than I am, and the narrowness of the runoff makes this a very plausible analysis. It might be simpler than this, though. Kingston’s been in Washington for 22 years, and with or without the Chamber of Commerce endorsement, that’s baggage in the last few cycles. Georgia voters may just have wanted a reasonable alternative to a career politician, and Perdue managed to make that case for himself in the course of the primary and runoff. Don’t discount the power of populism in this cycle — and it might be fortunate for the national GOP that they defused that argument in Georgia, assuming Perdue doesn’t blow the general election.


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The Chamber of Commerce, besides being amnesty shills, is also an enemy of economic freedom. Obviously not to the extent of Elizabeth Warren, but at least to the extent of a blue dog Democrat.

thuja on July 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

It would not make me shed one tear if McConnell lost. I’ve already voted against him once this cycle. Why not do it again?

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

You’ll have to vote conscience, Con. We all will.

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

ConstantineXI: With four months to go, anything can happen,
and the GOP, seem to boink it up, I hope not:)

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The border mess isn’t going away in 4 months. People are so pissed off about it that is now the #1 problem according to the polls.

Of course, the LSM pollsters aren’t going to ask questions that would show that the reason why people are upset about the border situation is because they do not want amnesty, but I believe that is indeed the case.

The GOP is polling badly and I believe it’s because they DO NOT take a strong party stand against amnesty under any circumstances. The public isn’t quite as stupid as people would like to think. They can break the code when the meme is overused. “Comprehensive immigration reform” means AMNESTY in the minds of the public.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

You make a good point – and I cannot argue against it – it is correct.

I know this – while I piss and moan myself (about negativism) it has it’s own value.

Every voice has to be heard and should be consistent – we can’t all agree, or change will never happen.

Immigration Reform is a good example – I have stated my support for reforms around our immigration system – while trying to also say I am against amnesty. It’s tough for many to hear and appreciate.

Those against AMNESTY and Reform – are the loudest voices and are carrying the day. While I still want reforms – if it is lost in the argument – that is better than amnesty being a part of it.

I am trying to say – be yourself – be consistent – let the results be driven by the majority of voices speaking out.

I am have confused everyone with this post !!

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

This constant slamming on the Chamber of Commerce is juvenile – at best.

We should no more make blanket statements about the “Chamber of Commerce” than the left should make about “Members of the NRA”

My local Chamber of Commerce is an active member of our business community and an asset to every business looking to expand.

For me (alone) it is frustrating to constantly see what naysayers so many in the GOP have become.

Where has the positive nature our party members gone. Time to show the public that we lead – we carry a positive vision – we are the way forward.

Quit pissing and moaning about everything – we should like bitter Grandparents.

Just a thought dump – IMO

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

In spite of the similar names, there’s no connection between your local Chamber of Commerce and the US Chamber of Commerce.

The US Chamber of Commerce would probably be a positive force, except they seem dedicated to pushing immigration and funding efforts to keep Republican incumbents in office at all costs. In short, they support the RINOs at all costs, and that support largely explains why 2012 wound up not being a big Republican year, and will probably cost the GOP the control of the Senate this year.

It’s a good point, though, that we should refer to the US Chamber of Commerce (USCOC) so we don’t confuse such statements with the local Chambers of Commerce.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

This constant slamming on the Chamber of Commerce is juvenile – at best.

We should no more make blanket statements about the “Chamber of Commerce” than the left should make about “Members of the NRA”

My local Chamber of Commerce is an active member of our business community and an asset to every business looking to expand.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

We aren’t talking about the local COCs. The endorsement came from the USCOC and they are the ones that dropped all pretense of being about advancing businesses in favor for pushing amnesty. IMO they don’t realize just how damaging that partisan politicking was for their reputation and credibility.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

In the Headlines section now:
http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/07/23/company-men-the-chamber-of-commerce-flexes-its-new-political-muscle/

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The US Chamber of Commerce would probably be a positive force, except they seem dedicated to pushing immigration and funding efforts to keep Republican incumbents in office at all costs.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

They are not pushing immigration they are pushing amnesty.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

IMO they don’t realize just how damaging that partisan politicking was for their reputation and credibility.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I think you are right – perhaps if they will in time.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Thank you – I will read it

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Realistically, (and I know I’m going to tick some people off in saying this) as long as Obama is President, the illegal immigrants that cross our border will become the newest members of American society, legal status or not.

Repubs have no intention of stopping it because it keeps their largest donors happy.

The rest of us get screwed in the process because we’re expected to give up job opportunities and still carry the economic weight for these newcomers.

Lots of individual concerns, fears, disappointment, sense of betrayed trust, etc., involved in that.

But in terms of what the Republican party stands for now, jake…they need to make that plain and quit straddling the fence.

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I guess the Chamber decided not to get the black vote out this time, like they did in Mississippi. The Chamber had better be careful whose toes they step on, they might be attached to the a** they’ll be kissing in January.

bflat879 on July 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

That message resonated. Kingston was the career politician in the pocket of the Chamber and would pass amnesty.

There you go.

dogsoldier on July 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

But in terms of what the Republican party stands for now, jake…they need to make that plain and quit straddling the fence.

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Agreed.

At the same time – if this situation is inevitable, as you say – the GOP needs a positive immigration story to tell.

We cannot simply be the party of “no” – or we will fulfill the vision of every immigrant being a democrat.

The world is exploding and a lot of great people will be wanting to come to the U.S. for safe and positive shot as life and success.

We need to fulfill that need and make it possible for people to get in here and live safe and successful life.

We have no visa allowances for entrepreneurs, the most innovative people around the world are starting companies and creating jobs elsewhere. Meanwhile, other countries understand that entrepreneurs are an economic necessity.

While we actively turn away future CEOs, the rest of the world is offering incentives to attract new businesses.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

As long as policies favoring crony-capitalism rule the day, jake, entrepreneurs will look elsewhere.

That’s one of the great ironies in the alliance between Repubs and the US CoC.

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

American Thinker had an informative article on Michelle Nunn and her non-profit career.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/michelle_nunn_nonprofit_profiteer.html

The article says she is now running for the GA Senate as a Democrat. The article didn’t say whether she was a Republican Party member/voter or not.

The Establishment will be supporting Nunn in November. That is there m.o. Anyone except a Conservative/Tea Party member.

bluefox on July 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This constant slamming on the Chamber of Commerce is juvenile – at best.

It’s actually quite the converse. It is mostly substantive.

The Chamber of Commerce in Washington has become nothing but a large lobbying organization. They use that power to often push issues which are in their best interests- even if they are detrimental to the voters.

Support for illegal immigration and so-called amnesty are simply the latest issues. As many communities are seeing now, businesses get the benefit of cheap labor and the people foot the bill for everything from increased social services, lower performing schools, an erosion of American culture and the tax increases to go along with it.

While I certainly support my local businesses who actually make a contribution to the community, I don’t support the full-throated members of the national Chamber of Commerce who fully agree with their goals.

Businesses, like the communities they live in, have a choice as to whether they belong to such organizations and support their objectives. So long as the National Chamber of Commerce continues pushing issues which are contrary to my families well-being- they and their members will not get my support.

Marcus Traianus on July 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The US Chamber also supported bailouts and stimulus.

How about that recovery?

faraway on July 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Establishment will be supporting Nunn in November. That is there m.o. Anyone except a Conservative/Tea Party member.

bluefox on July 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Who ever needs friends with enemies like these?

And we are lectured?

Go to Hell, all traitors.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Its a really nice place, once you get out of Atlanta.

cozmo on July 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Just for yucks.

“There are 14 metro area counties (that folks refer to as Atlanta) that encompass over 50 municipalities and the metro area spans nearly 50 miles in all directions. The actual City of Atlanta is located in Fulton County, with a portion falling in DeKalb.”

Cherokee, Paulding, Cobb, Douglas, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Rockdale, Forsyth, Hall—–Red

Fulton, Clayton, Dekalb—-Blue

Gwinnett—Pinkish

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Gwinnett—Pinkish

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Not pinkish; unfortunately purplish on the national level, for a variety of reasons.
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.com/2012/11/taking-a-look-at-the-2012-election-results-in-gwinnett/

But most of the county and city governments are still very red.

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

We have no visa allowances for entrepreneurs, the most innovative people around the world are starting companies and creating jobs elsewhere. Meanwhile, other countries understand that entrepreneurs are an economic necessity.

While we actively turn away future CEOs, the rest of the world is offering incentives to attract new businesses.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Dude, why would an entrepreneur outside of the US set up a company inside the US with our current tax system, road blocking regulations, and high employee cost…just to name a few?

Fix those first and then worry about entrepreneurs. Hard for folks to believe, heck hard for me to believe, but I am one of them thar “enter-preeners” with projects/contracts in and outside of the US.

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Dude, why would an entrepreneur outside of the US set up a company inside the US with our current tax system, road blocking regulations, and high employee cost…just to name a few?

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

You make my point.

Tax System – that can be addressed with Immigration Reform – new business development incentives.

High Employee Cost – Immigration Reform

While rightly blocking Amnesty – we can improve Immigration and get the best and brightest in here – ASAP

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Thanks for explaining why I labeled Gwinnett Pinkish. H/T.

Hey, speaking in code Mr. Brat—-”What’ll ya have”.

What did Tina say about seeing something from her back yard?

Hush.

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You seem like a nice fella and I like reading your comments. If you own a business then you know how hard it is out there. If not, give it a whirl, it is a lot of fun and hard work.

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Oh good! Anything that does harm to the CoC is good to me. I hope they wasted a lot of money, the bloodsucking bastards!

earlgrey on July 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

You seem like a nice fella and I like reading your comments. If you own a business then you know how hard it is out there. If not, give it a whirl, it is a lot of fun and hard work.

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Well said.

I have been a business owner for 27 years.

Never had an easy day – never had a bad day I would trade to be an employee.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

High Employee Cost – Immigration Reform

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I own a manufacturing business in an area where unemployment is still around 8%. Immigration reform might help lower employee cost (temporarily), but the way I see it is that the real problem that needs to be addressed it welfare reform. There are plenty of businesses that need employees in my area, but they have to compete with the federal government. Why would you work, when you can sit on your ass and watch TV all day?

ReaganWasRight on July 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Purdue whoop Michelle Nunn.
He needs to get old video of Sam Nunn’s positions on marriage, birth control, illegal aliens (money for US Poor before foreign poor), Israel, defense etc.

Purdue is more a “child” of Nunn’s policies than Michelle is. And the minority religious need to be reminded of it.

barnone on July 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

HL , I’m a guuuuuuuurrrrrrlllll! (H/T RWM for that method of gender id)

No offense, none taken. Code? Not sure what you mean. Pabst Blue Ribbon?

Guess what, I can see Dekalb county from my backyard!

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Georgia voter here. I voted for Kingston. Yeah, he was establishment, but Perdue is no prize either. I wanted Karen Handel. I will vote R in the November election. Michelle Nunn is a fraud and doesn’t have a chance.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Not pinkish; unfortunately purplish on the national level, for a variety of reasons.

Too many immigrants, both foreign and domestic. I should know, I moved here from NY in 2000.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hey girl!

Think necked dog.

HonestLib on July 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Bet
I was for Handel too in the primary. But voted Perdue yesterday. You are correct about the demographic shift.

Honest Lib
*slaps hand against forehead* just got it….Varsity.
Sorry I think of the old PBR jingle when I hear “what’ll ya have.”
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VQoghzFUT7g
Shows where my mind is. I need a beer.

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Notice the picture, in the background, his king maker is pretty proud. Good move. Kudos to the Perdue team. Now on to the big race. Good luck David.

jake49 on July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, …

I’ve always gotten much more value from shopping at Dollar General or buying a pair of Reeboks than from the dollars the government has taken from me.

I hope Purdue will win the general election and help inject some sense into the corrupted lawmaking process and out of control spending in DC. One Senator can only do so much, but if we can keep electing good ones to replace more of the entrenched bozos in the chamber, eventually the tide will turn.

s1im on July 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

If a candidate is backed by the anti-American Chamber of Crony Corporatism and Serf Labor, that’s 2 strikes against him right there.

VorDaj on July 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I own a manufacturing business in an area where unemployment is still around 8%.

ReaganWasRight on July 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Manufacturing – the back bone of every economy.

I tip my hat to you – and you have my admiration. Awesome – I love manufacturing.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Earlier today William LaJeunesse on Fox News had a very good piece on how other countries handle asylum, immigrant children and anchor babies. They are overwhelmingly more strict than the USA.

Wigglesworth on July 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Purdue is more a “child” of Nunn’s policies than Michelle is. And the minority religious need to be reminded of it.

barnone on July 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Michelle Nunn is more a child of Wendy Davis’s policies.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Sorry if this has been asked and answered but will Rep. Kingston run for his current seat in the House?

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Isn’t it too late for that? I thought he, Broun, and Gringey all gave up their seats to run for the Senate.

Two of the house races last night were for the districts that Broun and Gringey had represented.

After 22 years, time for Kingston to retire anyway.

cat_owner on July 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

cat_owner on July 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

I don’t know but if that’s the case it makes Kingston good will that much more admirable.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It’s not going to be a good year for “insiders”, which Kingston obviously was.

Another Drew on July 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

cat_owner on July 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

You are correct. All three gave up their congressional seats. Looks good for their replacements to get elected though, the districts should remain (R) votes in the House.

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Sorry if this has been asked and answered but will Rep. Kingston run for his current seat in the House?

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

There was another runoff last night:

In the district being vacated by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), who ran for Senate, tea party-backed state Sen. Barry Loudermilk easily defeated former congressman Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian nominee for president.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I had no dog in this fight, but Erickson is a poison pill in most cases.

The limits of special election/runoff/single district polling has been revealed this year. Polls missed the Mississippi primary and runoff, the Georgia primary and runoff, and the VA-7 congressional primary.

The Chisholm group poll should just shut down.

~

Kingston was the “establishment” candidate with 11 terms in Congress. Neither was backed or opposed by Tea Party groups. Perdue did finish first in the primary itself.

Kingston made the runoff close by running up huge margins in southern Georgia. But Perdue was comfortably ahead in most counties outside that region, and ended up with a 2% win.

Adjoran on July 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Could it be that the voters know that the national chamber of commerce is for big business which results in the acceptance of illegal immigrants for cheap labor and lost jobs for the middle class?

Could it be that the republican party itself has dissed conservatives too many times? Conservatives will not vote for
the republican party endorsed candidate if there is a viable
alternative.

Could it be that voters are tired of career politicians?

Amjean on July 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Read the Red State BS by Eric Ericsson!

Like the Chamber were going to support an anti amnesty candidate??
Why didn’t he deny it?
Backroom deal like Bohner & McCain.

Jpalm32 on July 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Expect the Cronies to abandon this race.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

If everyone here would send $10 Perdue’s way he wouldn’t need any support from the Cronies.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I’ll purchase more chicken! He is from the chicken family, isn’t
he? If not, it was still slightly funny.

Amjean on July 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

LOL. I voted for Kingston. I had no problem whatsoever with his Chamber of Commerce endorsement. What made me hold my nose was Erick Erickson’s endorsement. And Sean “I’m not a Republican” Hannity’s.

Buy Danish on July 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Oh look! This is exactly the kind of hyperbolic trash which makes me none too fond of Erick Erickson and his comrades at RedState. It’s the sort of thing which warms Harry Reid’s heart at night.

Buy Danish on July 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That message resonated. Kingston was the career politician in the pocket of the Chamber and would pass amnesty.

Not now. He lost. And he did so largely because David Perdue made Kingston own his Chamber of Commerce endorsement.

We can hope this reached the RNC, too.

socalcon on July 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Never had an easy day – never had a bad day I would trade to be an employee.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

That is one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time. Well done Jake-Sing it loud!

JusDreamin on July 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Erick Erickson’s excuses are hilarious coming from a guy who’s the kiss of death in GOP primaries. I wonder how the candidate he endorsed in the 1st round didn’t manage to beat Kingston or Perdue!

I have no problem with the CoC position on immigration. They want more freedom of labour – and rightly so – and just see a comprehensive deal as the fasted and most plausible way to get there. But what the want isn’t amnesty, they just don’t want unneeded government intervention in the labour market.

Being against a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants or welfare engineered immigration doesn’t mean being with the nativist far-left crazies (many of them who pathetically believe they are conservatives) who want the government to stop people from hiring whoever they want, regardless of race or place of birth, and want to keep Ted Kennedy’s idiotic and socialist immigration system in place (or even replace it with some North Korea style of policy, like the forced abortion kook of NumbersUSA).

joana on July 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

we need to do this same thing at the presidential level.

paulsur on July 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

The CoC wants cheap labor. Anyone who works for a living should be against that.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The CoC wants cheap labor. Anyone who works for a living should be against that.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

What’s the difference between people like you and welfare queens? Surely not one of substance, just one of degree. You’re ready to claim for socialism, to demand government intervention to distort the
market when it’s convenient to you.

Why try to work harder and fight when you can simply demand politicians to fix the market in your favour and just do the minimum, right?

Why should politicians dictate who businesses can hire or not?

joana on July 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

The CoC looks like a poison pill. For me, I’m pulling for the chicken guy

Brock Robamney on July 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

The CoC wants cheap labor. Anyone who works for a living should be against that.
Bet on July 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Absolutely. But my guess is that most of them will be welfare leeches, terrorists, or drug dealers

Brock Robamney on July 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

joana on July 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

The GOP should follow your advice. That will speed up the suicide spiral that they are on

Brock Robamney on July 23, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Kingston is just another good old boy. Perdue, on the other hand, is a graduate of Georgia Tech, an accomplished executive, and a member of a politically savvy family. Perdue is a breath of fresh air.

koolbob on July 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

What’s the difference between people like you and welfare queens? Surely not one of substance, just one of degree. You’re ready to claim for socialism, to demand government intervention to distort the market when it’s convenient to you.

The difference? I get up and go to work each day, to a corporation that benefits from my service. In return, I get a salary. Capitalism is not anarchy. Markets can’t be chaos. You can’t have people follow one set of rules and corporations another.

If you think I’m a socialist, then your insane. In addition to being rude and obnoxious.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

The difference? I get up and go to work each day, to a corporation that benefits from my service. In return, I get a salary.
Bet on July 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Why do you want to limit that right to other people? Why do you want government intervention forcing corporations to hire you and not more productive people?

Capitalism is not anarchy. Markets can’t be chaos. You can’t have people follow one set of rules and corporations another.

I agree. We should have the same set of rules: corporations can hire whoever they want; employees can work for whomever they want.

Why do far-left nutjobs like you feel the need to bring politicians to this simple equation? The answer is laziness. You don’t want competition for jobs. You want artificial scarcity in order to up the value of what you’re selling. You’re a leech, just like welfare queens.

If you think I’m a socialist, then your insane. In addition to being rude and obnoxious.

You want government deciding who companies can or cannot hire in order to protect your job. You might not know you’re a socialist – in fact, I believe you don’t – but you are one.

joana on July 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Georgia voter here. I thought Kingston came across as more honest, while I perceived Perdue to be a premature ejaculator with a denim fetish. Hey, I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em.

However, I do see the appeal in running a candidate that you can’t nitpick their record and make hay over every little procedural vote. SO, I’ll be happily voting for Perdue in Nov. To him, I say, “Good luck, don’t get too excited, and lose the denim jacket.”

ceruleanblue on July 23, 2014 at 9:14 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Wow, that was a lot of folks wanting that Senate seat. Not unhappy about Bob Barr remaining out of D.C., he has been all over the map for years.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Why do you want to limit that right to other people? Why do you want government intervention forcing corporations to hire you and not more productive people?

How do you know they are more productive?

Open borders and a welfare state are suicide. Spare me your ideological BS.

Why do far-left nutjobs like you feel the need to bring politicians to this simple equation? The answer is laziness. You don’t want competition for jobs. You want artificial scarcity in order to up the value of what you’re selling. You’re a leech, just like welfare queens.

I bet you’ve never even had a job.

Competition? Sure, race to the bottom.

As I said, you are full of ideology. Stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Georgia is staying red.

SouthernGent on July 23, 2014 at 10:33 PM

How do you know they are more productive?

I don’t. It’s not up to me to decide. It’s up to the employers. Why would they hire them if you were more productive?

I’m just in favour of letting people decide without politicians meddling in.

I bet you’ve never even had a job.

Competition? Sure, race to the bottom.

As I said, you are full of ideology. Stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Bet on July 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Well, I’m a conservative. I believe in free-markets. I don’t believe in socialist policies that infringe anyone’s right to make voluntary agreements.

You don’t have a problem with me. You have a problem with free-market policies and employers/employees being free to make contracts with each other without undue government interference. You’re a leech, you want to use government to protect your interests. And you don’t even have the self-awareness or the honesty to recognize what you are.

joana on July 23, 2014 at 10:33 PM

joana on July 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

What’s up is down, what’s conservative is socialist. Such is the world of an Obama Progressive Drama Queen

Brock Robamney on July 24, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Flooding the market with unskilled, illiterate illegal immigrants who work off the books for nothing is not a free market. That is manipulating the market for the benefit of corporations.

And yes, my problem is with you and your ridiculous remarks. I’m just going to write you off as a psycho.

Bet on July 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM

The US Chamber of Commerce, right up there with AARP as the politicized organization you love to hate.

Viator on July 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

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