As mysteries go, this may not be as compelling as some — say, for instance, how Hillary Clinton’s new political “thriller” of a novel will perpetuate her multi-year grievance tour. Karen will have more on that later, but David Perdue’s sudden swerve into retirement is indeed a bit perplexing. Perdue only narrowly lost his run-off re-election bid to Jon Ossoff, and then only because of a campaign by his own putative allies that ended up suppressing juuuuust enough of his vote to make a difference.
One week ago, Perdue filed preparatory paperwork to run against Raphael Warnock for the other Georgia seat in the US Senate. So what changed his mind? Perdue chalks it up to “personal” issues:
Former Republican Sen. David Perdue will not run for Senate in 2022, he said in a statement Tuesday, ruling out another campaign in Georgia less than two months after losing a runoff election for a second term.
The decision comes just a week after Perdue filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and said publicly that he was considering another campaign in 2022. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won a special election against former GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in January, is on the ballot again next year for a full term.
“This is a personal decision, not a political one,” Perdue said in the statement announcing that he would not run. “I am confident that whoever wins the Republican primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”