Nunn: Who says I’d vote for Harry Reid as Majority Leader?

posted at 7:21 pm on August 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Chalk this up as the second vote on which Michelle Nunn won’t disclose her intentions. After a debate with David Perdue last Friday, reporters asked the Democratic nominee for the open Senate seat from Georgia whether she would vote to retain Harry Reid as Majority Leader. In fact, reporters asked her that twice in the exchange seen below. Nunn refused to give a direct answer, only insisting that the composition of leadership needed to change, but that she’d vote for some unnamed “Democratic leader” without giving a yea or nay on Reid himself:

But the juiciest bit of news may have come shortly after the Georgia Chamber event, when Nunn served notice to her fellow Democrats that she wasn’t a sure vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to keep his job — should her party keep control of that chamber in November.

Said Nunn:

“I look forward to changing the composition in the leadership of the Senate. The way that we’re going to change Washington is to bring more people to recognize – to have the humility to recognize – that there are good ideas on both sides of the aisle…

“I will vote for the Democratic leader that I think best represents our capacity to get things done and move things forward. …”

Shouldn’t the point of a campaign be to tell voters your position on issues? Nunn ducked questions earlier this year on whether she would have voted for ObamaCare, even when MSNBC’s Joy Reid wanted an answer, but that at least was a retrospective hypothetical. The question of leadership will be an actual vote that the next Senator from Georgia will have to cast. If Nunn’s acting this coy, it shows that she’s not going to be an independent voice at all — otherwise, why not just say, “I won’t vote for Harry Reid”? After all, these are caucus votes, not floor votes, so there won’t be any risk of electing a Republican Majority Leader if there isn’t a Republican majority.

The Washington Post’s Jaime Fuller calls shenanigans on this answer:

However, Nunn’s sidestep away from the Senate majority leader vote is kind of silly. Ok, a lot silly.

First, senate leadership elections are secret, unlike the House Speaker election, for example. So, there’s not going to be any paper trail for Nunn if she did go renegade. Second, and more importantly, if Democrats keep the Senate, there doesn’t seem to be much chance of Reid facing an usurper from within his own ranks in 2015.

And, Nunn and her campaign clearly think that the endless attacks tying her to Reid and Obama may hurt her, given the campaign memo that leaked last month, which revealed the kinds of voters who the candidate’s team is targeting and who need to be reassured that she’s not “too liberal.”

This silly dodge shows that Michelle Nunn wants to hide who she really is from Georgia voters. Even those in the Beltway see how “silly” it is, and don’t think Georgians won’t have figured Nunn out way ahead of those outside the state.


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Miss Epitome of Dynasty Speaks.

/Subject yourselves you piteous fools. To her Bluster and rhetoric, lest ye suffer on pain of ..

Pffft.. Michelle Nunn? REALLY? You’re bringing a wet paper napkin to a… Nevahmind.

Michelle? You are dismissed.

/You make my nose cringe.

Key West Reader on August 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Even just saying that publicly would get her in trouble with Harry. He doesn’t play nice, she’d get crappy committee assignments and no chance to advance any legislation.

rbj on August 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Crap. I’m first. Just like this post giving any sort of credence to a Michelle Nunn Run.

/Blech. I apologize

Key West Reader on August 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Loser. And I don’t like Perdue, but I will vote for him.

Bet on August 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Shouldn’t the point of a campaign be to tell voters your position on issues?

NOT if you’re a Democrat.

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

“I will vote for the Democratic leader that I think best represents our capacity to get things done and move things forward. …”

No, you’ll vote for whomever the fascist Democrat leadership tells you, even if Obama or — worse — Valerie Jarrett have to force you to do so. You’re a Democrat, and a leftist, meaning in all likelihood, just another shill rubber stamp.

Aizen on August 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I’ll have none of Nunn.

vnvet on August 25, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Don’t worry there Toots…yer never going to get the chance….

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Has she gone huntin’ yet? That’s usually one of the things nervous leftists do when they’re in trouble.

RBMN on August 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

If she wants to vote for a Republican, I’m sure Purdue would accept her vote.

What an idiotic statement to make.

MTF on August 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Is this really a selling point?

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

If Nunn’s acting this coy, it shows that she’s not going to be an independent voice at all — otherwise, why not just say, “I won’t vote for Harry Reid”?

That’s no surprise. None of the dims are independent voices. They all vote lock step with Reid, but some of them try to claim they are “moderate” when running for election or reelection.

She’s not fooling anyone. I don’t think Grimes is either.

cat_owner on August 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

If a red state like Ga. can’t elect a Republican RINO over a full blown liberal democrat (and all dems. are full blown leftist liberals because they have to tow the party line), the Pub. party is dead. DEAD!

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Has anybody told her that the “spinster librarian” look is no longer in fashion……..if it ever was?

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Jesus..does she have that Al Sharpton Huge Bobble Head® thing going on or is that just her hair????

She looks like a Star Bellied Sneech…

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 7:41 PM

-A cup. Flat as a board.

Just saying,,,

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Shouldn’t the point of a campaign be to tell voters your position on issues?

She’s from the “blank slate” Obama wing of the Dem Party (as opposed to the “bald-faced lie” Obama wing of the Dem Party).

yaedon on August 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

If Nunn’s acting this coy, it shows that she’s not going to be an independent voice at all — otherwise, why not just say, “I won’t vote for Harry Reid”?

That’s no surprise. None of the dims are independent voices. They all vote lock step with Reid, but some of them try to claim they are “moderate” when running for election or reelection.

She’s not fooling anyone. I don’t think Grimes is either.

cat_owner on August 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Exactly what happened when Nutty Pelosi recruited Dem candidates to take the House back in 2006. Get candidates that would sound moderate or even conservative to get elected, then browbeat them in to voting liberal once on office.

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I’m kinda thinking she’s living it…not just going for the look.

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

If she were the deciding vote, I am quite sure she would be made an offer she couldn’t refuse.

VorDaj on August 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Nunn seems to have a habit of skirting the issues.

Flange on August 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

None of the dims are independent voices.

cat_owner on August 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

None of the “independents” in Congress are independent voices, either. They always vote and caucus with the Dems. Funny how “independent” always winds up meaning “leftist” or “statist” or “socialist” when talking about politicians…

yaedon on August 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Ooo…she also name dropped Zell Miller there….

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Nunn seems to have a habit of skirting the issues.

Flange on August 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

You take that back, you misogynistic jerk! SKIRTing the issues, huh? I see your war on wymenz!

yaedon on August 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Nunn seems to have a habit of skirting the issues.

Flange on August 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

ISWYDT

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

-A cup. Flat as a board.

Just saying,,,

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Ok this made me chuckle.

Stray Cat on August 25, 2014 at 7:58 PM

(Sigh!)

Remember the good old days when they didn’t lie so obviously until after they got elected?

Or was I that easy to mislead back then?

/

RedPepper on August 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

He has done a commercial for her. Big friends with her daddy.

Trying to act like she will be one to reach across the aisle.

She is nothing like the democrat her father was.

Barred on August 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM

etherbrian @etherbrian · Aug 18

Oh, OK. I see. That’s Miley Cyrus trying to look provocative and not a turtle that’s misplaced it shell.

davidk on August 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

David Perdue is the Republican candidate who is running for this U.S. Senate seat to represent Georgia.

Here is a link to David Perdue’s campaign website.

https://perduesenate.com/meet-david.html

If you like what you see on David Perdue’s campaign site, do what you can to help support his Senate campaign.

If Georgia elects David Perdue to the Senate we know for certain that he will NOT vote for Harry Reid for Leader.

wren on August 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

He has done a commercial for her. Big friends with her daddy.

Trying to act like she will be one to reach across the aisle.

She is nothing like the democrat her father was.

Barred on August 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Awww..now I has a sad..

Unless she’s not just lying…Hell…Don’t live there…

Really despise the Democrats tho…

BigWyo on August 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

She is going nowhere fast. Will not win.

Amazingoly on August 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Has anybody told her that the “spinster librarian” look is no longer in fashion……..if it ever was?

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

In the Catholic Church, all Nunns are spinsters.

Steve Z on August 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Mucking liar, she will.

She thinks you’re all stupid.

No way!

Torment Lugar. Vote against her.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

-A cup. Flat as a board.

Just saying,,,

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Good one.
My phrase is: ‘Mental depth of a two-dimensional cup.’

Take back the Senate.
RINO’s can be persuaded to change path’s, Gimmedat’s … never.

Missilengr on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Desperation time.

formwiz on August 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

col·lec·tiv·ism
kəˈlektəˌvizəm
noun
the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.
the theory and practice of the ownership of land and the means of production by the people or the state.

This is what the Democrat party stands for. How on God’s green earth will she convince anybody that she is an independent voice?

GrayDog on August 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Why is the vote secret?

southernms on August 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Why is the vote secret?

southernms on August 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

It’s hidden from the general public but don’t think for one moment that the Democrat leadership doesn’t know exactly how each senator will vote.

GrayDog on August 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Flange on August 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM
In other words she is a mealy mouthed,say anything to get elected liar.

Bakokitty on August 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Reid and Obama have effectively isolated the House of Representatives from the legislative process. Anyone, running for Senate, should be asked if they believe it’s proper to allow the Majority Leader in the Senate to act as a dictator and remove the people’s representatives from the process. These are Democrats, so you can’t possibly trust them to do the right thing, especially in this regard, so the only thing you can do, if you want representation, is to vote all the Democrats out of the Senate. That will serve 2 purposes. First, it will bring back a bicameral legislature which will pass laws which the President, can either sign or veto, but at least he’ll get them. Secondly, it will allow people to see how their Senators vote on tough issues. If we’re going to continue down this path, it won’t be long before we have no government at all.

I don’t believe for a minute the establishment Republicans aren’t complicit in this. However, the Democrats have the votes in the Senate and they’ve allowed Reid to act this way by keeping him in power. If they aren’t shown how wrong this is, things will never change. The Republicans will take note if the Democrats lose big time.

bflat879 on August 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

3/10, would not support.

Noonan on August 25, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Nunn may say she doesn’t like Harry, but Harry likes her a whole lot!
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4505183/harry-reid-organizing-america-july-22-2013

jstjoan on August 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

There shouldn’t be any doubt in your mind that she will vote for Harry Reid for Majority leader if she gets elected regardless of what she says.

If she didn’t do so she wouldn’t get any support from the Democrats. She wouldn’t get any good committee assignments. She would vote for Reid and justify the vote as being for the people of Georgia. She will say she voted for Reid so she could get on committees important to Georgians.

A Vote for Michelle Nunn is a vote for Harry Reid. Don’t ever doubt it.

Tsuchino1 on August 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Succinctly and clearly defining for the electorate the courage of her convictions.

Kenosha Kid on August 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

I met Ms Nunn at work, where she was conducting a fund raiser in down town Atlanta. She was a pleasant enough woman, and I was successful by being quick to meet and greet her and disappear. Her staff photog didn’t have enough time to snap a photo of a blue collar security officer with her. Yea!

Gebirgsjager on August 26, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I met Ms Nunn at work, where she was conducting a fund raiser in down town Atlanta. She was a pleasant enough woman, and I was successful by being quick to meet and greet her and disappear. Her staff photog didn’t have enough time to snap a photo of a blue collar security officer with her. Yea!

Gebirgsjager on August 26, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Could you please have someone translate?

celtic warrior on August 26, 2014 at 8:03 AM

So you don’t want her voting for Harry Reid?

Simple, elect David Perdue.

Problem solved.

itsspideyman on August 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

watching progressive liberal Democrat’s LIE

mathewsjw on August 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM